Spider Games, book 2 in the Cruise FBI thriller series, really packs a punch. Once again, Helen Hanson has given us a story full of action and suspense. Baxter Cruise is a grad student and a drone genius. Having recently lost his mentor in an accident, and with no family to help him grieve, he uses his work on drones as an outlet. Claudia Seagal, FBI agent, and Baxter have recently starting seeing each other, but their budding relationship is in question when Baxter is accused of a bombing which almost took Claudia’s life. Meanwhile, Claudia is searching for two missing girls who were lured from their home only to become slaves to labor brokers. Is there a connection between the missing girls and the bomb? Claudia and Baxter will need all their skills to untangle this spider’s web.
I was instantly charmed by Baxter and his unassuming personality. However, it took me a little while to warm up to Claudia. I was very concerned in the beginning that she might be too jaded for Baxter, but I was proved wrong as the story progresses. I thought the appearance of Clint Masters, from the Clint Masters series, was pretty cool; I enjoy seeing an author’s characters overlapping with each other. The plotline was twisty and had bracing action scenes throughout. The story has a good flow and kept me completely engaged. This is the second book by this author that I have read and once again I am impressed by her storytelling skills. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!