Strength in Numbers by Brad Vance ~ Book Review by Caroline

29056110Title: Strength in Numbers

Author: Brad Vance

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/09/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance

Blurb:

They’re back! In their first adventure, Marc Julian, software billionaire, and Jesse Winchester, hacker extraordinaire, survived the evil plans of the Krom brothers and Jesse’s first lover, Chip. But Jesse has old debts to pay to Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov. Now Leonid is calling in those debts, demanding that Jesse find a great treasure for him, and a new game is set in motion…

The mysterious “Satoshi,” creator of the cybercurrency Bitcoin, has been hiding $375 million worth of the currency for years. But now, he has chosen to start a quest for the keys to the Hoard, and he who controls the keys controls the fortune. And this will be a quest that will test the strength, the will, and the character of those who pursue it.

But Marc and Jesse aren’t the only ones on the hunt, as old enemies resurface to try and beat them to the treasure… And even if they reach it first, they must ask themselves – do they really want to give a Russian gangster $375 million to pursue his deadly enterprises? And what would be the consequences if they don’t?

The pursuit will take them from Andorra to Barcelona, through the museums of Tokyo, the streets of Buenos Aires, and the coast of Mexico, in a desperate and dangerous race to keep the fortune in digital gold from the hands of all their enemies…

My View:

I loved Jesse and Marc in the first book and I loved them all again in this book but I do wish we had been given a little more of their relationship – I was left feeling that although they had been on quite the adventure they hadn’t moved on that much in their personal lives, at least not on page, and it left me feeling as though I had missed out.

Bitcoins. I previously had no experience of them but by the end of the book had learnt quite a lot. Strength in Numbers reads like a fast paced spy novel with lots of very clever twists and turns and some obviously well researched facts. It starts out quite slowly but the pace picks up as the facts are revealed. There are numerous characters, both good and bad, from the previous book and a feeling of danger as the boys are sent on a mission to recover their treasure.

As a sequel this works really well. Jesse and Marc are clever but together they are dynamite and are usually one step ahead of everyone else out to find the treasure. Brad does an amazing job with the intrigue, with making the reader feel tense and for making it feel as though we are along for the ride. It won’t work as a standalone however so before you start make sure you have read Would I Lie to You? which incidentally was one of my favourite books of 2015.

Links

Strength in Numbers on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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