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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
Betrayal by Gary E. Smith is the seventh book in the Warren Steelgrave series. Head Brigadier Mattia’s son Carlo joined an FBI task force to investigate a trafficking ring. The task force had discovered an entertainment company that brought girls to Rome on contracts, but once in Rome, their passports were confiscated. Carlo was working undercover as a songwriter at this company. Someone on the task force has downloaded the suspect company’s business files and a second set of incriminating books. Carlo was last seen in the San Francisco Bay area before he went missing, and Head Brigadier Mattia asked Warren Steelgrave to locate his son. Warren’s life would be in danger if the wrong people found out that he was also looking for Carlo.
Betrayal has an intriguing and exciting plot. Gary E. Smith created a world of sex trafficking, murder, and betrayal. I was drawn into this world, and it was easy to visualize the events. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a page-turner, and I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. The story was fast-paced and full of action. There was never a dull moment with all the twists and turns. The characters were excellently developed and robust. My favorite role players were Warren and Cindy. They enjoyed a comfortable relationship and complemented each other. The story is well-written and easy to read. The major twist at the end surprised me as I did not see it coming.