This novel is a tragic story of an FBI agent who was sent on a field assignment in Kiev for a presidential visit and came back forever changed… At first, Miss Alex DaLuca didn’t want to brave being back on the field, but the more she heard about the case, the more it interested her. However, the trip to Ukraine didn’t have a happy ending. Alex lost her Secret Service fiance in an assassination attempt of the presidents life and came home depressed. As much as a spoiler that is, it’s only the beginning of the drama in Conspiracy In Kiev…
Now, I’m going to be very raw and honest here, the Political Intrigue/FBI Agent genre isn’t my favorite, but I was looking at different settings for my “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge and the Ukraine setting just kept staring at me from my sister’s bookshelf. So I gave it a try. Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with this story. Though a lot of action happened in the novel, I felt like the story dragged a lot in the first 100 chapters. The author spent a lot of time using dialogue between two characters to teach the reader Ukrainian history in the first few chapters, and though I love learning history, the way it was presented was too much like textbook reading to me and not very engaging.
On the other hand, this story did have several good elements I want to mention. First off – when there was action, it was fast paced and had you on the edge of your seat. The assassination attempt, the trip to South America and Alex’s episode in Paris were all memorable scenes in the story. Secondly, the sub-plot set in Italy with Officer Rizzo drew me in and was quite enjoyable. He was quite a character! This was one of those books that had several threads going on at once that will probably come together clearer in the second and third books. Also, the lesser characters had a lot of depth. Which I really liked!
Conclusion: Though Conspiracy In Kiev wasn’t my favorite read, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I know I’ll give the author another try in the future with the rest of the series. As I mentioned above, there were parts I enjoyed in the novel and parts that I thought lagged. All in all, it was a good book and I have no doubt that folks who really love the Suspense genre would probably enjoy it.