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The Operative

(San Angeles #2)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Second in a trilogy, this far-future science fiction is set in Los Angeles—action adventure with a cyberpunk tone.

Kris Ballard’s life changed irrevocably when, a year ago, she was targeted for termination by the Meridian corporation, one of the mega-conglomerates that controls the government in this dystopian future. She hid amongst the underground resistance—but now, righ
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by DAW
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Laz the Sailor
This suffers from the middle-book syndrome where the plot needs to be advanced, but not completed, with plenty of build-up for the final installment.

But while the characters were interesting in the first book, they have become almost boring here. The bad guy has become Flat Stanley. The best character didn't get enough page time.

However, the thriller aspects of the book are great. The settings, dangers, and raw grit were vividly described.

I will read the final book to see what happens when Han S
"The Operative", Gerald Brandt's follow-up to the action packed "The Courier" is a disappointment. Uneven and packed with sadistic torture scenes, this novel tries to do to many things. There is a nascent revolution, a revenge plot, a rescue story , an inventor with a super device, and a war between corporations. As readers, we do not need a linear plot but too many story lines muddies the waters making it difficult to latch onto the main characters. In addition, the torture seems gratuitous. Th ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the second book in Gerald Brandt's "San Angeles" series. This book picks up a year after the first book left off and I didn't think it was nearly was good as the first book. To be honest the book sort of bounced around a 2.5 and a 3.5 for me depending on how cliché things got. In fact, as I was getting towards the end of the book this whole story format just started to remind me more and more of Star Wars. I mean, I realize Star Wars isn't super original either, but I figure it's a big e ...more
Timothy Reynolds
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heroine Kris ups her game and takes her battle against the world-controlling, corrupt corporations to the highest levels in this dystopian thriller. As her skills increase, so does her determination to do what is right to save those she loves, even when it's against explicit orders. ...more
Nicole Luiken
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
High action SF plot. As the middle book in the trilogy, the big plotline was still building, but Kris's personal stakes were quite high.

Quibble: Part of the ending annoyed me, but its a SPOILER so....
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Operative, by author Gerald Brandt, is the second installment in the San Angeles series. A series that takes place 100 years into the future. As I discussed in my view of The Courier, this is a world ruled, and dominated by Corporations. San Angeles is actually a place that stretches from San Diego to San Francisco. There are seven levels. The lowest levels are for the disinclined and others, while the top 3 level
Darin Calhoun
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beware the dark places of power and the fall of great men. They plunge those around them into the abyss that lurks inside us all.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oy. 1.5 stars rounded up solely for two major twists I didn't see coming.

So in the first book Kris was unusually competent for a 16-year-old untrained orphan eking out a living on the lower levels of CorporateLandWestCoast, outdoing the baddies as a matter of course.

In this second installment she's had a year of guerilla training and is consequently much LESS competent (but even more impetuous). Yeah, that makes no sense.

Furthermore, the book is filled with crazy people doing crazy things becaus
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Joshua Palmatier
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The Operative is the second book in Gerald Brandt's San Angeles sci-fi thriller series and it continues the story of Kris Merrill.

Premise: In The Courier, Kris finds herself caught up in the politics of the corporations that rule a near future Earth, as well as the heavens above, when she accidentally witnesses a murder while delivering a package. She survives--because she's a survivor--but she can't return to life as a courier now. Instead, she's become involved in the resistance, training to
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to say that this title really surprised me. I chose it solely based on the cover without further research, so when I began reading it I did not know that it was the second in a series. Despite this, I really enjoyed it. The entire world has that Demolition Man meets Judge Dredd feel, and you can't go wrong with that. I really felt for the heroine of the story, but the villain just didn't measure up for me. I will definitely be going back to read the first one, and then give this another r ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Unlike many of the reviews I read, I actually never read the first book “The Courier”. In fact, I didn’t even know there was a first book until I went back and read the reviews for “The Operative” after finishing. I think in some ways that’s good as you don’t need the first book to understand this book. Overall, it was good. It kept me hook during some parts and others seemed a little dragged out. It’s an easy read and has a good overarching plot line.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Derivative, trite, and treacly second San Angeles thriller featuring a former courier, her love interest, on old family friend and the cook from her training center. Her anti-corporate organization is compromised and it's former manipulator is after her for ruining his career ambitions. Things get worse, including the stilted dialogue and unoriginal expositions. Not going to recommend even for fans of YA-oriented futuristic thrillers. Blah. ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing
The story line was weird - some crazy guy is out to get her ... for what? I suppose he's nuts, so doing nutty things is okay. Plus Kris totally ignores that a rebellion is occurring, but happily allows rebels to die helping her in her single-minded obsession.

I suppose in some sense it is the same "President Snow/Katniss Everdeen" battle, but in The Hunger Games, Katniss was a symbol of a rebellion wanting Snow dead.

In this book, Kris is a symbol of nothing!
D.F. Haley
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was just bad. I was intrigued by this world in the first book, but this sequel left me feeling annoyed and disgusted. the characters became one dimensional, their motivations were inconsistent and made little sense, and the plotting was unbelievable. I can't believe I actually read the whole book. yuck. ...more
Hayden Trenholm
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Second books of trilogies are often the weakest of the three. Brandt avoids that sophomore jinx with The Operative. The same pounding action but with more complexity to the character exploration. Looking forward to the conclusion.
Johnny King
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Feel like it's a 4.5 for me. Ending felt a little rushed. ...more
Peter Langevin
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good sequel

Was every bit as good as the first installment. Couldn't stop turning the page. Twists and turns everywhere. I cannot wait to read the next installment
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The pacing was slow, and I kept losing interest. Then I would pick it up again and finally finished it. I liked the World that was pictured but wanted better word smithing.
Nicholas Anderson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
The first book was better. This one kinda drags on.
Phillip III
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Gerald Brandt by pure accident. I'd won a copy of THECOURIER on Goodreads. The cover was what caught my eye, initially. Once I started reading, however, I knew this would be an author I'd keep tabs on. Having just finished reading THE OPERATIVE, Book 2 in the San Angeles Series, I mean literally just finished reading it, I wanted to dive right in and write my review.

THE OPERATIVE takes place about a year after THE COURIER. Kris Merrill has joined ACE, and is in Canada for boot camp
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
After the events of The Courier, Kris is now in training for an anti-corporation group, but old enemies with a grudge still want her dead.

I received this book for free from a giveaway. It did not affect my review, except in that I would not have read this book if I had not. The first one wasn't my thing enough to want to follow it up.

I didn't hate that first book, but it wasn't great, and there were some big flaws. This book contains virtually all of those flaws, only it manages to be worse in
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic follow-up to the first book in the "San Angeles" series, and I sincerely hope it continues to a book 3, book 4, and beyond.

With the three major corporations gong to war (not a major spoiler, as it mostly happens in the background), and Kris, the protagonist, freshly inspired to fight for the common people by the end (again, not really a spoiler), a third book is certainly set up.

We also meet new characters, learn a lot more about some existing characters, and see more of the
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, novels
The first book in the serie showed promise but the second doesn't deliver.
There's no additional world building and the motivation of the characters doesn't really seem logical.
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