Week Thirty-Six: The Recovery Agent

***This is a review of an upcoming release. This title is scheduled to be released on March 22, 2022.***

I am not Janet Evanovich’s biggest fan. I thought that her Fox and O’Hare series was super-promising, with five solid entries…and then with a new co-author onboard, book number six was a complete mess. And, while I really enjoyed the first eight Stephanie Plum novels, in the end I grew to hate the character of Stephanie so much that I stopped reading them.

Having said all that, I do concede that the woman can write, and this new series had an intriguing premise—

#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich returns with the launch of a blockbuster new series that blends wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor, proving once again why she’s “the most popular mystery writer alive” (The New York Times).

Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Lima. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.

The Recovery Agent marks the start of an irresistible new series that will have you clamoring for more and cheering for the unstoppable Gabriela Rose on every page.

So, basically Romancing the Stone, but with cell phones? Sign me up!

A book like this, with a breakneck pace, and funny, quirky characters is right in Evanovich’s wheelhouse. It’s played fast and loose, scenes are short, and nothing gets drawn out for affect. It’s a bunch of short action sequences, loosely held together with an over-arching plot and minimal character development. It’s entertaining as hell, laugh-out-loud funny, and does not take itself at all seriously. It is exactly the book I hoped it would be.

Rather than being one long, linear narrative, the plot keeps cycling back on itself. Every time you feel like it’s wrapping up, it ramps up again. This episodic style—it’s structured kind of like a TV show—really makes the plot feel even faster than it would otherwise. It’s a thrill ride—and a really fast read.

The things that disappointed me were undoubtedly things that were deliberately left for a sequel. I did not agree with all of Evanovich’s choices, but I understood why she made them, and I am looking forward to book number two, where I hope that the few loose ends that remain are tied up.

Fans of action-adventure movies will love this book. Romance readers will likely find the relationship between Gaby and Rafer lacking in heat, but there is always book two.

Overall, a strong first book. Looking forward to more.

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