Thursday 12 March 2020

Book ~ "No Questions Asked" (2020) Julie Moffett

From Goodreads ~ Lexi Carmichael: saving scientists one snake at a time.

Weddings aren’t my thing - never have been. But eloping would break my mother’s heart, especially since the president of the United States put in a good word for me with his daughter’s wedding planner. I’m going to have the wedding of the year ... whether I like it or not.

Before we can say I do, Slash and I are flying off to the Brazilian rain forest. Our mission: stop hackers from stealing a vaccine that could save millions of lives. I thought it’d be easy but from the moment we step off the plane, I’m up to my neck in trouble.

After an attack by drug-runners, being kidnapped and discovering that the bad guy is even worse than we’d imagined, I’m pretty sure someone in our group is working for the enemy. And they’re succeeding. I’ll have to use all my geek skills to stop the bad guys if I’m going to make it home in time to tie that knot.

Lexi is a master hacker and director for X-Corp, an intelligence and security company. She is engaged to Slash, who is a government agent and fellow hacker.  Lexi and Slash just want a quiet wedding but that's not going to happen with her mother involved.

A non-profit company has invented a vaccine that could cure malaria and save many lives.  They want to do test trials in the Brazil rain forest but someone is trying to stop that.  It's suspected that someone is trying to hack into the company's system, steal the formula and get it into the market first.  Lexi is known as one of the best in the business so is hired to find out who it is.  Slash has been forced to take a vacation so goes along with Lexi and the rest of the team to Brazil.  It's a welcome way to get away from all the wedding planning.

Of course, nothing goes smoothly and the team comes across drug runners, crooked government officials, pirates, kidnappers and more!

Though this is the twelfth (and latest) in the Lexi Carmichael series, it works as a stand alone.  If you want to know the background, though, you should read the others.  I've like the series and have read them all.

It is written in first person perspective from Lexi's point of view and third person perspective from Slash and other's points of view.  I liked the writing style and there was humour.  In addition to the usual hacking, there was lots of adventure around Brazil.  It's been interesting to watch Lexi grow from being a geek with just one friend, no life and no social skills to not only having close friends, a fiancé with whom she is now living with, but also confidence.

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