13 09 2019

Gryphon Heist cover      This is a gripping story of espionage.  You have a few main characters, but the main one is Talia, who has just gotten a job at the CIA, along with Eddie, who was in the same class as Talia.  They are put in the “Others” division, with Brennan as their supervisor.  He puts the two of them on a “simple” case, working with civilian, Tyler.  But, it ends up this case is anything but simple.


There is the undertone of Christianity, but not very strong.  This has a strong hint of the past of what Talia went through as a child, and how it relates to this case.  This also is how Talia is reacting to working with a bunch of thieves.  Is the CIA involved in this?  That question remains to be answered still at the end of the book.  We are left in a cliff hangar.


Did I enjoy this book?  Immensely.  Different than my usual, but it kept me glued to it.


Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe–a department only known as “Other.” When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she’ll be back in DC within a few days. But that’s before she knows where the designs are stored–and who’s after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.
Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?
In this Ocean’s Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.


james-hannibal    A former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, James R. Hannibal 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 Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults.


The Gryphon Heist became available for sale September 3, 2019.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.


5 04 2018

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With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

Conspiracy is the perfect word for this book. I was taken back to the time that America was afraid of Russia. This brings us into the world of a Russian President who believes he is a czar. He is willing to do anything to bring Mother Russia back as head of all countries. He will stop at nothing. His son-in-law, Oleg, is not for a war against NATO, and believes the only way to stop the war is to stop President Luganov. He then befriends ex-Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker. The two plan to put the President down. The closer I got to the end of the book, the more I was on the edge of my seat. Riveting is what I call this.


Joel C. Rosenberg, the grandson of Orthodox Jews who escaped Czarist Russia in the early 1900s, is a New York Times best-selling author of twelve novels and five non-fiction books with nearly five million copies in print. He has addressed audiences at the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Capitol, Canadian Parliament, and the European Union Parliament, and has met with world leaders such as Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President el-Sisi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, among others. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs in the U.S., Canada and around the world and has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post. A well-known Evangelical in the U.S., he is the founder and chairman of The Joshua Fund, a non-profit educational and humanitarian relief organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.” Joel comes from a Jewish background on his father’s side, and a Gentile background on his mother’s side. He and his wife, Lynn, are dual U.S.-Israeli citizens. They made Aliyah in 2014 and live with their sons in Israel.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review.