Rutherford Risk is a firm specializing in extraction: the negotiation for, and the recovery of hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today's China. Operating within her borders will be difficult at best.The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Grace’s top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knox’s take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex – and dangerous – consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline?Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and crackling with tension-filled suspense, Pearson's latest introduces two compelling new characters—and heralds in the start of a brilliant new series.
The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson is a complicated novel highlighting what it might be like to do business inside China. Set in Shanghai, China, the descriptions are exceptional and put you right in the middle of the story.
First, this is not a quick, easy read but it is an extremely well plotted novel that will take you on a great adventure. Grace Chu and John Knox work very well together as the stars of this novel. Their characters are fully developed with both good and questionable traits. It was very refreshing to see the female have the steady control and level head instead of the male lead, who is a bit more impetuous. Grace and John are contract agents for the Rutherford Risk firm. The job to involves trying to extract two individuals who have been kidnapped and a ransom demanded. Grace and John each know one of the individuals kidnapped and so the stakes are personal as well as professional.
Paying attention to the details is a must in reading The Risk Agent. There are numerous twists and turns. At some points, I didn’t even know who the good/bad guys were. It seems everyone has an agenda, even Grace and John.
I especially enjoyed the way Mr. Pearson went into detail about the surroundings in Shanghai. Having no idea what China is like, the descriptions painted a wonderful picture in my head. The way the chapters are set up helps the reader follow the timeline Grace and John are up against. This was an ARC and I sincerely hope the author retains that feature. It adds tension and suspense. The novel flows effortlessly based on the timeline supplied and the pacing is great.
I’ve never read anything by Ridley Pearson before but will now add him to my list. Based on the synopsis, The Risk Agent, is the first of a new series. I can’t wait for the next one!
The prices are bit on the high side. The Kindle edition is $7.99 and the paperback is $8.99