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Haynes knows how to deliver high-octane action scenes that will make readers shudder with delight and terror. He also writes strong female characters, and there are few stronger than freelance operative Daria Gibron. Men who know her are scared to be in the same room with her and women try to emulate her, minus the violence and gunplay. Fans of the Brad Thor and Robert Ludlum vein have a new author to enjoy.
Daria Gibron is trying to leave the spy game and has moved to Italy to enjoy life. When a former colleague tracks her down and asks for her help to protect a scientist, she can’t resist jumping back into action. Things immediately go wrong when she learns that a Serbian mercenary group has their sights set on the asset. They are working with a woman who had similar training to Daria and has a vendetta against her. There are CIA operatives seeking revenge against Daria, and her former boss appears to have secrets of his own. Daria will have to rely on herself to save the day. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 320 pp, $25.99)
In Haynes’s brisk, darkly humorous sequel to Ice Cold Kill (2013), Diego, a Mexican bodyguard, asks an old colleague of his, Israeli ex-spy Daria Gibron, for help. Now an independent operative, Daria has been lying low in an Italian village far from the eye of various international espionage and crime organizations. Diego suspects that members of a Serbian paramilitary group, the White Scorpions, have seized his fellow bodyguard, Vince. Diego and Vince were protecting Italian engineer Gabriella Incantada, the inventor of a military-grade avionic control device. Meanwhile, Minister Dragan Petrovic, a Serb official, has hired a stunning but lethal blonde known as Major Arcana to get Gabriella’s device for him. With some under the radar assistance from senatorial adviser John Broom, Daria—“a hand grenade in high heels”—embarks on a series of explosive deeds of derring-do across Europe in this high voltage, high-body-count thrill ride. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Aug.)
Reviewed on 06/27/2014 | Release date: 08/19/2014