First Line Friday — Chasing The White Lion

31 Jul

I headed back to my TBR shelves for this week’s First Line Friday. Chasing The White Lion by James R. Hannibal is the second book featuring CIA agent Thalia Inger and an ensemble cast a little like Oceans 11. I am looking forward to a wild ride!

Here’s the first line:

The cab driver cast a nervous glance at the alley’s unlit streetlamp and blacked-out windows.


Young CIA officer Talia Inger has reconciled with the man who assassinated her father, but that doesn’t mean she wants him hovering over her every move and unearthing the painful past she’s trying to put behind her. Still, she’ll need him–and the help of his star grifter, Valkyrie–if she hopes to infiltrate the Jungle, the first ever crowdsourced crime syndicate, to rescue a group of kidnapped refugee children.

But as Talia and her elite team of thieves con their way into the heart of the Jungle, inching ever closer to syndicate boss the White Lion, she’ll run right up against the ragged edge of her family’s dark past. In this game of cat and mouse, it’s win . . . or die. And in times like that, it’s always good to have someone watching your back.

Former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James Hannibal takes you deep undercover into the criminal underworld where everyone has an angle and no one escapes unscathed.

Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion award-winner for his Section 13 mysteries, a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series, and a Selah Award finalist for his Clandestine Service series. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.


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10 Responses to “First Line Friday — Chasing The White Lion”

  1. Kirby preppybookprincess July 31, 2020 at 10:29 am #

    Happy Friday!

    I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds very scary, and I love that opening line.

    On my blog this week, I’m sharing the first line from An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart:

    May 20th, 1933

    “Piper Danson’s cheeks hurt from smiling for what seemed like hours with no relief in sight.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • rbclibrary August 1, 2020 at 6:11 am #

      I have heard lots of wonderful things about that book. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Paula Shreckhise July 31, 2020 at 10:48 am #

    My first line is from Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

    Chapter 2
    September. Helmed Province, Afghanistan

    Sarah Denning sat on the dirt floor of the Afghani prison cell and shivered in the hinety-degree heat, fighting the fear that had been her constant companion since the Taliban had attacked the school yesterday.

    • rbclibrary August 1, 2020 at 6:11 am #

      I am eager to continue that series.

  3. MrsDMVH July 31, 2020 at 11:16 am #

    Oooo, well now I’m curious with what is going on! Have a wonderful weekend!!

    • rbclibrary August 1, 2020 at 6:10 am #


  4. bellesmoma16 July 31, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    I’m currently reading The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan. I’m just beginning chapter 10, so I’ll share from there:
    “The only other time Diana had been at Brent’s flat -her flat- in Clerkenwell alone was when she was packing her suitcase to leave for Buckinghamshire.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๐Ÿ“š

    • rbclibrary August 1, 2020 at 6:10 am #

      Canโ€™t wait to read!

  5. Kelly-Ann Deffenbaugh July 31, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from Chautona Havigs’ Dual Power of Convenience.
    “This isn’t what I had in mind when I decided to open an mobile bookstore!”

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 1, 2020 at 6:10 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

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