Sunday, May 30, 2021

The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal {Book Review}

 **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors.

Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company's plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him--and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body.

Award-winning author James R. Hannibal ratchets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.

James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. This former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his children's mysteries, a former Thriller Award nominee, and a 2020 Selah and Carol Award finalist for The Gryphon Heist--the opener for the CIA series that now includes Chasing the White Lion. James is a rare multisense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells, and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.

If I'm being honest, James R. Hannibal is one of those authors that I just haven't decided on how I feel about. Clearly, he's an award winning author for a good reason--- he's an excellent writer and fantastic story teller, creating these fantastic stories that are unique and entertaining. The Paris Betrayal was no different. It was wonderfully written, with loads of action from start to finish to keep the reader turning the pages right through to the very end. 

Still, try as I may I just feel like I do not connect with his stories as well as I would like, as was the case with this one. I wanted to completely love it, but it just didn't connect with me. I'm not sure why this is... perhaps I just enjoy much more romance in my suspense. Again, I'm not sure. Either way, it was enjoyable just not as much as others in the genre. Still, if you enjoy an action packed story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, this is certainly one to check out. 


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