Saturday, April 17, 2010

Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong

Book Details
Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
Paperback, 512 pages
2007, Bantam
ISBN: 0553588192
Series: Book 1 of Nadia Stafford

Regulars at Nadia’s nature lodge don’t ask what she does in the off-season. And that’s a good thing. If she told them, she’d have to kill them. She’s a hit woman for a Mafia family. Tough and self-sufficient, Nadia doesn’t owe anyone any explanations. But that doesn’t mean she always works alone. One of her contacts has recruited her in the hunt for a ruthlessly efficient serial killer cutting a swath of terror across the country. The assassin is far too skilled to be an amateur—and the precision of the killings is bringing the Feds much too close to the hit man community for comfort.

To put an end to the murders, Nadia will have to turn herself from predator to prey as she employs every trick she knows to find the killer. Before the killer finds her…

Exit Strategy is an intriguing beginning to unique series. Nadia, a hitwoman, gets a visit from her mentor, Jack. A hitman has become a serial killer and it has the possibility of shining too much light on their profession. Nadia and Jack team up with a crew of other hitmen to find the rogue and put a stop to his killing spree.

I loved getting to know Nadia. Her life before becoming an assassin and her motivation for doing what she does is strangely endearing. What I enjoyed most about the story was seeing all of the assassins struggle with keeping their secret identities from each other while trying to work together as a team. Killing for money is generally not a team effort and I found the way the group interacted with each other extremely fascinating.

A lot of mystery, some very fun scenes and a bit of romance make this book a very enjoyable read. Kelley Armstrong takes a detour from her usual supernatural fare with Exit Strategy and proves that the mundane world can be just as enticing as the magical.


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  1. Thanks for the review! This book sounds great! I'll definitely consider reading it :)

  2. I have this book, but still haven't read it.
    I think I'm going to read it soon. Thank you for your review!

  3. Great review, just a question that had me wondering: you posted the review to Made to be Broken, the 2nd book in the series quite some time ago, did you read the books in order just posted the review a bit late, or you changed their order? :-)

    I agree with you, it was fun to see all these very private an lonewolf hitmen/hitwomen try to work as a team, and all the while trying to trust each other enough/but not to trust each other too much. It was a very enjoyable read, Nadia is a great heroine.

    You can read my review if you are interested here.

  4. I had NO IDEA Kelley Armstrong had this series out. Sounds interesting. Her Women of the Other world is one of my favorite series.

  5. This was a great book! You'll love Made To Be Broken! :)

  6. I know this series isn't as popular but I love it! I believe she said on twitter recently that she is writing a third book. I really hope so!