Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Payback in Panama by Noel Hynd

Book Description

After two attempts on her life, Alex is faced with the ultimate decision . . . kill or be killed.
U.S. Treasury Agent Alexandra LaDuca is at a crossroads. Her job is beating her up, emotionally and psychologically. And the moral battle between her faith and her responsibilities is taking its toll on her effectiveness. For the first time, she wonders how long she can last.
Forcing an end to her long-running and treacherous duel with the heads of the Dosi Cartel, Alex knows this is her last do-or-die operation. It’s time call in all the favors owed to her.
Her fight takes her into the criminal underground of America’s east coast, south into the violent underworld of Central America, across Honduras and El Salvador, and finally to Panama for a shattering confrontation.
Alex’s career, her life, and her future with the man she loves---a future she never expected after the violent death of her fiancĂ© two years earlier---are all at stake. After a final payback in Panama, nothing will be the same . . . if she even survives.
My Thoughts:
This was a great conclusion to the trilogy.  Alex LaDuca is a US Treasury Agent.  She is on he Dosi Cartel's hit list and knows they would readily kill her to remove the problems she creates.  The job is draining and Eric, her boyfriend, while understanding the risks of her job, doesn't like Alex being in danger.  Would she be willing to leave it all behind for him?  Can she survive as she travels from country to country trying to put end to this, and calling in every favor she can?
I like how realistic the author makes her characters.  I really enjoyed the action in this story.  Alex faces a moral question, is it ok to kill someone who is trying to kill you?  The romance between Alex and Eric has its issues but is realistic.  The book does give a LOT of detail about crime rates, statistics, finances, etc, but that is a part of the story and fits in well.  Alex has grown and changed through the series and finally finds her place in this book.  I didn't want the series to end but was read for a conclusion (if that makes sense).  
I rate this one a 4/5.  It is the last in the trilogy but can be read as a stand alone.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via Booksneeze).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

22 comments:

  1. I think I might like to read all three in this series-sounds like I would enjoy it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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  2. I love trilogies (as long as each book isn't like 50 pages each) because it really lets you get to know the characters

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  3. Reminds me of that show homeland which I am hooked on. Storys like this grab at my attention

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  4. This book sounds like it has an intriguing plot. It is definitely a page turned for the reader.

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  5. When a book has characters in it that seem so realistic, it just makes it that much easier for me to read.

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  6. This sounds like an exciting read. I love books like this, so I definitely want to check this one out.

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  7. Sounds like an exciting trilogy. I have always liked books in this genre.

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  8. I love suspense novels! reading them always put me on edge and I cannot put it down until I finish. Will have to take a look at this book! Thanks for the review :)

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  9. I love reading only thing that makes me happy. This looks like a great novel. I am going to check it out

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  10. My husband and oldest son would love these books, they are always up for a good suspense book especially if it is in a series.

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  11. You do make it sound interesting. And the moral dilemma question is a big one!

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  12. This seems like a very exciting book. I bet it would keep my attention the entire time! I wouldn't want to put it down.

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  13. This sounds like quite the intriguing read! I love that the main character is a female :)

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  14. I like when the story comes with numbers and statistic, hopefully realistic ones. It is more interesting to read and I realized that US Treasury Agent is quite challenging and dangerous job.

    Fan R @TeddyOutReady

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  15. This sounds very interesting! I love reading about people with dangerous jobs!

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  16. I just read this book the other week and really liked it! Great review

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  17. Oh this sound really interesting. I don't think to read thrillers but this one sounds like one I should pick up! Great review!

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  18. Sounds like a good trilogy to look into. I love living vicariously through characters in books. It's like I can be there without all of the drama.

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  19. What a terrific trilogy and with engaging story lines. I will look out for this one.

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  20. I am pretty sure I've read Noel Hynd before, so I'll have to check this one out. Looks like a great suspense book!

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  21. sounds like a very interesting read, I soooo need to add it to my reading list for when we take our trip overseas in a few months, that will keep me busy on the long flight; thanks for sharing

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  22. I like books with strong female leads who goes on adventures. This will be a great read.

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