Review: The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal

The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal
Victoria's Rating: 5 out of 5 bookmarks

Wow! This book really packed a punch! I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys spy, action and thriller books! I found it highly enjoyable and it may even be a book that I would re-read in the near future.

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?

The pacing was awesome, moving quickly, with short chapters that kept me turning the pages, ready for the next cliffhanger and the next...and the next. With action-packed scenes, unique and exciting characters and interwoven mysteries, this book is a must-read for you action lovers.

With the number of characters, the author did a really good job of giving them unique characteristics and mannerisms that helped to keep them apart. It could have easily gotten muddy and confusing, but they were all separate. The accents and different nationalities helped, as well as furthered the plot along as they traveled to all the different countries to recruit the team.

James R. Hannibal
The copy on the back cover mentions Oceans 11 and Mission Impossible-esque storylines and they were right. The Gryphon Heist offers that same high-stakes feel infused with humor, matters of the heart, and past mysteries that come back to haunt the main characters.

I really appreciated the spiritual storyline that the author included and my only critique on the whole book would be the depth of character and morals. While the main character and her struggles, background and subsequent bitterness and motivation were easily understood, I felt that they lacked a bit of depth that more time and focus could have fixed. We were so busy flying all over creation that we didn’t get a chance to fully get deep into the heart of Talia, our protagonist.

That was my only critique however and I thoroughly enjoyed this unique book! I can’t wait for the second one to come out and I only hope I enjoy it half as well, though, after this book, my expectations are high.

Book 2: Chasing the White Lion is scheduled to release in March of 2020.

Victoria Lynn is a “Jane of all trades” who seeks to master them. She runs several small businesses and is an indie author with a passion for literature and the written word. She lives in the glorious state of many lakes, Michigan, with her parents and eight siblings. She devours books and likes to say that if she could get paid for every book she has read, she would be a millionaire. Some of her favorite things to do include writing fiction, learning new things, acting, creating something with her hands and playing the piano or singing. She also is one of the founders of Ichthus Family Productions and seeks to honor the Lord in all that she does.

Disclosure: The publisher provided us with a free copy of this book for promotional purposes. A favorable review was not required. This post contains affiliate links.

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