Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book Five by Gabriel Valjan (Review & Giveaway!)

This is the next installment in the Roma Series that fans won't want to miss!

Book Details:

Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book Five by Gabriel Valjan
ISBN: 9781941058503
Published:  October 5, 2016
Published by: Winter Goose Publishing
Trade paperback: 388 pages
Content rating: PG-13

Book Description:

A call for help from an old friend lands Bianca and the crew back in Boston. On a timeout with Dante, due to revelations in the aftermath of the showdown in Naples, Bianca is drawn to a mysterious new ally who understands the traumas of her past, and has some very real trauma of his own. Murder, designer drugs, and a hacker named Magician challenge our team, and Bianca learns that leaving Rendition behind might be much harder than she thinks.

Buy Corporate Citizen:  Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble

My Review:
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

This is an intense, face-paced novel of intrigue, murder, espionage, covert US agencies, corrupt officials, amusing avatars, and strong characters, good and bad. There is a lighter side to the story in the form of "the floor people" a tuxedo cat named Bogie and a ginger tabby, Bacall, who appear throughout. A bit of comic relief, perhaps?

It's obvious that the author loves all things Italian as seen in his descriptions of food, expressions, and people. He also has a fairly in-depth knowledge of computer hacking and surveillance because he writes convincingly about it. Mr. Valjan is an expert at building suspense and uncertainty – who can you trust and who are the good guys?

I didn’t read the previous four books in this series and I must admit that it was challenging to follow the intricate, involved plot and keep the characters straight. The character list helped.

I liked the descriptions the author used. Regarding a corrupt District Attorney, the author writes, "….every time this guy shows up, people drop faster than roaches at the sight of a can of Raid….."  Regarding the Cloud, the author describes it as "the fog that is the Internet. The ether above us where bits and bytes float around for anyone with a butterfly net to steal the data in them."

Corporate Citizen is a very interesting tale that could have been told just as convincingly without the use of religious expletives and f-bombs.

To read more reviews, please visit Gabriel Valjan's page on Italy Book Tours.

You can also read Laura Fabiani's review of Corporate Citizen on Essentially Italian, and her interview with the author.

Sandra Olshaski's disclaimer: Thanks to Gabriel Valjan for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the author:

Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Roma Series, available from Winter Goose Publishing. Gabriel has also written numerous short stories and essays found online and in print.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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  1. Thank you for reading and seeing the humor. I "wrote in" my two cats and their distinctive personalities. As for good or bad, I tend to think gray is more realistic. Thank you for reading and hope to see you when Book 6 comes out (set in London, the city with the most surveillance in the world).

    1. I can't wait for Book 6...alas it will be a tortuous wait. I love when authors include pets in a story. Thanks for stopping by!


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