Saturday, September 24, 2022

Book Review: The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich

The Recovery Agent

Janet Evanovich
Series: Gabriela Rose (Book 1)
Publication: Atria Books (March 22, 2022)

Description: #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich returns with the launch of a blockbuster new series that blends wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor, proving once again why she’s “the most popular mystery writer alive” (The New York Times).

Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Lima. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.

The Recovery Agent marks the start of an irresistible new series that will have you clamoring for more and cheering for the unstoppable Gabriela Rose on every page.

My Thoughts: Gabriela Rose is a Recovery Agent. She travels the world looking for lost treasures. This time she is looking for the Ring of Soloman because she needs the proceeds to help out her parents and her hometown which was almost completely destroyed by a hurricane.

As a descendant of Blackbeard, Gabriela has piracy in her blood and a hidden trunk of old diaries and maps. Unfortunately, the trunk is hidden in the home she gave her ex-husband Rafer when they divorced. When Gabriela is caught by Rafe breaking into the house to search for the trunk, Rafe decides to tag along on the treasure hunt. 

The hunt takes them from Peru to Costa Rica and California as they search for the ring which is also coveted by El Dragon and his army of twisted followers. They explore caves and underwater lava vents. They team up with drug lords who just want to get rid of their competition. And Gabriela is almost sacrificed to El Dragon's god of death.

The adventure was over the top. The humor consisted mainly of comments by people who were really lacking in verbal filters. I love the uber-competent Gabriela and am looking forward to her further adventures. 

Favorite Quote:
Gabriela got coffee and returned to her bedroom. I'm living in a television sitcom, she told herself. I'm being stalked by a guy who worships the God of the Dead and my ex-husband is naked and in my kitchen. I never aspired to being normal, but this is too weird even for me.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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