April Mini Reviews: Action and Adventure

Action/Adventure is my go-to genre when I am in a reading slump or just want to go on an exciting ride and it felt wonderful to continue three of my favorite series in the month of April. I find it very difficult to write reviews for these types of books, so I’m just going to give a brief insight into how I felt about reading them.

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I’ve gotten so used to the Sigma Force books that I know exactly what I’m going to get and I’m never disappointed. This book was another wild ride about an evil man seeking revenge for the death of his wife by using extremely deadly ancient wasps to bring the world to its knees.

I loved going on this adventure and meeting my old favorites, especially Gray and Seichan. The action sequences are thrilling as ever and kept me on my toes. I really appreciate Rollins for the research he does about the places he so meticulously describes in his books. The city of Talinn (and it’s amazing library) and the Salt Mines of Krakow make such excellent backdrops in the book and I really want to visit and experience them myself.

This book is enjoyable, fun and exciting to read but it also dragged at places and I had to skim read (especially the POVs of the wasps). I know I will read all the upcoming books in this series but I hope that one of these days, the author will surprise me.

Rating: ⭐ ⭐⭐

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Another adventure series that I love getting back to whenever I need a break from all the intense fantasy and romance books that I read. This time, we get a look into the beginnings of Magellan Billet and how Cotton came to be its first agent.

The story starts with Stephanie meeting Cotton for the first time and asking for his help in retrieving an important suitcase from a wreck in the sea. With former CIA informants from Cuba and current & former FBI agents trying to kill him, Cotton tries to figure out the all-important secrets hidden in the suitcase.

Steve Berry does a great job of showing us a much more optimistic and less cynical version of Cotton which gives us an idea of how much this job has changed him over the years. Berry’s idea of combining the truth of Hoover and MLK’s problematic history with a fictionalized conspiracy of King’s assassination was excellently done, and proved to me again why I love his books so much.

Rating: ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐

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It was good to delve into another adventure with Nicholas and Mike. This one intersperses the history of Vlad Dracul III, vampirism, Romanian gypsy lore, possible ties to Rasputin and Bram Stoker with modern day cyberwarfare and very futuristic deadly drone technology. I was also fascinated by the whole mystery about the Voynich manuscript and how it was ingrained into the story of the villain twins, Roman and Radu.

The plot was quite intriguing and enjoyable and very fast paced but sometimes, it was hard to keep track of the various intersecting plot lines. Another problem was that the various interactions in the book didn’t feel right, especially the ones between Nick and Mike felt very off and sometimes even silly and very unlike them. But overall, this is a fun read, especially for fans of the series and I flew through the book in a single sitting.

Rating: ⭐ ⭐⭐

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