Monday, 2 February 2015

AJ ADAMS REVIEW OF Jake Bernstein FBI Series by Donna Del Oro

Jake Bernstein FBI Series
Donna Del Oro
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

About The Series

A Bodyguard of Lies, Book 1

An FBI agent hunts for an infamous Nazi spy--and risks more than he bargained for.
Handsome FBI agent Jake Bernstein is recruited by MI5 to go undercover in England and Ireland and investigate a naturalized American grandmother. His task: Discover if she was the notorious Nazi spy, Hummingbird, who caused the deaths of thousands during World War II. His obstacles: A dangerous, Irish neo-Nazi organization, the woman’s lovely blond granddaughter, and sixty years’ worth of lies. His priority: Stay alive!

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Lies In Wait, Book 2
For love of country or love of a woman?
These are two of the choices FBI analyst/undercover specialist Jake Bernstein faces when he goes undercover for the Joint Counter Terrorism Center. His mission: Go to Silicon Valley and identify the masterminds behind what the JCTC chief believes is a coordinated terrorist plot that may involve five American cities. As a disaffected, biotech scientist, Jake is recruited and tested in a harsh, brutal way. But slowly, the pieces of a possible terrorist plot begin to emerge.
In his desire to see his lover, Meg, he breaks cover and flies to rendezvous with her in San Diego, unintentionally involving her in his case. To stop the deaths of thousands of lives, he must gain access to the terrorist cell's inner circle and learn the details of their plot. Because the terrorist cell knows about Meg, Jake must now prove his loyalty to radical Islam and do the unthinkable. Or the undercover operation will fail.
As the cell lies in wait for the final, deadly call to action, Jake is desperate. Do his duty, expose the plot and save thousands of lives? Or save Meg? Is he clever enough to do both?

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A Simon Wiesenthal type plot where you wonder if the old dear really could have been a Nazi spy or whether it's all a huge misunderstanding. All in all, it's a fun read.

I was given this book in return for an honest review.

Spoiler alert.

I loved the way the story moves between events in WWII and today. I also love seeing Mary Snider as a cold courageous young woman and then as a bad tempered and equally courageous cold old woman. She was the perfect Nazi and came across beautifully. Mary Snider made the story sing.

Operation Hummingbird was the code name for a series of political murders, part of the Nazi push for power in Germany, and I like the way the author used this as the code name for a super spy too. The hummingbird brooch as a secret sign was totally silly but suspension of belief meant it worked well.

The drawbacks. First, there is some very awkward language. This book needs editing. Also, the romance doesn't flow well. I didn't like Meg much, Jake was wooden and the lack of their romantic resolution left me cold.

Would I read the next one? Yes, but not because I want to read about Meg and Jake. Hopefully they'll be blown up in a neo-Nazi revenge plot and we get to see a Mary Snider type heroine. Now that would be five stars!

About The Author

My pen name is Donna Del Oro and I live in Northern California near the Sierra Nevada foothills and Folsom Lake. After retiring from high school teaching, I decided life was too short to waste. Thus, began a journey doing what I'd been wanting to do for many years--write fiction. I sold my first novel, OPERATION FAMILIA, right away and this book went on to win an award for the Best 2010 Latino Books into Movies Award. Following that first sale, I published three more women's fiction books, then branched out into writing my first love, romantic thrillers. This year, 2012, saw the launch of A BODYGUARD OF LIES and THE DELPHI BLOODLINE, both ebooks and available on Kindle, Nook, Apple, and elsewhere. If you have read any of my books, I welcome your input. Leave me a review on Amazon and your name goes into a pile for a $50 gift card at B&N, my favorite bookstore. You can email me: Thanks for dropping by!"
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