The Bounty by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton The Bounty by Janet Evanovich, Steve Hamilton
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Fox and O'Hare #7
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 23, 2021
Source: Purchased
Genres: Light Thriller
Length: 7 hrs 54 mins
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
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four-stars

Kate and Nick race against time to find a buried train filled with Nazi gold...And this time they're bringing their fathers on the adventure.

Forced into an unlikely partnership by the FBI, Special Agent Kate O'Hare and international conman Nick Fox have brought down some major criminals together, but nobody this big: A vast international organization known as The Brotherhood. Directly descended from the World War II Vatican Bank priests who served Hitler, they're now searching for a lost train loaded with $30 billion in Nazi gold that has been hidden deep inside a labyrinthine maze of tunnels in the Tatra Mountains of Eastern Europe, untouched for over seventy-five years.

The key to bringing down The Brotherhood and finding the fortune they're hunting lies in the hands of one man - the man who taught Nick Fox everything he knows: His father, Quentin Fox. Quentin's desperately trying to find the same train, and The Brotherhood will stop at nothing to get there first. Pursued by relentless assassins, Kate and Nick quickly learn that the only way to save Nick's father is to join the hunt and put themselves between the bounty and The Brotherhood.

Enter Jake O'Hare, Kate's own father. In order to save Nick's dad, she'll need Jake's help. The only problem: He gave Kate her grit and her stubbornness - which means they can never agree on anything.

From a remote monastery in the Swiss Alps to a secret CIA safe house in London... From the rugged mountains on the Polish-Slovak border to the lawless desert of the Western Sahara... Against all odds, Kate, Nick, and the two men who made them who they are must solve the mystery, save their families, and stop the Brotherhood in the biggest and most deadly adventure of their lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Bounty. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good book, but for me, it was a lot of fun. Yes, it’s over the top. No, it’s not realistic. Don’t expect character growth or believable scenes. There’s non-stop action, decent chemistry between Nick and Kate, practically unstoppable bad guys, and a whirlwind tour of Europe.

I will say the blurb is misleading in a couple of things. First, Quentin did not teach Nick everything he knows, Nick wasn’t actually aware of much of what his dad was up to. They are very similar though. Second, Kate and Jake get along just fine. They recognize each other’s skills and stubbornness and work well together.

The story’s a treasure hunt, with iconic places and dangerous obstacles. Even though it’s not a scam, Nick’s talents definitely have their uses. The bad guys are off course always right on Kate and Nick’s trail and, for various reasons, Kate can’t count on any official help. She and her team are on their own. Happily, they have some friends in their corner, including an odd little English professor of German studies and retired member of the Special Air Services. I do like that the older, retired guys have the skills and contacts and are more than capable of keeping up.

I listened to the audio, which maybe helped. It’s a good story to do other things during, like dishes or cross stitch or taking a walk. It moves quick, keeps your interest, and if you miss a couple of minutes you’re not lost.

About Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich (née Schneider; April 22, 1943) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as a co-author of the Fox and O’Hare series. She has over two hundred million books in print worldwide and is translated into over 40 languages.

About Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton has won Edgars for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he’s put two recent titles on the New York Times bestseller list. He’s either won or received multiple nominations for virtually every other crime fiction award in the business, from the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award to the Anthony to the Barry to the Gumshoe. His standalone The Lock Artist was his first book to win an Edgar for Best Novel, a CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in the UK, and an Alex Award – which is given out by the American Library Association to those books that successfully cross over from the adult market and appeal to young adult readers. The Lock Artist has been translated into seventeen different languages, and was an especially strong seller in Japan, where it was voted the number one translated crime novel of 2012 by both the annual Kono Mystery Ga Sugoi guide and by Weekly Bunshun magazine.

In 2006, Hamilton won the Michigan Author Award for his body of work.

Hamilton lives in upstate New York with his wife Julia and their two children Nicholas G. and Antonia.

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