Book Review: The Geneva Decision (Pia Sabel #1) by Seeley James

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Geneva Decision (Pia Sabel #1) by Seeley James
(Started: March 16, 2013; Finished: March 19, 2013)

Pia Sabel plays to win. 
Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she’s taken the helm of her billionaire father’s private security company, and she’s playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill. 
On her first day on the job, Pia’s client is assassinated in front of her. There’s no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money laundering and piracy that will take her from Swiss mansions to the jungles of Cameroon. 
Her battle-hardened employees suspect she’s just a spoiled rich girl with a mean corner kick. But Pia’s got some unexpected moves of her own. Will they be enough to bring her team through its mission? (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Released on: March 01, 2013
Source: Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) through Netgalley
It was unique in a sense that an international footballer would choose to switch career by being an agent. It was like Pia Sabel's life turned 360 degrees in that change. I am a fan of shows, movies and stories of spies, secret agents or even agents gone rogue especially if the protagonist is a woman. Aside from the perks of traveling, awesome weapons and ninja moves, I think it is badass when woman can kick your ass. Sorry for the language but I think it is an appropriate description. It empowers us and I admire such characters making me want to be like one, too. Strong-headed and independent female characters create a big impact to me, and I think also to other female readers since it motivates us and inspires us to be like them as well.

When the story started, I saw Pia Sabel as a character that possesses the qualities aforementioned. Though she was sort of rash and stubborn, her evolution to being a more mature and responsible person was one of the story's highlights.

I had to pinpoint some areas that somehow disappointed me. There were times that I got confuse who the author was referring to because of the delayed introduction of some characters. For example, Alphonse was described as a handsome officer but his name was not mentioned and he did not even introduce himself. But as I turned to the next page, his name appeared out of the blue which somehow struck confusion. I thought I missed out on another character that I had to go back to the previous pages to check. Another is that, there were times that I felt the story line was somehow going to an unrealistic direction. For an ex-football player to get head on and even capture some of the criminals alone was highly unlikely. But it's fiction so I guess I can just accept that as it is aside from Pia Sabel being athletic, trained and a quick-thinker. Moving on to a more positive point, I liked how it turned out after all the twists on who started it all. I was able to predict half of it but the other was a mystery that surprised me so I think that was good. Plot-wise, it was okay. It was not that bad. But I'm still hoping for a better and more explosive sequel!

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