#BookReview – THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE: A Brit in the FBI Thriller

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes the highly anticipated thriller in their Brit in the FBI series, featuring special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine in their new roles as heads of the Covert Eyes team—but will their first case be their last when the enigmatic and dangerous thief known as the Fox reappears?

“He who controls the weather, will control the world. He who controls time, will never be around.” —Thomas Frey

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are the government’s Covert Eyes—leading a top-notch handpicked team of agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens their fledgling team when the Fox calls from Venice asking for help.

Kitsune has stolen an incredible artifact from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now the client wants her dead. She has a warning for Nick and Mike: she’s overheard talk that a devastating Gobi desert sandstorm that’s killed thousands in Beijing isn’t a natural phenomenon, rather is produced by man. The Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to find out the truth.

From New York to Venice and from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop an obsessed family from devastating Washington, DC.

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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My Review

I like both Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison, so I’m surprised by the lackluster feel I have for this book overall.

The Devil’s Triangle ventures into both the techno and sci-fi zones. The plot requires that you step into the edge of the twilight zone. Also, this is the type of thriller where we have bullets flying all over the place, and superhero cops who manage to outrun them all, or zigzag through them without getting hit. This would all be workable, had the plot kept me riveted and had the characters compelled me to take that leap along with them. Unfortunately, the story as a whole just didn’t come together for me.

Mike shot one, Nicholas twisted around, shot the other. Mike’s target dropped, his bike skidding into the tunnel wall, but Nicholas’s kept coming.

My main issues with the book are all tied up with the characters. First, we have a lot of them, and we jump in and out of their heads with no clear reasoning. Too many viewpoint characters make it difficult to connect, turning this into a needlessly rambling saga. The book is quite long, at 512 pages, and despite the many action scenes, I felt every one of those 512 pages.

Giovanni shrugged. The witch was in a temper, something he was used to. Occasionally he wanted to break her neck, but not with Harry standing right there.

The only character I connected with an liked was Kitsune, who is consistently and irritatingly referred to as “the thief” by every other character. The twins are ridiculous caricatures of completely evil psychopaths, who have somehow managed to also remain high-functioning, respected members of society. The cops lack personality, with one easily being interchangeable with another. And the dialogue feels forced and unnatural.

Cassandra found herself wondering if the thief had been awake and listening. Did she have any idea what Cassandra would demand of her?

If you enjoy plot-driven stories of international intrigue, then you might love this book. I wasn’t enthralled, but I can certainly see how some readers would love it.

*I was provided with an advance ebook copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*

 

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