Active Shooter by Eduardo Suastegui
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novella is book 3 in the Our Cyber World series by Eduardo Suastegui. Its purpose is to introduce us to a new player in the Cyber series. Andre Esperanza is a former cyber-spy who just wants to go about his new job as a fine art photographer. However, circumstances throw him slam-bang back into the covert world he wants to leave. The LA airport is attacked by a band of terrorists. Split into groups, the terrorists are making their way to an airliner to plant a bomb. They're leaving plenty of bodies in their path. As it happens, Andre is in the airport and his training kicks in. He turns into Jason Bourne (not the actual Bourne, but sort of like that).
This whole airport scene is quite exciting and well-written. I could visualize every part of the encounters between terrorists, cops, and Andre.
The story continues to show us more about Andre's past as he gets together with the reporter interviewing him after the big shootout in the LA airport. However, Bridget is more than just a reporter. She has a secretive source who knows about Andre's past, but we never meet that source (that may be coming in "Pink Ballerina," the next book in the series). Suffice to say, Andre and Bridget end up in escape mode fleeing some nasty characters. Andre shows his resourcefulness. Kudos to Mr. Suastegui on his believable use of spycraft.
Let's just say this is an interim book meant to introduce a character in the next books. I kind of wish it was put together with Pink Ballerina to make it a bit clearer about who the bad guys are and what role Bridget plays in the future. Another interesting character added here is Luz, a woman who wants to represent Andre's fine art photography. She, too, will most likely show up later.
Overall, this is a good read, but I would have liked a little more to gnaw on about the bad guys. That's a little too unclear for me. I guess that just means I'll need to continue to the next book to find out what happens. Don't worry, though, this is not a cliffhanger ending, but it is a book which leaves you wanting more.
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