Monday, March 13, 2017

The Next Chapter in an Explosive Series: The Devil's Triangle (Review)

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes the highly anticipated thriller in their Brit in the FBI series, featuring special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine in their new roles as heads of the Covert Eyes team—but will their first case be their last when the enigmatic and dangerous thief known as the Fox reappears?

“He who controls the weather, will control the world. He who controls time, will never be around.” —Thomas Frey

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government’s Covert Eyes—leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help.

Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she’s overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that’s killed thousands in Beijing isn’t a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth.

From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC.
The Devil's Triangle
A Brit in the FBI #4
Catherine Coulter / J.T. Ellison
Pub Date: 3/14/17
Gallery Books
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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The fabulous writing duo, Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison up the stakes in The Devil's Triangle as Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine lead their first Covert Eyes mission. Everyone's favorite master thief, Kitsune, aka the Fox, is back and she's asking Nicholas and Mike for help.

It seems like a straightforward mission: fly to Italy to rescue the Fox's husband and bring her back in handcuffs. When the crew lands bullets fly and the team finds themselves tracking the most dangerous suspects yet. With every novel written in this series Coulter and Ellison push the envelope more and more. The plots stretch broader and become more complex while running the risk of becoming outlandish, but The Devil's Triangle doesn't completely fall off track. I expected the story to focus on the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, but that was more on the periphery of a much bigger plot. Five generations of the Koath family have been obsessed with finding Ark of the Covenant. They believe it's their destiny to protect it or use its sacred power to gain eternity. It was quite a stretch for two epic concepts to be melded into this gargantuan plot, but somehow Coulter and Ellison pulled it off. There is quite a bit of info dump throughout the novel, which is one aspect that tempts me to skip through the story, but sets it apart from a regular mystery. The reader is privy to bits of information that's later repeated when the agents figure it out. We're aware of the culprit so there isn't usually an element of surprise as far as 'whodunit'. The surprise element comes from seeing what kind of trouble Nicholas and Michaela stumble upon in the course of their investigation.

The Devil's Triangle, along with the previous novels in the series so far, is jammed packed with action. From car chases to cliff jumps -- it's all there and you don't want to miss out on an adrenaline packed novel! Even with the nearly non-stop action it still manages to be a well-rounded story. The Covert Eyes team has become my favorite group of people to hang out with. Though Nicholas and Mike have this wild romance blossoming behind the scenes, readers get a peek of their connection as they hunt down criminals together. Other regular agents from the series like Ben Houston, Adam Pearce and Louisa Barry seem to have stronger presences and roles in the story.

A Brit in the FBI is truly an ingenious series! It reminds me a bit of Sandra Brannan's Liv Bergen mystery series on an international scale with much more fast-paced action. The characters are sharp, witty, and just a little bit scary as they take on whatever big bad adversaries stand in the way of justice. To Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison: keep 'em coming ladies!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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