I’m always up for heist books! It has to be one of my favorite storylines that I’ll never tire of. To include time traveling and other eras in it too engaged my interest! Once I read the blurb, I knew I’d enjoy it and read it in less than five days. Not bad to meet the date of this book tour. Thank you to Sky Publishing who granted this opportunity for me. Stay until the end to stand a chance and win a signed copy of The Milan Job!
Meet Captain Alexandria de Sade, the proud and once loyal captain of Naviwerks chrono-ship #25.
When she learned the truth about how the company was fleecing their customers she turned her back
on the promotion they offered her, left the man she loved without a word, and disappeared with her
With a plan in mind to undermine Naviwerks’ business of artifact and heirloom retrieval, Captain Alex
hired on several like-minded misfits to crew her chrono-ship which she re-christened The William’s
Hunt. They are: An awkward but genius Horotech, an irascible ex-marine, a flamboyant playboy, a
churlish physician, and a hot-shot pilot.
Their first venture: go to Milan, Italy 1490 and retrieve the working model of Leonardo da Vinci’s Gran
Cavallo before Naviwerks does. What should have been a simple snatch and run mission for the newly
formed band of pirates goes south nearly immediately. In their struggle to recover, they learn that there
is much more behind Naviwerks’ actions. Captain Alex and the crew of The William’s Hunt are the only
ones that stand a chance of putting things right, and it seems as if her crew’s every step takes them
deeper and deeper into discovering just how nefarious Naviwerks truly is.
From the first few chapters, we’re introduced to The William’s Hunt crew. Laurence, the Horotech and newest member of the team, was dragged into the story as much as the readers were. I liked this approach to start afresh with an outsider instead of being placed into their world immediately. It made the story flow and paced out well. It’s clear as daylight that the author did thorough research. The details and descriptive language was spot on. It felt like I was there with them on The William’s Hunt, watching them get into their wardrobe.
I’ll always be a sucker for heist stories. Especially ones that include getting revenge or some action involved. Naviwerks was the company a few members of the crew worked for. They found out something unethical and Captain Alex stole a ship for herself and construct a crew. Now Naviwerks is on their tail. Quite an interesting plot.
The characters were straightforward. A badass female captain with a Security Guard loyal to her side and a Doctor sincere to her. I loved the relationships each of the characters had with each other. With Laurence being the outsider, it’ll take a while for them to trust him—all except for Nigel (the Historian) who I adored! He brought humor to the table when needed and didn’t hold back. Laurence was so pure and realistic to any newbie traveling for the first time. He surprised me once or twice when he showed initiative and adapted well into the team. Part of me wished we’d gotten more of the pilot, Angel and Dr. Hennessey. Hopefully, we will in the future!
This book has a lot of potential with its detailed research, likable characters, and an abundance of eras to visit, so I hope the author keeps up the splendid work! I don’t want to spoil anything but it just when you think things are okay. Then there’s more to be revealed. Naviwerks definitely plays a major role in some character’s past. It’s only the beginning to learn how far they’re willing to go to make things right.
Highly recommend those who are looking for a totally new read. I rarely come across heist books that hold much more than the actual heist. There’re static characters, wonderful descriptions, and significant aspects of great relationships thrown into the mix.
About the Author:
According to her mother, Krista has lived in her own imagination since birth. The real world let her
down. It was, frankly, boring beyond belief. After she discovered fantasy novels and comics there was no
going back. This didn’t win her any popularity contests (or dates) until after high school. Art school
introduced her to other geeks and the wonderful world of AD&D. A love for RP eventually led to LARP
(the goth/vampire era of her life). Finally, sci-fi/fantasy/fandom conventions introduced her to the
beautiful world of Steampunk. Music. Clothing. And books. She dove into the books she took a shine to
and absorbed them. But something was missing. She wasn’t satisfied. During her recovery from neck
surgery something she’d heard somewhere stuck out in her mind: “If you can’t find the stories you want
to read then write them yourself.” On a couch in Savannah, GA. with Sons of Anarchy playing in the
background, The William’s Hunt began.
Currently, Krista lives in her home town in Pennsylvania with five cats, a husband, and a weiner dog,
Pete, who watches from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
Check out her website: https://www.kristacaggauthor.com/ and follow her on social media.