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- Print Length: 310 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IPOPEDA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I had some issues with the plot being not entirely plausible, but I could have overlooked these issues for the most part because it’s the characters that make a story for me – except that – they didn’t. I didn’t feel the characters were well developed. Most of the time their behavior – especially that of the main character Charlie/Dust (although I caught some head scratchers with secondary characters as well) didn’t make sense. Dust’s behavior is explained away as cognitive dissonance – but that just doesn’t cut it for me. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. And most significantly – I didn’t feel any chemistry between Dust and Carrow – probably because I couldn’t first even connect with them as individuals.
Charlie Judge/Dustin Wrenshall is an AIIB agent. That’s the American Investigation and Intelligence Bureau. Which is rather confusing because as far as me and google know – it doesn’t actually exist. But it’s some sort of law enforcement agency – like the FBI but not. Dust – or Charlie at the time – started grooming himself for a career in law enforcement at the age of 16 – by trying to think like a criminal. So Charlie/Dust has always been a bit conflicted I’ll give him that. But at the age of 30 he’s law enforcement going into his first undercover job infiltrating The Company – a crew if tight knit criminals who live together, laugh together, eat and play together and oh yeah, also commit crimes solely for fun together cause they’re all filthy stinkin’ rich.
There’s Vashvi the young cute former Ivy league student turned sniper, Russell Wayles FTM TG in house tech man, Leta Wright – second in command, escape artist, jack of all trades and Herron Dent – mask wearing, non-binary gender, mayhem causing assassin. And of course A.R. Carrow mastermind billionaire and leader of The Company. Charlie, or more accurately Dust – his undercover persona, takes one look at Carrow and falls in immediate lust. Then he gets his first taste of the 45th floor penthouse suite that the company calls home and he’s hooked. He’s on board. He almost immediately decides that he’s done with law enforcement. Maybe they’ll just go away and forget about him and let him enjoy his new family and his hot new boyfriend.
At the 1 month mark he has a check in call with his superior at the agency and bemoans the fact that the woman is “elated he’d been accepted into the company for all the wrong reasons. She wasn’t happy that he was liked, or that he now had a beautiful place to live. That he had the guidance of someone who was a successful billionaire and the backing of some of the most powerful people in the country. She was only happy that he could provide her with information about the company.” What??? This is all explained as cognitive dissonance but it’s very hard to swallow. It just feels off and weird. At the 6 month mark his contact finally catches up with him and thinks “they turned you. You’re a total Stockholm case”. Which is completely laughable. No one turned anyone. There’s no Stockholm Syndrome happening here. Dust met Carrow and literally flipped like a pancake in under 5 minutes. Who does that??
Dust isn’t the only character who’s behavior at times seemed “off”, he was just the most glaring. Carrow I never really got a feel for. I never felt like I connected with or knew him and Carrow and Dust together just seemed...meh. I was hoping for another Aftermath but this one just didn't ring my bell.
Putting my hand in the fire for this one. Simone book 2, quickly I must know how this ends. This cannot be all, happy ending yes. But you gotta give me more.
This story pulls you in and makes you want to rob a bank - especially if you're banging the leader, because otherwise, what are you risking it all for?
This one is about the agent Charlie, who leaves his old persona to be Dust, a demolition expert for the crime gang The Company. His mission of infiltrating the group comes to an halt when he bonds with the group, make real friends and most of all, falls in love with his boss, the notorious Ansel Carrow. And when his feelings are reciprocated he starts to distance himself from the bureau. And he had to choose, his mission or his new family and the man he loves.