on Nov. 20, 2012 :
A well thought out character - and lots of drama. Just the ticket for a good read.
Looking forward to number 4
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on April 4, 2011 :
In this the third book of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles, special operative Grey takes on new and darker challenges. As we have come to expect, there is plenty of action and danger. And, Alex is forced to grow in unexpected directions.
This book has the same plot format as the first two books -- short missions clustered around the continuing development of Ms Grey as a special operative. That format results in a series of mini-climaxes which grow as the story progresses. (It is a plot vehicle that has worked well so far, but I wonder if can be sustained much longer. I feel that a more overall story arc may be required for subsequent books now that Alex has rather matured into her job. That's up to J.C. Phelps of course!)
I really like the way Phelps tied in some things from earlier books. I won't give any spoilers, but the reasons for some of Alexis' background elements which were brought out in the first book become clear in this book. The entire story is starting to come together nicely, actually.
The only quibble I have (and it is minor) is that Alex is a bit too emotive and girlie-like at times. She is in a hard business and I would expect her to be tough not only physically (which she certainly is) but also emotionally. I wouldn't want her to be a female Matt Helm, but still ...
The editing of this book (and the second book) has improved over that of the first book in the series (Color Me Grey).
I recommend the entire series and am happily looking forward to more.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)