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Jack Be Nimble by Ben English (Book 1: Gargoyle)

Friday, October 21, 2011
boy came to her out of water, unexpected. He was smart and strong and goofy, as boys are meant to be, but peculiar - he remembered everything.
In the span of a single summer, she made him fearless.
Now, even as Mercedes Adams is at the height of her career, forbidding changes loom over the world. That night, in the hushed calm of a spring evening, two plain-faced killers watch her home, waiting to make their approach.
A few hundred miles away, a brilliant technologist returns to his childhood town in order to begin a descent into darkness . . . in London, a military game theorist finds himself pursuing kidnappers . . . outside Prague, a hacker and a thief stumble upon plans for a weapon unique to the world . . . an FBI agent faces an unpredictable fugitive in Chicago, while in Germany, a sniper-turned-schoolteacher finds reasons to take up his ancient calling . . . and a sitting United States Senator finds his life and his work invaded to terrifying conclusion. In Paris, a widowed man begins to recognize the hints and patterns of a greater puzzle that will bring them together . . . or kill them all.
Mercedes Adams is about to find herself at the center of a vast, tightening knot of mystery, intrigue, and globe-spanning terror borne of her family's legacy. Rising to her aid is a small group of specially-trained men and women. And at their center?
A man who remembers everything.
Goodreads Summary

Mercedes is the main character and the main draw to this novel.  She is smart, brave, and charming.  Jack, the mystery solver, is just as smart, fairly charismatic, and inquisitive.  There are several other integral characters, each having their own quality or quirk that will make them stand out to the reader.  The story is told from several perspectives, making it easy for the reader to get the full picture and meet and follow the characters through the story. 

The story itself was a pleasure to read.  Science fiction fans will enjoy this novel too.  The very idea that a substance could be injected through a humans veins and then go on to control/attach to the humans thinking/feelings is unreal, but eerily intriguing.  The technical part of the book is handled well, the reader should not be confused.  There are a fair amount of action scenes, the author describes the events vividly and spares no detail.  In books containing any mystery, the reader needs to feel as if he/she understands the whole plot; with this book, the reader will find that satisfaction.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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