To make matters more complicated, Cooper keeps crossing paths with his ex, FBI Agent Geri Harper, as they seem to be looking for the same guy. Cooper knows he's getting close when Geri is kidnapped, but when she resurfaces in Washington and goes on a killing spree, he knows it isn't her. Now under suspicion himself, Cooper must find the real Geri to prove her innocence, not to mention hunt down the powerful villain behind it all. Never a dull moment.
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I read the first book in this series (Pop Travel), enjoyed it and looked forward to diving into this one. And although the first book did make it easy to know where each character was coming from, SIMULATION can be read as a stand-alone. This story starts two years after Cooper uncovers the truth behind the disappearances due to Pop Travel. Cooper has broken relations with Geri, and although I found this a little disheartening, the change in their relationship added a nice spring board for a new type of tension between them. The book is told mostly from three point of views: Geri, Cooper and Crews. Each of them has a very different voice and the switch from one to the other flows well, never with a moment's confusion. As they each pursue their own directions and interests, it becomes clear that somehow they're all headed toward the same central point, but the intrigue and mystery is complicated enough to keep the exact details unclear until the very end. I enjoyed following each of their steps, wondering what was really behind the investigations. And I loved to hate the 'bad guy' because they most certainly deserved it. There's a wonderful new character, Aimee, who adds a fresh breath of air with her positive, cheery attitude. She clashes nicely with Geri creating a fun and much needed lightness to the otherwise serious atmosphere. Unlike the others, she's full of surprises and adds an entire new area of mystery on the side. Like in the first book, there's a nice balance between action and information. Twists and turns are masterfully placed, making it hard to guess what is coming next or where the investigations are headed. And just when it seems that everything is resting on digging up more clues, the heroes find themselves in dangerous situations which even they aren't sure they'll make it through. I didn't want to put this down and was genuinely curious as to where things were headed next. This is an intriguing detective story sprinkled with exciting science fiction elements which leaves one guessing until the very end. I enjoyed the read and can't wait to see what comes next. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.