...exciting, highly paid position for person with specialized training.... Recently unemployed after quitting a boring office job, Alexis Stanton finds a mysterious ad in the help wanted section that might prove to be the answer to her desire for excitement and adventure. After an intense application process, including actually fighting with her competition, she gets the job of her dreams. But is it going to kill her?
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Review originally published at Amazon.com and refers to the written copy. I then bought all three of the series when they came out at Audible.com.
I LOVE this series.
Wow. Some of you “reviewers” are really incredibly snotty, aren't you? OK, there are some spelling errors. Take a grammar pill, people! Much like Alex says, “Reading is a habit of mine, not a hobby, but a habit. It seems I just can't get enough. I will read anything.” Alex is up to doing anything too – anything from rappelling down a hill to swimming several miles in clothing and boots. You GO, Alexis!!!
Yes, Alexis comes from a privileged and yet unconventional background, but she doesn't seem all that spoiled to me. She is, admittedly, a bit “young” for her age, and somewhat naïve, and that is somewhat irritating to me, but that smooths out in the future books. Hey, she is 24, comes from an upper class background and has never really had much bad happen to her. She has to learn and grow, just like any young person. She is smart, stylish, and passionate about everything she does. Well, not everything. I mean, who really wants to be a data-entry clerk if they have half a brain? Oy. As “BigAl” says in his review, Alex “. . . has a passion to experience life that most of us lack.”
Some of you are pretty bent out of shape that Alex came from a privileged background, but she certainly isn't cut any slack when she starts out in her new venture as a member of a private military organization as it's lone female partner. And I can't see you whining and crying about her kicking butt and taking names, meeting and exceeding the new and tremendously difficult requirements of her new job if she was one of those with a penis. You would be talking about how “hot” the jock is. As for not really knowing what her father does for a living, other than being “in the military” --- anyone who knows, or is related to, certain military members knows full well that they are never allowed to know what their spouse/brother/son/daughter/wife is doing, where they are going, or when they will be back. Or, yes, what is is they really are responsible for. So get over it.
And speaking of penises – come ON people!!! Not every single book on the planet has to devolve into getting naked and getting it on. It is like you expect every book written to be “Oh, I meet the guy. Oh, I hump the guy. Oh, my life is complete!” Yes, Alex is quite taken by White, and when she realizes who he is, the guy she fell for at age 12, well, that explains that. And Colin is her friend. Yes, she is possessive of him, but who hasn't been possessive of their best (and mostly only) childhood friend? And Black is the kind of person I would love to have for a mentor if I am her. What is not to respect about this quiet, intense, knowledgeable giant of a man who gives her the courtesy of the respect that she earns through her hard work?
OK, I understand the Navy person who complained that the Military ranking wasn't perfect. I get fussy about stuff like that too, when it comes to forensics or other things that I am extremely knowledgeable about. Bummer. But it didn't faze me enough to upset me. You might mention it to J.C. She is on Facebook, and is always extremely nice to everyone who contacts her. I have “spoken” to her many times, and she is a real sweetheart. So, give her a break, people. She has written a series of three book that I, and others, enjoyed immensely. So, there are a few problems. Tell me one author that hasn't done something to rattle your cage at some point or the other. I have read books published by large houses that had glaring errors in them. J.C. Is doing this on her own dime, her own time, and with a lot of her own heart and soul poured into her books. I am sure she would appreciate a bit of respect for doing something that I certainly haven't been able to do, and I would doubt that many of you naysayers have either.
Great action, minimal actual 'violence' and a new twist on action/adventure. Jessica Geffen does an acceptable job - her voice is a bit too 'childish' for my particular tastes, but she fits the character so I was able to become more comfortable with it by a few chapters in, and was fine with it by the time I reached the second book.