Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Regional Office Is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez


You know how some books are hard to describe without giving away important plot elements  -- The Regional Office is Under Attack  is definitely one of those books.  The so-called Regional Office, which at first glance seems like a travel agency for the ultra-wealthy, is actually a secret organization of female assassins who go on missions around the globe fighting evil.

Gonzales drops the reader immediately into the story line, as the attack on the office has already begun, and alternates between the voices of Rose -- a new recruit to the organization, and Sarah, a sort of office-manager, who has been with the organization almost since the beginning, and happens to have a robotic arm.  Yes, a robotic arm! 

Besides these two main voices,  there are sections of the book written as a faux-history of the organization, detailing the back story and the founding of the regional office, as well as chapters from the perspectives of some of the rank and file employees caught up in the attack. 

As with most of my other reviews this week, I listened to this as an audiobook, and highly recommend it.  I find the audiobooks are a great way to read books that are slightly outside of my normal genre preferences, as this was.  Even with the flashbacks and organizational history, the story is fast-paced, and readers will enjoy puzzling together how all the different parts and storylines fit together.  And while this title is published for adults, the young female protagonists will appeal to mature teen readers as well.

If you enjoy reading about female assassins fighting evil, you might also enjoy the Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller or the Grave Mercy series by Robin LaFevers.

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