The author kindly provided me with a copy of this book.
Summary: In the year 2026, narcoterrorism wreaks havoc on the world as drug cartels operate as dominating, murderous dictatorships. The powerful Irish Drug Cartel has set up drug manufacturing plants in England, Ireland, and Indonesia and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is an ambitious policewoman from an antiterrorist unit called Densus-88. She's also smart, beautiful, and extremely good at her job, which is why she is assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team, set up to find and stop The Cartel. Alongside colleagues from the United Kingdom's SAS, she must quickly learn new Close Quarters Battle tactics and apply them to a vengeful and threatening battlefield. Sarah's investigation appears to be going well until the fight turns personal. She must now struggle to save her friends, family, and even herself. Spanning the globe with a keen knowledge of special forces tactics and some genuinely shocking twists, this book warns of a bloody, drug-addled future we may soon face.
Let's be real for a second here, I'm a person that judges a book by it's cover. This book taught me a lesson, when it comes to that. Neither the cover, nor the first few pages of the book, didn't do anything for me. And I didn't really made it my priority. But than I felt guilty, cause I received it from the author and I wanted to give it an actual chance, so I reread the first few pages and man, that was a game changer.
There are TWO things I can't forgive the author. If you read the book, you propably know what I am talking about. if you haven't, don't think about it too much and don't let that keep you from reading the book. Also just ignore the cover and roll with it.
The book is a bit hard to get into. There is lots of explanations and that can be a bit overwhelming at first. But tough it out. It gets so much better. The story is super interesting and there is lots of action, without being over the top, I think it's been written really realistic. And the twists. THE TWISTS AND TURNS. Hold on to your seats, kiddos.
The characters are amazing and so freaking good at what they do. I love that the author put the characters in situations where they really had to show the skills they have. Not just mention every chapter, that they are the best at what they do but never actually showing it. I, especially, loved Sarah and Michael. They were so amazing and so fun to read about. So yes, there was romance in the book, but I never felt like it took away from the big case they had to work on. There was a great balance there.
Overall, this is an amazing book, an interesting story that is well thought out and that works very well. Great characters, very international and very intestesting. I learned quite a bit about other cultures and there are a lot of different languages involved). Crazy bad guys (warning, if you have problems with the insides of peoples bodies, one of the bad guys takes the whole 'it's all about what's on the inside' a bit too far.)