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Publisher's Summary

Genius programmer Angela Hoot has always been at the top of her class. Now she's at the bottom of the FBI food chain - until her first case threatens everyone around her.

Angela's graduate school days at MIT come to an abrupt end when she uses her hacking skills on another student's computer. Yet her mentor, Eve Abajian, arranges a new beginning for her - as an intern in FBI's Boston field office. Her new supervisor, Assistant Special Agent in Charge William Keats, one of only two agents in the Northeast to make his rank before the age of 30, sees in Angela a fellow prodigy. But Angela's skills come with a natural curiosity, which is also a dangerous liability.

With little training, Angela is quickly plunged into a tough case: tracking murderous brothers who go by the Poet and the Engineer. When Keats tells her to "watch and listen", Angela's mind kicks into overdrive. The obsessive thinking that earned her As on campus can prove fatal in the field.

©2020 James Patterson (P)2020 Hachette Audio

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about time

loved it. simply. genius is underestimated and ignored more than acknowledged. great for it be a leading lady.

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  • Frances
  • 2020-07-28

very frustrating

A new series is the catch and maybe an excellent one for the 20 something generation... especially with the lead being so young. what I found frustrating was her behavior. The story itself was pretty good. It will be interesting to see what happens at Quantico... she will hopefully become more tolerable as her character develops.

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  • Mark Anthony
  • 2020-07-31

2 hours I can't get back.

I struggled to get through this book, if I had a dollar for every book that gets 4 1/2 stars and ends up not being very good, I'd have many dollars.

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  • thiswomanswork1
  • 2020-07-31

Weak Ending

I really enjoyed the plot. It was engaging and the narrator kept me interested. However, the ending was very disappointing. I had a, "that was it??" moment. Very underwhelming. It feels unfinished. It should've been more to why the antagonists did these things.

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  • jsnipes
  • 2020-07-29

Exciting, but meh

I liked it, but kind of in the way you like a candy. Short sugar burst, no substance. I finished the book in one day - so it’s exciting. But, there’s zero substance. And maybe that’s ok 🤷🏽‍♂️. Characters are 2 dimensional, just names on paper. I can’t even remember who the hero was, that’s how forgettable it is. But hey, it was a fun candy. I wish there was more depth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-31

1st Case Ending

Thought the ending was a bit rushed and left out some vital info. Didn’t care for some of the characters’ traits in the story.

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  • wes perry
  • 2020-09-06

Sorriest book he’s ever written

This is the worst Patterson book he has authored, don’t waste your time or money. The plot is weak and the main character is weak It was disappointing

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  • Jean Otte Reahm
  • 2020-08-01

Total waste of time.

Voiced by a Valley Girl meets juvenile genius character based on a very unlikely premise.

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  • Sarah Hammar
  • 2021-02-28

good listen

I enjoyed listening to this book. Reader was excellent. She kept my attention the entire time.

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  • Spoons
  • 2020-12-24

Weak ending...

Do authors today lack the ability to creatively wrap up a book? Plots start strong and interesting full of mystery only to end this a not so mysterious way —- the genius outsider with mental issues and side kick sibling. No depth to their background really. The theme that a genius gets themselves kicked out of MIT because they’re avenging a scorned BFF/love interest that doesn’t even want the help. So many avenues this could have taken but didn’t. Why get your friend involved in looking up dark web stuff if they don’t help solve anything or help you when you need to be rescued. One of the final lines that really drove home the YA fiction writing of this by a man .... girl gets turned down by girl BFF for a live relationships don’t says it’s okay we’re like sisters?!?!? Like, gross. Another wasted few hours thinking a book may end up better than it is.

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  • Crystal
  • 2020-09-05

good read

narration is fluid. she describes the situation without over acting. I found her voice calming.

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