Karen Robards – The Moscow Deception

Although The Moscow Deception, a second instance in the Guardian Series, has ‘a novel’ on the front cover, I would prefer thriller as a genre identifier. I didn’t read the first book but found no impediments to join Bianca St. Ives, a smart tech-savvy top-notch criminal, that goes by many names. For her, survival and outsmart her pursuers is her only mission. She can change outfits and personalities as quick as you turn pages to read on. She’s on a mission for the perfect robbery of the heavily guarded King Priam’s Treasure from a Moscow museum and transfers to Germany, where the treasure belonged until World War II broke out.

She’s a price on her head and constantly aware that her death is nearby. A professional sniper herself or having arranged narrow escapes, she’s helped or nearly attacked herself on several occasions in various places on the planet. It’s one of the funny elements in the book. Despite being armed 24/7 Bianca doesn’t use that much of her weaponry. The thriller is much more about coming to understand family ties and get the job done, despite the many distractions, whether it’s a good looking fellow, other espionage pros, or her regular consultancy job. Well-written with enough twists and open endings have a sequel.

About the author

Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for a favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader’s Digest. She sold her first romance novel, Island Flame, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Karen was recently described by The Daily Mail as “one of the most reliable thriller….writers in the world.”

I received a free review copy from the publisher Hodder & Stoughton through Netgalley in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.