A Surefire Way by J.T. Bock
Series: UltraSecurity #1
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
UltraAgent Surefire’s plan is simple: Capture the transhuman thief Raven. Win back the respect of her father. Get a raise.
Except Surefire just broke the number one rule of her employer, UltraSecurity, a niché security firm that solves crimes committed by genetically enhanced humans like Raven. She trailed Raven into a warehouse without backup. And something more powerful than any transhuman is waiting inside.
Raven’s plan is simple: Atone for his past crimes. Return stolen spiritual artifacts to restore the world’s balance. Don’t get caught by UltraSecurity.
Until a spunky UltraSecurity agent is suddenly on his tail, although Raven wishes she was on … well, never mind … he can’t get distracted from his mission. Because she’s followed him into a warehouse filled with his reclaimed relics, and Raven’s ex-partner in crime is about to unleash a supernatural-sized complication into his plan.
His old partner has accidentally summoned an Aztec god who will destroy the world unless Raven stops this spirit with a superiority complex. To do this, Raven must team up with Surefire and reveal the truth about his powers, exposing her to a force that can either save the world or destroy them both.
Following Raven into that warehouse throws Surefire into a surreal world filled with moody gods, day-glo skulls, dizzying dimensional portals, maniacal half-roach magicians, and a sexy thief who is more than he appears under his snug t-shirt. Is Raven a criminal, or is he working for a higher power? Surefire needs to be certain, because if she joins him on this mission, she’ll have to surrender everything she believed in for a surefire way to save the world, discover her destiny and find true love.
An endlessly entertaining ride from beginning to end!
The story wrapped up in a way that was satisfying for a stand alone piece, but I sincerely hope that UltraSecurity continues as a series. I will be the first to pick up book two.
Surefire Way combines so many elements:
Super Humans, Ancient Gods, Indiana Jones style tomb raiding, highly classified government enforcement agencies, laugh out loud humor, inter-demensional hopping, steamy romance, leaps back in time, witty dialogue…. I could go on and on.
I love the chemistry between Surefire (UltraSecurity Agent) and Raven (the most wanted art thief she’s tasked with bringing to justice)… The progression of their attraction was believable, the back-and-forth between the two was fantastic!
I even enjoyed all of the secondary characters (well, I didn’t particularly like several of them, but I appreciated the way they were written) I think there were enough quirky agents in the ranks of UltraSecurity to fill out a magnificent series.
Yet another book which I wish more people knew about…
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***