This was just an OK read for me. I have read a few mysteries where the sleuth was an older woman before, and this one just failed to hold my interest....moreThis was just an OK read for me. I have read a few mysteries where the sleuth was an older woman before, and this one just failed to hold my interest. (less)
I had a difficult time getting into this book. I don't know exactly why, but I just seemed underwhelmed by the first chapter and kind of scanned throu...moreI had a difficult time getting into this book. I don't know exactly why, but I just seemed underwhelmed by the first chapter and kind of scanned through the rest of the book. It may have just been my mood at the time I read the book, so I thought it fair to give the author 3stars for an average OK rating.(less)
Jules and Max Baghat are FBI agents, but their job is put to the side when they must journey abroad to retrieve the body of Max's long time love, Gina...moreJules and Max Baghat are FBI agents, but their job is put to the side when they must journey abroad to retrieve the body of Max's long time love, Gina Vitagliano. Max and Gina have individual personal problems resulting from their past involvement with a terrorist hijacking, as well as the obstacle of a large age difference, that has put their romance in chaos. When Gina fears she will never get Max to let it all go and embrace the relationship, she flies off to Kenya to join a group giving medical and spiritual aid to the natives. But news of her body being found in the ruble of a suicide bomber's wake in Germany sends Max and Jules off to identify her body...only it's not Gina. So, the mystery and race to find Gina ensues. Back in Kenya (at the time before the suicide bombing) Gina has found a friend in an slightly older woman, Molly. They work hard together to combat disease, sickness, and the tough issue of female genital mutilation. Molly is an old hand at foreign aid and work, and has been waiting for the love of her life Grady (a man who is hunted by foreign drug lords/psychopaths who she met in a previous book) to find and return to her. Lo and behold, Grady comes to her in Kenya...in disguise. The three of them join together to save girls from an impending FGM and end up the victims of a horrid scheme to capture Grady. Gina and Molly become hostages after separating form Grady, and so he must join forces with Max and Jules to save the two women, who mean more to them than their lives.
Weaved into the book are the past events of Gina and Max while at a rehabilitation center (Max was shot in the last book). All of their issues are dragged out into the open, and though we already know that the conflict will be too much and Gina will leave Max for Kenya, these "flash-backs" are an integral part of the big picture.
So this book is broken down into these revisited past events of Max and Gina, the present-past of Gina and Molly and eventually the addition of Grady, Molly and Gina's kidnapping, Max and Jule's search for Gina with the addition of Grady, and then the eventual culmination of it all when all these characters finally come together to overcome those evil men who seek to capture and kill them all. ---------------------------------- For those of you who have read Brockman's books, this is the book that reunites Gina Vitagliano with Max Baghat, and Molly Anderson with Grady Morant. And as usual, where there is Max, there is Jules. For the prospective reader who is not familiar with the author's books of this particular series, and the mentioned characters, you will be able to follow the story, despite major character events having occurred in previous books. If you love a novel that has realistic characters and problems thrown into intense events of drama, action and suspense than this is a book that you will love. (less)
Good romantic story and interesting story line that showed the life of fostering and attempting adoption of a teenager. I will definitly look for more...moreGood romantic story and interesting story line that showed the life of fostering and attempting adoption of a teenager. I will definitly look for more of this author's books.
[regarding the possible sell/swap of this book, the copy is good condition library withdrawl. I know there are some sort of legal issues with the selling of ex-library books, so I guess if someone would just be interested in a swap. Perhaps for another ex-library book.](less)
**spoiler alert** I thought that it was a very interesting character attribute that had a former environmental scientist having to live with the effec...more**spoiler alert** I thought that it was a very interesting character attribute that had a former environmental scientist having to live with the effects of Aphasia. It was a great idea and I loved how the author handled it. I would have given the 5th star, but I felt that the villain was a bit too obvious and the switch from intelligent, rational worker to raving lunatic was too abrupt and not entirely plausible. I think that the book needed for subtle hints of a mental defect in the presentation of the villain, some cues that there was something wrong other than simply having an interest in the hero. A person's mental problem may be centrally focused on obsession for men, and resulting in stalking etc., but I think that there are usually other visible neuroses resulting from the insanity. Anyway, just my "reader" opinion (less)
I enjoyed this book for the fun characters and the strange story lines and plot twists. It was a gun mystery, an engaging read. But I have to say that...moreI enjoyed this book for the fun characters and the strange story lines and plot twists. It was a gun mystery, an engaging read. But I have to say that there were times where I was somewhat distracted by the rapid fire back-n-forth dialogue between the main character and her friend Louisa. I would get a little lost sometimes on who was saying what, and have to back-track to determine who had started it off in order to know who said what. Perhaps if would be better if some small snipets of action, some description of movement or physical reactions ( or something!) was to be inserted throughout these bouts of banter. This only happend twice though, so overall it was a good book.(less)