Blue Madagascar

Smugglers Lane Press, 2021 M07 30

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Blue Madagascar by Andrew Kaplan
The prologue grabs,
The story unfolds,
Speeding up rapidly,
As the end is in sight.
Never having read this author I was intrigued by the book description. As one thread after another was introduced with numerous characters named, I wondered where the story would go, how the characters would intersect, and if the threads would be woven together and completed seamlessly. It was slow, or seemed so, at first but the pace picked up and I felt I was in the middle of what could easily be a movie or perhaps a TV program ~ Perhaps not a surprise if I had twigged to the fact that Kaplan authored Homeland and that did become a popular TV show.
What I liked:
* Jessica’s Rules and how they played a huge part in one character’s life ~ If this IS to be a series, perhaps she will eventually take part in the cast of characters.
* Casey: Government “employee” with a wicked skillset, nerves of steel, quick thinker, lethal, and intriguing.
* Natalya: lethal, chameleon, working for a government other than and often opposed to the one that Casey works for, intelligent, pragmatic, could be a sister of another mother to Casey
* Bochard: the French connection and sometime counterpart working with Casey
* Not knowing everything too soon
* Wanting to find out what lead up to the prologue…as it actually occurred before most of the rest of the book.
* The way evil was often thwarted
* Feeling immersed in the story
* That feel of La Femme Nikita and/or the movie SALT that popped up from time to time
* Rooting for a positive conclusion to the story with my favorite characters surviving till the end
* Wondering if this is the first in a series and if so, what will happen next.
What I didn’t like:
* Exactly who and what I was meant NOT to like. The wicked evil people were easy to hate and wish the worst for.
* Not knowing what will happen next in the lives of the characters I became invested in…including Jessica.
Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes
Thank you to NetGalley, Smugglers Lane Press, and Book Whsiperer for the ARC – This is my honest review.
4-5 Stars

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