Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors begin that she’s responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London. Again, rumors claim it was a sympathy ploy. When she returns to the United States, she’s nearly killed when a car tries to mow her down while she’s out for a run. No one believes her except FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan.
Meanwhile someone is following Sherlock. A stalker? Then someone tries to shoot her from the back of a motorcycle, but the assailant gets away. Sherlock next gets a call from an Atlanta mental hospital warning her that Blessed Backman has escaped. This is not good news. Blessed is a talented psychopath out for revenge against the agents, primarily Sherlock, whom his dying mother begged him to kill since she and Savich brought down her cult.
How to find out who’s trying to kill the ambassador to the U.K.? How can they get their hands on Blessed Backman before he succeeds and kills Sherlock? The clock is ticking and the danger intensifies . . .
What I liked: Ms Coulter's style of writing is just easy to read. The words and the descriptions flow so well you forget you're reading a book. It feels like you're living an adventure!
What I really like about this series is you seem to get two stories in one book. I think I've said that before but it needs to be reiterated. There is always a main story and then usually one "on the side" featuring Savich and Sherlock. The intensity of each story varies which keeps the book moving along. The humor woven into the characters just adds another dimension. I know in my head the FBI doesn't really work the way Savich and Sherlock operate but my heart loves the stories and all the characters.
The characters...so well written and developed, they are your friends and you always want to catch up. The characters don't just appear and disappear once the book ends either. They are always mentioned in later books and you get to catch up with their stories and their lives.
Power Play caught me right from the start. Great opening chapters drew me in and I became invested in the story. I couldn't put it down until several chapters in. If you follow Ms Coulter on any social media, you know she loves football. I thought the inception of a female sports writer/blogger was a great use of Ms Coulter's love of sports. Since I too like sports, I connected instantly with one of the main characters,
What I didn't like: This is just me talking but I would love to just read a Savich and Sherlock story without another story running with it. Don't get me wrong, I love two stories in one book but I'm ready for an all Savich and Sherlock book!
Overall, I know what I'm going to get in an FBI thriller written by Ms Coulter. Eighteen books in and I'm still buying them, so that says a lot!!
Recommended for Catherine Coulter fans and mystery lovers.