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05 July 2012

Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey : Countermeasures

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Am I reading the same book as the other reviewers?
I read this book because it had a lot of good reviews - I can't imagine why there are so many 5 star reviews. The start was a promising techno/suspense but soon it changed into a pretty tame romance/suspense, and not a very good one at that.

Some parts of the plot were unbelievable. A small example; Cassandra James, a private security consultant (former CIA) and Natham (still CIA) visit the extremely secure NSA headquarters and express surprise when they have to hand in their guns before they are allowed entry. Then they are allowed to enter the most secure part of the NSA and talk to an analyst, Trevor Bauer, at his confidential workstation. Oh dear...

When Cassandra meets Bauer it is immediately clear that there will be a romantic tension between them.  When this happens I detected a clear change in style which suggests that the co-author has written the romantic and slightly steamy scenes. One reviewer thought the book was steamier than Fifty Shades of Grey. I haven't read that book but if this is correct then Fifty Shades must be a pretty tame affair.

I struggled to 60% and skipped to the "happy ending" and hints of future books in the same series. I won't be reading them.

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