The Edge - FBI, Bk 4 Author:Catherine Coulter If you remember, Ford MacDougal (Mac) first appeared in The Maze, at Quantico with Sherlock. Now Mac is flat on his back at Bethesda, seriously wounded in a terrorist car bombing when he dreams that his sister, Jilly, a medical reseacher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff. Only thing is, Mac feels like he's wtih her. — When Mac arrives i... more »n Oregon to find out what's going on, Jilly comes out of her coma, only to disappear a few hours later without a trace. In searching for her, Mac hears a different story from everyone he encounters, even from the local sheriff. And then there is Laura...a woman who fascinates him, a woman who could kill him if he trusts her.
When a local old man is murdered, Mac doesn't at first suspect that the case connects to his sister's disappearance. FBI agents Savich and Serlock (last seen in The Target) join Mac to ride shotgun. Not knowing whom to trust and whom to suspect, they must escape relentless pursuers before unearthing the tentacles of evil undermining The Edge.« less
Catherine Coulter is a great storyteller, but this is not Coulter's most gripping or polished story. She develops some interesting characters in the small town of Edgerton, but then leaves them behind as the action shifts to a rainforest, where her hero, FBI agent Mac MacDougal, and his FBI friends Savich and Sherlock battle bugs and a string of anonymous bad guys. When the story finally ends up back in Edgerton, the bad guys are all soon dead or behind bars, but we are left with lots of unanswered questions about what happened earlier. The answers are all provided in an expository lump in the epilogue in a letter to Mac from his sister--not as satisfying for the reader as having them revealed more gradually in the course of the story.
I would still recommend the book as entertaining on average, but not as good as other books she's written.
First off, I liked this book. It wasn't boring. I'd recommend it. The reason that I'm saying this up front is that there were a few issues I had with the writing, but they weren't major enough to affect my rating.
I found it really, REALLY obvious that this was written by a woman. The protagonist is a 29-year old Joe Stud He-Man FBI agent Anti-terrorism operative. Joe Stud then proceeds to share things like how he likes to walk holding hands (along the cliffs above the ocean, no less), and loves flower gardens. He even said, "Hold me... I need you" and "I was so afraid, I thought I might cry." Puh-leeze.
It is also difficult to read a book set in a specific location by someone who hasn't spent much, if any time, in that location. I know it's done all the time, but just for the record? You're not going to get out of the rental-car lot at the Portland (OR) airport and be at the coast within an hour... at least nowhere on the coast that will allow you to just pop over to Salem to feed your friend's cat.
The audio-book reader was just fine; his style didn't get in the way of the story. One thing (again for those in the Pacific Northwest) - he didn't get the memo on the proper pronuciation of some of the locations. Try not to laugh.