It’s BookWorm time! I’ve been burrowing eagerly through Leslie Wolfe’s series on The Agency. No, it’s not the CIA. It’s better than that and also wonderfully evolving. The Agency is a corporate investigative team, hired to remedy complex problems under a cloak of secrecy. The first in this series is Executive, introducing Alex Hoffman, a brilliant young woman with no money, a troubled past, and little self-confidence. The author leads Alex through a fascinating mystery with out-of-control drones, crooked finances, and a desperate CEO. Not only is the plot fascinating but Alex begins a life-changing process of learning to trust others. The Agency is packed with caring and competent leadership; they’re actually committed to seeing Alex succeed. I marvel at their wisdom and social skills (clearly, they got more out of Crucial Conversations than I did!).
In Devil’s Move, Alex further hones her investigative skills as the Agency confronts serious threats on all fronts. Having just survived a rancorous presidential election in real life, this fictional portrayal of a presidential race and e-voting was fascinating on many levels. I won’t spoil the book for you, but Alex’s time in India is both hilarious and gripping. Devil’s Move also introduces readers to the mysterious “V,” who returns to fight another day in The Back-Up Asset. I’m still reading this one and rooting for Alex and her team. Alex has taken some hits and her past issues threaten to derail her newfound confidence and abilities.
Wolfe is an excellent writer who manages to keep her complicated plots believable, her characters growing, and her pages turning fast. I’m hooked on this Alex Hoffman series and hope you also enjoy it! More good news: There are two Alex Hoffman’s I haven’t yet read! Woohoo!