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.
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Imaginative, adventurous plot and hilarious, likeable characters.
Yes! Lots of twists & turns & genuine interest in the characters and their fate!
Nope - but I would in future.
Funny, engaging, with a bellyfull of plot twists! A fast-paced, witty listen. Highly recommended!
The concept of the characters is very good and the scenarios of the heists are really creative.
Nicolas Fox, he is a very likeable character and the con's he puts together are very inventive. I also love Kate's Dad the way he can get anyone in any part of the world to storm into countries with him. Reminds me of the old Arnie / Stallone characters.
I definitely missed Lorelei King narrating the book. She has done an amazing job with the Stephanie Plum novels and gives a distinct voice to every character. It just brings the whole story to life. Whereas Scott Brick is OK but he is one of those narrators which gives a slight lilt to his voice for different characters. All in all it was good but just fell short of being excellent.
"Were we robbed?"
Yes, I am enjoying been read to. I may well have passed this over all together if I'd have been going to read it. I have read all of Janet Evanovitch's work and am tired of the format now, so I . Then I thought maybe Lee Goldberg will inject some new exciting content.
All of Evanovitchs other works
I can't say as I have not read the print version.
Very similar to the Stephanie Plum series
Very good reading and no silly accents.
Yes, but not feasible. It only took me a few days though.
I will read the next one when available.
"Not Stephanie Plum..."
...but once I got over this and through the first couple of scene-setting chapters, this settled into an enjoyable adventure. The characters were quirky and likeable and there were enough twists to hold interest to the end even though there was little doubt as what the resolution would be. Hopefully the start of a series.
Scott Brick has read hundreds of audiobooks, though mainly in the US. His performance is faultless, although I was initially thrown having just assumed Lorelei King would be reading, as with all the other Evanovich"s.
"Felt like an abridged version"
The pace of the book seemed hurried. Characters not fully developed and all a little bit silly in places.
I think there needs to be more plot detail but I might give the authors another try.
The narrator was ok but he didn't have enough to work with.
No. Unless there is an improvement on plot and character detail I can't see any need for a follow up.
"Sweet-talking dou of an author :)"
It took me a bit of time to get into the story. The first few chapters were a week-long struggle. But once past Mount Athos it got quicker. More interesting... As I was reading the book I had this image of Kate Beckett of the Castle TV show as our indomitable FBI Agent Kate O'Hare in my head. The images and scenes just seemed to click and fit together themselves. Or maybe I am just reading/watching too many crime fictions. Which is a really sad state of affairs from a self-professed urban fantasy geek, so why am I reading another crime fiction? I think I can attribute that, this time around, as a testament to the authors' story telling quality to lure me into a genre other than my own. Another evidence that this author dou is as good as Nick Fox at sweet-talking people, is the fact that although the story itself is a bit formulaic which had been played a few times too many around the block, but they still managed to pull it off and sell it as well! You have to give the authors kudos for pulling that kind of stunt! However the story ended with a few loose ends untied. I presume that these will be answered in the next book, which is a bit annoying but at the same time I am also looking forward to reading the next book, not only to get more Nick and Kate action but to see how these loose ends played out.
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4
Cover art = 3
Pace = 3
Plot = 4
Narrator = 4
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
"The Start of Promising New Series"
Hard question to answer as I chose to buy the audio edition. Certainly it was a convenient format and suited my mood.
I don't want to give away spoilers but Kate's shopping experiences were great fun and I could relate to her feelings. Aside that as I said spoilers! but there were plenty of memorable moments.
As said above the shopping trip, Nick's adventures in the courthouse loos and the excitng climax.
I think if I had read it I would have finished in one or two sittings. I listen to my audiobooks on the go and so am quite used to them taking days or weeks to complete.
Felt this was a fun listen and one I'd highly recommend
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