Thursday, June 7, 2012

Madeleine Urban/Abigail Roux - Divide and Conquer

Baltimore, Maryland, is a city in alarming distress. Rising violence is fanning the flames of public outrage, and all law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are catching blame. Thus the FBI’s latest ideas to improve public relations: a municipal softball league and workshops for community leaders. But the new commitments just mean more time Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have to spend apart when they’re happily exploring how to be more than by-the-book partners.
Then the latest spate of crime explodes in their faces—literally—throwing the city, the Bureau, and Ty and Zane’s volatile partnership both in and out of the office into chaos. They’re hip-deep in trouble, trying to track down bombers and bank robbers in the dark with very few clues, and the only way to reach the light at the end of the tunnel together requires Ty and Zane to close their eyes and trust each other to the fiery end.

Comment: The 4th book in the Cut and Run series is another adventure in the lives of Ty and Zane.
In this book the boys are dealing with a group of bombers that uses the explosions as a distraction to rob banks. But the group is much more aggressive than simple explosions, their leader escalates to premeditated murder and wants to kill as many people as possible, especially those in government places.
This book starts with the news of how the police force is being accused of doing noting to stop the wave of explosions and crime in the city. Then Ty and Zane somehow get themselves into one of the attempts and save the day, making them targets. At the same time, they're still coming to terms with Ty's declaration in the previous book.
Then something happens and Zane is wounded in one of the attacks and because of that we see another side of the guys and how their relationship is much stronger than what even they think. I loved how we could see so many emotions and feelings both of them admitted to themselves and to the other.
One interesting, although strange, plot line is Ty's Recon team coming to spend some time with Ty and he had forgotten because of Zane's health problem. Among them is Nick, Ty's best friend since the military days and in this book Ty tells them he's in love with Zane and one of his friends is to shocked and doesn't speak to him again while he's there..I get the feeling he was just too surprised but might change his mind. However, Nick has an interesting reaction to this news and I wasn't expecting it exactly, and it provided a bit of angst in there...
In the end, the bad guy was taken down but Zane and Ty rick their lives - again - to protect others and while they're surrounded by the result of yet another explosion, we finally see Zane saying the words we've been expecting to and it was good.
the end of the book was a bit of a cliffhanger but I already know the guys will be in a mission together in the next book, so I'm sure everything will work out.
I'm so happy with this series, it's very coherent and well planed. The authors have created a good cast and interesting plots that allow the characters to still have center stage. It's amazing to see their story develop. I hope it keeps going for a long time.

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