It’s rare to read a story about a kick-butt protagonist who is also vulnerable and humble, but that’s what you’ll get with Jocelyn Steely in Enemy Exposure. Jocelyn’s part of a diverse spy team who support each other and work well together. Author Meghan Rogers even brings several surprise characters into the mix to join Jocelyn’s team and with them come many complications to the plot. I love how this story wasn’t just about some spies who completed every mission without a hitch. Several obstacles were thrown their way, many of which were either impossible to handle or nearly so. The story also covered some serious issues such as drug addiction, kidnapping, and slavery, to name a few, but Rogers included them with limited details so it didn’t feel too overwhelming. Having not read book one, I was worried that I would be a bit in the dark but there are several flashbacks to fill you in on what you may have missed. As expected of a spy story, plan on some serious nail-biting scenes that you’ll be racing through. This is book two of a series (I’m not sure how many are in the series) and Rogers really leaves us hanging at the conclusion so let’s hope she completes book three quickly!
Review of an Advance Reading Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Philomel
Profanity/Language: 3 mild obscenities; 1 scatological word; 2 f-word derivatives.
Violence/Gore: Many (52) brief incidents including character wanting to hurt others; character jokes about killing another; character imagines having nails pulled off; character says a mission is suicidal; verbal threats; threatened with gun several times; character remembers being at gunpoint; secondhand reports of murder; references to kidnappings; secondhand reports of fighting; references to torture; secondhand report of characters dying in car accident; reference to characters being in a labor camp; reference to characters getting knocked out; secondhand report of character getting burned; secondhand report of character passing out from drug overdose; character put in headlock; character punched in the face; car hit with missile leaving one passenger unconscious with a broken arm; characters fighting and one gets skimmed with tranquilizer; character gets syringe put in neck; characters knocked out; three non-detailed scenes of murder.
Sex/Nudity: A few (7) brief incidents including hand on back, legs, and arm; holding hands; arm around.
Mature Subject Matter:
Murder, kidnapping, drug addiction, torture (secondhand).
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reference to character taking pain medication; several references and some instances of characters getting injected with a drug and being addicted to it; character receives acupuncture treatment several times; drug overdose.