Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Wisecracking smartasses Ted and Alex are an elite army of two, fighting for fortune under the banner of their private military corporation Reagan Kirwan International. MIT-trained computer hacker and engineer Ted is the brains. Freerunning ex-French Foreign Legion commando is the brawn. With their unique combination of skills, they are in high demand on the blurry and ever-changing modern battlefields.
When oil is struck in a Somalian province, two titans of the energy industry collide head-on over the lucrative rights. The result is a war which rages both in the boardrooms and on the already bloody sands.
Hired for the simple task of tipping the scales, Ted and Alex’s mission takes a dangerous and deadly turn. They learn they are not the only trump cards in play and, this time, they may be on the wrong side. Facing the most dangerous of adversaries, constant perils, and treacherous corporate politics, they must stand together if they want to survive – and, more importantly, collect their paychecks.
Because war is a two-player co-op and all they have is each other.
Mel's Review: My favorite part of the book was the interaction between Ted and Alex. They're both very different yet they have a lot in common too, and their friendship is quite unique, but no matter what happens, they have each other's backs.
Lanie's Review: For me, my favorite part of the book was the setting, no doubt. It's not even you read a book that deals with the oil crisis (or more specifically with why everyone seems to want oil and industry giants would murder to get oil), and it's set in Somalia on top of that. I learned a lot of new things about this setting.
Jilly's Review: I liked the writing the most. Maestas has an easy-going, fluent writing style that completely hooked me into the story.