This is the second book I’ve read by Dan Grant; therefore, it is the second book of his that I was completely encompassed by. In Thirteen Across, Grant brings back protagonist FBI agent Kate Morgan in this book and puts her right in the middle of a train wreck at the beginning. This is one of the aspects I like most about Grant’s writing. He gets right to the action and pulls the reader in and asking all the questions. What caused the wreck? Was it an accident or targeted? We immediately learn in the second chapter who is responsible for the deadly wreck. The main idea of this book is that there is a puzzle to be solved, and Kate Morgan is the woman for the job. They do bring in some help for her in the form of a puzzle master named Shortz. I found all of the players in this book to be very two-faced. This really kept me on my feet as I did not know who was telling the truth and who was creating alliances with whom. At one point, Pratt, an Army Captain, who has very confusing motives, seems to be working with Kate Morgan to stay hidden from the puzzle maker, Barnes. We have also learned that Barnes and Pratt had a previous romantic relationship. I felt that no one, with the exception of Morgan, could be trusted in this book. It was, however, an exciting part of the book when they worked as a team of butt-kicking women. Pratt definitely has some skills, and Morgan can hold her own. The project that is behind all the madness is explained towards the end of the book and brings all of the players and the facts, including the puzzle clues, together. Another part of the book I was excited about was the resurrection of character Jack Wright. I am hoping to see more of this character in Grant’s future books. Jack’s insatiable need to be in the middle of the action is a part of his character that I absolutely admire and love.
To sum it all up, this book is like a cat-and-mouse chase with intricate puzzles and exotic locations. It is fast-paced and written like an action thriller movie, much like the Jason Bourne series. Make sure to keep your eyes glued to the page so you don’t miss a clue!
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||512 pages|
|Publisher||MindScape Press, Inc.|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|
|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|