Monday, April 9, 2018

The Sixth Day (Review)

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine take on a ruthless mastermind in the fifth highly anticipated thriller in the New York Times bestselling A Brit in the FBI series.

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear—these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.

With the help of Dr. Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia (twin language), Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean, a wealthy cybersecurity genius and a descendant of fifteenth century Romanian Vlad the Impaler—often romanticized as Dracula. Ardelean believes the Voynich Manuscript will unlock the secret to curing his severely ill twin brother’s blood disorder and is willing to murder anyone who gets in his way, including Nicholas and Michaela.

Along with MI5, the Covert Eyes team must race against the clock to find Ardelean before he unleashes a devastating attack on London intended to destroy those he believes betrayed him.

With heart-pounding tension and gripping suspense, New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison “are really on an amazing roll with their outstanding A Brit in the FBI series” (RT Book Reviews).
The Sixth Day
A Brit in the FBI #5
Catherine Coulter; J.T. Ellison
Pub Date: 4/10/18
Gallery Books
Rating: 4/5
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Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison return in their fast-paced action thriller series, A Brit in the FBI. Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine must cut their vacation short when two high profile politicians are killed in a two day period. They know the game's afoot, but exactly what game and who is behind the attacks is yet to be revealed.

One thing I love about this thriller series is the complex plot lines. Mike and Nicholas are adventure junkies so one simple mystery to solve would not be enough for them! In The Sixth Day, pages from a mystical manuscript have been discovered and it can only be read by special twins. One man is determined to get his hands on the missing pages at any cost because they hold the key to his brother's life. While Mike and Nicholas are looking for the link between victims, Covert Eyes team member Adam Pearce is working the cybersecurity angle, looking for whoever is spying on MI5 and MI6. Roman Ardelean is the epitome of an evil mastermind genius. He uses a special class of computer code to infiltrate the most secure government databases and he has a group of wealthy citizens backing a secret project that could save many lives or throw the world into a state of pandemonium. He's a Romanian Lex Luthor and my favorite villain from the series so far!

While the previous novels of this series have had complex plot lines and mysteries that completely take control of your attention, I thought The Sixth Day gave too much information away before Mike and Nicholas came across it making the flow a bit repetitive. The mystery aspect of the story was very subtle and it felt as though it was quite easy for them to get to the answers of their investigation. Maybe the fact that they were fighting an enemy in the real world and in cyberspace made it seem like the frantic running around chasing leads was a limited part of the novel. The climax was done exceptionally well as Ardelean makes his last stand and Mike and Nicholas fight to save the lives of their loved ones and some very, very important people.

While The Sixth Day is not the most thrilling addition to the Brit in the FBI series, Coulter and Ellison still manage to expertly meld notable aspects of history and culture into an engaging read that will keep you flipping the pages. I adore Special Agents Caine and Drummond as partners, and lovers,  and their eagerness to run headfirst into danger to catch a criminal always keeps me coming back for more!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*




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