Flight 12: A Kristin Cunningham Thriller (Flight 12 Begins Series) Kindle Edition
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is a series of 12 writers, writing 12 stories that have a character
who boards Flight12.
Allan Leverone’s Kristen Cunningham starts off the series. Kristen
is a Special FBI Agent. She is recovering from an injury she
sustained preventing the assassination of the President of the
US. She is on desk job and bored. Kristen is asked to take an
undercover assignment to help identify the ringleaders of a
human sex trafficking ring run by the Russian Mafia.. What
could happen when she will be covered by many agents……
Unarmed, without a cell phone Kristen goes with one of the
traffickers. This man is a extremely bad character who is trying
to exit the country by pretending to be helping the FBI.
Captivating story!!! Good characters, fast paced thriller…..
This story is a quick read, and the first one in the series (I understand they are up to number 4 as I write this). A young FBI agent, Kristen Cunningham, is taken from her boring desk job and given an undercover role in a sting designed to catch a low-life crook. It was quite a cool story line that had me hooked, but I did have a bit of trouble believing in the main character. I know her backstory included an injury from a mission to protect the President, plus six years of field experience ... but I still didn't find her that believable (sorry peeps). Maybe I missed some early clues on her talent and abilities, but I didn't really have a lot of confidence in her suitability for the job. Or ... it may just have been because she was young enough to pass as a young teen in the sting, that I felt she would be too young to have any real hardened experience under her belt. But, putting those reservations aside, I did feel that the story improved once she got out of the office and the sting was underway, although it wasn't a gripping thriller. As I mentioned, it wasn't a long read, and I'm sure that if the story was longer, the author would have been able to build the tension and action to make it more intense. You'll need to keep in mind that it's not a full novel, it's only one part of a much bigger picture.
Although I think it’s a great idea for this collection of stories to merge and climax in one final story, I'm not sure at this point that I'm in for the rest. At only about 80 pages, it definitely wasn't a long read, but it did cost the same as a full novel (around $3.99). Given that there will be 12 of these short stories under the banner of Flight 12, it would end up costing close to $50 to buy them all. That's quite a cost to see the story all the way through.
In a nutshell: I know it’s a short story, and part of a bigger plot, but I felt that it needed more tension, drama and a more believable main character. It’s a great concept. Full marks to the authors for putting together something that is such a great idea and different to the norm. 3 stars for the story and an extra one for the concept.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
Possible spoiler alert!!!
From the way it was described in the forward I thought that each of the books was going to be a different character explaining what happened to Flight 12 from their point of view. So far (I've read this one and the next 2) it hasn't been that way at all. No one has even made it on the plane yet. Don't get me wrong. The books are still great and maybe later on in the series it will turn out that they are going to be telling it from several characters point of view (in different books) on the plane but I wish it had been made a little more clear that each book was not going to be entirely about the Flight. In fact, the 2nd book in the series (the Laura Cardinal thriller by J. Carson Black) just had a tiny blurb about it at the end of the book almost as if it was thrown in as an afterthought. The 3rd book was better, the Flight was mentioned throughout the book but still none of the main characters have made it aboard the Flight.
So I feel a little ripped off. The authors could have explained it more clearly instead of leading us on. However, it is still introducing me to some great authors and opening me up to new series (which is probably what they hoped for) and I have a lot more on my TBR list now :-)