High Treason – DiAnn Mills

High Treason DiAnn Mills
High Treason by DiAnn Mills
Also by this author: Airborne, Fatal Strike, Deadly Encounter, Deep Extraction, Where Tomorrow Leads, Long Walk Home
Series: FBI Task Force #3
Published by Tyndale on February 6, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance, Suspense
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three-half-stars

When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince's protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he's surprised--and none too happy--when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.
Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit--plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince--or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?

One shot–an assassination attempt.
One death–a bodyguard’s life lost.
A million questions.

DiAnn Mills drew me into High Treason from the first page. The third and final book of the FBI Task Force series, I unfortunately didn’t enjoy this one quite as much. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want to read it. It had an incredibly detailed and action-packed plot, but a lot of things about it got on my nerves. Like every book I’ve read by DiAnn Mills thus far, she packed true personalities and histories into all the characters, and the story kept me guessing with every page-turn. But…I don’t know, this one didn’t quite do it for me.

A Saudi Prince brings his mother to Houston for experimental cancer treatments. When someone tries to kill him, FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is on the case. He doesn’t take no for an answer–he stood beside the bodyguard as a wannabe assassin ripped out his life. Kord doesn’t want a partner, but when the CIA provides its fiery and talented operative, Monica Alden, his choice in the matter is gone. He worries she as a woman won’t be respected. But because of her femininity, she’s able to relate to the prince’s sisters…and get answers he could never get himself. But her faith in God and Jesus? Nah, he’s not so sure about that one, even if he is madly attracted to her spunk and drive.

This book would’ve been way more enjoyable for me had I not known as much as I do about how the Central Intelligence Agency operates. While it’s not a career I’d want, I’ve been fascinated by the CIA and how it operates since my youth. High Treason had serious issues here. I could legitimately write a white paper on it. Without going in depth:

  • For the most part, the CIA does not operate in the United States. The CIA’s mission is to collect foreign intelligence, not info about any U.S. citizens. The Homeland is the FBI’s turf. So that whole aspect of Monica Alden annoyed the heck out of me.
  • CIA personnel are not “operatives.” They are officers.
  • No one could easily “transfer credentials” from the CIA to the FBI. You may have a top-secret clearance at the CIA, but that doesn’t clear you for the FBI. Each organization does its own background investigations.

I will say this, though–I really liked Kord. He knew what he wanted with Monica. I might’ve rolled my eyes at a lot of his flirts, but I also smiled. Committed and focused to the task at hand, yes, but Kord was also funny and warm. He had a lot of charm, and I found him very endearing. While a grown man, I may even go so far as to call him “cute.” Don’t tell him I said that, though!

High Treason by DiAnn Mills has so much layers to it. I had to reread sections at times to ensure I caught all the details. It’s funny, engaging, and suspenseful, with a good dash of romance. I just couldn’t get over its errors–mistakes that could’ve been avoided even with a brief study of the CIA’s website. I enjoyed it and its fast-paced, dialogue-filled story, but it really wasn’t my favorite.

three-half-stars