4 1/2 stars
Mel Odom's foray in to military suspense is riveting and appealing to both male and female readers. This first book in his NCIS series contains non-stop action, intriguing characters and great locales.
Commander Will Coburn heads a specialist NCIS team undertaking covert investigations in potentially lethal situations. Each member of his team brings with him or her specialist skills which uncover the evidence necessary to put terrorists and criminals behind bars. When NCIS agent, Chief Petty Officer Helen Swafford, is found murdered, Will's team is plunged into a global terrorist plot which could jeopardize the security of the United States and its allies. As evidence in the North Carolina crime scene is gathered the team is led to South Korea and confrontations with Colombian drug lords and Russian mobsters.
Mel Odom's attention to detail makes this book a thrill to read. The plot is tight with unseen twists and the characters are fascinating, not only for their occupational skills, but for their complicated personal lives that have shaped the way they view the world. I hope Tyndale's decision to limit the series to two books changes as there is scope for plenty more action and character growth from this NCIS team!
Monday, 2 October 2006