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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Jungle Heist: Book 2 of The Response Files, by Rob Phayre, is the exciting and impressive follow-up to Ransom Drop. Here we have The Associate and his plan to execute a risky raid on one of the biggest gold mines on the planet. The President doesn't know which of his allies are trustworthy enough to rescue it, so it's up to Max and his A-Team (specialists with superior training) to intervene in the African jungle. How can they succeed when corruption and greed will stop at nothing to extort it for ultimate control? The Associate would like nothing more than to overturn the President and install a lapdog to do his bidding, but there may be a motive loftier than that.
Phayre is back again with taut writing, a tense plot that entertains, settings that intrigue and inform, characters you can like, dislike, cheer, or boo. Gold is the centerpiece for this suspenseful story, and you have weapons and valor as integral parts. I like how today's technological advances are used in the plot, and by the characters, to carry out the deed. Although specific and intricate details are used by the author, the technology is explained in an interesting way that most people can understand. The sections on gold mining are enlightening as well as entertaining. I held my breath in a lot of places, wondering how Max and his team were going to handle a situation, and that's how good this book is.
The award-winning Phayre is an exceptional talent when it comes to executing a plot that engages, informs, and satisfies; and I like his sensorial style as well. One of my favorite passages is how the author describes gold itself; its allure, properties, and value. Equally intriguing are the descriptions of the jungle environment. Characters are described in such concrete detail that you could pick them out of a lineup. You feel that you're in the hands of a good author when you read a Phayre novel. Anyone into reading character-driven action that doesn't let up, high crimes that drop your jaw, and drama that grabs your breath will love the visceral high stakes of Jungle Heist: Book 2 of The Response Files by Rob Phayre.