Reviewed by: Sooz
Genre: Action & Adventure
Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words
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Guy Stanton III has a written a number of books within two series, The Agents of Good and The Warrior Kind. You can learn more about his books at his website.
Lisa, an NYPD detective, is having a tough time as of late as she is dealing with nightmares of events from her childhood. A case she is assigned to makes things worse when she becomes a target. Lisa’s job is to secure an ancient treasure that only she knows its whereabouts.
When Agent with a History began, I thought it was going to be a police drama. Why? Because the central character Lisa is an NYPD detective and is called onto a strange case. The premise had me immediately intrigued. A local strip club was recreated at the scene of an empty lot with sinister looking folks creeping around the site.
But from that moment, the book took too many unnecessary twists and turns, and so much of it seemed implausible.
I will suspend disbelief when reading a book. I read paranormal, fantasy and science fiction, but some things are so far out there, they lose believability in the world created – and that was the problem with Agent with a History.
A bit of backstory on Lisa. She’s a tough-as-nails cop who won’t let anyone get in her way of solving a case. She was sexually abused in her teens and will not let people into her life easily. …
(SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!)
Except the man, Flint, who breaks into her apartment and disarms her.
That gave me my first pause.
She then decided to turn her back on the police and go off with a man she doesn’t know, but immediately trusts and falls in love with roughly an hour into being in his presence. Lisa goes against what I felt were her morals and breaks the law as she and Flint embark on an Indiana Jones-esque journey as they chase a treasure of an ancient civilization.
It became a bit too much, especially how easily Lisa forgave Flint for his lies and manipulation. Remember, this woman was abused and escaped a horrible home life based on lies and manipulation, but for this guy that was OK.
The book also jumped between first- and third-person and added to the confusion.
There is some religious talk in the book.
No major issues.
Rating: ***Three Stars