Work Title: Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man
Work Author(s): J.D. Tynan
A Better Be Write Publisher
246 pages, Softcover $22.95
Reviewer: Edward Morris
After one gets past the juvenile title, this is really a funny, engaging, mile-a-minute romp. Charlie Ford---never call her "Charlene"---is a high-spirited twenty-nine-year-old nanny to rich kids. She turned to nannying after almost completing her Army Special Forces training. However, she has a disruptive rebellious streak and abysmal luck when it comes to holding onto her jobs.
As the story opens, she has just snagged another assignment that has disaster written all over it---caring for Bella, the spoiled pre-teen daughter of screen actor Roald Munson, at his mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. Before long, she and her charge are on a plane headed to Munson's new movie location in Africa, and it's all downhill from there. The "secret agent man" of the title is a chameleon--like fellow Charlie meets on the plane, who keeps popping up to lead her and Bella into, or out of, one calamity after another.
The joy of the book lies less in the drama of the perils Charlie confronts than in watching her mind deal with them. She is just as worried that her father back in Oregon will continue to misunderstand and undervalue her as she is that a particular villain will do her in. Then there are the demands of her energetic libido. Her frank reflections on these needs manage to be touching and amusing at the...