From Janet Evanovich, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, best-selling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.
Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail - particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman...even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.
Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work...if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.
©2013 Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (P)2013 Random House Audio
I know this is a new series and, as such, will develop over time but I was disappointed on many levels. First of all, it was a hard listen. Scott Brick's delivery seemed flat. There wasn't much change between characters. More of a straight "read" than performance. If the story hadn't been interesting I would have given up. As for the story, because it was such a unique storyline, it kept my interest; however, put all thoughts of Stephanie Plumb and her antics out of your mind. There is no comparison. The out loud laughter factor that I always find with Stephanie is nonexistent and Nick is no Ranger!!!!
All of that said, the book is about cons and is written with creativity. I do give the ending two stars though. It was rushed and very flat. It would be a five star series with a couple of changes. A new narrator and better endings. The narrator should be one who can infuse the characters with personalities and identities. As for the endings? Continue to write with the same imagination and creativity that got us to that spot in the first place.
Halfway thru, not sure I'll finish. Life's too short to listed to mediocre audiobooks.
I had high expectations from Janet Evanovich for something light with some laughs, this isn't it. It's light, but no laughs. Also, in my opinion, not the best reader for this material.
I live to ride my bike.
Don't let the 3 stars fool you. It is worth the credit.
This review was three years coming. During my usual Audible book surf, I discovered a new release by these authors. With further research I discover that I purchased and read the first book, this one, in the series in 2013.
First, I was surprised that I did not remember the book. It is an enjoyable PI story. Do not let the 3 stars fool you. I am downloading the next one now and the others are in my wish list.
This is NOT a nutty Stephanie Plum format in any way. This is the tv series, White Collar with the FBI character being a female. Our characters are, Nicolas Fox a highly intelligent and multitalented con artist working. Kate O’Hare a hard-working, honest FBI agent, and the head of the investigative team on.
This is like the tv series Leverage with Fox and O’Hare staging elaborate cons – only these are for the benefit of the FBI without the official sanction of the FBI. The group with face all the legal penalties if caught by any government agency and lethal health risk if caught by the “mark”
It is enjoyable light reading with the excitement presented with any elaborate con”. Enjoy it for what it gives.
I'd recommend this book to a friend, but would suggest they read it hard copy rather than in audio. This series is done a great disservice because the performer refrains from giving Kate (one of the two main characters) any personality at all. He has done a somewhat better job with some of the other characters in the book, but Kate's character has great, untapped potential. I tried this book because I've enjoyed Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and was expecting a similarly enjoyable audio experience.
Mr. Brick's voice is better suited for narration (as would be used for a non-fiction, expository type of text), rather than performance. His style is not a good fit for this type of story, as it's not as expressive as the story line and characters warrant.
I enjoyed hearing how the plot played out; I love a book where the bad guy gets his due, and the authors did this in fine style, with creativity and some humor. The story itself was strong enough to entice me to listen to the subsequent books in this series, despite the somewhat disappointing audio performance.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
Kate's O'Hare's father is magnificent. Wish he were mine. Also, I have to say: I liked this book at first, got sidetracked, came back to it and wasn't as enthused, got sidetracked again, came back and was put out with Kate for being such a hardass--until the men behind the curtain were revealed. Then things changed. With Kate & Nick Fox working as a team, the interplay was delicious. Great dialog--gave me many smiles. "Stick with me and I'll get you to enjoy taking your clothes off."
Stephanie Plum series except Kate O'Hare can kill a man 12 ways with a tweezers so she's more like a (relatively) law-abiding Ranger.
I enjoy Scott Brick's reading - have heard many of his books. Breezy style. Fun books.
The dialog made me laugh. And smile. A LOT.
Love the crew but most especially Willie. Can't say enough good things about Kate's father. Any man who provides his daughter with a rocket launcher--can it get any better than that?!
This book surprised me by the twist and turns of the plot. I have read all of Janet Evanovich's Plum series which I enjoy for the wit and find this series to be much better. There is still a lot of eating and drinking in this series but there is also more plot and substance
Sometimes I am just looking for something to keep me company that is more interesting than what I have to be doung at the moment. It can't be emotionally absorbing or too convoluted or I can't choose what I am paying attention to in any given moment. Janet and her characters don't take themselves too seriously, so neither do I. Perfect for the purpose!
It was a a roller coaster ride!
he has so much realism!!
made me sit up and take notice - I was concerned about the ending
This was a fun ride!!
I love audio books. Makes driving so much more entertaining.
Listening to this book was so amazing. It kept me fully entertained and the narrator did a great job with his voices.
A great moment was the ability to describe the different locations with such detail with out making it drag on.
They all were
I really wanted to listen to it in one sitting but stopping and starting wasn't so bad.
The book was very well written. The best part was that the ending was written to give reader closure on the characters but a person could hope to find out more.
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