Flight 12: A Kristin Cunningham Thriller (Flight 12 Begins Series) Kindle Edition
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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.
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