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Posted October 21, 2013
Action packed thriller.
In this, the second book in the Roma Series, the story opens with Alabaster Black (alias Bianca Nerini) returning from Rome to Boston, Massachusetts, leaving behind her lover, Dante, and friends in Rome, Italy.
Rendition, her employer, a covert U.S. agency, has persuaded her to infiltrate Nasonia Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturing company owned by Cyril Sargent. Nasonia, is working on a revolutionary new drug using insect-based genetics to develop a new cancer-cure and Rendition want to know more.
Then, when Farrugia and Gennaro, her friends from the Rome, arrive in Boston for another reason, she discovers that leaving the past behind is not as simple as just getting on a plane; they bring some disturbing news for her, ghosts from the past have resurfaced...
I found Wasp's Nest a compelling reading, action-packed and with intriguing characters. The plot had plenty of twists and turns, some surprising secrets, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing until the very end.
Gabriel Valjan includes a tantalising glimpse into Book 3 of the Roma Series, Threading the Needle which I had read first, but I realized that the author created each volume independent of each other.
Posted March 1, 2013
Wasp’s Nest, the second book in the Roma series, is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and it was quite entertaining (sometimes challenging) figuring out which landmark Valjan was talking about. There are plenty of Red Sox, geographical, and idiosyncratic references and I am sure New Englanders will devour this book while solving the mysteries surrounding its characters. No doubt Valjan did his homework when researching biotechnologies and I have to admit that I learned a thing or two about wasps!
This is a fast read with lots of fast moving situations. Most of the Roma Underground characters come back and the scent of love lingers in the air as Alabaster/Bianca shows us a softer side, but one of my “new” favorite characters in this book is a chef. There are quite a few interesting and sometimes scary turns in the book created by the new characters, who successfully added a touch of terror to the storyline. All in all, the second book of the Roma series is very exciting; it answers some of the lingering questions from Roma Underground and left me on a romantic cliffhanger.