Fatal Exchange (A Christy Spy Novel Book 3)

Fatal Exchange

Christy Hadden is an extremely talented spy, and at 19 she has to be good. There are people that would love to see her fail and she needs to prove that she is very capable of her job. Christy is on assignment in Paris, and her next mission seems easy enough-grab a flash drive with damaging information on a high ranking public official and keeps the informant safe. However, things go from bad to worse after Christy grabbed the flash drive. Before she can even react the flash drive is taken from her and she gives chase, leaving her informant behind and he’s killed. Christy needs to earn back the respect of her director, and decides to go undercover as a pickpocket. After she hits the streets she begins to realize that Paris is full of thieves and nobody is safe as the streets are overrun by several pickpocket rings.

If you can get past the fact that such an accomplished spy is only 19, it’s a very good book. It’s full of action and suspense, and there is a little bit of romance towards the end of the novel. I haven’t read the other books in this series, but this book can be read on its own. I didn’t feel like I’ve lost anything in the story by not reading the previous books. I have read other books by Cindy M. Hogan and I really enjoy her as an author. I wouldn’t mind reading the other books in the series and get to see more of Christy in action. I didn’t give it a perfect rating because it was hard for me to imagine that the way the department was set up, as believable. For the director to totally disregard information that was continually being given to her, especially when it had to do with the safety of a whole team, frustrated me and didn’t seem real at all. To have so much anger and hate between an agent and her shadow, makes you think that there should have been some psychological testing going on, and you would want your agents to trust those that are working with them. It is a fictional novel, so I’m not extremely put out when it doesn’t seem realistic, but other than a few small things, the book was good.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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