Tuesday 19 January 2016

Book Review - Point of Control by LJ Sellers

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Title: Point of Control
Author: LJ Sellers
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: 19th January 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

In her personal life, FBI agent Andra Bailey works hard to control her sociopathic tendencies. But on the job, her cold logic comes in handy.

Now two world-renowned scientists have disappeared, and the bureau assigns Bailey to find them and hunt down the kidnapper. The agent soon suspects that a rare-metal shortage may be the link between the disappearances and that the motive is far more dangerous than she imagined. With the market in turmoil and prices sky-high, electronics companies and their power-hungry CEOs are ready to do anything—even kill—to keep production lines going.

When a third scientist disappears, Bailey throws caution aside to track the crimes to their source. But by immersing herself so deeply in the case, she risks letting down the defenses she’s built to contain the sociopath inside her.

Point of Control is a new standalone thriller from LJ Sellers, the author of the Detective Jackson series that I have been reading for years, and love, so I was eager to start reading this. I think that if you are new to the author then the Detective Jackson series is probably a better introduction as I think its better than Point of Control, but this new book is still a very compulsive thriller. 

What I found fascinating about Point of Control was FBI agent Andra Bailey, as she is a sociopath, that works for the FBI and has just enough self awareness to generally keep a handle on her condition. Despite her general lack of empathy, I really  liked her, and she is a highly intelligent agent, and very capable. 

There is a lot of details with regards the mobile phone manufacturing industry and extraction of rare metals, and encryption that  didn't always follow at times, but helped set the scene and was relevant to the story. 

I found the story was fast paced and at points I didn't want to put it down. You see the plot unfold from a variety of viewpoints, and just for once I didn't feel complete disgust at the criminals. 

I wish this was the start of a series as I would love to know more about Andra Bailey and her future career as she is an intriguing character. 

Overall I really enjoyed Point of Control and found it to be a very good thriller that is worth reading. 

Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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