This is the next installment in the Roma Series that fans won't want to miss!
Corporate Citizen: Roma Series Book Five
by Gabriel Valjan
Published by: Winter Goose Publishing
Trade paperback: 388 pages
Content rating: PG-13
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
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
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."
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.
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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).ReplyDelete
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!Delete