Wired Rogue by Toby Neal
Genre: Currently #4603 in Best Sellers Rank for Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime
Publisher: Tony Neal
Publication Date: November 2016
Submitted by author for review
Wired Rogue by Toby Neal – Great cover, conveys location
Once again, Toby Neal has written a book with so much character and charisma in her multi-dimensional protagonist, exotic Sophie Ang, you’ll feel intimidated when she launches into explosive action in Wired Rogue. I’ve written before regarding the author Toby Neal and have long enjoyed her Lei Crime Series. The character of Sophie Ang was introduced in that series, along with friends Marcella and Marcus.
While book 2 of the Paradise Crime series could be a standalone, you might want to read book 1 first to gain some insight and back story into Sophie’s character and the ongoing battle regarding her program DAVID secreted within the FBI with whom she’s worked computer guru for five years.
First, she actually quits the FBI and moves into the private sector with Security Solutions. What??! I couldn’t believe it when her friend Lei Texiera (of the Lei Crime Series) did the reverse. Sophie feels she is forced to quit as she will not compromise, nor quit her program, but the loss of her comfortable, secure job is devastating.
The carrot from private sector Security Solutions regarding children in a cult society secreted in the lush and secluded Waipio Valley of the Big Island is too much for Sophie to ignore. She has had her own extreme issues from her childhood that continue to haunt her. She deals with severe bouts of depression in a physical manner, which Sophie also uses to hone her MMA skills. These skills come in very handy when she finds herself in the field for the first time and out of her safe IT haven.
The characters from Security Solutions continue to be fleshed out, as is Sophie, and we get to know the dangerously handsome Jake Dunn, ex-Special Forces. It’s the enigmatic “Ghost,” however, that continues to capture our interest–and that of Sophie’s.
While the scintillating descriptions of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands continue to feed our senses, it’s the strong character-driven plot that keeps you on edge. Still, the pacing of the plot is such that you can not, must not, put the book down until you know whether she can successfully battle the antagonist and free the kids. But wait–there’s more. Something else lies on the grounds that they must solve.
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. I’m looking forward to book 3 of the series and know Ms. Neal’s fans are as well.
Rosepoint rating: Five of five stars
Author description: Ms. Neal grew up on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii. She is a mental health therapist. The stories of multicultural detective Lei Texeira are so popular they’ve spawned a licensed fan fiction world on Amazon. Neal occasionally writes romance and YA, but focuses on mystery, and has written a memoir. ©2016 Virginia Williams