This is the second book in the Clandestine Service series. (You can see my review of the first in the series, The Gryphon Heist, here.) The adventure of international intrigue and high tech devices continues.
I liked this novel much better than the first one. I sensed an increased emphasis on the spiritual nature of the action. CIA agent Talia Inger becomes aware of child trafficking in Thailand and that drives part of the action. There is also many more references to spiritual life and Christianity in this book, something nearly absent in the first book. I also appreciated the developing loyalty among the unusual group of people with whom Inger works.
The main plot focus of the book is attacking the head of a huge crowd sourced crime syndicate. As was the case with the first book, the technology used to infiltrate the syndicate is over the top, as is the action. There were times when I was quite lost trying to imagine the action and all going on.
A unique aspect of the book is the mention of Compassion International. A fictional person from that ministry is a character in the book and we get a good sense of their work. Hannibal notes that money from the sale of this title will go to support Compassion International.
This is a good novel for readers who like the latest technological gadgets being used in intense action taking place around the world. You will also find a clear message of salvation and faith. It will be interesting to see if future books in the series will see spiritual change in more characters.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
James R Hannibal is a former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas. 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. He is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. You can find out more about James Hannibal and his other books at https://jamesrhannibal.com/. Photo Credit: DigiSmiles Photography
Revell, 385 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.