Enigma

Enigma

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"Catherine Coulter presents Agents Savich and Sherlock with two baffling mysteries. Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2017
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501138065
1501138065
Branch Call Number: F COULT-C
Characteristics: xiv, 479 pages ; 24 cm

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mjk236sb
Sep 23, 2017

Can't believe that this is the 21st book in this series!! She has kept up the quality of the stories and this one is as good as the first. There is a little of everything from suspense, kidnapping and a little murder on the side. She weaves two stories that appear to have nothing to do with each other into a great tale that she unravels and puts parts of them back together again. Introduces several new characters that fit right in with those already in her books. Not as much about the personal life of Savich and Sherlock in this one, but hopefully more next time. Does not disapoint - good job and keep up the good work.

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McAnnieG
Sep 19, 2017

Bank heist of six safe deposit boxes contents, a maniacal hostage taker, a stolen newborn baby boy... Catherine Coulter weaves these disparate situations together in the 21st FBI thriller featuring Savage & Sherlock.

As a chapter ends one tense situation, the next one begins picking up where a different tense situation left off, keeping me reading way past my bedtime.

At times I found there to be too many characters to keep track of, but because the series is one I've followed for 20 years it was worth the effort.

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maucarden
Sep 15, 2017

Enigma: “a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.” Well, I can see that definition as a fitting title for this book. Maybe not for the reason envisioned my Ms Coulter. But I will get to that.
Two story-lines: FBI Special Agents and married couple Savitch and Sherlock investigating the tie between a comatose man and a pregnant woman and Special Agents Cam Whittier and Jack Cabot going after a dangerous escaped prisoner who has ties to the Russian mob and the Russians have ties with the White House. (No, not political ties.)
Both are interesting story lines, one produces some thought provoking ideas about aging and the ethical considerations of the on-going research into the "Fountain of Youth". The other is just a good old fashioned crime story in the trappings of bank robberies, blackmail, murder and several daring escapes. Coulter writes very well and develops some fascinating criminals.
I have two small puzzles with Enigma. Coulter has decent access to the FBI, yet she still manages to get procedure really wrong in some instances. I understand this is in support of her story, but maybe some sections should have been re-written so they are more realistic. Another reviewer, with no access to FBI procedure was spot on with her remarks about how unrealistic some scenes seemed to be.
My other puzzlement, one major part of the escaped prisoner story line just flat out seemed to be dropped. There was a small, but unsatisfying ending given in an epilogue. The epilogue hinted at a good story, but the story just wasn't there for us.
I have read and been a fan of Coulter from her first book written 21 years ago. Recently she has been leaving the hot romance (who can forget Sherlock's seduction of Savich) scenes aside and concentrating more on the thriller aspects. Darn it, I miss a little heat in the books.
Always, always Coulter writes books brimming with excitement, originality and heart. Enigma is no exception.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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