Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang—a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now, she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about. Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul.
This was a really fantastic book! I mean, it's the first official book where Catherine Ling stars, because in Chasing the Night, the story of rescuing her son, Luke, is jointly Eve and Catherine's story. So this was the first one for me!
So this book, we get to meet Hu Change, which is really awesome, he's a pretty intriguing character! He has a different moral code then society would like, but that's a good part of why he's such a great character to read about!
So there's this tension between her and John Gallo, which seeing as he was/is (which tense is it, when the subject is no longer with the living) Bonnie's dad, is a bit strange, but since he and Eve haven't been together like that since around the time Bonnie was conceived, yeah.
My one compliant, was there was a lot of talking, and not enough action! I mean, it's Catherine, CIA agent extraordinaire! So that was a bit disappointing. But that's offset with being with this gang, Catherine, Gallo, Hu Chang, and Luke!
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I can't wait for more!
Author: Iris Johansen
Series: Catherine Lang #2
Read: August 5th, 2012
Reason Why: Love Iris Johansen's writing, and wanted to see more of the characters!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: April 17th, 2012