“Fatal Code” by Natalie Walters ~ a Revell Reads review

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Since I loved Natalie Walters’ Lights Out, I was very excited to have the opportunity to review her second book in The SNAP Agency series, Fatal Code. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads, and I can’t wait to tell you about it!

About Fatal Code

In Fatal Code, the SNAP team from Lights Out returns with a brand-new case to work. The Strategic Neutralization and Protection agency is composed of team leader Jack Hudson, and specialists Kekoa Young (cryptologist and hacker), Lyla Fox (expert marksman, and politics/technology) , and Nicolás Garcia (former Special Forces and weapons/explosives expert). The team liaises with various 3-letter government agencies on special projects. And the newest involves the attractive neighbor from Kekoa’s building.

Elinor Mitchell works for a government contractor, Lepley Dynamics, on a special project named Van Gogh. The SNAP team has been hired by Lepley because they’re concerned that one of their employees is selling secret project information to the Russians–or another player. All evidence points to Elinor, but Kekoa is convinced that there is no way that she would betray her company, or her country, in that way.

It’s also a bit uncomfortable for Kekoa, because he has been hoping to get to know Elinor personally. And now he has to investigate her–personally. There is no way that that is going to go well.

But someone else is after Elinor. They’re certain that she possesses technology and codes from her deceased and beloved grandfather–who used to work at Los Alamos. And they have no compuction against torture or murder.

My thoughts

I was delighted to get to revisit the SNAP team on a new adventure! Kekoa is a fun and fascinating character. He has his own mysterious backstory, with an event that has separated him from his family in Hawaii. He’s the very best at computers and code-breaking (not to mention surfing and finding the best Hawaiian food in D.C.). He’s not convinced that he is that great at out-of-the-office operations, though. And he really, really doesn’t want to pretend to be someone other than he is with Elinor. Neither of those keeps him from being assigned those roles.

Elinor is a fascinating, intelligent woman. She’s bright and loving even as she is dealing with family issues; her parents left her in the U.S. as a child while they moved to Africa to do conservation work, leaving her practically an orphan. If it hadn’t been for her beloved grandfather, she’d have lived bereft of love and kindness. But he showed her, by his presence and his own faith, that she had a God who loved her and had wonderful plans for her.

I so enjoyed both the main characters in this book. Walters gives both Kekoa and Elinor backstories that add interest and compassion in readers. (Plus–there’s always that hope that they might just get together…or maybe they won’t.) I also love a good spy story. And this one is fantastic, with its tie-ins to international espionage and the nuclear research at Los Alamos. (Not to mention one of my favorite Smithsonian museums.)

Don’t miss Natalie Walters’ fantastic Fatal Code. I absolutely could not put it down; I read it in ONE day! It is a fantastic follow-up to Lights Out (which you will also want to read–either before or after Fatal Code). I’m also excited that there will be a third book in The SNAP Agency series. Sooner rather than later, I hope!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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