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The Falcon (Nina Guerrera Book 3) Kindle Edition
A Wall Street Journal bestselling series.
A serial killer wants to play. FBI Agent Nina Guerrera has no time for games.
Six female undergrads at an elite university vanish. The media descends. The families demand action. And as Special Agent Nina Guerrera follows clue by chilling clue, she realizes she’s tracking the most cunning predator of her career.
The case takes a turn for the worse, and the bizarre, when several victims are found perfectly preserved. No signs of violence, no hint of how they died. Just more evidence that the killer is cruel, calculating, and a master of mind control.
With her mission compromised, Nina must face her greatest failure—and greatest fear—to stop a deadly hunter before he claims another prize.
Praise for Isabella Maldonado
“The writing is suspenseful and reads fast! Maldonado’s expertise in law enforcement and the FBI is very evident in her books and I feel like it’s pretty realistic.” —Shelf Reflection
“Isabella Maldonado crafts a riveting and complex tale with concise and gritty prose that progressively ratchets up the suspense and tension resulting in a page-turner that can’t be put down.” —Mystery & Suspense Magazine
“Another great read from [Isabella Maldonado]! I’m a Nina Guerrera fan and this book is the best of the series so far. Don’t miss it!” —Best Thriller Books, Steve Netter
A Different Dawn
“A horrifying crime, cat-and-mouse detection, aha moments, and extended suspense…” —Kirkus Reviews
“Maldonado expertly ratchets up the tension as the pieces of the puzzle neatly fall into place. Suspense fans will be enthralled from the very first page.” —Publishers Weekly
“A thrill ride from the very start. It starts off fast and never lets up. It’s one of the best thrillers of the summer.” —Red Carpet Crash
“A Different Dawn is a heart-stopping journey on parallel tracks: police detection and personal…Isabella Maldonado has created an unforgettable hero in Nina Guerrera.” —Criminal Element
“A killer of a novel. Fresh, fast, and utterly ingenious.” —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
“The survivor of a vicious crime confronts her fears in a hunt for a serial killer…forensic analysis, violent action, and a tough heroine who stands up to the last man on earth she wants to see again.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[In] this riveting series launch from Maldonado…the frequent plot twists will keep readers guessing to the end, and Maldonado draws on her twenty-two years in law enforcement to add realism. Determined to overcome her painful past, the admirable Nina has enough depth to sustain a long-running series.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado is a nail-biting race against time.” —POPSUGAR
“Maldonado does a superb job of depicting a woman who’s made a strength out of trauma, and an even better job at showing how a monster could use the internet to prey on the vulnerable. Maldonado spent twenty-two years in law enforcement and her experience shines through in The Cipher.” —The Amazon Book Review
“A heart-pounding novel from page one, The Cipher checks all the boxes for a top-notch thriller: sharp plotting, big stakes, and characters—good and bad and everywhere in between—that are so richly drawn you’ll swear you’ve met them. I read this in one sitting and I guarantee you will too. Oh, another promise: you’ll absolutely love the Warrior Girl!” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
“Wow! A riveting tale in the hands of a superb storyteller.” —J. A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author
“Intense, harrowing, and instantly addictive, The Cipher took my breath away. Isabella Maldonado has created an unforgettable heroine in Nina Guerrera, a dedicated FBI agent and trauma survivor with unique insight into the mind of a predator. This riveting story is everything a thriller should be.” —Hilary Davidson, Washington Post bestselling author
About the Author
Isabella Maldonado is the award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Cruz series and of The Cipher and A Different Dawn in the Nina Guerrera series. Before turning to crime writing, she wore a gun and badge in real life. A graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the first Latina to attain the rank of captain in her police department, she retired as the Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. During more than two decades on the force, she served as a hostage negotiator, department spokesperson, and district station commander. She uses her extensive law enforcement background to bring a realistic edge to her writing. Maldonado lives in the Phoenix area with her family. For more information, visit www.isabellamaldonado.com.
- ASIN : B098NKJXRF
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (28 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 5504 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 333 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542035627
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,332 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nina and the team are in Phoenix investigating the disappearance of six undergraduates, who have gone missing over the last couple of months. The investigation takes a turn when their perfectly preserved bodies are found and it becomes the hunt for a wily murderer.
I enjoyed The Falcon, which is a plot driven novel with an unusual perpetrator. I have not read the previous two novels in the series, so have no knowledge of the team or their history. I am happy to say that this one works well as a stand-alone with all the salient points explained (it might get repetitive if the reader read all three novels back to back).
The narrative is split between Nina and the unnamed perpetrator. She and her team move the narrative forward with their discoveries and theorising, the perpetrator explains his modus operandi and motivation in amongst the usual self pitying drivel that is fairly standard for this type of novel. Having said that, his M.O. is unusual and interesting, so I like the the thinking behind it.
The plot is the main focus of this novel with a well disguised, clever perpetrator stymying them at every turn. There are a few unexpected diversions along the way, but generally it follows the plan of gradually reducing the pool of suspects and circling in on his area of operation. The one big surprise is identity. The team didn’t guess, so I don’t imagine many readers will.
The characterisation isn’t particularly developed. There are a few brief nods to trauma with Nina being a survivor of a serial predator, but it’s hardly an in depth study. It doesn’t have to be as the characters are mainly there to support the plot.
The Falcon is a good read that I can recommend.