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Serpents in the City (A Mac Ambrose Novel Book 3) Kindle Edition
A Senator. A blackmail plot. The dark side of cable news.
Former CIA operative Mac Ambrose has spent twenty years protecting her country from overseas threats. Now she’s focused on adjusting to civilian life and her new relationship in Philadelphia. The last thing she needs is to get pulled in to ‘fix’ another domestic problem.
But events conspire against her. A friend begs for help: a popular Senator’s troubles threaten the democratic institutions Mac has defended. A reluctant Mac soon uncovers a menacing blackmail plot emanating from a media conglomerate in Times Square.
In a New York neighborhood, an unflappable FBI agent stumbles across a disturbing discovery—a private investigator has started surveilling a 24-hour cable news network.
Unnerved by Mac’s unofficial homecoming, the Mandarins in Langley dispatch a sinister tracker.
Mac’s operation, the FBI investigation, and Langley’s hunt are swiftly entangled in a complex conspiracy with dire consequences.
If you like Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, and Lisbeth Salander, you will love Mac Ambrose.
If you enjoy page-turning thrillers loaded with satisfyingly complex twists, sabotage, and intrigue, then the Mac Ambrose series is for you.
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- ASIN : B01LZAUU6I
- Language : English
- File size : 608 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 445,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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An easy to read story of intrigue and wheels within wheels turning for the benefit of the top 1% of the wealth of the US of A. Set a false story of blackmail for a US Presidential candidate, Mac is considering her future especially with her boyfriend from 15 years ago - Joe Severino. In this story the author identifies some current situations in life with the rich playing power politics and media outlets losing their integrity and trying to influence life by commenting rather than honestly reporting!
Possibly against her better judgement Mac is roped in to pursuing the false story given to her about a blackmail video (a sex tape) but with Joe as her backbone and the help of a hacker and researcher, they eventually bring down the bad guys and set the world back on to its proper axis.
Hard to put down.
Top reviews from other countries
Mostly very believable with occasional leaps of faith when talking about tech. I'd read the full series given the time to do so
'Little patience, mm yeah, mm yeah
Need a little patience, yeah
Just a little patience, yeah
Some more patience, yeah (I've been walking the streets at night, just trying to get it right)
A little patience, yeah (Its hard to see with so many around
You know I don't like being stuck in the crowd)
Could use some patience, yeah (And the streets don't change but maybe the names)'
(Verse from G'N'R's song Patience, written by Izzy Straddling)
While I have the Mac Ambrose series buried on my TBR list, Serpents in the City was my first read from H.N. Wake and will be in it for life with whatever H.N. Wake releases in the future.
I like books, like this one with storylines ripped right out of today's headlines. It just takes a little patience when reading to let it all develop, then the intertwining storylines just take off and H.N. Wake's writing style keeps you turning pages verse just not finishing it.
H.N. Wake writes a wicked book, like her style, good or bad her characters just come to life, she puts the reader in the pages, your right their for all the action, it's like a rollercoaster that starts out slow, then takes off fast and you don't want it to end.
Of course it helps that 'Serpents in the City' pretty accurately depicts how f#cked up our media is in the USA, it's all drama, they've gone Hollywood, a few are manipulative, vicious, vindictive and just out of touch with reality.
Serpents in the City has everything you'd want in a thriller, blackmail, an FBI investigation, corrupt politicians, greed, the nasty dirty side to our media, multiple intertwining storylines that all seem to end up connecting, twist and turns, it's tension filled, a good verse evil theme and builds to a interesting conclusion.
I liked the Mac Ambrose character, who decided to retired from the CIA without telling her bosses, gets drawn into a blackmail scheme, you meet a interesting dynamic duo in brainy Issac and adorable Joyce who help Mac, FBI Ernest Couillard a gentle Native American giant just adds to the story line, mix in a touch of romance with Joe who has more than a little patience for Mac, and even the nasty characters just come to life.
Serpents in the Citys's an excellent read, you'll love Wake's character Mac Ambrose and she'll end up being your new favorite author.
Let me add, while I do know that not everything in the US Media is bad, you do have a few good people in it, but it's because of my believes in how bad they do their job and it has influenced my reading.