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Monday, January 20, 2014

Fatal Secrets (FBI Trilogy #2) by Allison Brennan {Audio}

Fatal Secrets: A Novel of Suspense (FBI Trilogy #2) by Allison Brennan
My Rating:  3 of 5 Stars

Title:  Fatal Secrets
Author:  Allison Brennan
Narrator:  Ann Marie Lee
Length:  Unabridged; 12 hours, 29 minutes
Publisher:  Random House Audio
Published:  May 19, 2009
Genres:  Fiction; Suspense; Thriller;
My Rating:  ✮✮✮

Synopsis:
When a top lieutenant in a notorious ring of human traffickers agrees to turn state's evidence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior agent Sonia Knight believes she'll finally take down the illegal operation's devilish mastermind, Xavier Jones. But when an FBI sting on Jones' criminal enterprise collides with an ICE stakeout, Sonia is enraged: Her informant's life and her evidence are in grave jeopardy.
FBI agent Dean Hooper has been chasing Jones for years on money-laundering and tax-evasion charges and doesn't need or want a hot-headed ICE agent second-guessing his every move. When the Bureau is ordered to join forces with ICE, Sonia is just as livid: Her job is to save lives, not money. But their team effort pays off as fierce mutual resentment fades and passion flares along with risk.
For Jones is just one piece of a depraved puzzle, answering to an even more dangerous predator. Denied his expected prey, this pitiless fiend intends to make Sonia and Dean pay with their own blood.
©2009 Allison Brennan; (P)2009 Random House Audio
My Review:
I really enjoyed the first book of the FBI Trilogy, Sudden Death, so I automatically thought that I would have a 5-star read with Fatal Secrets, however, that was not quite the case.  I can't say that I hated the book and had a really hard time getting through it, however,  I can't say that I loved the book, or even that I really liked the book, thus the 3 star rating!  Could I give it half ratings, I would give Fatal Secrets a 3.5 of 5.
I think that Allison Brennan is a brilliant writer and does such wonderful work in many of her books.  I don't even think that the writing was as lacking in this book as the story.  I just could not get connected with the story.  I think that Brennan's writing is good throughout the book, but it was just the plot that didn't thrill me.  I guess maybe international human trafficking wasn't something that peaked my interest.
The narrator, Ann Marie Lee,  did a good job reading the story and kept me about as invested as I was going to get, but there was only so much she could do for a story that just didn't hold my interest.  
The characters were good characters, and I genuinely wanted to know what happened with them, but I just could not find myself forming bonds and vested relationships with them throughout the story. I felt disconnected.
Overall, I won't let this book stop me from reading more from Allison Brennan, as I didn't feel it was her writing in particular that I didn't care for, but just the subject of the story at hand that didn't peak my interest.  
Would I Recommend This Book:
That's a tough one, because it wasn't thoroughly entertaining to me, but that doesn't mean that other people might not love it!  I would say if human trafficking is something that you feel might peak your interest, then give it a try, if not, then maybe you shouldn't!
Stand Alone or Part of a Series:
Part of a Series (However...I believe that this could be read as a Stand Alone!)
  • FBI Trilogy (Book #2)

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