Running for his life wasn't exactly what Portland PI, Jake Brand, had in mind when he accepted his latest client - but that's exactly what he and Sarah, his best friend and assistant, find themselves doing in this heart-pounding sequel to Angel's Devil.
Deception, fueled by money, begins when a beautiful woman throws down serious cash for Jake to find her missing boyfriend. Violence follows when Jake and Sarah discover the couple is connected to a hacker who colors outside the lines, a beautiful pharmaceutical sales rep, a slimy cop who can't take a punch, and a federal agent bent on hiding the truth. They all know too much - and soon enough, so do Jake and Sarah.
In the midst of the danger, Jake finds time to annoy his yoga instructor, and fall for the woman with more secrets than answers.
©2015 M. Louis (P)2016 Palisades Events LLC dba Palisades Publishing
Scifi, mystery, thrillers - all welcome here.
Summary: Take a PI in Portland, mix in a few bad guys, throw in some danger and gratuitous sex and you get this story.
- I think the narrator's voice fit the character well, though his voice just made me want to give the man a cough drop.
- The plot's all right, though there were several points that were painfully cliche.
- The little devil and angel thing was a stroke of genius, but it did get old after a while. That's a super hard balance to hit. (Some people are going to think it wasn't in there enough and others are going to be opposite end of the spectrum and wish it wasn't there at all.)
- The main action happened 2 hrs from the end of the story, which is one heck of a long wrapup. Then the "end" was designed to be one of those "or is it?" sort of ends, which I'm not a fan of. (personal preference, it's a valid writing technique.)
- Strong pts - side characters had some life to them.
- Weak pts - those cliches, like every woman throwing herself at the guy.
- Side pt - none/ very few of the actual law enforcement characters were likable. They all came across as cookie cutter abuse of power types, even those who were on the straight and narrow.
- Sort of wish Sarah did more central stuff to the plot. The main guy's always harping on how helpful she is, but then the main help gig went to a different character. (Sorry that's vague, spoilers and all)
- It may not qualify as a "clean read" but it's good/okay.
- There's a nice balance of serious and humorous.
Conclusion: Overall, it's an enjoyable story. The audio editing had some random clicks still but the performance by the narrator was very good. Since those clicks can be the devil to get out, I don't count that against 'em too much. Would I read another book by the author? Maybe someday.
Exciting, unpredictable, nail biting
When a book leaves me wanting more, I know I've hit a winner!
I really loved the reader - his voice was perfect for this character! Also, I picked this up not realizing it was a second book in a series. I'm definitely going to download book 1 now!
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