Title: Strength in Numbers
Series: The Game Players, #2
Author: Brad Vance
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Brad Vance (February 9th, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: They’re back! In their first adventure, Marc Julian, software billionaire, and Jesse Winchester, hacker extraordinaire, survived the evil plans of the Krom brothers and Jesse’s first lover, Chip. But Jesse has old debts to pay to Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov. Now Leonid is calling in those debts, demanding that Jesse find a great treasure for him, and a new game is set in motion…
The mysterious “Satoshi,” creator of the cybercurrency Bitcoin, has been hiding $375 million worth of the currency for years. But now, he has chosen to start a quest for the keys to the Hoard, and he who controls the keys controls the fortune. And this will be a quest that will test the strength, the will, and the character of those who pursue it.
But Marc and Jesse aren’t the only ones on the hunt, as old enemies resurface to try and beat them to the treasure… And even if they reach it first, they must ask themselves – do they really want to give a Russian gangster $375 million to pursue his deadly enterprises? And what would be the consequences if they don’t?
The pursuit will take them from Andorra to Barcelona, through the museums of Tokyo, the streets of Buenos Aires, and the coast of Mexico, in a desperate and dangerous race to keep the fortune in digital gold from the hands of all their enemies…
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Review: If you’re like all things tech with two hot leading guys, then this is the book – and the series – for you!
When I was offered Strength in Numbers by Brad Vance to review, I quickly went back and binged on book one of the Game Players – Would I Lie to You? Then returned and promptly gorged myself by binging on Strength in Numbers. (Admittedly, you probably could pick up the story without reading book 1, but why only get part of the story and sell yourself short?).
For me this series is the first time I’ve read anything by Brad Vance and after some research I really want to read Have A Little Faith in Me just to start off! (It’s just all the fun of discovering a new author whose writing style fits your twisted brain).
So, the story… the series follows Marc and Jesse, who after book 1 are now the most adorable and hot couple. They also like to live on the wild side of things. Marc is a billionaire, which sometimes gives me a James Bond feel to things, who had employed the services of professional (and once incarcerated) hacker Jesse, who definitely adds a bit of a Mission Impossible vibe to things.
Marc and Jesse, while they have some dangerous enemies and some shady allies, are such a wonderful couple. I love it that how through all the action, adventure and suspense they try to solve problems together as a couple. Totally cute. I could gush about these two guys all day if I had the time.
Strength in Numbers starts almost where we left off in book 1 and things are just as complicated from the get go. With villains such as Chip and Walt popping up as the guys try to catch them – their shady ally, Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov has found a way for the guys to repay his help. And that is where we get to the heart of the action packed adventure.
We delve into the world of Bitcoin – Vance presents fantastic explanations of those that don’t know much about the world of cybercurrency. The guys are off on a trail to find a hoard of Bitcoin. This is where it’s handy to have a hacker and a billionaire together.
We open the story in a luxurious resort in Andorra before going onto Spain and Japan (*sigh, I love Japan so I love when characters in books go there too*), Buenos Aires and Mexico (can we say luxury yacht?). The adventure takes them all over and they are in a race against time as Chip and Walt also seek to find the hoard. If they don’t beat the villains, the consequences could be disastrous to say the least!
It’s all a bit of fun and the best part is that there is going to be a book 3! Can’t wait for that one!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *