Wow!! Can't wait for the next in this series!! This review is based on an ARC from NetGalley.
What I liked: I love the cast in this series. While Jon and Kyra are the focus, the other characters are all important to them and the story. I wasn't sure Mr. Henshaw would live up to my expectations after the first book, Red Cell, blew me away. He more than delivered.
Cold Shot begins not long after the ending of Red Cell. It started a little slowly for me but soon grabbed my complete attention. The action, the politics and characters kept me mesmerized. Just when you think things are settling down, Mr. Henshaw throws a curve and you realize how involved you are.
I really like that Mr. Henshaw didn't do an info dump in either book. He's slowly developing the characters and their different relationships. He does it so well, you don't feel lost but intrigued. Both Jon and Kyra have troubled histories. It gives their characters a depth and strength and you feel for and with them.
Mr Henshaw also writes about the politics of decisions in our government which seem totally believable. I wanted to think political decisions wouldn't have a place in our intelligence, but we all know that's probably not true. He made it all feel to plausible.
What I didn't like: I wanted more for Kyra personally. Jon has romantic links to at least two women in this series and I want the same for Kyra. Here's the caveat. I don't know where Mr. Henshaw is taking this series. The ending of Cold Shot, while not a cliffhanger, left a lot of questions. Maybe he has things in store for Kyra. I hope so!
At B & N, Cold Shot is $18.80 in hardcover and $12.99 in Nook book. The hardcover at Amazon is $18.62 and the Kindle version is $11.04