Mark Twain wrote: The reason novelists nearly always fail in depicting women when they make them act, is that they let them do what they have observed some woman has done at some time or another. And that is where they make a mistake; for a woman will never do again what has been done before.
#2 in Enigma
Average Rating: 4.0
When a Brazilian industrialist hires the R-Group, the world's most elite information-gathering unit, to track the disappearance of his daughter, a dangerous but quiet hunt begins. But just finding her doesn't mean all will be well. The team in Switzerland follows the leads from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean, but the data trail is leading nowhere. Sometimes the most important clues come from unlikely sources.
By chance two members of the elite team, vacationing in Mexico, cross paths with Carlos and Juan's fly-by-night operation. Cloaking their "moving business" from satellite surveillance, their unique talent for relocating drug lords targeted by the Mexican authorities, along with their cash, gold, artwork and other assets, was legendary. These are Bad Boys, so-called entrepreneurs, who even the most generous observer would question the legality of their business model.
Can the R-Group assemble the pieces of the puzzle without international consequences? Will the brothers stop running outside the law long enough to do the right thing? Can you hide from your past and still enjoy the present? Is the heiress hiding in plain site or gone forever? And can the brothers rein in their contempt for societal rules and leave behind the sweet deals long enough to save a life?
This is a fairly complex, action-packed thriller with reasonably believable characters. Some of the actions and behaviors of the characters stretch credulity a bit and are rather predictable, but admittedly, there are a couple of very well written sex scenes.
Derek Shoales delivers an excellent performance, giving distinctive voices to the characters. His accents aren't always perfectly accurate, but they serve their purpose well.
The ending seems to be a major setup for the next book in the series -- a practice I abhor -- but it's not a cliffhanger, thankfully. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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