Publishing Date: March 1, 2013
Publishers’ Description: Pia Sabel plays to win. Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she’s taken the helm of her billionaire father’s private security company, and she’s playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill. On her first day on the job, Pia’s client is assassinated in front of her. There’s no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money laundering and piracy that will take her from Swiss mansions to the jungles of Cameroon. Her battle-hardened employees suspect she’s just a spoiled rich girl with a mean corner kick. But Pia’s got some unexpected moves of her own. Will they be enough to bring her team through its mission?
Review: I almost dropped this book off the Kindle carousel before finishing due to the stilted writing and jumbled logic train. Luckily, the subject was easy to follow….if there ever was one. I guess in La La Land, women’s’ ex-soccer stars use slide tackles and bicycle kicks as an invented martial art and can take out terrorists with a series of punches…….blah blah…………run 10k in……….blah blah……super rich…..blah……..vendetta…..blah……….almost lover dies………..blah………. Pretty formulaic all told, but you know? Despite a rough start, Pia started to grow on me; at first she is just an annoying hyper-narcissistic athlete but soon reveals a little vulnerability. She still is a rampant egoist, but in subsequent books she may evolve into something interesting to read about. I would have placed this in the “Teen/Young adult” mystery genre.