Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Corporate Citizen (book 5 in the Roma Series) by Gabriel Valjan

Review of Roma Underground (book 1) 
Review of Wasp's Nest (book 2)
Review of Threading the Needle (book 3)
Review of Turning to Stone (book 4)


Murder, designer drugs, and a hacker named Magician......


Synopsis - 

A call for help from an old friend lands Bianca and the crew back in Boston. On a timeout with Dante, due to revelations in the aftermath of the showdown in Naples, Bianca is drawn to a mysterious new ally who understands the traumas of her past, and has some very real trauma of his own. Murder, designer drugs, and a hacker named Magician challenge our team, and Bianca learns that leaving Rendition behind might be much
harder than she thinks.

Review - 

I love a great suspense story and the Roma series offers me just that. As you can see above, I have read and reviewed every book in the series.  I also love a strong female lead character and Bianca fills that role perfectly. Intelligent, utterly competent, not afraid to lead and willing to face dangerous situations despite her fear.

In Corporate Citizen, Bianca and boyfriend Dante's tempestuous relationship has found them taking a break. She and her friend Genaro (a senior investigator in the GdF) are house sitting for a friend when a call comes from a U.S. colleague in Boston. Diego Clemente - now retired from the Boston Police Department - is in the hospital and ready to go into surgery. The drug are kicking in and what he's saying is confused to say the least. But what does come through is, they need to get on the plane immediately. Someone has died and their friend is being drawn into a spider web of danger. Her former employer - Rendition - is somehow in the mix as are several past enemies.

Bianca, Gennaro, Allesando and Silvio arrive in Boston and quickly realize the noose is tightening. Clemente needs their protection.  And talking with the suspect the police first interrogated for the murders - Nick Adams, a former soldier with PTSD - leads them to suspect there is something much bigger and more sinister going on. With Dante behind in Rome, Nick and Bianca make a personal connection which complicates the team dynamics.

 Loki is quick to step into the fray as is new character - a net computer whiz and agent called the Magician.  Farese also appears on the scene pulling strings. The sharks continue to circle and people are dying as the team gets closer and closer to the truth. And true to the series, many discussions on the case occur as they enjoy fabulous meals, this time courtesy of their friend, Chef.

While the plots are always intriguing, what I think is author Valjan's greatest strength is creating characters, relationships and locations that come alive.  Corporate Citizen was no exception. I can't wait for book six!

​Buy Corporate Citizen:  Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble

Meet The Author - 

Previous interview with the author - HERE!

Gabriel lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Roma Series, available from Winter Goose Publishing. Gabriel has also written numerous short stories and essays found online and in print.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the compliments, especially on character development and relationships. I hope that readers see that trust and friendships get people through difficulties. Thank you for reading.

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    1. My pleasure. Now I just have to wait for book #6. :)

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