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Audio Assault (Codename: Winger 3) by Jeff Adams at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Young Adult / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-November-2018

Book Blurb

Theo Reese is just like any other seventeen-year-old—with one small exception.

 

This summer all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend, Eddie, and work on his MIT research project. His parents have other plans.

 

An old friend needs the help of Theo’s family. Oliver Glenwood is an ’80s music star who runs his own label. His wife and his daughter, Sofia, now a chart topper herself, are the targets of kidnappers. Oliver hopes they can eliminate whoever is behind the threat.

 

When Theo uncovers an even more insidious plot, the covert agency the Reeses work for, Tactical Operational Support, swoops into action.

 

Song files have been modified to steal personal data from devices and emit a tone that drives listeners into a homicidal rage. Theo and his parents race against the clock to stop this mysterious enemy from releasing the music on an unsuspecting populace and causing worldwide chaos.

 

Just when Theo thinks the mission couldn’t be more complicated, Eddie shows up in New York looking to hang out with his boyfriend.

 

No one ever said being a teenage secret agent would be easy.

 

Book Review

Teenage super spy Theo, codenamed Winger, is back in his third breathtaking, cleverly constructed thriller/mystery. As eager as he has been to help out his parents and use his “super power” with computers working for TOS, the secret agency that employs them, he is not happy about being pulled away from his plans over the summer before his senior year. Theo hasn’t seen his boyfriend, Eddie, for a while due to the previous assignment, he has plans to work on his project for MIT, and anyway, isn’t a teenager entitled to some time off? Going to New York sounds like a major pain in the you-know-where, yet Theo doesn’t have any options when his parents (uncharacteristically) give him no choice but to accompany them on a private mission to help an old college friend of Theo’s father.

Of course, Theo being Theo with his undeniable “talent” to get into trouble no matter how harmless things look, the situation doesn’t stay limited to some basic security concerns and fear of a kidnapping for very long. More sinister forces are at play, and the plot is dangerous enough for TOS to get involved – pronto! The idea of music files being used to steal personal data and drive people mad is a little on the fantastical side, but that did not diminish my enjoyment as I watched Theo deal with this newest threat.

As this series develops, it is interesting to watch Theo mature professionally as well as personally. He is still very much a teenager in many respects, and the conflict between what he is trusted with on his missions and the limitations on what he can or cannot do where his boyfriend and social life is concerned only gets bigger. Eddie suddenly turning up in New York makes the contrast even more obvious, and I felt for Theo as he struggles to deal with both sides of his life without betraying either one of them. As it turns out, this is as impossible in fiction as it would be in real life.

If you like spy stories with evil plots of the thrilling kind, if following a teenager on his journey of increasing professional challenges and personal growth is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is suspenseful, entertaining, and very up-to-date socially and technologically speaking, then you will probably enjoy this novel. As far as I am concerned, they just keep getting better and, much to my relief, the next one is already scheduled for publication!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 190 pages/59213 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-November-2018
Price $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/audio-assault-by-jeff-adams-569-b