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Review: The Operator by Kim Harrison

Title: The Operator

Author: Kim Harrison

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction

Series: Peri Reed Chronicles (Book #2)

Publication Date: November 22, 2016

Format: Paperback, 468 Pages

ISBN-10: 1501149911 (Pocket/Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1501149917 (Pocket/Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Stephanie

Synopsis:

On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.

Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.

Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.

Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life.

Quick & Dirty: Peri Reed is back in this much easier to understand second book in the Peri Reed Chronicles. Fast paced and fun, this one was hard to put down.

Opening Sentence: “Ah, ma’am?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

It’s been a year since Peri Reed managed to break free from Opti and the people who have been controlling her for years. She thought she had managed to escape everyone’s scrutiny, living a quiet life as a coffee shop owner. Then, it all goes to hell. Her former co-conspirators Silas and Allen both manage to find her, and then she finds out her corrupt former handler has found her as well. In his possession is a chemical that would make it possible for her to draft without an anchor, not needing someone to consolidate multiple timelines for her. She could be her own master. The downside? In order for the chemical to not drive her insane, she needs to also take a highly addictive drug. As much as she wants to live her own life, Peri knows the risk is too great. The stakes start to rise though, as does the body count, and Peri finds she may have no choice in the matter. Will she ever be free of her past, or will she have to run back to Opti?

I’ll start off by saying this book flowed much better than its predecessor. While I still felt a little bit of confusion initially due to the one-year time hop, it took no time at all to get acclimated to what was going on. The pace is faster here too, with many parts that made it hard to put the book down. I would say the one area where the book sometimes lagged would the sections from Bill’s point of view. Sometimes, I don’t mind having an insight as to the bad guy’s frame of mind, but with Bill, I just wasn’t interested. I kept wanting to go back to Peri. The majority of the book is in Peri’s point of view though, so these slow moments were few and far between.

As for Peri, it was much easier to connect to her this time around because there was no question as to whether or not she was corrupt this time around. Knowing her background made it much easier to connect to her as a character, and I really began to love her as the heroine.

On the negative side, the romance with Silas is falling a little flat for me at the moment. I love Silas. I think he’s great. But there is still a little bit of his and Peri’s past that hasn’t been revealed to the reader yet, and I think that’s what’s keeping me from fully investing in their relationship. Right now, it feels like they’re coming together because Peri feels she should, not necessarily that that’s what she wants now. She can’t remember their past, so all she has is her diary and Silas to form that connection. The romance doesn’t play a huge part in the book though, so in the end, it didn’t stop me from enjoying it. It was just something I noticed when it came up.

All in all, this book has me feeling much more positive about this series. It flowed quickly. I was very invested in what was going on. I even stayed up late to finish it. All of that shows me that Harrison has another quality series on her hands. I’m looking forward to the next one!

Notable Scene:

Jack exhaled long and slow. He gave Allen a last glance before following Bill out. “That was fun,” he said as the guard shut and locked the door behind them. “You do know he’s going to try to kill her the next time he sees her.”

The still air of the warehouse felt indescribably airy after the dead reek of the maintenance closet. “I’m counting on it,” he said, attention rising to the flash of light and boom of sound as the outer door opened and closed as Michael left. “I wouldn’t put him and Peri in the same building right now, much less give him access to Evocane. That’s why you’re going to take it to her, not Michael. If we’re lucky, she’ll chuck it all and come back with you right then and there.” But he knew that was unlikely. Peri had trusted Jack once and had been betrayed. She wouldn’t again.

Even so, Jack’s posture eased, and Bill allowed himself a smile in the dark. He knew his people better than they knew themselves. “Thank you,” Jack almost breathed.

“You’re welcome,” Bill said as he buttoned his jacket closed, but what he meant was, I own you.

The Peri Reed Chronicles:

1. The Drafter

2. The Operator

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FTC Advisory: Pocket/Simon and Schuster provided me with a copy of The Operator. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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