Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O'Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted - and untouchable - criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar - and against the clock - to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove's elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate's dad.
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it'll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty's priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O'Hare.
©2014 Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (P)2014 Random House Audio
I enjoy listening to Janet Evanovich's books. However, they are starting to have the same story lines and that is getting a little old.
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Yes - the book is an easy listen and entertaining.
The author keeps the story moving along and does not go off on sub plots or dive in to drab details.
There were a couple of twists and turns, but the ending was worthy of the build-up
Oceans 11 meets born identity
The only negative would be the narrator. He did a good job, but you need a few chapters to get used to his style of reading. Almost like he is reluctant to be doing this if that makes sense?
The story. I am a great fan of caper stories, like Topkapi or Day of the Jackal. The Evanovich/Goldberg characters and events would need to be fleshed out more to become cardboard, much less believable. All of the heros have impossibly superhuman knowledge and capabilities. They drive a plot that is so wildly improbable that it defies involvement. The dialog needs considerable improvement to become wooden
It is hard to see how it would be within their abilities.
Where to begin.
The narration does as much as possible given the impossible story. Some scenes and descriptions are plausible, until the characters are brought into them and the plot creaks into action. This was my first--and needless to say my last--foray into this series.
The accent was far too distracting, I couldn't finish it.
No idea as I couldn't listen to it
The Heist was like reading an A-Team script. This one was even more unbelievable and a little less enjoyable. But the series is still fun and I look forward to #3.
Many times it is the narrator. In this case everything clicked. The story was good, narration also.
I like audio versions if the narrator is good and I believe Scott Brick to be one of the best whe it comes to narrating books. Audio books give a different sense of personality and I like that.
I'm not sure about other books. Nick Fox reminds me of Neal Caffrey from TV's "White Collar". The situation also mirrors the TV show in that a criminal is being paired with an FBI agent. The difference is that this partnership is not acknowledged in the book series.
I love the smooth style Scott Brick has. He gives Nick Fox a particularly droll style.
I did listen to most of it in one sitting.
I really like the character Jake - Kate's dad. He is bored in retirement and loves backing up his daughter. His various buddies are also very funny.
I liked the story, but wish it had had a more listenable and entertaining narrator!
Almost anyone! I had to turn the sound up to "Scream" because he dropped his voice at the end of sentences and also when he was talking for Kate. It was very annoying and made following the story very difficult. I will never listen to anything narrated by him again. Certainly there are narrators that are more in the style of Janet Evanovich that Scott Brick.
I was wondering how writing with a male author would work for Evanovich and I'm glad to say it's wonderful The writing is seamless and you cannot tell that two author's wrote it. I really loved the story and Love Love the main characters. Excellent read!!
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