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Exposed as the title suggests is about what might happen if someone with dangerous intentions managed to gain access to one of the deadly viruses out there. Exposed by Alex Kava is the sixth novel in her series featuring the FBI agent Maggie O'Dell and is the first one I have read. I found that I read this relatively quickly which is usually an indication that I enjoyed the book.
--A brief synopsis--
Maggie O'Dell is the beautiful and smart FBI agent who gets caught up in a deadly mad man's game. The story hits the ground running as the FBI discover a not so mysterious package was delivered to an inner part of the building where access should have been more difficult. This package is the first clue of many and leads them to a house in the suburbs. The FBI agents first at the scene (Maggie who is one of them) find a mother and daughter who are in a very unwell state. They quickly access the situation and call in the army to quarantine and discover what exactly they are up against and if they themselves have been exposed. From onwards a lot of the novel is set in USAMRID an army base and hospital that deals in the world's most deadly and contagious viruses. As more cases of the deadly virus pop up and it is clear that the person behind it hasn't finished, a whirlwind of an investigation occurs to try and limit the damage and stop the person behind these atrocities. I'll leave it there as to not give too much away, sufficient to say that time is against them and stress levels are high!
--So what did I think?--
There wasn't that much background or personal story for Maggie's character, maybe this is something that goes with reading a series so many books in. She did have what can only be described as a rather cute stalker but again there wasn't any real explanation for his behaviour and it didn't really fit in with the story. Again this might have been set up and explained in a previous novel.
Maggie despite what I initially thought didn't turn out to be the main character, she was overshadowed a bit by her partner (FBI partner) a man named Tully. It's Tully's personal life and relationship with his daughter, new love interest and his ex-wife that is soon to be married, that gives the subplots some depth.
When reading this you can really tell that the author had done her research. The level of detail and knowledge really shines through, it never felt like she was bluffing her way forward and it read very authentically. This is something that I always appreciate in a novel, I like the feeling of realism and I think it's important to get most of the smaller details correct. At the end of the book she did also write a finally note entitle 'Truth or Fiction' where she elaborated on some of the more interesting facts that were used for the story. As well as indicating where the fiction started and the fact stopped in regards to a few historical FBI cases.
I am going to give this book three out of five stars, it was an enjoyable enough read but it was fairly average. I don't mean any disrespect with that score, and it was probably leaning more to the better end of average, it just didn't grip my attention and enthral me. I just didn't find the characters developed enough but that maybe is something to do with the genre, there is more of an emphasis on keeping the plot hurling along rather than letting us get to know the characters.
I don't think I will be rushing out to read more in the Maggie O'Dell series but that doesn't mean I won't ever delve into her world again.
When I looked last you can pick this up at Amazon for £4.19 or elsewhere for the full price of £6.99.