Review: Unexplored by Anna Hackett

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Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Treasure Hunter Security #3

Pages: 130

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Former Navy SEAL Logan O’Connor is big, rough, and a little wild. He thrived as a SEAL…until he trusted the wrong woman. After a horrible betrayal that almost left him dead, he now works for his best friend at Treasure Hunter Security. He doesn’t like the sand, the jungle, or the mosquitoes, but he gets the job done—protecting archeological digs and expeditions. What he likes even less are liars. As he finds himself heading to Peru with a cool, classy CEO in search of her kidnapped brother, Logan knows one thing: Sydney Granger isn’t telling him the entire truth.

After the death of her father, Sydney is trying to learn the ropes as CEO of Granger Industries while her brother runs off to research a pre-Incan culture. But one ransom demand leaves her terrified­—a lethal black-market antiquities syndicate has kidnapped her brother. The only people she can turn to is Treasure Hunter Security, and that includes big, annoying Logan, who makes it clear he doesn’t like her.

As they are swept into a deadly adventure into the cloud forests of the Andes, tracing the steps of the mysterious Warriors of the Clouds, danger dogs their every step. Logan and Sydney are drawn closer together, secrets are uncovered, shots are fired, and both of them might just find something more valuable than treasure.

2020 is going to be the year of this reader finishing all those series I have started and then forgotten about them. Yes, I know I said the same thing last year; but this one I have a good feeling about it. The amount of them is so big, that I know I won’t be able to fulfill this New Year Resolution; but I will do my best. Some of them are not going to be so hard, due to the length of their stories. One example is Treasure Hunter Security: short, to the point and very fast paced. Let’s see to what remote place we travel this time!

The heroine of this story is called Sydney, the new CEO of Granger Industries who is still learning the ropes of that job. Her life gets a bit more exciting when she receives a call from Silk Road telling her that they have kidnapped her brother and demand a lot of money in exchange for his release. A quick Google search shows Sydney that the natural enemy of the kidnappers is the company called Treasure Hunter Security. She doesn’t give the idea a second thought and runs to hire their help. There she meets Logan, an ex-SEAL and one of the most vaulable members of the security company. The soldier is grumpy and has trusting issues and zero problems to express them clearly. Will the adventures looking for the lost brother polish their differences or ruin the mission in the attempt? The answer is in Peru…

Before picking a book, you need to set your expectations for it at the right level. The books of the Treasure Hunter Security are not great books that you will remember your whole life, but they are awesome books to keep you fully entertain during the time it takes reading them. And that is a huge achievement. This third book is no exception. It’s action packed to its fullest, from one ruin to the next. From a shooting in a hotel, to a car chase to dangerous hikes and much, much more. I think the author calls it “action romance” and I couldn’t agree more. Yes, I know the story has its shortcomings and random small plot wholes now and them; but it is so easy-to-read and entertaining that dismissing them feels natural. Perfect book to read with a bowl of popcorns between your legs (unless you live with a hunk. In that case use him instead).

If there is something I LOVE about this saga are those cultural snippets the author gifts us in every story. It is not a Wikipedia article, though. The story is not drown with a sea of data to look smart. Just a few fragments to put the reader in situation and to pike their interest. This time we are presented with several details about the Chachapoyas, also known as the Cloud Warriors. I had never heard of them, but thanks to this book now I have several details to look cool among friends in a conversation about ancient ruins in Peru. I just have to drop the more outworldly details used in the story, or instead of cool I would look like a crazy person. All jokes aside, the fact that such a quick reading has still time to teach you something is remarkable and worthy of a warm applause.

Maybe, the weakest link of the story are its characters. They are not bad, but you could say they are “mass manufactured” ones. Nothing new in the genre. Just the proper traits to make them work in the setting chosen for the book. I must admit that Sydney has been the most enjoyable female counterpart from all the three I have read so far. She is not a damsel in distress like the ones we have in the previous books. She is quite capable of defending herself. As a result, we have been regaled with several unexpected and noteworthy action scenes. I was a lot more hesitant about Logan in the beginning. It even bothered me his grumpiness about Sydney not telling him everything. Are you serious, you big oaf? Are you trying to tell me that in order to trust a person you have just met that person has to spill all their secrets in front of you? That is a bit unnerving and idiotic. Thankfully, that stone heart of his softens rather quickly and he grows on me. The romance between those two characters is nothing for the history books, but it didn’t give me a headache trying to make sense of it.

Always a joy to read this kind of books. Anna Hackett’s style is just what the Doctor prescribed against boredom, so I will need to check more of her work. I’m not starting another saga by this author until I finish this one, though. Please, send me all the strength of will you can spare, because mine is easily distracted by hot covers.

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2020 – Book Gallery

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Without further ado, I will present my faithful readers (thanks, mom!) with the word in English I have learned thanks to this story:

tarmac: a road, airport runway, parking area, etc., paved with Tarmac, tarmacadam, or a layer of tar

That is the definition that suits the book. A tarmac is an area paved with tarmac. So… what else is tarmac?

It seems that Tarmac is one of those trademarks that are used as the common name. The dictionary gives me the following definition:

tarmac: a paving material that consists of crushed stone rolled and bound with a mixture of tar and bitumen, esp as formerly used for a road, airport runway, etc

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