Tuesday, December 6, 2011

THE BAD BEAT by Tod Goldberg

A Burn Notice Book
Publisher: Obsidian
Date published: July 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0451234094
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

When you’re a spy without contacts, protection, a country or a job…you are given a burn notice and it will take all your wits and cunning to stay alive. Michael Weston is still in Miami as he tries to survive his burn notice. He also finds time to help those who need it and he meets college student Brent Grayson, a kid who has a company which doesn’t really exist. Though try telling that to the Russians who want it. When Brent’s dad is kidnapped by loan sharks, Michael has to find Brent’s dad and try to take down the Russians all while trying to stay alive. This is a going to be easy, right?

I never saw this TV show, Burn Notice, so I was unsure how this book would be like. It was a unique look into a world of spies and espionage amid the backdrop of lush Miami. The writing was tight, the characters were interesting and the story flowed smoothly. Most of the story is told in Michael’s point of view which took me a bit to get used to. Then when the action kicked in, it was like watching a movie but with words instead. The only thing is this is the fifth book in the series and I was a little lost at times.

Michael is an interesting character with morals, integrity, plus he feels a bit lost without the job that he trained and lived for. There is a connection you feel between Fiona and Michael but it took a bit for me to even like Fiona. She came across as brash and abrasive in the beginning and eventually. I came to like her. She was a gunrunner and quite independent. She isn’t afraid to use force to get her point across or to deal with sticky situations. The characters are interesting, multi-dimensional and really held my attention once I got past the first chapter or thereabouts. The secondary characters move the story along nicely and the author really captured the entire cast of characters beautifully.

BURN NOTICE: THE BAD BEAT is a fun, fast paced story with some interesting characters to fall in love with. I plan to go check out the TV show to see how the book pares up with it in the future. The author does a good job in catching the lush setting of Miami and had me longing to check out their sandy beaches myself.

If you are looking for story with a great cast of characters, a few mysteries to solve and a spy who needs to find his footing in the real world, then grab THE BAD BEAT and settle in for a fun filled ride of your life.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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