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By: Arleen Fields, Up & Coming Weekly November 17, 2004
In Tybee II: The Abduction Ted Montgomery and his wife have returned to Tybee Island, near Savannah,
and settled into an idyllic life: a beautiful home on the beach, satisfying jobs, and children and grand-
children to make life worthwhile. When 11-month-old grandson Michael is kidnapped, however, the
Montgomerys are thrown back into the undercover action that made the first Tybee novel such an
The first section of the book reads like an old-fashioned radio melodrama. Has little Michael been kidnapped for
ransom? To be sold to a wealthy childless couple? To star in child pornography? To have his organs sold on the
black market? Ted and his wife go undercover, working with the FBI, to find Michael and his abductors.
This storyline is intended to tug on the heartstrings, but it never really evokes the emotions that a kidnapping
would. And then, before you expect it, the crisis is over. The plot line is less believable and more transparent
than the one found in the first Tybee novel. There aren't as many surprises as in the original, and telling the
good guys from the bad guys is much easier.

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Tybee II should really be subtitled "The Abductions." A second abduction occurs, and that storyline contains a much more compelling plot. As with Tybee, the storyline is outrageous yet believable. As the story heats up, the pages turn faster, leading to an exciting (if not completely unexpected)conclusion.

One of Vaughn's strengths as a writer is the way he creates and portrayshis characters' psyches. The two main characters are multi-dimensional:they are ordinary enough that the reader can relate to them, but different enough to be interesting. The author draws on his experiences in the military, business, and psychological counseling to create personalities that
quickly capture the reader's sympathy.

Ted and his wife's faith journey is an important element in the series, as they leave behind their cynical and selfish ways. Tybee II sees them grow in their faith as they turn to God during times of trial. This will appeal to readers looking for novels with a strong moral compass. These characters, however, have yet to lose their penchant for strong language, and many of the other characters are equally comfortable with the expletives. The main
characters admit that they should clean up their language, but they have along way to go.

Tybee II, as with the original Tybee, contains frank sexual references. It's nice that the Montgomerys, while grandparents, cavort like spring chickens, but sparing the details of their encounters and verbal exchanges would not detract from the story. A few other distracting details carry over from the
first novel - details which could be eliminated with more careful editing.

Author Edward Vaughn is a retired Army colonel now residing in
Fayetteville. His Tybee novels are inspired by his fond memories of his time spent on Tybee Island as a boy. Tybee II: The Abduction is a satisfying novel: the bad guys get what's coming to them, and the love of family makes life worthwhile. Fans of the first Tybee novel will certainly enjoy this one as well.

On Nov. 18, visit Gallery 208 in the offices of Up & Coming Weekly at 208 Rowan St. for the Fayetteville Museum of Art exhibit premiere party.
Vaughn will be there to sign copies of his novel and answer questions regarding his work from 5:30-7 p.m. Also, look for Tybee III: For the Love ofMoney coming in late 2004.