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Publisher's Note:

Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe--a department only known as "Other." When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she'll be back in DC within a few days. But that's before she knows where the designs are stored--and who's after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere. Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes? In this Ocean's Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the mo…

The Gryphon Heist

by James R. Hannibal

Overall Book Review:

The Gryphhon Heist by James R. Hannibalstarts out with an intense scene and the action just gets more intriguing and amazing as the story develops.  This book is the first in the Clandestine Service series and what an opening it is!  Espionage abounds and it is hard to tell who is on which side and which side the characters should be supporting.

The initial introduction of the character Talia Inger was that of a girl trying to prove something to herself and outrun her past.  She has such an attitude that it seems as though the story is going to be one of those where a person turns out to be a genius, new CIA case officer, but then things start to head a different direction.  That change of direction is where the story really pulls readers into it.

Colorful characters of all kinds are introduced.  They are so varied and quirky that one can’t help but enjoy them.  The unique personality traits and eclectic nature of the characters adds to the enjoyment of the read.

James R. Hannibal writes a fast-paced story full of all sorts of interesting and detailed technological tricks.  Somehow, he manages to give all the details without boring the reader or bogging down the story.  One of the best aspects of this story is an intriguing plot line that is not heavily laced with romantic innuendos and distractions. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Many scenes in which shots are fired, some with fatalities, blood is mentioned; person is abducted and shocked with a cattle prod; multiple scenes in which buildings explode, few casualties are described; a character recalls a car accident resulting in a fatality.

Sex/Nudity:  A character jokes that someday a person will be his girlfriend; characters mention that other characters are attractive.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a parent, espionage, traitors, greed.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adult characters consume various alcoholic beverages.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.