The Last Second Book Review

The Last Second Book Review

Title: The Last Second
Author: Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison
Published: March 26, 2019, Gallery Books
No. of Pages: 464
Cover Price: $27.99 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Book 6 in the Brit in the FBI series by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison finds Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine up against a disgruntled astronaut who heads a French space company. Her ruthlessness and push for revenge, as well as her belief that she communicates with aliens and will be saved by them as the world is destroyed, is unstoppable, and Drummond and Caine are up against their most difficult foe in their race to stop the evil that could destroy the world.

Although the plot seems a bit farfetched, Coulter and Ellison write in such a way that readers actually buy into it. They are both excellent storytellers, and with today’s technology, the concept of sending rockets to infiltrate and destroy what is already in space seems viable. The characters are very well-developed and readers who have read the previous novels in the series will be familiar with them and know their strengths and weaknesses. The authors add new characters to introduce a new plot and add all kinds of imaginative scenarios to move the novel along at a fairly fast pace. There are several parts of the novel that are difficult to put down, and this one may keep some readers up late at night.

Both authors are known for creative storytelling, and together, there are very surprising and unexpected happenings. The villain in this novel is so blinded by her own goals that she cares about no one else, even her lover and is willing to destroy her if it means she will live forever with the aliens. Readers will be unsure whether she is mentally ill and delusional or if there are really aliens who communicate with humans.

Although there is a bit of paranormal in this and many of Coulter’s novels, it isn’t over the top, and the novel is one that will be enjoyed and remembered. Both of the authors are excellent writers and when they pair up as in this series, the results make for good reading.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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