Review: The Gryphon Heist

The Gryphon Heist (Talia Inger #1)





Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe–a department only known as “Other.” When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she’ll be back in DC within a few days. But that’s before she knows where the designs are stored–and who’s after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.

Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?

In this Ocean’s Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.

Rating: 5-stars


Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal is one of the best action-packed plots I have read in a long while. This book has it all. The book went by so quickly, I could not believe it when I reached the ending. By the time, I got to the last page, I was begging for more.

Inside this new release, I followed a young woman’s journey into the world of CIA operatives. She attended a farm where others like her, wanted to train as CIA agents. Only so many would make it. Failure was not an option for Talia Inger. She worked her butt off only to feel like a screw up. But she was still determined to be an agent. Her mentor convinces the board to accept Talia back in…but she will have to work from the bottom and prove herself worthy. It’s there that Talia learns more than she expected. From working with a civilian who turns out to have a deadly secret to uncover work with an evil man, the protagonist is worthy of following. Creating a team with the best of criminals for the world’s biggest heist ever known-Talia will have her hands full.

Overall, I loved this spy/CIA government tale. James R. Hannibal created a realistic plot with a cast of interesting characters. Each one has an important role in this story. No character left behind. I recommend this novel to all James Patterson, J.T. Ellison, and Nora Robert’s fans.

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