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The R-group is hired this time to find the daughter of a powerful man. Petra and Jacob travel to Mexico and there they meet Carlos and Simone, which rapidly becomes Petra’s friend. But Carlos and his brother Juan are mixed in some dangerous stuff.
I really enjoyed the previous book, so I was looking forward to this one. Even though this is the second book in the series, it is not a continuation of the previous book and could be read standalone. If the previous book was very technology centered, the same does not happen with this one, which is something I missed.
We get to know better Jacob and Petra, but even like that they didn’t feel fully fleshed to me. Petra started a sudden friendship with Simone that felt completely artificial to me. The conversations the girls had did not feel natural at all, so I disliked this part.
It was an entertaining thriller, but for me not at the level of the previous book. It felt slowly paced at some points, and the girls’ conversations were definitely skippable.
This book is narrated by a different narrator than the first book. Derek Shoales does a good job with accents and voices, but the book is so loaded with accents that it becomes a bit tiresome after a while. Not Shoales fault, he did very good a differentiating characters and keep things consistent.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the producer in exchange for an honest review.
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The second book in this tech series felt like a slight misstep in some aspects. It felt like it would have worked better as the initial part of another book, or a short. It has really no antagonist pushing the story forward, and rather just incidental bad guys that are encountered at convenient points in the story. The book seemed to replace any intrigue and thriller aspects in this outing for character drama, and an introduction into new players. I supposed if I went into this not expecting a tech thriller it might not have left a sour taste in my mouth.
The narration by Derek Shoales was fun, varied and paced nicely. I hope the future books in this story move back to more thriller than drama or at least equal parts. I still like lot of the main movers and shakers of the series, but just felt like this outing didn't live up to the potential it could have.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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The amount of knowledge on display by the authors in terms of technology makes me wonder what these guys can do. That's not to say that this is a boring book that just talks about how things work. No. It's a thrill ride that you want to strap yourself in for. Amazing storytelling throughout from the descriptions of the situations and environment to the crafting of characters that you are on the side of and love to those that you really love to hate.
It's also packed with twists and turns, although not so many that your head is spinning - they all make sense in retrospect. It's got some great ideas in here but also it's easy to listen too. Which in itself is an amazing skill.
If you like an action novel with cyber crime, mystery elements giving you plot twists which is also really easy to get into then the solution is simple. Read this book!
Also the narration of the characters and the story is great. For me it drew me in from the start and really added to the atmosphere of the book.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
The information gatbering R group searches for a missing heiress and also investigates the disappearing drugs lords and their accumulated assets. Along the way, it uncovers financial and identity laundering, pornography and fashion, friendship, sex and romance together with a host of colourful characters and a blurring of distinction between criminal activity and Bad Boy rogues. A slow action thriller which would benefit from reduction in length, densely filled as it is with meticulous conversation which is often unnecessary and sometimes feels stilted and, frankly, silly. This is, presumably, to reinforce character identity and authenticity but which for this reader became tedious. It is also somewhat patronising towards the female protagonists.
Narrator Derek Shoeles has a pleasant to hear voice and he reads well, with good pace and clear delivery. There is not much differentiation between voices, other than through myriad assorted accents, some sounding rather spurious, but this in no way diminishes the performance overall.
A good story is buried beneath the over-verbiage, however. A stand alone story, second in the series, which first introduced the Group and it''s cyber expertise as well some of the characters in book one. My thanks to the rights holder of The Enigma Rising for gifting me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom at my request and without expectation of any return. This review is entirely my own.