Fans of Kelley Armstrong's Otherrworld series know that she usually delivers strong plotting, tough female characters (usually with a hunky male counterpart for some sizzle), and an overall fun read. In this book, however, the transition to the real world from the Otherworld strains the reader's credulity to the utmost. The plot is straightforward enough: a hitman has turned serial killer, and a group of other hitmen get together to take him down before he draws too much attention to their profession. OK as far as it goes... but it's one thing to have hitmen as heroes, another to have them as uncomplicated heroes. The hitmen Nadia meets (all of whom kill people for a living, some without caring why or who the hit is on) turn out to be hunky, well-educated, charming, and altruistic, far more concerned with 'doing the right thing' than the general public. By t he end I found that it required less suspension of disbelief to read Industrial Magic or No Humans Involved; once you...
After Nadia Stafford took justice into her own hands, she had to leave the police force. She finally ends up becoming a hitwoman for a small mafia family, whilst at the same time trying to keep her tourist lodge solvent. However, when one of her hits is mistaken for the work of a serial killer, she joins forces with five other assassins to stop the killings before they are all exposed.
Nadia as a heroine is a bit of an enigma. Even though we're in her head, there are still parts of her that remain a mystery. And I liked this. I liked having to think about her motivations. As a hitwoman she's decisive and professional, but there's something inside her that's not functioning quite properly. I'm hoping we gradually find out more about her in upcoming books. I wonder, if she'll ever have to confront all the things she's denied.
Of the other hitmen - Jack, Evelyn, Quinn and Felix - we spend most time with Jack, who is Nadia's mentor, and Evelyn who was Jack's...
Before I started reading fantasy, I was devoted to Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and Michael Crichton. What's common about the thrillers these gentlment write is that they grab you by the throat and don't let go til it's over and even then, often leave your head spinning wanting more.
That's what I'm comparing "Exit Strategy" to. While I liked the book, I definitely find it lacking for an entree into the thriller genre. The last 80-100 pages are what I would expect--the book was darn near impossible to put down and written tightly enough to keep things moving, but the setup was far too long. Fans of Ms. Armstrong's who cross over to this book to read her will probably like this book, but thriller fans may well not--and like as not, "Mystery Thriller" is where this book is placed on the shelves and where it will have to be compared.
"Exit Strategy" opened with an excellent hook. Nadia, a professional hitwoman, performs her contract and discovers that her 'hit' is...
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