Saturday, March 8, 2014

REVIEW: The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Title: The Chase
Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Series: Fox and O'Hare #2
Published Date: Feb 25, 2014
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell
ISBN: 9780345543080
Buy It Link: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad. 
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Net Galley.
I've read most of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and some of her Wicked series, so I know she's a good author. I stopped reading her Plum series, not because of the writing quality, but because of the storyline. Same for the Wicked series. They were just getting way too unrealistic and silly. It became more of an aggravation to read than an enjoyment.
I was worried that this series would be the same way. I am pleasantly surprised that it is just the opposite. Kate O'Hare is quite adept at her job, as is Nick Fox. The storyline is somewhat realistic, but there's enough action in there for you to put aside the fact that perhaps an FBI agent would not willingly work with a FBI wanted man. However, there's enough of a spin on that storyline to make it somewhat believable. I love the fact that we have a main character in Kate that is great at her job, and a kick-butt woman.There's a slight romantic connection between Nick and Kate, and I expect, like Stephanie Plum and Joe Morellli, this will most likely be a thread followed by the authors down the line.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, even though this is the second in the series. It is enough of a stand-alone that you can read it without getting too confused.I truly hope this series keeps up its high quality storyline and doesn't sink into the realm of Stephanie Plum.

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