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Monday, March 9, 2015

HIDDEN AGENDA by Lisa Harris


Iola Goulton reviews. 

"Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris has some excellent points."

His cover is blown. Now his enemies are on his heels and closing in.

Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is Olivia Hamilton--the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

Journalist Olivia Hamilton has been receiving mysterious emails, emails which suggest her father, Antonio Valez, is more than just a real estate developer: he’s actually involved in a drug cartel. She visits his private island to find out more, but finds herself in danger after her younger brother witnesses her father’s head of security murder one man … and torture another. Ivan convinces her that they must leave the island, but they have to rescue the stranger, or he will be murdered in the morning.

Olivia reluctantly agrees, but finds herself second-guessing that decision when the man introduces himself as Michael Hunt, an undercover policeman working for the cartel, but he won’t let her take him to the police because he doesn’t trust them. It’s the start of a chase that will only end with the death of Olivia and Michael, or the capture of their enemies.

This is the final book in a trilogy, following Dangerous Passage and Fatal Exchange. I would say that if you are going to read them, read them in order … except that the blurb for Hidden Agenda basically gives away a major plot point from the first two novels: that Michael is still alive. Look on the bright side: those of us who did read the earlier books found that out at the very end of Fatal Exchange, and then had to wait months to find out what was going to happen next (In book time, Hidden Agenda begins pretty much the day after Fatal Exchange finishes).

Hidden Agenda has some excellent points, especially in the suspense (my nails are safe, but only just). The writing is excellent, the Christian aspects of the plot are integrated well without seeming contrived or preachy, and I especially liked the way the plot incorporated all the major characters from the previous novels in the series. The one weakness, in my opinion, is that the romance element of the plot wasn’t as strong as in the previous novels.
God is good. He never promised us that life would be easy, but He has promised to walk with us.
Most of us won’t have the trials and challenges Michael, Olivia and Ivan face, but that doesn’t make these words any less true, and I appreciate the reminder.

Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

About the Iola Goulton:

I am a freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tsu.

I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon Reviewer Rank that floats around 2500.

3 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the review, Iola. Loved this book!

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  2. Enjoyed the review, Iola. Loved this book!

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  3. I enjoyed this one, too, Iola! I have read book two and three in this series, but never got around to book one. Guess I should do that at some point. Lisa Harris writes good romantic suspense.

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