Survive the Day

Fiction - Crime
256 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2024
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Reviewed by Golder Hazelton for Readers' Favorite

Survive the Day by E. A. Coe is a fast-paced, thoroughly engaging thriller that chronicles the efforts of Federal Agents Douglas Hill and Marina Butnari to take down the vast human trafficking empire ruled by the heinous and incredibly powerful Mo Ren. Agents Hill and Butnari were introduced in Coe’s previous title Pedaling West and, while Survive the Day reads seamlessly as a standalone work, Coe devotees will be delighted to see these characters in a fresh and expanded storyline. Coe focuses with laser beam precision on every detail of Mo Ren’s extensive criminal network, the professional and personal lives of Hill, Butnari, and their friends, the day-to-day operations of the FBI, and a myriad cast of supporting players, the result being that readers will feel strongly connected to the world and the events that Coe has created.

Through an ever-surprising series of plot twists and reversals, Coe portrays his protagonists as just what the book’s title suggests: survivors. In fact, survival drives the narrative on both sides of the equation as each of the main and supporting characters struggles daily to survive. It is an eminently human and exceedingly worthy approach to storytelling. Hill and Butnari are tough, resourceful, oftentimes lucky, and sometimes impulsive and foolhardy as they relentlessly pursue their mission. Fate alternately supports and impedes their efforts, as Fate is wont to do, and the whole delightfully chaotic maelstrom winds down into a hugely satisfying conclusion where good triumphs and evil is punished. In Survive the Day, E.A. Coe has crafted a winning thriller, sure to delight readers and build a loyal fan base. Survive the Day is keenly imaginative and highly entertaining.

K.C. Finn

Survive the Day is a work of fiction penned by author E. A. Coe in the crime, thriller, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Readers are invited into a thrilling tale of conflict between an FBI top-secret task force and an international criminal organization, where only one will emerge victorious. FBI Special Agents Marina Butnari and Douglas Hill lead the charge against a well-organized syndicate dominating human trafficking, navigating deceptions and compartmentalized intelligence to uncover the truth and prepare for an inevitable showdown.

Author E. A. Coe has crafted a crime thriller with a gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The dynamic between Special Agents Butnari and Hill is particularly electric, and I loved the way that they challenged one another to be better, sharper, and braver as the plot intensified around them. I also really enjoyed the dialogue, not just for the central pair but for the whole ensemble cast, as it seemed to echo the overall atmosphere, tension, and grit of the novel as a whole. Coe's attention to detail offers a criminally good mystery with plenty of clues for readers to pick up on as each chapter unveils new layers of deception and danger. As the tension mounts and the stakes escalate, readers are drawn deeper into the high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse between law enforcement and organized crime that was paced well for a great payoff at the novel’s startling conclusion. Overall, Survive the Day is a must-read for fans of action-packed thrillers, offering a heart-pounding journey through the dark underbelly of crime and corruption.

Keith Mbuya

The Santu organization, a Chinese New York-based crime syndicate that dealt in human trafficking and money laundering, was giving both local and international authorities a hard time. Formed by three ancient Chinese triads, the Santu had been in “business” for decades, slowly expanding their reach and power all over the world. Following the organization’s recent expansion to the West Coast, the FBI created a task force dubbed Night Landing, whose aim is to expose its leaders and take the organization down. However, the Santu are ruthless and expertly organized, and their leader’s identity has been a mystery for as long as they have existed. Special FBI agents Marina Butnari and Douglas Hill, members of the task force, find themselves treading a dangerous path that puts their lives on the line as they chase after Santu and its leader, who will stop at nothing to protect their identity and business, even if it means murder. Pick up E. A. Coe’s Survive the Day: A Butnari and Hill Crime Thriller to discover more.

Lovers of fast-paced crime thrillers blended with adventure, action, and so much more will love E. A. Coe’s Survive the Day. Featuring a fascinating and dynamic cast, Coe weaves an intriguing plot. The suspense and ingenious plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. Coe pays great attention to detail, but just enough so as not to bog down the pace of the plot. The evocative depictions of the scenes bring the story to life on the pages. Coe depicts the cast’s intricate emotions well, juxtaposing their complex traits. I was sucked in by the cast’s personal conflicts where the lines between morals, work ethics, love, right, and wrong are blurred with secrets, greed, passion, vengeance, and fear. This is the type of story that will have your heart pounding as your favorite character is confronted with danger. You will be holding your breath as you wait for them to make it out alive.

Alma Boucher

In Survive the Day, a crime novel by E. A. Coe, eighteen-year-old Carmen Vasquez is told by her mother to flee their home. Carmen could get past the border patrol through a Texas-based domestic cleaning service that operated a fake tourist agency but ended up being trafficked. Law enforcement suspected a trafficking ring held women inside a building, and the FBI was contacted. FBI Special Agents Douglas Hill and Marina Butnari were deployed in Operation Night Landing, a secret task team created to combat human trafficking. If everything went according to plan, Hill and Butnari would hold off on any arrests until the traffickers had transferred the hostages into a van. But things do not go as planned, and Hill and Butnari have to pursue leads to find the leader of the trafficking organization.

Survive the Day by E.A. Coe is a page-turner that hooked me from the first one until the last. With all the twists and turns, I never knew what would happen next, and I was kept guessing until the end. The descriptions of the locations and events were vivid, and the well-developed characters made it easy to visualize the action. My favorite part of the story was how the FBI agents' web of suspicion was woven into the story; I had the impression that I was standing directly next to each of them as every new character was scrutinized. When Carmen was brought up again, I was taken aback, and learning about her subsequent story was very beneficial to me. The story serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges encountered by law enforcement in battling human trafficking. This book is written exceptionally well.

Essien Asian

Marina Butnari has made it her mission to protect other women from suffering a similar terrible fate ever since government agents freed her from the grasp of a violent sex trafficking ring. She now works as an FBI agent focused on taking down the Santu, an enigmatic criminal organization with ties to human trafficking gangs. The government has been watching the Santu for a while now. Prior attempts to eradicate them yielded only patchy results. In E.A. Coe's Survive The Day, Marina meets a quiet West Virginian pastor by chance who might hold the key to dismantling this organization and its mysterious leader.

In Survive The Day, E.A. Coe takes us inside the murky world of human trafficking. The plot is simple to follow because Coe lets the reader understand straight away that the good guys and the agents of darkness are engaged in a conflict based on intelligence as much as strength. Excellent character development is evident in the origin story of each main character, which connects them to a particular aspect of this risky industry. There is a sub-theme of accepting other people's eccentricities in the conversations between Marina, Tatiana, Hill, and Henri as they discuss the subtleties of their different relationships. I enjoyed the author's writing skill in Survive The Day; one aspect that readers will be able to relate to is that the antagonists are more technologically and workforce-prepared than our heroes. Action genre fans will find this novel immersive and focused on crime and its investigation in a way that stimulates the reader's imagination.