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L.J. Sellers didn't disappointment me in her new book "The Trigger" featuring a dedicated FBI undercover agent. Sellers introduced the character of Agent Dallas in the "Crimes of Memory" where, as an FBI undercover agent, she helped Detective Jackson and FBI Agent Rivers solve the eco-terrorist case in Eugene, Oregon.
"The Trigger" starts after five weeks from returning from Oregon. Agent Dallas is getting restless doing nothing but desk jobs. She is ready to get back to undercover work. When her agent in charge calls her into his office, she is ready to take the new assignment almost regardless of where she was going. Her new assignment is to find the missing wife and son of Randall Clayton, one of the founders of a prepper community just north of Redding, California convinced the end of the world is close. . The father reported his daughter missing and is convinced Emma Clayton, his daughter and his grandson, Tate, have met with foul play. The only way to find out what is going on is to send an undercover agent to join the community of doomsdayers.
Sellers takes her readers through the steps of Agent Dallas' preparation for the undercover assignment and helps the readers get to know Jamie Dallas the person. and to understand how Dallas' childhood background prepared her for undercover work. When Agent Dallas gets off the plane in Redding and meets Agent Caleb McCullen, Dallas has already gone undercover.
Sellers keeps the story moving at a good pace and gradually introduces each key character and their roles in the storyline and in Destiny, their community. I was kept guessing as to what was happening.
Agent Dallas soon finds out the missing woman and child are only a small part of the mystery. Dallas finds things are not what they seem when she learns of the death of the community's engineer. As Dallas checks in with her contact, Agent McCullen, to brief him on what she has found out, she learns he is no longer her contact. She is unaware that her cover story has been undermined and she is in danger.
It is impossible to guess what is going to happen next, and not knowing builds the suspense. The reader is motivated to buy into the fast pace and unpredictable story. Sellers does a good job of keeping us guessing all the way to the end. Sellers provides twists and turns and surprises and requires some creative thinking from Agent Dallas.
The author gives her fans a new hero; one who knows how to use her head to work through difficult situations. As a reviewer, I don't want to spoil the plot by going into any more details. You will enjoy how the surprising twists and turns gives suspense and thrills to the end of a great whodunit.
While L.J. Sellers says "The Trigger" is a standalone book, I can't imagine Agent Dallas fans accepting only one story about her undercover work. I give Sellers 5 stars on Amazons rating system and 5 stars under Good Read's ratings. I put Agent Dallas in line with Detective Wade Jackson Series and hope we can encourage Sellers to keep Agent Dallas busy with undercover work.
My only complaint is the lack of really good character development. She tries, but it just doesn't get you to the point of truly pulling for the character. Basically, when the book is finished, I am not left with the feeling of missing the character, to the point I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Certain other authors which follow a character throughout a series, have me not only caring deeply about the main character, but falling in love with their families as well.
If not for lack of depth, I would easily assign four stars. However, in the 4.99$ or less range for a Kindle book, it's worth the price. If you're looking for a good read for a vacation by the beach, this book isn't for you. It only takes a few hours to read, not long enough for a few hours a day on a five day or more vacation.
This is a brief review, but I just downloaded the 2nd book in this series, & am anxious to start reading.