I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Chase by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Genres: Action, Crime
Published by Bantam, Random House on Feb. 25th
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Also by this author: Takedown Twenty, Top Secret Twenty-One, The Job, Stephanie Plum #3 – #7, Wicked Charms, Love Overboard, Stephanie Plums, Plum Spooky, , Tricky Twenty-Two, The Pursuit, The Scam, Curious Minds, Turbo Twenty-Three, Dangerous Minds, Hardcore Twenty-Four, "The Shell Game"
Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling authors of The Heist, return in this action-packed, exciting adventure featuring master con artist Nicolas Fox and die-hard FBI agent Kate O’Hare. And this time around, things go from hot to nuclear when government secrets are on the line.
Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals.
Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency. Grove has stolen a rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, a crime that will torpedo U.S. relations with China if it ever becomes public. Nick and Kate must work under the radar—and against the clock—to devise a plan to steal the piece back. Confronting Grove’s elite assassins, Nick and Kate rely on the skills of their ragtag crew, including a flamboyant actor, a Geek Squad techie, and a band of AARP-card-carrying mercenaries led by none other than Kate’s dad.
A daring heist and a deadly chase lead Nick and Kate from Washington, D.C., to Shanghai, from the highlands of Scotland to the underbelly of Montreal. But it’ll take more than death threats, trained henchmen, sleepless nights, and the fate of a dynasty’s priceless heirloom to outsmart Fox and O’Hare.
This was my first novel by either of these authors and I have always heard good thing about Janet Evanovich (always wanted to read her Stephanie Plum series), but I wasn’t extremely impressed with this book. Now I didn’t read the first book in the series but I didn’t really feel lost because the authors fill in details and to be honest I am not sure if I will continue this series or not.
Nicholas Fox is an expert thief and he is on the ten most wanted list. In the first book he is caught and instead of jail time he has been teamed up with FBI agent Kate O’hare. They are supposed to track down the world’s most wanted and untouchable criminals.
It starts out as a job to use Nick to find and steal back the Bronze Rooster that was stolen from the Smithsonian a long time ago. It starts out as a fairly easy assignment until they find out that the man who has the Rooster also has millions in stolen artifacts. They can’t do anything about it because they had no warrant while in his house so it would he wouldn’t be convicted. So they have to come up with another plan to try and get themselves back into the man’s house and accidentally discover the items. The book takes you from Scotland to Shanghai and back to the US.
Nick seems to be sort of a wise ass who thinks he can pull off just about any heist. He is a really good thief and can come up with some really interesting plans. He also likes Kate but she is trying to avoid him when it comes to getting to close to him. He is okay but nothing about him really impressed me.
Kate is a hard nosed FBI agent who is a former US special forces (which is a little unbelievable, but I can suspend my belief for a book). She grew up learning everything combat because her father was in the military. (Her father was a fun secondary character). Kate is infatuated with Nick but hates it because he is an international thief and she FBI. I just wanted to tell her to forget who he was and just go for it or stop whining about it. She was a likable enough character but I didn’t love her.
The Chase did have it’s funny moments but I didn’t really feel like it has as much action as I thought it was going to have. I also didn’t feel like they were being chased or chasing anyone, not really. A lot of people feel that the books are a bit of a rip off of the show White Collar and even though I have only seen one episode of that show, I can say it was the first thing I thought of when I read what the books were about. Except with a female FBI instead of male. It was a really easy and fast read, but it was just lacking something.
If you’re a Janet Evanovich or Lee Goldberg fan then you might like it but I can’t out right recommend it.