Title: A Surefire Way (Ultra Security #1)
Author: J.T Bock
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UltraAgent Surefire’s plan is simple: Capture the transhuman thief Raven. Win back the respect of her father. Get a raise.
Except Surefire just broke the number one rule of her employer, UltraSecurity, a niche security firm that solves crimes committed by genetically enhanced humans like Raven. She trailed Raven into a warehouse without backup. And something more powerful than any transhuman is waiting inside.
Raven’s plan is simple: Atone for his past crimes. Return stolen spiritual artifacts to restore the world’s balance. Don’t get caught by UltraSecurity.
Until a spunky UltraSecurity agent is suddenly on his tail, although Raven wishes she was on … well, never mind … he can’t get distracted from his mission. Because she’s followed him into a warehouse filled with his reclaimed relics, and Raven’s ex-partner in crime is about to unleash a supernatural-sized complication into his plan.
His old partner has accidentally summoned an Aztec god who will destroy the world unless Raven stops this spirit with a superiority complex. To do this, Raven must team up with Surefire and reveal the truth about his powers, exposing her to a force that can either save the world or destroy them both.
Following Raven into that warehouse throws Surefire into a surreal world filled with moody gods, day-glo skulls, dizzying dimensional portals, maniacal half-roach magicians, and a sexy thief who is more than he appears under his snug t-shirt. Is Raven a criminal, or is he working for a higher power? Surefire needs to be certain, because if she joins him on this mission, she’ll have to surrender everything she believed in for a surefire way to save the world, discover her destiny and find true love. (Goodreads 2014)
I received a e-book of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review, many thanks to the publisher PepperLip. Inc and the Author. Even though I did not finish this book, and only therefore awarded it one star- I still want to give it a review, because a positive or negative review is still a piece of feedback regardless of the opinion of the reader.
There are people who enjoy this book- as proved on goodreads. But for some reason, this book just didn’t work with me. I knew after the first chapter that to enjoy this story, I would have to just accept every cliché and contradiction it threw at me and just try to enjoy it. But that proved more difficult than I thought. Maybe I’m just too serious, personality-wise?
The characters, despite being overloaded with character background story in the first four chapters, don’t feel very deep at all. The plot, despite being outlined in one chapter by a villain’s speech, felt like it had no idea what it exactly wanted to do. The main girl, Synthia- or rather her codename “Surefire”, despite being described and constantly introduced as one of the “best” agents, is constantly getting either caught by the bad guys, or rescused by the love interest. And Insta-love is abundant in this story. To an overbearing amount. The “chemistry” between the characters, it just felt completely forced and fake. The writing itself was incredibly repetitive throughout the novel. I reached 40% in this book before I decided I’d had enough.
There will be people who read this and think “awh yeah awesome, it’s indiana jones/james bond with a girl as the main character” but for me? It just didn’t impress at all.