Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review-Bai Tide-By Erika Mitchell

About (provided by TLC Tours)
 Paperback: 244 pages
 Publisher: Champagne Books; First Edition edition (April 5, 2015)
An espionage thriller for people who like explosions and sarcasm.
CIA case officer Bai Hsu is stationed in San Diego, where his job is to safeguard the valuable emotional collateral of some of the world’s most powerful people (read: their kids). Just when he thinks he’s landed the easiest assignment of all time, an operative starts targeting the school and it’s up to Bai to figure out who the operative is after, and why. This fast-paced story will take you from the picturesque beaches of San Diego to a deadly blizzard in Pyongyang and make Bai question everything he thought he knew about working in the field, and about himself.
And I thought
A pleasant surprise.  I honestly didn't know what to expect from 
Bai Hsu. 
The action began with page 1 continuing to the end. 
On an undercover mission at a girls school Bai's assignment is to figure our what's going when someone seems to be target the school and probably one of the students.  Why is the question. 
The action begins right from page one when an unknown operative 
sneaks into a dance. Bai immediately spots the suspect and takes chase only to loose him(?) when a car is explodes.  Bai narrowly escapes with his life!
Bai begins almost a stumble bum investigation.  He begins to check out the security at the school and is caught and his performance is questioned. 
Then when he finds another operative Annette another faculty member Bai is assigned to 'play nice' and work together.  The alliance doesn't last long when an assassin sneaks in while the two are investigating and shoots and kills Annette. 
In wake of the shooting Bai begins feeling his performance is 'shoddy'.  I couldn't help but agree.  
Although the story was intriguing I wasn't real captivated by 
Bai.  Once he meets a woman running on the beach (I pegged her as trouble) and begins relationship that ends up distracting him from his mission.  It's not long before one of the students is kidnapped from a volleyball tournament by a masked person.  Bai redeems himself and catches the kidnapper and saving the student.  More questions arise when the kidnappers face is revealed. 
And then...
the story takes a shift when Bai along with the kidnapper who decides to join forces with Bai and the FBI on a mission to North Korea to disable a bomb.
The last half of the book for me wasn't nearly as interesting as the first half.  
The pair saves the day and the story ends on a good note leaving this reader a slightly disappointed.  
I thought the story was good.  The author did a good job of describing the characters.  There were not a lot and it was really easy to keep up with them and the plot during the first half. 
The second half it was a little harder.  
I enjoyed reading Bai Tide and I would welcome the chance to read more books by Ericka Mitchell.

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Readers who enjoy Thrillers and Spy novels will enjoy Bai Tide.

I received a complimentary copy from TLC Tours.
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  1. I love when the action starts on the very first page!

    Thank you for being on this tour!

  2. Thank you for the review, I'm so glad you enjoyed the story!