Title: Bai Tide
Author: Erika Mitchell
Release Date: April 5, 2015. Champagne Books; First Edition edition
Paperback: 244 pages
Description from the publisher: An espionage thriller for people who like explosions and sarcasm.
CIA case officer Bai Hsu is stationed in San Diego, where his job is to safeguard the valuable emotional collateral of some of the world’s most powerful people (read: their kids). Just when he thinks he’s landed the easiest assignment of all time, an operative starts targeting the school and it’s up to Bai to figure out who the operative is after, and why. This fast-paced story will take you from the picturesque beaches of San Diego to a deadly blizzard in Pyongyang and make Bai question everything he thought he knew about working in the field, and about himself.
Review: This book is not what I expected. This is a very good book but more of a cozy spy novel rather than a thriller for me until the second half of the book. This had a lot of action moves and fast paced but was a little more predictable than I expected. Not that that’s a bad thing, sometimes my favorite thing is to sit down with a novel like this and read my day away. I loved that this wasn’t a book that I would need to take notes just to keep up or keep looking back. Since this is a super short book, only 238 pages to this story, it goes really fast. It’s perfect for those lazy days you don’t feel like doing anything.
The setting of this novel was unique and interesting. You don’t usually find spy novels with this type of setting and it is perfect in this book. The fact that this takes place in a prep school makes this a book than teens could relate to and enjoy as well. These characters were so strong and awesome that they are the people I would want protecting me or my children.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how fast paced and action packed it was. This is a great book for adults and teens alike. I would definitely recommend this book! Also, the next book in this series, Take the Bai Road, is coming out July 3rd, so this is the perfect time to read this!
About Erika Mitchell
Erika Mitchell is the author of Blood Money, a standalone novel about one accountant’s efforts to take down a terrorism financier, and Bai Tide, the first book in her Bai Hsu series. Erika uses her lifelong passion for espionage to infuse her stories with the fun and intrigue of the James Bond movies she grew up watching, and sets those stories in ripped-from-the-headlines locations around the globe. When she’s not writing, she’s raising two tiny spies-in-training with her husband in Seattle, WA.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*