Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Review: The Chase (Fox and O'Hare #2) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare.  Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad. A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate all over the world.  But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.

Janet Evanovich is one of my all-time favorite authors.  Her Stephanie Plum series is fast-paced and fun, never failing to entertain.   The Chase, the second novel in the Fox and O'Hare series does not quite live up to the Plum series.  

I'm not sure how these collaborations between writers work, how much each writer contributes; I have never read anything by Lee Goldberg with which to compare this book.  It feels to me like the difference between color and black and white.  The Fox and O'Hare series is just a little less colorful, a little less funny.

Nicolas Fox and Kate O'Hare are antagonists who are forced to work together, who begin to feel an attraction for each other.  It's obvious the series is leading to some sort of romance between the two, but it doesn't feel real.  Perhaps they are waiting to strengthen this in forthcoming books.

The gang that goes along for the ride is a fun mixed-up group of unique personalities.  My favorite is Kate's dad, Jack.  His idea of quality time while his daughter was growing up was teaching her how to shoot different weapons.  He loves it when she comes to him for help in her schemes to take out the bad guys and he has a plethora of old war buddies who are available to assist in the operations.  I'd love it if subsequent books in the series would flesh these characters and their personalities out even more.

There were a lot of similarities between the first book in the series, The Heist, and this one.  One genius evil mastermind with a network of highly trained goons to defeat.  A secluded isle/plantation to retreat to, lots of explosions and bullets.  

Yet I have to say the book was enjoyable to read.  If you like suspense thrillers, action-type books, you should enjoy this book.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and RandomHouse Publishing.

I give this 3 Bookworms.

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