Happy Tuesday friends! Happy Second Day of Fall 🙂 My favorite season of the year! Well, second to Christmas if you count that as a season! I love reading books with a comfy blanket, hot cider or hot chocolate, and just looking at all of God’s beautiful colors around me. The trees have already started to turn where I live and I cannot get enough of it already. What’s your favorite way to read in the fall?
Today I’m talking about a new book by author James Hannibal. The cover is so awesome, don’t you think!?
Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe–a department only known as “Other.” When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she’ll be back in DC within a few days. But that’s before she knows where the designs are stored–and who’s after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.
Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?
In this Ocean’s Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.
The Gryphon Heist was a book that I couldn’t wait to start reading. The plot was so interesting and sounded like it was going to keep my on my toes. Honestly, part of the time it did, and part of the time it had me speed reading.
The suspenseful parts were exciting, dangerous, and had me worried about what would Talia would come up against. She was smart, sometimes annoyingly so as she felt she was above the things that were assigned to her. But she also did a few things that seemed a little out of character – almost like someone with her intelligence wouldn’t have done them. I can’t totally put my finger on it, but some of the things just seemed out of place.
Hannibal did provide some twists and turns that had me smiling and guessing. I love it when authors change things up and take you down roads you weren’t expecting. A good author never makes the villain obvious – and I think Hannibal did a great job at that. He is good at keeping you on your toes as far as the whodunnit.
The overall story was just okay for me. The suspense was good, but sometimes the flow of the story was a little confusing, or just felt out of place. Talia was not my favorite character. She just seemed all over the place. Now it could be because she’s essentially a rookie, so perhaps in later stories she will evolve a bit more. If that’s the case, then I look forward to seeing how she progresses as an agent and a character.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As a former stealth pilot, James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion award-winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults. His first Christian thriller, the Grypyhon Heist, releases Fall 2019 from Revell. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.