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    Fast-paced. Good Car\plane chases. No romance!

    Who to trust is the name of the game for new spy Talia Inger. Her boss? Her mentor? The civilian contractor? The scientist she’s investigating? Talia even struggles with trusting her own judgement. “So how is a spy supposed to know what’s right or wrong?” I’d say experience. And Talia gains that experience over the course of The Gryphon Heist, the first novel in a new series by James Hannibal. Talia and her team are out to steal\keep safe a new weapon from a secret vault in a high-altitude orbit. Not quite space, but space-adjacent. A lot of spy\adventure books that I’ve read always have a great team of secondary characters. The Gryphon Heist has such a team. An elite one, if I may borrow a phrase from the trailer! From hacker to chemist, wheel-man, cat burglar, and con artist, we meet quite the collection of characters. My favorites are Finn (the high-flying cat burglar), Darcy (the chemist\demolition expert), and of course Eddie, our hacker. Eddie has a very similar sense of humor to my own. (I always gravitate to the nerdy jokes!) Building the team is one section of the novel that I really enjoyed. This team reminds me a bit of the group from the Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich. Every member of the team has a specialty and they do not always blend together. But they get the job done. “In the past, I’ve put teams together for onetime operations, disbanding them afterward. But this team is different. … I don’t think any of you can deny that we work well together. You all have unique talents. And last week you used them to save lives.” I was relieved that there was no forced romance between Talia and Tyler. For me, knowing what I do about how their relationship started, it’s better as mentor\mentee than romantic. I may not be into action in my own life, but I do love reading a great action scene. Mr. Hannibal captures these scenes well with very visual descriptions. There are some extreme, heart-racing, action scenes in The Gryphon Heist. There is a great chase involving an ekranoplan. (Don’t worry. I looked it up too.) Our first introduction to Finn is a high-altitude jump out of a weather balloon. The whole end of the novel is one giant try not to die action scene. Kudos to Mr. Hannibal on the action writing! The Gryphon Heist as a lot of spy jargon which I can only infer is correct. I read a number of books like this, or with other military jargon. I don’t know anything about the subjects. I’m here for the car chases! If you are one of those readers who are a stickler for accuracy, this is my heads-up warning for you! I’d rank The Gryphon Heist up there with some of my favorite spy\thrillers, like the Jack West Jr or Oregon Files novels. Or Covert Affairs or Jack Ryan tv series. Well-written. Fast-paced. Good car\plane chases! And some great plot twists. Very worth checking out if you are looking for some high-speed action (AT HEIGHTS!).
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    Scamming the Bad Guy!

    Tailia Inger along with her friend, Eddie Gupta, have just become CIA operatives. They are supposed to be sent on an easy job in eastern Europe. Instead the job morphs into a huge race against time to stop the Gryphon, a radical defense technology, before it used to kill thousands. In order to do that, the two will get in league with Adam Tyler. This man is trying to con the person with the Gryphon into believing Adam is really Lukon, a notorious assassin turned business man. A team is gathered of experts in different clandestine fields to help pull off the deception. But is it all really a con? This fast-moving story has it all: intrigue, mystery, thrills, as this group covers the far corners of world in an attempt to stop the Gryphon. Surprising truths are uncovered, including startling clues that surface about Adam, along with a high-ranking CIA member. There is also an amazing story-line about unforgiveness in Talia’s life and what it has done to her, even physically. I would match this book against any action/thriller out there and say this tale will hold its own, or beat it. Additionally, it is done without cursing, sexual situations or excessive descriptions of violence—all told from a Christian point of view that flows naturally into the story. This author is very, very good, and you will not put his book down once it is picked up! I highly recommend this 5+ star book to anyone who likes edge of their seat, very well-written stories. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of, The Gryphon Heist, for the purpose of review.

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