First Line Friday — The Gryphon Heist

13 Sep

I started The Gryphon Heist by new-to-me author James R. Hannibal last night Wow, what a beginning! I can tell this story will be consuming my free time over the weekend. It appeals to my love of international intrigue. The hubs is going to love it too!

What are you reading this weekend? I’d love if you would share, then head over to Hoarding Books for more first line fun!



Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe–a department only known as “Other.” When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she’ll be back in DC within a few days. But that’s before she knows where the designs are stored–and who’s after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.

Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?

In this Ocean’s Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.


James R. Hannibal (Lt. Col., USAF Reserve), is  the author of Shadow Catcher and Wraith. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who has flown the A-10 Warthog, the MQ-1 Predator drone, and the top secret B-2 Stealth Bomber, totaling over 1000 combat and combat support hours. He regularly reviews terrorism-related nonfiction for the New York Journal of Books.

9 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Gryphon Heist”

  1. nashpredsfan27 September 13, 2019 at 7:22 am #

    I’ve heard some good things about this book and hoping to squeeze it in this month!

    The first line from my current read is: An indrawn breath alerted Kai (WayFarer by Janalyn Voigt)

  2. MrsDMVH September 13, 2019 at 10:29 am #

    Ah, it doesn’t sound good for her! Happy Friday!

  3. lelandandbecky September 13, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Hold Me” by Alexa Verde:

    “Aileen McKenzie might not make it.”

  4. thebeccafiles September 13, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today on my blog I shared the first line from Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown but I’m currently reading My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt so I’ll share the first line from chapter 7 here: “Like a rent in fabric formerly whole, the wake of her vater’s absence yawned wide and gaping.” Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Ellie September 13, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m currently reading You Belong With Me by Tari Faris and am on chapter 11 so I’ll share that first line here: “She’d turned out even worse than her mother.” I hope you have a nice weekend!

  6. bellesmoma16 September 13, 2019 at 8:01 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon: It’s such a good book. Currently, I am reading book 2 in the series, All of You, so I will share a line from there.

    “England, 1944
    The gangplank bounced under the weight of passengers disembarking the large transatlantic liner — a veritable Goliath to the small David-like tugboats dotting the harbor.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) September 13, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

    Happy Saturday! Today I’m sharing the first line from The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden: “The day my world crumbles I am dreaming about pie crust.”

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder September 13, 2019 at 10:14 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Heather Day Gilbert on my blog today, so here is another line from the first page:

    “I cozied up on my blue couch, setting my warm mug of Arabica coffee on the low table in front of me.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Paula Shreckhise September 13, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

    My first line is from The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

    May 1900 Washington D.C.
    Annabelle Larkin hadn’t meant to offend the world’s leading spice tycoon with her bold request, yet it seemed she had.

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