Hotwire (Maggie O'Dell, #9)
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Hotwire (Maggie O'Dell #9)

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In New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava’s new thriller, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare.

On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fueled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victim...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Doubleday (first published 2011)
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I've got mixed feelings about this novel. On one hand, Kava weaves a pretty complex tale of teen parties gone very wrong in it aliens or government cover up? Maggie O'Dell is sent there to find out. Meanwhile, food poisoning in a school keeps Benjamin Platt on the east coast trying to determine how a mutating bacteria got into the school food supply. Government coverup or my personal theory, vegan nation's first attempt to take over the world.

My beef ( heehee) with this book was tha...more
What a better way to cover up murders than to blame it on the aliens - not really. This story takes place in Nebraska in the National Forest Park - will have to visit that area, sounds beautiful.

Good story line - food poisoning - and that is a terrible thing to have (went through that ugliness this past summer). From government cover ups to wrong cops - once again a good read, but also once again the book could have been another chapter longer, or maybe that's just me.

2 thumbs up and 4 stars ont...more
Tanya Eby
I narrated this book. I won't review or give anything away...but I think I can say that it was a whole lot of fun to perform this one. Great characters return and there are two parallel story lines that end in an interesting way. If you haven't checked out the Maggie O'Dell series...add it to your shelves!
Amy Siggelow
I won this book from Goodreads.

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of the other books in the Maggie O'Dell series, but I did enjoy reading this one!

This book reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's books with a female heroine. It encompasses two seemingly unconnected crimes, the first of which Maggie "stumbles" onto, while investigating cattle mutilation in the Nebraska forests. A group of kids were found, some injured, some dead, after a party they were having in a remote area. They had been e...more
RATING: 3.5 stars (this is a clear 3.5 stars and it took me a while to decide if I want to round it up or down).

***I was lucky to win a copy of this book through the GoodReads Advance program.***

Overall, I enjoyed the book, which has an interesting storyline; actually there are two main plots. In Nebraska, during a drug party in the woods, two teenagers were electrocuted and others were injured. FBI agent Maggie O'Dell has happened to be in the area investigating a strange case of cattle mutilat...more
Hotwire had a great deal of potential. It just seemed that too many scenarios were not developed to their full potential. The teens were cardboard cutouts. I didn't feel anything for the ones that died. One teen should have gotten her comeuppants but we never see that happen. She is an evil bitch and I wanted to see her burn!

There were some fun characters that didn't get the limelight enough. I liked Stotter the UFO guy and talk show host. The whole area 51 cover-up is alluded to but never goes...more
I was really looking forward to the next Maggie O'Dell story and this one just fell short of all the previous ones. I kept waiting for more to start happening and it just never did. Please please give us the old Maggie O'Dell exciting stories where we are holding our breath as we turn the pages; this was not a page turner by any means.
Sophie S
I had some mixed feelings about this book. Once again it is an easy to read, well written novel but I don't like it as much as the other Alex Kava books I've read.

To put it simply and avoid confusing people with my lack of explaining skills I liked one of the story lines but not the other.

This is a bit of a spoiler but....

I really enjoyed the party of the story following Maggie O'dell. It was an interesting and complex investigation into teenage parties and government conspiracies with a hint...more

Omg! I finally got to this book and wow she does not disappoint me again! Very intense interesting, great story
Loved it!! Read this book if you love suspense!!!!
I really enjoyed this book, the action was moderately paced, with some slow but nice moments. Still in love with the slowly evolving hopefully romance between Maggie and Ben. I really liked the character of Lucy, hope to see her in a future book maybe. It was so nice to see Maggie relax for maybe the first time in the series (except for that back rub in the last book). I really felt like Maggie let her walls down with Lucy and just trusted, beyond anything I have witnessed so far with Maggie. I...more
I will review this at a later time--it is one of a series whose main character is Maggie O'Dell an FBI profiler and you should pretty much read them in order--I have read most of them.
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Kava begins with what almost seemed to be separate stories and gradually moves the plots of each closer together, step by step, twist by twist, alternating between Nebraska and Washington DC in this fast-paced page turner.

Picking up the Maggie O’Dell series with the 9th book instead of the first, I’ve probably missed a lot of character development which took place in earlier books and that was, for me, a bit of a problem when there is as large a cast of characters as populates...more
Carole Tyrrell
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Agent Maggie O'Dell, F.B.I. profiler, has been sent to a conference in Colorado but has been called from it to investigate the case of mutilated cattle in Nebraska. Numerous cases have been found and all the cattle mutilated in exactly the same way. While on this case, she is also called in on the case of teens partying in the Nebraska National Forest. While tripping out on salvia, a group of teens reported flasing lights, seeing fireworks and the feeling of giant jolts of electricity. One of th...more
I got this book through one of the websites that offer "free" books. The thing is, I read so much that these free books sit on my table for a month or more after I get them. The same was true of another free book I got - Full Black by Brad Thor. When I read Full Black, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the story was and how well written. Especially for a first-time author. The same is true of Hot Wire.

I've never read Alex Kava before but will be sure to put her on my "favorite authors" lis...more
This book was so frightening that I had to stop reading it and wait until my husband came home to read more. This book began in a truly frightening manner. Cattle mutilations, drugged out teenagers being killed in a remote area of Nebraska...
Agent Maggie O'Dell was on her game in this book. She had to overcome resistance from the local law enforcement, her boss back at Quantico and a worried Col Platt, who ended up having his own adventure.
This book was hard to put down, once I wasn't scared. A...more
Jessica at Book Sake
Alex Kava’s novel, Hotwire, is a fast-paced thriller that kept my interest throughout the book. Readers will love the characters, especially Special Agent Maggie O’Dell, who uses her keen investigation abilities to connect two supposedly unrelated cases, but gets into some pretty sticky situations in the process.

My only issue with this book is the unnecessary amount of conversation in every chapter. There were many instances when I felt the author could have elaborated on the setting or characte...more
Bizarre murders, cattle mutilations, and government conspiracies and suspected coverups are at the forefront of HOTWIRE, the ninth title in the Maggie O'Dell series by Alex Kava. Maggie, an FBI agent, is still recuperating from her last assignment and has been sent to Colorado to lecture at a law enforcement seminar. She is "asked" to look into some cattle mutilations in Nebraska and the story takes off.

Maggie doesn't just get to see some strange cattle mutilations, but soon spearheads an invest...more
The latest edition of the main character, Maggie O'Dell, FBI agent. Her boss sends her to Denver to be a speaker at a conference. While she is there, she makes a side trip to view a mutilated cow at the request of a local law enforcement member, Donny. The carcass has had several parts surgically removed but, Maggies learns, this is not the first incident of this nature. While they are looking at the carcass, a call comes in to Donny,requesting his presence at a nearby scene of a group of injure...more
Story Description:

On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-induced party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the different stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, she realizes that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated.

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Army Colonel Be...more
M. Myers
It's great to discover a smart, strong heroine; greater still in a series written by a woman. F.B.I. agent Maggie O'Dell may be unfamiliar with the distances and mores of rural Nebraska, but she's highly effective in solving the bizarre deaths of teens at a party and untangling the wild reports of survivors. She doesn't make ditzy choices that land her in peril, and she doesn't need a big, strong man to rescue her.

Just as occasional flecks of color enhance a fine tweed, a slender thread hinting...more
Ceelee Sunshine
Alex Kava is an excellent and highly underrated writer of mystery and suspense. Her stories are creative and her heroine Maggie O'Dell is as realistic a character as Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. HOTWIRE is another excellent book in the series featuring Ms O'Del and Col Benjamin Platt. They were working on two separate investigations that ended up being related in an interesting way. I liked the book and it satisfied my need for a good mystery after a summer of Regency romance and Amish sto...more
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Voor wie houdt van een relaxte thriller, het betere speurwerk raad ik zeker deze Alex Kavas aan. Begin wel met boek 1, de "zaken" zijn steeds nieuw, maar de personages evolueren ... Weinig echt op aan te merken dan dat ik het jammer vind dat O'Dell steeds weer in de moeilijkheden moet belanden haast. Mooie tussendoor, voor de zonnige dagen!

ik heb ook dit bo...more
Ana T.
I've been trying to catch up with all the series I have been reading and I noticed that it had been a while since I had picked you a Maggie O'Dell novel. I was a bit unsure about it after reading the blurb but in the end I enjoyed it more than what I was expecting.

I like Maggie O'Dell, I like how she investigates and feels for the victims but, in terms of her personal life I think it's taking her too long to overcome her hung ups in the relationships department. There's only a number of books th...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Mystery and Suspense


Alex Kava’s Hotwire is the ninth book in the Maggie O’Dell series. This time around, Kava splits her story into two main stories that may be linked; Maggie dealing with possible mutilated cows, while Colonel Benjamin Pratt has the responsibility of trying to figure out why students have come down with what appears to be salmonella poisoning and who is responsible.

FBI Special Agent Maggie O’Dell, who is a profiler by trade, has been told by her b...more
It’s been such a long time that I read a book in this series, that I had forgotten just how enjoyable it is! This latest installment was quite thrilling - and quite difficult to set aside to do all those distracting errands and other boring items off your to-do-list that keeps you from reading! In fact, I read this in one sitting!

Since this is the ninth book in the Maggie O’Dell series, the characters by now are quite familiar, allowing Kava to focus more on the plot here than furthering her cha...more
I always enjoy reading Kava's Maggie O'Dell books, though this one felt less suspenseful to me. 2 storylines play out in the book. The first involves criminal profiler O'Dell, sent on a wild goose chase by her boss to investigate a brutal cattle slaughter in rural Nebraska, only to get involved in a murder investigation after the law enforcement official accompanying her is called to the scene where 2 teenagers are dead and more are injured and all signs point to suspicious activity. Meanwhile,...more
This next installment in the Maggie O’Dell series finds Maggie in Nebraska investigating a case of mutilated cattle. Nearby a group of kids are in a forest tripping out on salvia when a flash of lights and heat leaves some of them scorched. The plot hops from Nebraska to D.C. where Army Colonel Ben Platt has been called in to identify the bacteria that is making school children sick. It appears to be an unusual strain of salmonella, not unlike the recent case in Germany where victims were sicken...more
This was the first book I read in this series (I now understand there were 8 earlier ones). Perhaps had I read them I would have cared more about this cast of characters. As it was, if you go into this book cold, the characters aren't really developed and you don't really care what does or doesn't happen to them.

To me the book just ends abruptly without really wrapping up the storylines or explaining why. It was just a very choppy read that really didn't go anywhere.
This is the first time I've read anything by Alex Kava.

I read one reviewer who said that the books should be read in order. I don't know if that's true, but I did find that Kava dropped bits and pieces about earlier cases into the narrative, so be aware of that.

Now as to this book: I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it enough to rush out to pick up other books by this author. Mostly that means I'll pick up another if I find it, but I'm in no hurry.

There are two story lines, [SPOILER ALERT] the...more
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Alex Kava is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, eleven of them in the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series. Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was chosen for the 2006 One Book One Nebraska and her political thriller, Whitewash, made January Magazine’s best thriller of the year list for 2007. Published in over twenty-five countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestse...more
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