The Gryphon Heist

The Gryphon Heist

by James R. Hannibal

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Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe--a department only known as "Other." When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she'll be back in DC within a few days. But that's before she knows where the designs are stored--and who's after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.

Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?

In this Ocean's Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.

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ISBN-13: 9781493419432
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 155,690
File size: 9 MB

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James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. A former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, he has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.

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The Gryphon Heist 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Libbymay117 4 days ago
Long story short! I wasn't going to order this book at all. I owe my best friend for prompting me to. Thing is I love getting books in the mail and that month most of the books available for choosing weren't my type of genre. The Gryphon Heist is something like a clean book version of the Oceans Eleven movie. When I first started it it took me a little time to get into. The first couple of chapters gave background to Talia, the main character, and set the stage for the writing style and everything, but it was slow getting the story started. About chapter 16, when Talia meets her "civilian deadweight" Adam Tyler, is when things pick up and the story starts. And its veeeery worth getting through those chapters. I liked all of it. The plotline was well detailed, well-executed and well concluded. The characters were just perfect themselves. Talia was... a non-stereotypical female protagonist, which I find personally is rare when a book is written by a man. Adam Tyler, or just Tyler. What can I say about him without giving away spoilers? I liked him... a lot. Pavel Ivanov. I can say that he was a gentleman, and he was rich and smart. And not bad looking. And I kinda hoped along the way, that Talia would end up with him. Eddie, Val, Mac, Finn, and Darcy. These team crew members, both in their arrivals into the story and through the plot, each shone their own light. All in all, this was a great book and I'm super glad I got and read it, and if you enjoy suspense books, I recommend adding this one to your list! (recommended ages 15 and up simply because it's not aimed as a children's book) Five stars. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
Anonymous 9 days ago
This one "ticked all the boxes" for me. Humor, excitement, characters that I fell in love with, and a (mostly) unpredictable, honest-to-goodness spy adventure created escapist fiction at its finest. This group of thieves-turned-goodish-guys had some of the best team chemistry that I've read in a while. It very much had a high-powered Robin Hood and His Merry Men vibe, which was addicting! Talia Inger, the rookie CIA agent with a troubled past, was a well-written main character, especially considering that the author, James Hannibal, is a guy! What I mean by that is: I don't often see male authors in the Christian fiction genre, and it's rare to see them writing female main characters, and doing it well! Eddie, the specialized-skills computer geek, was the darling of the story, and I loved his techy, boyish, cousin-like friendship with Talia. He made me chuckle so many times. Adam Tyler... well, you'll just have to read the book to learn about this mysterious guy! He and the rest of the unlikely team that come together to complete the Gryphon Heist -- Mac, Finn, Darcy, and Val -- will return in Spring 2020 in the next book, Chasing the White Lion, and I can't wait! And the spiritual/moral aspect of the story was so tastefully done! The Christian characters in the book live and speak truth but never in a preachy way, which I really appreciated. Not to step on any toes, but when a guy is a stealth pilot in real life, like James Hannibal .... he's just going to have the advantage when it comes to writing realistic action. Fact. 4.5 stars (the missing half point is for the "mostly" in "mostly unpredictable")
Anonymous 16 days ago
Who to trust is the name of the game for new spy Talia Inger. Her boss? Her mentor? The civilian contractor? The scientist she’s investigating? Talia even struggles with trusting her own judgement. “So how is a spy supposed to know what’s right or wrong?” I’d say experience. And Talia gains that experience over the course of The Gryphon Heist, the first novel in a new series by James Hannibal. Talia and her team are out to steal\keep safe a new weapon from a secret vault in a high-altitude orbit. Not quite space, but space-adjacent. A lot of spy\adventure books that I’ve read always have a great team of secondary characters. The Gryphon Heist has such a team. An elite one, if I may borrow a phrase from the trailer! From hacker to chemist, wheel-man, cat burglar, and con artist, we meet quite the collection of characters. My favorites are Finn (the high-flying cat burglar), Darcy (the chemist\demolition expert), and of course Eddie, our hacker. Eddie has a very similar sense of humor to my own. (I always gravitate to the nerdy jokes!) Building the team is one section of the novel that I really enjoyed. This team reminds me a bit of the group from the Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich. Every member of the team has a specialty and they do not always blend together. But they get the job done. “In the past, I’ve put teams together for onetime operations, disbanding them afterward. But this team is different. … I don’t think any of you can deny that we work well together. You all have unique talents. And last week you used them to save lives.” I was relieved that there was no forced romance between Talia and Tyler. For me, knowing what I do about how their relationship started, it’s better as mentor\mentee than romantic. I may not be into action in my own life, but I do love reading a great action scene. Mr. Hannibal captures these scenes well with very visual descriptions. There are some extreme, heart-racing, action scenes in The Gryphon Heist. There is a great chase involving an ekranoplan. (Don’t worry. I looked it up too.) Our first introduction to Finn is a high-altitude jump out of a weather balloon. The whole end of the novel is one giant try not to die action scene. Kudos to Mr. Hannibal on the action writing! The Gryphon Heist as a lot of spy jargon which I can only infer is correct. I read a number of books like this, or with other military jargon. I don’t know anything about the subjects. I’m here for the car chases! If you are one of those readers who are a stickler for accuracy, this is my heads-up warning for you! I’d rank The Gryphon Heist up there with some of my favorite spy\thrillers, like the Jack West Jr or Oregon Files novels. Or Covert Affairs or Jack Ryan tv series. Well-written. Fast-paced. Good car\plane chases! And some great plot twists. Very worth checking out if you are looking for some high-speed action (AT HEIGHTS!).
KMarkovich 17 days ago
Wow! I loved this book! And I can’t wait to read the next one! I’ve never read a book by James Hannibal before, but I look forward to reading his next! This book is full of mystery, suspense and spies, gadgets, explosions and God. Honestly, it seemed like a Christian version James Bond and I would love to see it on the big screen – it was THAT good! But, not only was there almost non-stop action, there was also soul searching. I loved seeing Talia think about her past and learn about the people she is working with – some good, some evil and some she just doesn’t know what they are. Such a great book! I highly, HIGHLY recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I had never read James Hannibal before but thoroughly enjoyed this first look at his books. The Gryphon Heist is a delightful look at what happens when a rookie CIA operative with an eidetic memory gets in way over her head. Blending action, strong characters, crazy, unpredictable situations and humor, this book is highly entertaining. I'd definitely recommend it.
Shopgirl152ny1 27 days ago
Well, talk about an exciting thrill ride full of spies, cons and heists! You're never sure who to trust as Talia goes from new spy to being involved with a group of thieves looking for a payday. Talia was a great character with a strong sense of justice, always trying to do the right thing and not believing in the end justifying the means. She avoided God because she felt like He had punished her by taking her father so if she lived a moral life, He would leave her alone. Her beliefs get turned on their head when she meets one of the thieves, who seemed to have a strong relationship with God and who knew forgiveness firsthand. I admired Talia's smarts but on the other hand, sometimes she seemed a little too trusting. I liked Eddie, too, for his chivalry and comedic relief. He was her partner and resident tech geek/hacker. The rest of the team were unique and interesting, too. There's plenty of action, smaller cons leading up to the big one, cool technology and fast cars. There were some funny one-liners, too, and a hint of romance. If you like action and suspense, you need to check it out! I received this book from Revell. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.
LifeofLiterature 27 days ago
Fast paced action from page one! This book reminds me of an action movie, like Jason Bourne, with top government secrets, foreign espionage, and dangerous fight scenes. The bad guy is not who I thought it was at first and the suspense kept me glued to the pages until the conclusion to the story. I liked that the author took time to craft depth to the story behind the action too, with topics such as forgiveness and redemption. It takes a little bit for everything to start coming together in the story, but when it does, it is hard to put down! I really enjoyed this contemporary suspense and recommend it! I cannot wait for the next book in the series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
NatalieRae 28 days ago
Enjoyable espionage thriller. With quick action, tangible danger, and a cast of unique characters the entire novel read like a movie that left me excited to keep reading. What made this story stand out to me was the unique plot and the dynamic between characters. Mr. Hannibal does a fantastic job giving each character an unforgettable personality bringing them to life on the page. There were some easy guesses on the part of the plot but the action and storyline made it easy to overlook those and simply enjoy the adventurous ride. The chapters are quick, keeping the pace heightened and I like the way the author wove in the faith element. Overall, this is a great story and perfect for fans of high action thrillers. I'm looking forward to the next book! ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.***
DixieJudy 28 days ago
The Gryphon Heist is Hannibal's first foray into Christian fiction, and he does bring in the scriptures and faith into this novel. The tech part, which was a big part of the book and I must confess sometimes it was over my head in trying to grasp what the author was describing. There were very likable characters and some very unlikable characters. In fact just plain villains and criminals but that does make for a very interesting read. I must say that Hannibal has written a most unusual book with lots of twists and turns and surprises. “The Gryphon Heist” will keep the reader guessing until the very end. We find good and bad and forgiveness from God and forgiving others as God grants the ability to do so.......Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
tickmenot 29 days ago
Scamming the Bad Guy! Tailia Inger along with her friend, Eddie Gupta, have just become CIA operatives. They are supposed to be sent on an easy job in eastern Europe. Instead the job morphs into a huge race against time to stop the Gryphon, a radical defense technology, before it used to kill thousands. In order to do that, the two will get in league with Adam Tyler. This man is trying to con the person with the Gryphon into believing Adam is really Lukon, a notorious assassin turned business man. A team is gathered of experts in different clandestine fields to help pull off the deception. But is it all really a con? This fast-moving story has it all: intrigue, mystery, thrills, as this group covers the far corners of world in an attempt to stop the Gryphon. Surprising truths are uncovered, including startling clues that surface about Adam, along with a high-ranking CIA member. There is also an amazing story-line about unforgiveness in Talia’s life and what it has done to her, even physically. I would match this book against any action/thriller out there and say this tale will hold its own, or beat it. Additionally, it is done without cursing, sexual situations or excessive descriptions of violence—all told from a Christian point of view that flows naturally into the story. This author is very, very good, and you will not put his book down once it is picked up! I highly recommend this 5+ star book to anyone who likes edge of their seat, very well-written stories. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of, The Gryphon Heist, for the purpose of review.
Blooming-with-Books 29 days ago
Great suspense page-turning reading found within... The Gryphon Heist Talia Inger #1 By James R. Hannibal Natalia (Talia) Inger is determined to get the Moscow desk as her first assignment with the CIA. All she needs to do is complete this last exam - what could go wrong? With an assignment to the department known as Other, Talia knows that she has her work cut out for. First, there is her new boss Frank Brennan, directorate of operations, Russian Eastern Europe Division. Talia's just not sure what to make of the guy and whether she should trust him. And her first assignment finds her heading to Transnistria to help provide "security" to a Moldovan tech company with whom the US DOD had contracts. As Talia prepares for her assignment with Eddie Gupta a fellow rookie CIA officer with whom she had trained she is less than pleased to hear that they will be working with Adam Tyler a civilian. Adam Tyler is big trouble in Talia's opinion - opinionated and not able to grasp his place on this mission. When Talia's plans for a quick mission soon fall apart when the threat to Avantec prove more than credible. And the tech that is in danger could be catastrophic if it falls into the wrong hands. With time against them, Talia has no choice but to use what resources Adam offers. But will it be enough to obtain their objective? The Gryphon Heist is really a good read. The first few chapters are used to establish Talia as a conflicted and hurting person who puts her all into whatever she feels is worth her effort. These are just a little slow but not in a boring manner. After we like Talia and Eddie are taken to Transnistria the action picks up a little and once the true threat is revealed we are moving. For the most part, Talia is a rather confrontational individual and has the easy ability to not make friends quickly. And offering her advice not a good move as she is more than likely to do just the opposite. I like her partner Eddie Gupta whom we don't learn much about in the way of backstory but he seems like the kind of guy you'd want on your team. And then there is Adam Tyler who has a backstory that we are given a glimpse of - one that makes him even more interesting as a character. One has to wonder just how many secrets he is keeping. The book keeps the suspense building so that the reader is completely drawn into the story and by page 100 there is no way that you will willingly put it down. The characters are believable with flaws that make them real. The descriptions didn't get bogged down in excessive wordiness offering just enough to keep the story moving. This is the first book in a series and I can say I'm looking forward to what is to come. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion all thoughts expressed are my own.
SemmieWise 3 months ago
** “My redemption, and Paul’s, are not about what we did. Redemption is about what Christ did. Paul’s actions are an outgrowth of his newfound faith. He served out of love and gratefulness.” ** James R. Hannibal’s “The Gryphon Heist” is a fast-paced, action-packed espionage thriller that also deals with deeper topics like forgiveness and redemption. Former foster kid Talia Inger is trying to work her way into the CIA’s Clandestine Service when she finds herself assigned to the Agency’s “Other” department out of the Eastern European Division. She is assigned to asset Adam Tyler who has knowledge of a plot to steal information from Avantec, a company that supplies the U.S. government with missile parts. As Talia and Tyler build a team of criminals to steal the information before the mysterious criminal mastermind Lukon can, they must learn to overcome past trials and mistakes while saving America from an imminent missile strike. Filled with twists and turns, “The Gryphon Heist” will keep the reader guessing until the very end — just who can Talia trust and who are the players’ true identities. Besides being an incredible and intriguing thriller, “The Gryphon Heist” also deals with topics like overcoming a sense of inadequacy and lack of identity (“a blade reforged from broken pieces is always stronger than the original”); redemption; forgiveness (“clinging to unforgiveness is the same as clinging to any other habitual sin”); remember Who (God) is in control; and the fact that the greater good is malleable, but morals are not. This novel is filled with a number of violent scenarios, but also has several moments of comedic relief. Fans of authors like Joel C. Rosenberg, characters like Jason Bourne and Alias’ Sydney Bristow, and movies like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” will enjoy this novel. I’m looking forward to see what happens next with the team in “Chasing the White Lion,” due out in Spring 2020. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Randi_AMDFT 3 months ago
While The Gryphon Heist certainly grabbed my attention right from the start, I must be completely honest and say that it failed to keep me in it's grips throughout as I prefer my thrillers to do. It started out with a great deal of action, but throughout seemed to go back and forth between moments at that faster pace, to moments that were much slower in pace. Now some may enjoy this, but I must admit it kept me from getting into the story as much as I could have. During those moments where it was more engaged in action, I found myself thinking it was a great story, but during the in between I struggled to keep going. In the beginning, it felt like it took awhile to build up to the main story too. Still, though I can say it wasn't my favorite--- it had many great things going for it that I am sure others will enjoy. First, I enjoyed the idea of Talia being new to the CIA... most of the time when we read of characters in jobs like this they are more seasoned so that added a really interesting element. I cannot say how true to life talk of that career/training/etc was as I'm clueless about it all, but it sounded pretty believable to me at least! There were also some really humorous moments and banter throughout that I really enjoyed... this often coming from the various side characters that we meet throughout. There was certainly a great element of suspense established very early on that kept me guessing who could be trusted. Overall, it was a good book. This particular story/character might not have connected with me enough to draw me into this one, but the writing was great and I would certainly still try out another book by this author and potentially the series again. Readers who like a Mission Impossible-type story will certainly enjoy this one more! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Virginiaw 3 months ago
This was a great thriller filled with spies and lots of intrigue. There were so many twists and turns. Every page seemed to bring something new. I would think that I had the story figured out and then I found out I was wrong. I loved the dangerous characters throughout this story. It was hard to know who was good and who was bad. I can’t wait til the second book comes out in this series. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MaureenST 3 months ago
The author has given us a book that reads like you’re watching a movie, and I found myself ducking as the bullets were flying. We meet evil head on, but soon wonder whom to trust? Conflicting feelings of grief, revenge, or forgiveness! As you quickly page turn to find the answers here, you quickly realize what these amazing people are trying to do, and what the possible outcomes can be. As we immerse ourselves in the lives of these characters, and surprises abound here, I am happy to see that there is another book in this series coming. You don’t want to miss this one! I received this book through the Revell Reads Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
cristal6 3 months ago
This is a gripping story of espionage. You have a few main characters, but the main one is Talia, who has just gotten a job at the CIA, along with Eddie, who was in the same class as Talia. They are put in the “Others” division, with Brennan as their supervisor. He puts the two of them on a “simple” case, working with civilian, Tyler. But, it ends up this case is anything but simple. There is the undertone of Christianity, but not very strong. This has a strong hint of the past of what Talia went through as a child, and how it relates to this case. This also is how Talia is reacting to working with a bunch of thieves. Is the CIA involved in this? That question remains to be answered still at the end of the book. We are left in a cliff hangar. Did I enjoy this book? Immensely. Different than my usual, but it kept me glued to it. The Gryphon Heist became available for sale September 3, 2019. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
Fitzysmom 3 months ago
The Gryphon Heist is the first book by James Hannibal that I've read. Where have I been? I am definitely going to seek out his previous novels. He even has some juvenile fiction that I am going to look into for my grandkids. Several years ago there was a show on television called Leverage. My husband and I used to watch it and really enjoyed it. I thought The Gryphon Heist had the same feel. It is most definitely a suspense novel but it has a light cleverness to it as well. The characters are a motley crew of CIA agents and criminals. But likable criminals if you will. There is a lot of background that is covered in this first book of a coming series. I'm not going to go into it because it will be better for you the reader to uncover it yourself. Let's just say that the history of each of the main characters plays an important role in each of their motivations. Like any good suspense story there are plenty of plot twists and turns. There are some points that you will guess at and get right and there are others that you won't even figure into the equation. I enjoyed every chapter and found the overall book to be a quick read. The Gryphon Heist is a complete story but the characters go into the next novel. I've only read the sneak peek for book two but it looks like it will be just as good. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Sarah Y 3 months ago
Oh, the intrigue!!! Talia Inger is a newly-minted CIA officer and because of who her mentor is, she thinks she is getting the station she's always dreamed of. She's extremely disappointed when she is stuck in Other. This division doesn't even get name recognition. Only in her first mission, Talia already doesn't know who to trust. Is her boss legit or a traitor? How about the civilian assigned to help her? Who is he really? (I really thought he was a bad guy and I guess he sort of was. That part confused me. So was the whole "Lukon is going after this thing" part of the con? Because if Lukon is Tyler, then it would have to be.) There isn't really any mystery or puzzle to this story. The directive is straight forward enough - plan heist, assemble team, run heist, beat bad guy. The action comes in when things go wrong, you don't know who is good or bad, and (I guess this is a puzzle) the fog around Talia's past. (Really interesting how Talia's emotional and spiritual pain had such profound physical effects.) An aside - I found it really humorous the emphasis made on Talia and others in the CIA being "officers" not "agents" when it is, after all, called the Central Intelligance Agency. Agent is practically in the name. Maybe it's because FBI personnel are called agents. I don't think our government agencies really get along that well so they might not like sharing titles. Who knows. Just amused me. There's not a cliff-hanger (thank goodness!) but this is not a one-and-done story. A battle has been won, but the war is still going and the problem might hidden among the good guys. I'll leave you with that :)
FayJac 4 months ago
This action filled book is about a CIA agent who works with a band of theives and an assassin to steal a data vault high in the mesosphere. It is a daring heist and often it was hard to tell who the good guys were. This book also talks a lot about forgiveness and redemption. I had trouble getting into this book. It was more like watching the action take place and not being part of it. Maybe it was because the book was pretty technical, dealing with things like the mesosphere. Overall, however, it was interesting and a good book. One of the things this book wrestles with is the higher good and sacrificing for the good of others. Does the end really justify the means? Also, can God forgive and change an assassin? This was a good book full of action and thoughtfulness. (Please Note: Although an e-copy of this book was sent to me to review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, the opinions expressed are my own.)
AngelN1 4 months ago
I just read The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal, and it was one I didn't want to put down. This book is suspenseful, and the action never lets up. I enjoyed the tension and the larger-than-life heist. I don't want to give away any of the plot twists, so suffice it to say that I was interested from start to finish. I appreciated the humor in the dialogue as well as the action. My sixteen-year-old son also read and enjoyed this book. Those who like Mission-Impossible type stories will enjoy this one. I could see this being made into a successful action film. It was fun, and I look forward to seeing the next installment in this series. I give it 4.5 stars, but since I round up, I listed it as a 5. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
KimPotter 4 months ago
The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal is the first book in his Talia Inger series. A rookie CIA agent, an elite team of thieves, and top-secret defense technology, spell instant suspense! Talia Inger is assigned to the forgotten department of Eastern Europe known as “Other”. With her team of thieves and her civilian partner she must access the Gryphon, a high-altitude data storage; before a known terrorist gets to them. Once I started this book, I had a hard time putting it down. It read like a fast-paced spy movie! The twists and turns kept me turning pages. The way Tyler leads Talia back to God and helps her forgive was woven in so well that it never took away from the “action feel” of the story. If you can’t stand nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense then this story isn’t for you. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Madison-s_Library 4 months ago
You can tell Gryphon Heist is set to be a tense thriller from the very first page. From the finishing touches of CIA training to undercover ops, double crosses, big reveals and enough high-action, crazy scenes to classify for a big-budget Hollywood film, Gryphon Heist is sure to please action and thriller fans. Natalia Inger is just about to complete her CIA training when she fails the last practical. So, when her mentor offers her one last chance to join the Agency, Talia accepts, even if it means she is placed in Eastern European Other division - the placement furthermost from her ideal goal of Moscow. Her first assignment appears to be a glorified rent-a-cop situation until word comes of a high-stakes heist to steal world destructive technology. Talia and a carefully selected team will have to steal it first to secure her country’s safety. Gryphon Heist is accurately marketed as Ocean’s Eleven meets Mission Impossible. It has all the high-stakes action scenes that seem totally outside the realms of possibility, and a team of criminals - from con women to chemists who excel in bomb making - who must work together. The combination of complex schemes and dangerous stunts makes Gryphon Heist an exciting read. The one problem I had with this book was the main character. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to find her annoying as she swings from an uptight goody two shoes to an insufferable know it all and then back to someone who seems so incompetent it is hard to believe she made it through the CIA training. Then I was doubting myself - maybe that’s exactly how I was to view her to create loopholes in the story. Yet all it seemed to do was make me trust the other characters and continue to doubt Talia’s judgement so it was a little hard to know if she is a fool or a genius. However, she is just beginning her CIA career — and this series — so it will be interesting to see how she develops in subsequent books. Gryphon Heist is published as a Christian novel. There are mentions of faith through the book and one scene that centres around Talia’s return to faith in God and the importance of forgiveness. Fans of action movies and suspense novels alike are sure to enjoy this first book in what is set to be an exciting series. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
benhli38 6 months ago
I recently read this wonderful, great and heart-stopping, race against time novel James Hannibal wrote. The Gryphon Heist is one heck of a read, albeit in my opinion. But opinions do not go well in a world that is in need of facts. So, here are some facts readers ought to be aware of when it comes to picking up this book to read it. James Hannibal, from the back of the book, "is no stranger to secrets and adventure." From the moment I started reading this book, I absolutely could not put it down. The first thing I did when I received this book to review it was to read the back of the book to get a feel for James Hannibal. He is a former pilot, as is my own father. That's where the comparison stops. For my own dad did not get shot at in his life. While his life had been in mortal danger at least once in his life, he did not have the kind of life James Hannibal has. And that is ultimately where a full comparison ends. James Hannibal has led a fully interesting life, not only being shot at, or chased down by an armed terrorist. He's also won awards for the stories his written. The lead character in this book, Talia Inger, I would say is the female version of Ethan Hunt off the Mission: Impossible movies. In that sense, her co-star in the book reminds me of a cross of James Bond meeting a possibly charismatic and scheming bad guy. Or so it seems. Over the course of the book she realizes the truth of her unique place and position in the intelligence community. On that note, that ends my assessment of the book. All I can say is it's worth the read. It's exhilarating. It's continuous action from front to back. And above all, it's just simply a wonderful read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review.