My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Deadly, Calm and Cold is the second book in the Collectors Series. Not having read the first book didn't prove to be a problem at all, as the author has deftly managed to weave a fully fresh stand-alone story with a strong plot and characters. From what I've read of the reviews of the first book, the over-arching theme of the book, with some treasure collectors with sinister motives employing (read blackmailing) powerless pawns to do the dirty work, seems to be the one common factor in the series.
The story revolves around three main threads - the collectors' team, C7, who are lethally dangerous and will stop at nothing to attain what they are after, which happens to be the coveted treasure targets here; Sam, who's running away from a lot of things she would rather leave behind, which she finds isn't easy to do, especially if her secrets are known to nasty people who can blackmail her to do things to avoid exposure - especially if the exposure would stop her research fellowship because she had some under-hand dealings with the wrong people, and an illicit affair with her professor; Brody, under protection, fearing his life and safety every moment of his life, having been a whistleblower and having had more inagreeable secrets from the past. The three threads are played against one another, the C7 always holding the lead in this power game. It doesn't help when Sam and Brody are drawn to each other. Can they manage to get together, shake the C7 off their trails and finally settle down to a happy life, is what the book takes us through.
The book is a wonderful read, combining a fast-paced thriller with a historical treasure hunt adventure. The narrative is brisk, crisp and engaging. The characterisation isn't deep as I would have liked it to be - presumably because there was no space left in the story to delve into the characters' minds, as the plot is so strong and fast that it fills up the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and I definitely recommend it to lovers of thrillers and adventures.
My rating for this book: 4 stars
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