Published by Dell on Sept 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?
The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As a second book, this was quite strong and enjoyable. The story has a strong plot that stands alone, yet still ties into the first one, and the overall characters and story arc are advanced well.
The big draw of this book is the information learned about Sam’s past. In the first book, she struggled with knowing nothing. In this book, she’s starting to learn things, and they are both unsettling and intriguing. I can’t wait to learn more in the next book.
One thing I really like about the whole series is the inventiveness of the world and the characters that inhabit it. There are some standard creatures like vampires, but then there are creatures like kites, which are quite scary and unlike anything I’m familiar with. It helps keep the books fresh and new because you never know what’s going to come out next.
Overall, this was a great sequel story. It was exciting and action packed, and made me want to continue the series. You can’t ask for more than that.