This book is a fantastic novel. It is not an easy book to review. There’s so much going on in the book that I want to mention, yet I don’t want to spoil it. The story is so incredibly fast paced, it never once slows down. Just when you think it’s going to take a breather and relax for a minute, the action picks right back up. The characters are fully engaging and I truly felt for them. This is the type of novel that is so easy to pick up one day and when you next put it down, you’re done. It reads that fast, and you never quite realize that you’ve read it that fast. I certainly didn’t. This is a quest that will excite readers of all ages. It definitely thrilled this reader.
Agent Laura Black is used to running things her own way. As an agent of SIU, what she says goes, no questions asked. But when five new “recruits” arrive, four of whom are teenagers and all are individuals the world has essentially written off, Laura knows there is something different about this group. They aren’t assassins. She is hard on them, in an effort to make them stronger and save their lives. One member of the group, Bryce Chappell, has noticed something in Laura. He is a former Army Ranger blackballed for doing the right thing. He has noticed that Laura is not SIU, and he is determined to make her see this. To make matters worse, the powers that be at SIU have discovered that all is not right, and is coming down hard on the entire group. Can the group survive SIU and live to fight another day? Can Laura learn to trust her heart? Or will it all be impossible to overcome?
For ten years, agent Laura Black has worked for a secret organization that captures and recruits "unwanted" teenagers and trains them to be assassins. Explosions, gunfire, and death are just another day at the office. Offered the chance to lead her own team, Laura jumps at the opportunity to mold new minds and possibly make a difference in the future of SIU.
But this is no ordinary team. Smart and ambitious, these recruits have her questioning the last decade of her life. Especially Bryce Chappell, the ex-Army Ranger whose touch of conscience landed him in prison. SIU negotiated his release and assigned him to her, but Laura's fighting their mutual attraction--fraternization is a death sentence.
If Bryce's love doesn't get her killed, her new team's insubordination, lies, and war against the agency just might. Will Laura give in to her heart? Or cling to the only things she's known?