Monday, March 31, 2014

The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Chase hardcover

The official description:
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him—and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you to Miss Evanovich, Mr. Goldberg, and Random House Publishing for this opportunity.
So, I have to admit, I have never read a book by Janet Evanovich before now. My sister and my mother both love her books. When I had the chance to read and review this book, I jumped at the chance to see why my mom and sister were such big fans. And now, I am a fan too!
The Chase is a fast-paced, exciting story. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't just one big heist that Kate and Nick went traipsing after. It was a series of heist after heist that took the reader across continents. And every heist was related. Each heist is important to the main story. Miss Evanovich and Mr. Goldberg keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wanting to know what is going to happen next. While it's not politically correct, they also keep the reader waiting to see how the antagonist will be humiliated again. The amount of politics added to the story is just enough to be important but not enough to bore the average reader into putting the book away. While their is no romance between Kate and Nick, the sexual tension is well written without taking over the story.
After reading The Chase I now understand why Miss Evanovich is such a popular author. And while this is not my typical genre to read, I am happy to say I am now a fan of Miss Evanovich and am looking forward to picking up another of her books. I hope I will be able to read the next one is one day as I did this particular book.
I highly recommend The Chase! Happy Reading!!