Enigma

Enigma

eBook - 2017
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From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping 21st installment of the electrifying FBI Thriller series.

After Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wrist band marked E 2. Did this John Doe escape from a mental hospital? And why was he at the pregnant woman's house? When her newborn baby is kidnapped from the hospital Savich realizes there's a connection between the kidnapping and the unconscious John Doe. DNA tests uncover a startling fact: his cells are unlike any other--he's an Enigma.

Savich and Sherlock and an FBI team of experts must find the kidnapped baby, uncover the link, and find out what bizarre drug was used on John Doe and, most important, why.

Meanwhile, Liam Hennessey, aka Manta Ray, a convicted bank robber, escapes from the Federal Marshals on his transport to a federal penitentiary. He and his "handlers" are seen going into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Savich sends Agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot after them.

Why break out this violent criminal? Or did the safe deposit box he stole and hid before he was captured contain something critically dangerous to someone? Wittier and Cabot are in hot pursuit. What they discover turns the case sideways.

Coulter's latest dual-plot thriller will keep you guessing as Savich, Sherlock, Abbott, and Wittier uncover surprise after surprise in this race against the clock until the shocking conclusions.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781501138119
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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McAnnieG
Sep 19, 2017

Bank heist of six safe deposit boxes contents, a maniacal hostage taker, a stolen newborn baby boy... Catherine Coulter weaves these disparate situations together in the 21st FBI thriller featuring Savage & Sherlock.

As a chapter ends one tense situation, the next one begins picking up where a different tense situation left off, keeping me reading way past my bedtime.

At times I found there to be too many characters to keep track of, but because the series is one I've followed for 20 years it was worth the effort.

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maucarden
Sep 15, 2017

Enigma: “a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.” Well, I can see that definition as a fitting title for this book. Maybe not for the reason envisioned my Ms Coulter. But I will get to that.
Two story-lines: FBI Special Agents and married couple Savitch and Sherlock investigating the tie between a comatose man and a pregnant woman and Special Agents Cam Whittier and Jack Cabot going after a dangerous escaped prisoner who has ties to the Russian mob and the Russians have ties with the White House. (No, not political ties.)
Both are interesting story lines, one produces some thought provoking ideas about aging and the ethical considerations of the on-going research into the "Fountain of Youth". The other is just a good old fashioned crime story in the trappings of bank robberies, blackmail, murder and several daring escapes. Coulter writes very well and develops some fascinating criminals.
I have two small puzzles with Enigma. Coulter has decent access to the FBI, yet she still manages to get procedure really wrong in some instances. I understand this is in support of her story, but maybe some sections should have been re-written so they are more realistic. Another reviewer, with no access to FBI procedure was spot on with her remarks about how unrealistic some scenes seemed to be.
My other puzzlement, one major part of the escaped prisoner story line just flat out seemed to be dropped. There was a small, but unsatisfying ending given in an epilogue. The epilogue hinted at a good story, but the story just wasn't there for us.
I have read and been a fan of Coulter from her first book written 21 years ago. Recently she has been leaving the hot romance (who can forget Sherlock's seduction of Savich) scenes aside and concentrating more on the thriller aspects. Darn it, I miss a little heat in the books.
Always, always Coulter writes books brimming with excitement, originality and heart. Enigma is no exception.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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