Thursday, April 5, 2018

Book Review: Skyjack, by K. J. Howe

Skyjack, by K. J. Howe book cover and review
Skyjack kept my interest and had a pretty scary premise.  The plot, however, was a bit difficult for me to follow at times.

Thea is a hostage rescue expert working for a company called Quantum. An airplane she is on is hijacked, and Thea must work to save the lives of all the passengers.

The reason for the hijack is complicated, and as Thea tries to figure out who on this private jet is worth it, she realizes there are many candidates.  She ends up off the airplane, and it takes off with all the hostages.  She teams up with her team from Quantum.  The hijacker contacts Thea, and they have a history.  He wants Quantum to hijack a truck full of Syrian refugees in Budapest, and then he will release the passengers.

Meanwhile, another storyline is about a teen boy and his rich father who wants to release a virus that will attack only people of middle-eastern descent. This boy is trying to figure out a way to stop his father, and in the process, he knows he stands to lose everything.

Skyjack jumps around a bit, and at times it seems a bit disjointed.  It does all come together in the end, but, while the thought of a deadly virus being released is scary, it just seemed a bit far-fetched. Howe is brutal when dealing with some of the characters, so be prepared.  The climactic ending was a bit difficult to picture -- lots of characters and weapons and vehicles and it moved really fast.  I know that ramps up the tension, but I also need a better picture drawn so I can feel what is happening.

I did like the main character, Thea, and really the entire Quantum team.  I didn't read the first novel in the series, The Freedom Broker, so I realize I'm missing some backstory. With all my complaints, I would still like to read the first book someday.  Skyjack is a quick read and worth your time.

Published by Quercus, April 10, 2018
eARC obtained from NetGalley and Edelweiss
400 pages

Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. This sounds like a novel that wants to be a major motion picture!

  2. Sounds like an interesting premise for sure. The plot sounds a little too complicated for me, though :) Maybe I should read the first one and see what I think. Thanks for the review!


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