Sunday 23 October 2016

Book ~ "The Pursuit" (2016) Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

From Goodreads ~ Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man. 

The trail leads to Belgium, France and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions ... and cost thousands of American lives. 

Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work - even if they have to lay their lives on the line.

Everyone thinks Nick is a con man and thief and Kate, an FBI agent, is trying to catch him.  But in reality, Nick had been caught and is now secretly working with Kate and the FBI.  Only a handful of people are aware of this.  In addition, Kate and Nick are now in a relationship.

Nick had been kidnapped at the end of the last book, The Scam, by a Serbian named Dragan.  Dragan needs Nick to help him break into a vault full of diamonds.  He double crosses Nick, though, after the theft.  Nick and Kate realize what Dragan was really after and they appear to join forces with him in order to bring him down.

Nick and Kate puts together their team which includes Kate's father, an actor who takes his parts too seriously, a dad who build treehouses, a buxom redneck who wants to drive anything (regardless whether she's had training or not) and an awarding winning special effects artist.

This is the fifth in the Fox and O'Hare series ... I've them read all and enjoyed them.  I liked the writing style and thought this story was just okay.  It got a bit boring when it read like a travel guide and/or history book describing places like when they were in France.  Yes, it's far-fetched at times so I had to leave my sense of belief at the door and go with it.  I liked Kate and Nick and enjoyed their interactions and banters.  I liked the other supporting characters.  They were fun and quirky.

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