Whistleblowers

Kate Adams Series Book 2

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
333 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2018
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Author Biography

Holly A. Bell was born and raised in Beaver Dam, WI. She moved across several states during her 17-year career in business administration before settling in the Mat-Su Valley of Alaska where she became a professor and administrator at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, American Banker, The Journal of Investing, and notable academic publications. With degrees in economics, foreign policy, and business administration, Dr. Bell enjoys writing novels that reside at the intersection of these disciplines.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

In Whistleblowers (Kate Adams Series: Book 2) by Holly Bell, we are drawn into a world of political intrigue and the intelligence organs of the U.S., Britain, and Russia as Kate Adams, an independent contractor for American Intelligence, abandons her comfortable university professorship at an Alaskan university to throw herself back into the world of espionage and political assassinations. Kate, an expert in IT and coding, is still recovering from her last sojourn into the fray, when she was kidnapped and tortured. Suffering from flashbacks and nightmares, Kate has to put all that aside as she travels to the U.K. and Russia seeking a rogue programmer, The Executive, who is doing a “Julian Assange” and leaking vital intelligence secrets as well as falsehoods to the dark web for all to see. Caught up in a maelstrom of politics and traitors, Kate must navigate this morass to solve the important issues: Who is leaking secrets and how are they doing it?

This is the first Kate Bell book I have read and Whistleblowers is an excellent and taut political thriller that presents us with a complicated and slightly damaged heroine who must battle her demons and memories to successfully complete her mission. Kate, as a character, is wonderful and easy to identify and empathise with. She is an intelligent, savvy and attractive woman who, although damaged by her past experiences, is capable of fulfilling her mission. The author is clearly well informed and well researched about current events, recent history and the intelligence mechanisms of the major players. I was impressed with the flow of the story and was able to read the entire book in one sitting. The author’s style is very readable and the action builds to several crescendos that present the reader with often surprising outcomes. If intrigue and political machinations are your choice as a reader, then Whistleblowers is definitely a book for you. This is a leading story in its genre and, as a credit to the author, I am tempted to go back and read Kate Adams Book 1 in the series, just to find out more about this character’s motivations.

Christian Sia

Holly Bell’s Whistleblowers is the second entry in the Kate Adams Series and it is a very engaging read. A professor turned spy is out to get The Executive, a code name for a vicious whistleblower. This enemy could be the only link to the organization that is leaking government secrets onto the internet, causing a lot of damage with false and misleading propaganda, which the public swallows without due judgement. Kate Adams is back with the CIA and charged with a very delicate and dangerous mission — infiltrate an anti-government group. Follow her as she steps into a dangerous terrain and a world with a completely new culture in the hunt for the bad guy. Can she deal with what awaits her, and how long can she survive in a world that is as ruthless as it is treacherous, a world surviving on its own terms?

Intrigue, political machinations, and economic control are skillfully developed in this spellbinding story. It’s a story that reminds readers of something they have seen before; drama and a game that they’ve witnessed during the US Presidential Elections campaign. In this spellbinding novel, the author explores the power of the web and shows readers how the public can be manipulated to believe just about anything. The characters are very compelling and the intelligence community infrastructure is well thought out. This is a plot with a strong conspiracy, masterfully crafted and well-paced. It’s intense and readers can’t resist falling for Kate Adams, a compelling character. Holly Bell’s Whistleblowers is among the best reads I have enjoyed this year with a gripping plot, an original and well-developed idea, and great entertainment.

Rabia Tanveer

Whistleblowers: Kate Adams Series, Book 2 by Holly Bell is the story of Kate Adams, who has barely had time to recuperate from her previous mission when she is once again brought in to solve a brand new mystery that might be her undoing. This time she is brought in by the CIA to infiltrate an anti-government group that is trying to make life difficult for everyone.

It appears that someone has leaked some sensitive materials and documents regarding the secrets of the USA. But here is the catch; no one knows which of these documents are real and which are not. Due to the subject matter of these documents, the public is outraged. The intelligence agencies believe that there is a mastermind behind this leak and they want Kate to help them find that person. Known as the Whistleblower, this person might be a hero or may be a villain. No one knows who this person is, if the Whistleblower is the enemy or not. What can Kate do? Can she find out who this person is, or is she going to find she's met her match after all?

Wow! This is a bumpy ride that is very enjoyable. From the very beginning, I was invested in the story, which is all thanks to the narrative. Holly Bell kept the momentum going, kept the pace and ensured that I was hooked by Kate’s spunk and spark. Kate is one of those characters who simply live in the mind of the reader and don’t go away. She is smart, attentive, and witty and has her own charm. I enjoyed her quick thinking and how she took charge of the situation. I loved Whistleblowers.