The Hunt and the Kill

Suspend all disbelief, question nothing for this James Bond-esque adventure

Book title

The Hunt and the Kill

Author

Holly Watt

Standalone or series

Series (third)

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

As a former journalist (not this kind of journalist at all) the idea of a story driven by a reporter appealed.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Raven Books and online book club Pigeonhole for access to read this book for free. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

Casey Benedict, investigative reporter turn health correspondent, learns about antibiotic resistance and a potential new super drug from a patient who needs antibiotics to survive. Her investigation takes her across the globe as she tries to find out why no one is now making this wonder drug.

Review

Suspend all disbelief, question nothing. This is an entertaining read as long as you don’t assume practicality or reality has anything to do with what’s happening.

Seemingly bottomless budgets, Mission: Impossible level disguises, and a reclusive billionaire pulling all the strings. Casey Benedict is not so much an investigative reporter as she is a commercially funded super spy. James Bond without the sexism and ridiculous names, but still a ridiculous plot.

This is the first of the Casey Benedict series that I’ve read, but I don’t think that was an issue. It works as a standalone with no obvious gaps of assumed knowledge from the previous books.

I believe the book series has been optioned for television, and I think it has the potential to work as a good series. Hopefully they’ll dial down the heavy science detail and antibiotic names which weighed down the early chapters, and cut back the long pauses in action when it was taking time for the investigation to get going. The book would have benefitted from editing along the same lines.

Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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