I received this book courtesy of Mr. Freeman for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Alton and Mallory Blackwell are at a party when they stumble on a near improbable theory. Cutter Wilson didn’t die of natural causes. After setting up a meeting, their informant dies of decidedly unnatural means. Can Alton and Mallory figure out what’s going on? Good thing they have a team of investigators on their side to do so.
Story Telling: This series is known for mysteries, and this one is no exception. It is a little more suspenseful than some of the others.
Likes: We get to see David and Mastana again.
Also, Alton and Mallory are still devoted to each other.
Dislikes: Okay, I admit it. The Constitution and other Founding Documents are very important to me. Yes, the antagonist was an evil piece of work. But, do we also skirt the rules of investigation to stop him? By what right did Alton use his virus? What was the reason to infect a pharmaceutical company’s computer system? Where were the warrants for the wire-taps? And let’s not even consider breaking and entering. There seemed to be no limits for Alton. This was quite disturbing for me.
Not only that, but Mallory qualifies as a ‘conflict of interest,’ doesn’t she? I mean, Cutter Wilson was her father, so why were the Blackwells even on this case? With their inclusion, it appears more like an assassination than an investigation.
I’m not so sure why Mastana was on this case, either. Who takes a minor on an investigatory mission?
Silva was another problem. I don’t know why some women decry misogyny, and then use their body’s to get what they want. Simply put, if you don’t want to be treated like a sexual object, don’t dress, talk, or act like one.
Favorite Character: I have to go with Keven. He wanted to do the right thing.
Favorite Quote: Really, I don’t have one this time.
Favorite Scene: The only good scene was when David admitted to the consequences of bringing Mastana along.
Conclusion: I’m sad to say that this book was a big downer for me. Even though the team wasn’t in America, they were still American. They were honor-bound to uphold the Constitution. Not only did they not uphold the Constitution, but they didn’t even have a problem with breaking any of the Commandments. Once the good guys, the protagonists, the heroes, start breaking the rules, they are no longer good guys, and evil wins. That’s my opinion anyway.