Tuesday, May 3, 2022

FATAL CODE By Natalie Walters, Reviewed by Paula and Rebecca #ReleaseDay

Kekoa Young, whose name means: The Brave One, feels anything but brave since his brother died in a surfing accident. After all, he is just a cryptologist, a computer nerd and does not feel qualified to protect anyone. But when he meets Elinor, his protective instincts go into high gear.

This is another- hold on to your seats- thrilling adventure about the SNAP Agency. Even though I know very little about codes, the author brought them to life and made them an integral part of the story. I learned a lot about this unit of colleagues and friends who work in Washington DC.

The many layers made it hard to discover the bad guys behind the scenes. Someone was trying to steal the notebooks that were all that was left from the grandfather Elinor loved. Among the excitement and danger, Ms. Walters inserts humor, romance and shows us how the characters rely on God. Elinor holds on to the song: His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Sparrow was a nickname given to her by her grandfather, so she frequently recalls that God is watching over her.

I really enjoy Ms. Walters’ writing and will anxiously await the next book.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author and an ARC through a Library Thing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
5 stars and a strong faith thread.

"Just what kind of secrets has Elinor stumbled on?"

SNAP Agency Agent Kekoa Young is not at all certain that he wants to take on what amounts to an undercover assignment surveilling his neighbor, Elinor Mitchell. The two have literally run into each other a couple of times and Kekoa has a hard time believing that Elinor could be involved in any kind of nefarious activity, yet what little evidence the agency has managed to uncover points directly to her, or more accurately, to her computer. On the other hand, she is a brilliant aerospace engineer working on a highly sensitive design dubbed Van Gogh with potential value for the Department of Defense, making the project vulnerable to international theft, which seems to be exactly what is happening under her watch.

"Let's start over. Kekoa, your neighbor and rescuer of metal shelves."

Mourning the loss of her beloved grandfather, Elinor Mitchell is sifting through some of Arthur Conway's journals, discovering that the renowned nuclear physicist left some of his notations in code. What a coincidence that her neighbor, Kekoa, is a former Navy cryptographer. As Elinor and Kekoa begin spending more time together, her deep-seeded loneliness begins to lift. Maybe there is someone on the planet who understands and appreciates her nerdy science jokes, maybe God's eye has been on His "sparrow" after all.

After reading the first book in this series, if you loved Kekoa's winsome personality encapsulated within a linebacker's physique, then you are in for a treat! But make no mistake; the stakes are high!
*I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews, and also purchased a copy. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
In 1964, a group of scientists called the Los Alamos Five came close to finishing a nuclear energy project for the United States government when they were abruptly disbanded. Now the granddaughter of one of those five scientists, aerospace engineer Elinor Mitchell, discovers that she has highly sensitive information on the project in her possession--and a target on her back.

SNAP agent and former Navy cryptologist Kekoa Young is tasked with monitoring Elinor. This is both convenient since she's his neighbor in Washington, DC, and decidedly inconvenient because . . . well, he kind of likes her.

As Elinor follows the clues her grandfather left behind to a top-secret nuclear project, Kekoa has no choice but to step in. When Elinor learns he has been spying on her, she's crushed. But with danger closing in on all sides, she'll have to trust him to ensure her discoveries stay out of enemy hands.

Natalie Walters sucks you into the global race for space domination in this perfectly paced second installment of her SNAP Agency romantic suspense series.

Revell Publishing, May 3, 2022
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