Hotwire by Alex Kava
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Maggie O'Dell is one of my favorite characters. She is smart and damaged in a way that makes her both real and enjoyable to the reader. The writing is fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat.
In New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava’s new thriller, Special Agent Maggie O’Dell investigates the death of three teenagers, only to find herself in the middle of a conspiracy involving biological warfare.
On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fueled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the different stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, she realizes that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated.
Meanwhile on the East Coast, Maggie’s FBI partner, R.J. Tully, and Army colonel Benjamin Platt are at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie, Tully, and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwest landscape
As usual Alex Kava has crafted a storyline with many twists and turns. She is able to keep you guessing all the way till the end. Even when the story seems to be over, there are still some surprises in store. For those of us who have enjoyed Maggie front the beginning this novel should give you a good feeling about where she is headed as a person.
As in many of the Maggie O'Dell novels Hotwire has more than one storyline. The secondary story involves Agent Tully and Maggie's "friend" Colonel Platt. We were introduced to Platt in Exposed, a previous novel, and I was glad to see him included in this one. I won't lie, I did like her previous love interest the bo hunk from Nebraska butt Platt does seem a more fitting match.
If you enjoy action packed novels this one is definitely worth picking up. Even though this is the ninth in the series it would work as a stand alone novel. Since I love all of this series I would recommend starting from the beginning, they are all worth the read.