Book & Author Details:
Firestorm (Flashpoint #3) by Rachel Grant
Published by: Janus Publishing
Publication date: 10th July 2018
Genres: Romance, Suspense
CIA covert operator Savannah James is after intel on a potential coup in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but she needs a partner fluent in Lingala to infiltrate the organization. Sergeant First Class Cassius Callahan is the perfect choice, except he doesn’t like her very much. He doesn’t trust her, either, despite the sparks that flare between them, fierce and hot. Still, he accepts the assignment even though their cover requires Savvy to pose as his mistress.
They enter battle-worn Congo to expose the financing for the coup. A trail of cobalt, gold, and diamonds leads them into the heart of a jungle in which everyone is desperate to find the mother lode of ore and gems. Betrayal stalks them as they follow the money, but Savvy will stop at nothing to bring down the would-be dictator before he can ignite a firestorm that will engulf all of Africa.
Deep in the sultry rainforest, spy and Green Beret forge a relationship more precious than diamonds, but Cal knows Savvy is willing to sacrifice anything—or anyone—to complete her mission. As they near the flashpoint, Cal will have to save her from the greatest threat of all: herself.
Blimey. There’s a lot going on here.
First, the characters. Come on – tell me you haven’t been waiting for Savvy and Cal’s story. I know I have. She has been such an enigmatic character in the previous stories that it is impossible not to be curious.
And how the author delivered on that build up.
Yes, the politics covered in this are complex. The suspense element of the story is disturbing and unsettling. But they are woven seamlessly not only into the plot arc, but also into the character and relationship development between Savvy and Cal which makes this story hang together wonderfully.
And for both of these characters, there is an unexpected vulnerability about them which makes their story even more endearing.
And in case you’re wondering? Yes. There is at least one explosion.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
Four-time Golden Heart® finalist Rachel Grant worked for over a decade as a professional archaeologist and mines her experiences for storylines and settings, which are as diverse as excavating a cemetery underneath an historic art museum in San Francisco, survey and excavation of many prehistoric Native American sites in the Pacific Northwest, researching an historic concrete house in Virginia, and mapping a seventeenth century Spanish and Dutch fort on the island of Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children and can be found on the web at www.Rachel-Grant.net.