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The Gryphon Heist (Book Review)

By Benjamin H. Liles

          I recently read this wonderful, great and heart-stopping, race against time novel James Hannibal wrote. The Gryphon Heist is one heck of a read, albeit in my opinion. But opinions do not go well in a world that is in need of facts. So, here are some facts readers ought to be aware of when it comes to picking up this book to read it. James Hannibal, from the back of the book, "is no stranger to secrets and adventure." From the moment I started reading this book, I absolutely could not put it down.

          The first thing I did when I received this book to review it was to read the back of the book to get a feel for James Hannibal. He is a former pilot, as is my own father. That's where the comparison stops. For my own dad did not get shot at in his life. While his life had been in mortal danger at least once in his life, he did not have the kind of life James Hannibal has. And that is ultimately where a full comparison ends. James Hannibal has led a fully interesting life, not only being shot at, or chased down by an armed terrorist. He's also won awards for the stories his written.

          The lead character in this book, Talia Inger, I would say is the female version of Ethan Hunt off the Mission: Impossible movies. In that sense, her co-star in the book reminds me of a cross of James Bond meeting a possibly charismatic and scheming bad guy. Or so it seems. Over the course of the book she realizes the truth of her unique place and position in the intelligence community. On that note, that ends my assessment of the book. All I can say is it's worth the read. It's exhilarating. It's continuous action from front to back. And above all, it's just simply a wonderful read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review.

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