Book Review: The Gryphon Heist

19 Sep

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.


My Impressions:

Spies, explosions, shootouts, high speed chases — you get all this and more in The Gryphon Heist by James Hannibal. I found this novel filled with plenty of international intrigue and a spot-on faith message — an book I really needed. So strap on your 5-point harness and prepare to be entertained! This one is highly recommended!

Talia Inger, a rookie CIA agent, is assigned to the worst possible department in the agency — Other. That means that the poorest Eastern European country with a ho-hum field assignment is her lot in life. Routine becomes anything but as she is swept into a a crazy scheme with even crazier partners. Talia is a character to love — idealistic, determined, and more than a bit broken by her childhood. She relies on no one but herself. The other characters in The Gryphon Heist range from an endearing tech geek to a pyrotechnic psychopath. Oh yeah, these characters are great.  And Talia and the reader can never be sure just who can be trusted. As to the plot, action-packed/adrenline-laced/high octane don’t even begin to describe it. I could not turn the pages fast enough as Talia and the gang sprint from place to place across Europe to prevent a huge attack against the US. Were some of the scenes extreme, even a bit impossible? Maybe. But I didn’t care — I was having too much fun. Talia’s faith journey was serious though, and Hannibal did a great job at walking her through forgiveness and grace. There are some loose ends hanging, and a sequel is due out early next year. I cannot wait!

I have been raving about The Gryphon Heist to my friends and husband, and am eager for them to read it. It’s like a James Bond movie, only better — it’s a book!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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