Hostile Takeover book reviewTitle:  Hostile Takeover

Author:  Shane Kuhn
Release Date:  July 14, 2015
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Source:  Review copy provided by the publisher

Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet – his wife – in Hostile Takeover, the exciting sequel to Shane Kuhn’s bestselling debut The Intern’s Handbook, which the New York Post called “a sexy, darkly comic thriller.”

At the end of The Intern’s Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the “placement agency” that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high profile targets. As HR’s former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom. (Goodreads)

My Review:

While Hostile Takeover is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone story with no problem. I haven’t read the first book, but still enjoyed this one and never felt confused or lost.

John Lago, the intern assassin, is in Federal custody at the start of the book. He’s telling his story to an FBI Assistant Director, so we get several flashbacks. The time shifts are handled well and are easy to keep track of.

We see John and his new bride Alice take over the company and implement new strategies as they begin their married life. Then suddenly, one day, the honeymoon is over. Not good when both parties are professional assassins.

Suddenly John is out in the cold, trying to stop an out of control Alice. Trouble is, they’re both smart and highly trained so it’s tough to get the drop on each other. Have to admit that it was fun watching them try!

Really liked John, even though he was a cold blooded killer. I’d never want to meet him in person because he’s just plain scary, but I enjoyed his story.

This one is a fun read with great characters, an interesting premise, and a well-paced plot. Looking forward to the movie version!

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