Book Review: Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell

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Title: Bai Tide
Author: Erika Mitchell
Genre: Espionage Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After the events of Blood Money, CIA case officer Bai Hsu is assigned to a high-security private school for what he’s told is an easy assignment. Just a few months after he arrives, a hostile operative with ties to North Korea tries to break in to a school event, with motives unknown.

As his investigation progresses, he unravels a plot that, if not stopped, will result in the untimely and murderous deaths of tens of millions of people.

Bai Tide is Bai’s greatest challenge yet. A mission that will take him from the windswept beaches of San Diego to a whiteout blizzard in the foothills of Pyongyang, and make him question everything he thought he knew about working in the field…and about himself.

I’m a huge fan of thrillers, but I don’t always enjoy espionage thrillers for one reason: sometimes authors overcomplicate matters, crafting plots so complex they have loopholes the size of Pluto. But not Erika Mitchell. In Bai Tide, she crafts a story that is entertaining without losing itself in complex explanations and reasoning, or without looking for far-fetched solutions.

Bai Hsu is an intriguing main character, kind of like a newbie James Bond with a mix of Robin (from Batman) thrown in. In this book (it’s part of a series, but I did not read the first book and it wasn’t really necessary to understand the story either) he infiltrates in a high-security private school, and soon has to stop a plot that could result in tens of millions of people dying. What’s supposed to be an easy assignment turns out to be anything but, and the CIA officer has to use all his wits and intelligence to get out of it alive.

The action is non-stop, picking up from page one and running on until the end. The secondary characters are interesting too, and the book has a few subplots that manage to be both entertaining and crucial for the main plot. The author also manages to mix action with some much-needed humor every now and then.

A great addition to the spy thriller genre, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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