The Last Second by Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
Gallery Books: 3/26/19
eBook review copy; 464 pages
A Brit in the FBI Series #6
The Last Second by Catherine
Coulter, J. T. Ellison is a recommended thriller, highly for the right reader, and 6th in the Brit in the FBI Series.
Dr. Nevaeh Patel is an astronaut who left NASA after she returned
from a mission on the International Space Station with claims that
aliens, who she calls the Numen, saved her life.She was declared unfit
to return to space and she resigned. Currently she is working
for Galactus, a French company which launches satellites into space. The
owner of Galactus, Jean-Pierre Broussard, is on a treasure hunt in his
yacht for the Holy Grail. Nevaeh has nefarious plans into place. She has
placed a nuclear bomb on the current satellite sent into space and
plans to detonate it, causing an EMP. Then she believes the Numen will
come and she will rule the world with them. If she can take the Holy
Grail from Jean-Pierre Broussard, then she believes the Grail will give
Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on vacation
when they learn that their friend Grant, a body guard for Broussard, is
in trouble and they leap into action to help him. They also learn about
the plan to cause an EMP which they need to stop.
This is an action-packed thriller, but it also expects you to swallow
a whole load of disbelief and improbabilities for the bulk of the
action to take place. I had a difficult time with this. I imagine fans
of the series who have read the other books in it will accept any
scenario to get to the action and the subsequent denouement. There is
just a few days to stop crazy people doing believable things while a
hurricane is coming, and maybe aliens.
Now, the quality of the writing is very good, which helps the
acceptance of some of the absurdities. The main characters aren't quit
as well developed as a new reader would hope, but this is also the sixth
book in the series. New readers might want to start with earlier books
for a greater understanding of the background of these characters. The
new characters are basically well developed.
This is an exciting book I like thrillers and can accept quite a lot
of speculation in the
action, but this novel went just a bit too far afield. If I find myself
shaking my head and talking back to the novel, it is not a good sign.
Fans of the series will likely jump right in and ignore any questionable
occurrences. Start with the earlier books, if possible, for a better
My review copy was courtesy of Gallery Books.
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