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After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors. Searching for answers and anticipating After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors. Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company's plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him--and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body. Award-winning author James R. Hannibal rachets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.


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After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors. Searching for answers and anticipating After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors. Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company's plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him--and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body. Award-winning author James R. Hannibal rachets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.

30 review for The Paris Betrayal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Characters: Ben was such a cool character. Well, he was a spy, so I suppose he had to be cool. :) Yet even though he was cool, he still seemed like a real person. He had his doubts and fears just like anyone. I also liked Clara—even though I needed to know more about her. Here’s hoping The Paris Betrayal has a sequel! Language: Clean. Moral: This book was basically an allegory of the book of Job. James Hannibal pulled this allegory off in a well-thought-out and detailed manner, but I’m not sure ho Characters: Ben was such a cool character. Well, he was a spy, so I suppose he had to be cool. :) Yet even though he was cool, he still seemed like a real person. He had his doubts and fears just like anyone. I also liked Clara—even though I needed to know more about her. Here’s hoping The Paris Betrayal has a sequel! Language: Clean. Moral: This book was basically an allegory of the book of Job. James Hannibal pulled this allegory off in a well-thought-out and detailed manner, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. First, of all the books in the Bible, Job is the one I struggle most with. I’m a sinful person, and I have a hard time dealing with the whole concept of the book. Anyway … that’s my problem. Not James Hannibal’s or The Paris Betrayal’s. Or the Bible's. :) Second, I also had a hard time with the Director representing God. It’s one thing when you talk about God’s sovereignty; it’s another thing entirely when you apply a small portion of that sovereignty to a sinful man. Plus, God loved Job while all the bad stuff was going down in his life. I didn’t see the Director’s love for Ben very well. Most of what I saw was the Director working for the good of society and not caring for Ben as an individual (until the very end). I do understand that allegories can't encompass the fullness of God’s character and that Jesus used parables to convey truth. I suppose my problem is that I take allegories too literally. I'm notoriously bad with symbolism... :) One other thing, then I’ll move on from this rambling section … I wish some of the characters had been Christians. As far as I know, none of the characters were, and this seemed odd in a Christian fiction book. I know it was kind of an allegory, but I don’t think Ben being a Christian would’ve messed up the allegorical aspects. Plot: Wow, this plot was intense! No boring moments in sight. I liked how the author kept things moving and didn’t get bogged down in what could’ve been very technical details. Random comments: If you’re sensitive to violence, a couple parts of this book might bother you, but I didn’t think anything ever reached the graphic level. On an even more random note, I didn’t appreciate the reverences to The Virus. I understand the author wanting to be realistic, but I’m sick of hearing about The Virus and would like it to please stay out of my books … Romance: Clean. Maybe a couple kisses. I liked that the hint of romance wasn’t a major part of the story. Writing: James Hannibal has an easy-to-read style that fit the story well. He’s descriptive but not too descriptive. Overall: The Paris Betrayal was an entertaining read, and I’d recommend it to readers of Christian fiction, suspense, thrillers, and action/adventure.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    Technically this book is a 4.5 stars. This is my first book back since my Father passed away last week. I haven't been reading anything but I heard so many great things about this book. At first I had no idea what was happening but I let the book continue and it explained itself. Ben is a spy and all at once he is left out of all that is happening. Soon people are after him and during his escape he took his neighbor along with him. So begin their journey. Ben arrested someone with the plague and Technically this book is a 4.5 stars. This is my first book back since my Father passed away last week. I haven't been reading anything but I heard so many great things about this book. At first I had no idea what was happening but I let the book continue and it explained itself. Ben is a spy and all at once he is left out of all that is happening. Soon people are after him and during his escape he took his neighbor along with him. So begin their journey. Ben arrested someone with the plague and he is now wanting to find out is this the next pandemic? This book has you going. I had to continue reading this book straight thru because I wanted to know what would happen next. The one thing I don't like, this book will have a sequel because they left you wondering what will happen next. So now I have to wait to see what Ben next journey will be? I don't do well with waiting. I am glad this is the book I chose to come back to reading. It had you wondering what would happen next. Suggest listening to it on audiobook, the narrator is awesome. Great read and I highly recommend it for you all!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    I loved every bit of this story. It reads like a Jason Bourne movie (or book), with quick action scenes, great dialogue, and more twists and turns than a winding mountian road. I highly recommend it for those who love supense with a hint or romance. The stakes are high and kept the pages flying.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    Rating 3,5 stars. This story of spies and possible bio-weapons was interesting, at some times suspenseful and also intriguing. A few of the big plot twists I guessed before it was revealed. One of my favourite scenes was between Ben and Dylan closer to the end. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and Ben's dry sense of humour. Action scenes was also written well. This is a new to me author and I want to read more of his work because of his symbolism to the Bible in this novel and I would li Rating 3,5 stars. This story of spies and possible bio-weapons was interesting, at some times suspenseful and also intriguing. A few of the big plot twists I guessed before it was revealed. One of my favourite scenes was between Ben and Dylan closer to the end. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and Ben's dry sense of humour. Action scenes was also written well. This is a new to me author and I want to read more of his work because of his symbolism to the Bible in this novel and I would like to see if his other works are similar. Now, if you don’t know your Bible stories, this will just be a good story. But what grabbed me at the end, was realizing who the Director and Jupiter represented and how Ben was created based on Job from the Bible. I was glad when this was confirmed in the author’s note at the end. I do prefer my suspense/thrillers a bit more fast paced and nail-biting, and some of the jargon did go over my head a bit. However, a lot of readers rated this high and part of my lower rating might be that this is the third book this month I've read about a probable bio-weapon. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "The Paris Betrayal" is a suspense/thriller. It's published by Christian publisher, so I was confused that there were no references to God. The only mentions of faith involved faith in The Director, head of The Company that Ben works for, or in Jupiter, the bad guy leader. I couldn't understand how Ben's former teammates could be so naïve as to believe that a human (The Director) could never make a mistake. It wasn't until nearly the end that I realized that the story was based on Job from the B "The Paris Betrayal" is a suspense/thriller. It's published by Christian publisher, so I was confused that there were no references to God. The only mentions of faith involved faith in The Director, head of The Company that Ben works for, or in Jupiter, the bad guy leader. I couldn't understand how Ben's former teammates could be so naïve as to believe that a human (The Director) could never make a mistake. It wasn't until nearly the end that I realized that the story was based on Job from the Bible, so people were putting their faith in either God or Satan. Anyway, the desire to make this reflect the story of Job made the teammates reactions to Ben's situation seem odd or unrealistic when taken outside of that context. The suspense was high as Ben was constantly on the move, trying to avoid arrest and survive attacks while also save the world. Both the good and bad guys had people harassing him. I liked that the female characters were competent and resourceful (even when not trained as spies). I wasn't at all surprised by the roles that Ben's girlfriend and Clara played, though I think it was meant to be a surprise. I appreciate that Ben treated the women respectfully. Ben was loyal and had a strong desire to help others, so he was easy to admire. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this thriller. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Great cover! I loved the dry humor sprinkled in the novel. The suspense was a bit predictable and the romance didn't seem realistic. Overall, an okay suspense novel. Great cover! I loved the dry humor sprinkled in the novel. The suspense was a bit predictable and the romance didn't seem realistic. Overall, an okay suspense novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Libby May

    Wow. I love this one. So Hannibal is my favorite male author. The way he handles his plots and characters ALWAYS has me on the edge of my seat. It rarely takes me more than two days to finish a book by him. Needless to say, I had great expectations for this one. My family and I just got back from a month long trip to Florida and there we watched an FBI show almost every evening. On the plan home I watched the movie Tenet, and I started this book almost as soon as we had unpacked. So my suspense/ Wow. I love this one. So Hannibal is my favorite male author. The way he handles his plots and characters ALWAYS has me on the edge of my seat. It rarely takes me more than two days to finish a book by him. Needless to say, I had great expectations for this one. My family and I just got back from a month long trip to Florida and there we watched an FBI show almost every evening. On the plan home I watched the movie Tenet, and I started this book almost as soon as we had unpacked. So my suspense/special agent vibe was on high alert. Let’s go with the review! The characters. For spoilers sake I’ll spare you details on some of the characters. However? The development of Clara’s character was beautiful. I was kinda mad at the beginning, but very satisfied with it at the end. Ben himself was.... hard. I loved the guy and his fight-till-I’m-dead attitude. I admired that with all of me. But the author did such a good job pulling the reader (me) into the story and feeling everything that Ben was going through and still fighting that now that I’m done my brain is exhausted and I need a mental break 😂😂😂 I loved Hale’s voice in Ben’s head all the time, and I would have trusted Sensen with my life even in Ben’s shoes. I don’t know why The plot My word I was guessing EVERY second of the plot. I didn’t know what was going to happen and how it was going to end even to the last page of the story. The suspense, the fighting scenes, the description of how Ben fought and looked and searched and never gave up even to the last beat of his heart when everybody else had turned on him. So well done. And so complex there’s no way to even try and summarise it to a review. The content There wasn’t any sexual content. Two brief kisses. There was no bad language. There was a fair amount of violence and graphic scenes, blood, shooting, being shot, a debilitating disease, burning a body, and also infecting people with the said disease (bio weapon). There was very little to be concerned with unless you are a very sensitive to blood/fighting scenes in which case I’m going to guess this isnt your typical genre and avoiding this story will not be a problem. Additional notes: There were certain parts to the story where I was shaking my head, I didn’t agree with what was happening, or I didn’t understand why the author played it out the way he did. The Director and Jupiter and them always talking about having faith in the Company was way too much of an idol type theme for me. But as an author I always read author notes at the end of the book and BOY was I rewarded with such a treat! Every single one of my concerns was vaporised when the author explained where his topic and inspiration came from and why he wrote the story the way that he did. I don’t want to share the spoilers here but thinking back on the story with this new light I keep finding all the nuggets of parallels and I’m having such a little party in my head. Especially the scene where he finally comes across the Director and cries “I deserve better!” And I’d better stop before I start spilling spoilers. One more thing I want to say is thank you so much to Mr. Hannibal. He said that this story was almost complete when the COVID pandemic hit the world, and he had to adjust this story to make it work. As an author, I know that sinking feeling in your chest when the story you’ve spent so many hours writing needs to be completely redone as many times to make sure it’s consistent with a new topic. So THANK you Mr. Hannibal for not giving up and for handling this topic very well. Also thank you to the Publisher for a copy of this book. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own. FIVE STARS! Favorite quote: “Stop asking what you deserve, Ben. Try asking, what is my purpose?” ~Ha-eun~ The Paris Betrayal

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    My only complaint about this author is that he hasn't written a lot of books yet. I have enjoyed everything he has written, including his three secular novels. I was excited to see he had a new book coming out, and was admittedly a little disappointed that it did not go with the two previous books he wrote for Revell. After reading The Paris Betrayal, that disappointment has gone away. This book was more than a great read, it was a great ride. And the book is more than a great suspense novel. I My only complaint about this author is that he hasn't written a lot of books yet. I have enjoyed everything he has written, including his three secular novels. I was excited to see he had a new book coming out, and was admittedly a little disappointed that it did not go with the two previous books he wrote for Revell. After reading The Paris Betrayal, that disappointment has gone away. This book was more than a great read, it was a great ride. And the book is more than a great suspense novel. It is a spy novel....and I loved it. This may be Hannibal's best novel so far. Ben, the main character, has a lot go wrong for him in this book. Sickness, betrayal, no one believing him, kicked out of the CIA, and seemingly him against the world as he tries to do the right thing in the face of total opposition. By the way, this story is based on the story of Job from the Bible. The book has non-stop action and suspense, and has some twists and turns that I never saw coming, especially the one at the climax of the story. There were things going on that Ben did not know about, and the author also kept the reader in the dark about. The story has its share of people who you don't know are good, or bad guys pretending to be good, and my suspicions on one character did turn out right, while I was totally surprised by another. Hannibal did a masterful job of writing an awesome spy/suspense novel that pulls you in, keeps you entertained, and also keeps you guessing. And it has what any novel of this kind should have: a likable hero who triumphs in the end. That really isn't a spoiler, because isn't that what always happens? And after all that happened to poor Ben, he did deserve to come out on top. :) I definitely recommend this book, and if ever there was a Christian fiction novel that men would enjoy, this is it......though there really is not any overtly Christian content in it, just a Christian worldview. It does appear to be a stand alone novel, though I wouldn't mind a sequel. I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    What a fantastic spy thriller! The Paris Betrayal has a lone operator, Ben Calix, thrust into the cold as he crisscrosses continental Europe in a search to stay alive and prove his innocence and loyalty. From a heart-pounding chase in Rome to evading the French police forces in Paris and beyond, it’s a fast-paced story that reminds me of Jason Bourne — and maybe a little Jack Reacher — as Ben searches for the truth while a menacing organization seeks to thwart his every move. Hannibal’s authorial What a fantastic spy thriller! The Paris Betrayal has a lone operator, Ben Calix, thrust into the cold as he crisscrosses continental Europe in a search to stay alive and prove his innocence and loyalty. From a heart-pounding chase in Rome to evading the French police forces in Paris and beyond, it’s a fast-paced story that reminds me of Jason Bourne — and maybe a little Jack Reacher — as Ben searches for the truth while a menacing organization seeks to thwart his every move. Hannibal’s authorial voice lends a slight bit of snark and authenticity born of experience (not as a spy, but as a veteran) to this whirlwind of a story as Ben Calix proves a relatable protagonist. Memories of Ben’s training and anecdotes about his teammates and network add depth to the increasing suspense surrounding his failed mission and the debilitating plot he is gradually uncovering. (I feel like I’m prepared to make a quick escape and evade pursuers should the need arise from the tidbits of wisdom attributed to Ben’s mentor, Colonel Hale.) The occasional switch to a POV of one of the secondary characters adds further to the subterfuge and raises more questions for the reader. The story is spun in such a way that I was questioning the loyalties of various characters right alongside Ben, trying to determine who was manipulating the situation and who was innocently caught up in the melee with him. The astute reader will recognize subtle parallels between this story and the life of the Biblical man Job as each face seemingly unjust situations. I think the inclusion of characters who mirror Job’s “friends” and similar internal questions of purpose and justice are a brilliant move on Hannibal’s part to draw comparisons to the ancient account in a modern scenario. Fans of action-adventure, thrillers, and espionage-related suspense will want to check out The Paris Betrayal or Hannibal’s backlist for more fast-paced reading material. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Krispense

    I think it's safe to say that my first James Hannibal book was a smashing success! Plus, the poor dude just didn't feel good. Let's give him some slack. The suspense wasn't keep-you-up-with-nightmares tense, but definitely edge-of-your-seat tense. The fight scenes were fantastic. The plot line was so good. The characters were likable, buuuuuut somehow they seemed...shallow? Like, I understood that Ben was under a great deal of stress, and he did well, but...idk. I failed to seriously connect. I di I think it's safe to say that my first James Hannibal book was a smashing success! Plus, the poor dude just didn't feel good. Let's give him some slack. The suspense wasn't keep-you-up-with-nightmares tense, but definitely edge-of-your-seat tense. The fight scenes were fantastic. The plot line was so good. The characters were likable, buuuuuut somehow they seemed...shallow? Like, I understood that Ben was under a great deal of stress, and he did well, but...idk. I failed to seriously connect. I did understand his want/need to fix things and set them right. And his desperation when things didn't go according to plan. (Am I a fixer that has issues when things don't go according to plan? Yes. Yes, I am.) But as far as emotional connection goes...nah. (I did love how it wasn't your typical top-of-the-food-chain-agent story, but more of a lowest-agent-on-the-totem-pole story) Clara was endearing and spunky. The bad guys were...your average bad guys. All in all, there was nothing really remarkable about the characters. And the message? Well, honestly, I didn't even realize there was supposed to be a message until I read a friend's review, mentioning the author's note. (I thought I'd read the author's note, but *cough* apparently I didn't read it well enough) It was a good story, engaging plot line, and I absolutely loved the overall story, but with shallow(ish) characters and lacking a meaty message, it fell just short of five stars. As far as romance goes, there was a liiiiitle kissing and terms of endearment, but there was such a tiny amount, I'm not even gonna complain about it! So. A shorter review, but I definitely recommend this one! Four solid stars! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. All thoughts are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Suspenseful. Fast paced. Addictive. I happily lost hours of sleep last night with this page turner. This is a well written book. James R Hannibal clearly has an abundance of knowledge, is well researched and highly creative. My expectations for this book, being written by a new-to-me author, were exceeded by far. I haven’t found a really good contemporary suspense novel in quite a while. They seem to be rare when it comes to inspirational fiction. But this one definitely hits the mark. I can’t w Suspenseful. Fast paced. Addictive. I happily lost hours of sleep last night with this page turner. This is a well written book. James R Hannibal clearly has an abundance of knowledge, is well researched and highly creative. My expectations for this book, being written by a new-to-me author, were exceeded by far. I haven’t found a really good contemporary suspense novel in quite a while. They seem to be rare when it comes to inspirational fiction. But this one definitely hits the mark. I can’t wait to read more by Hannibal. Is this the start of a new series? I do hope so. Mr. Hannibal, you’re a new favourite. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Ben Calix comes home from his last mission to find things totally aren't what he expected. He wanted to relax instead he is attacked by a sniper, then an ambush and he soon finds out that he is out of The Company. He has been unfairly labeled a traitor. But why? And how can he stop the bioweapon that he fears will be unleashed if he is cut off? The Paris Betrayal started out with a bang and as a reader I hit the ground running, so to speak. It took me a few pages to figure out what was going on a Ben Calix comes home from his last mission to find things totally aren't what he expected. He wanted to relax instead he is attacked by a sniper, then an ambush and he soon finds out that he is out of The Company. He has been unfairly labeled a traitor. But why? And how can he stop the bioweapon that he fears will be unleashed if he is cut off? The Paris Betrayal started out with a bang and as a reader I hit the ground running, so to speak. It took me a few pages to figure out what was going on and then I was quickly swept up int he action as I rootied for Ben to overcome his many obstacles. This is definitely a fast-paced novel that kept me turning pages quickly. I really liked Ben and wanted him to beat the odds. I also liked his friend, Clara, that helped him out of trouble to start with. There were some twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I wasn't sure how it was going to end until I got there. I also thought it was interesting that he included the pandemic and it is set in our world today, as we near post pandemic time. I enjoyed reading his afterword where he talks briefly about the writing process of this book for him at this time in history. There wasn't a lot of spiritual substance for those who like more of that but otherwise The Paris Betrayal was a great, clean suspense novel that kept my interest all the way through. I like that eye catching cover too. I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Title: The Paris Betrayal Author: James R. Hannibal Chapters: 71 Pages: 348 Genre: Christian Suspense, Christian thriller Rating: 4.5 Stars Publisher: Revell Wow this wasn’t what I was expecting. The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal. It was outside by normal reading wheel house. But was not disappointed and I will be picking up more of the authors books in the future. I was hooked from page one and didn’t want to put it down. If I didn’t first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Title: The Paris Betrayal Author: James R. Hannibal Chapters: 71 Pages: 348 Genre: Christian Suspense, Christian thriller Rating: 4.5 Stars Publisher: Revell Wow this wasn’t what I was expecting. The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal. It was outside by normal reading wheel house. But was not disappointed and I will be picking up more of the authors books in the future. I was hooked from page one and didn’t want to put it down. If I didn’t have to it down to go to work and sleep I would have literally read it in one sitting. The Paris Betrayal gave me James Bond vibes. A clean version of James Bond and I loved that. I want more of Ben Calix and the team. The ending wrapped up the storyline but left it at least in my opinion open for sequels which I wouldn’t say no to. I received a copy of this book from the publisher a part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Haney

    I enjoyed this book immensely! The Paris Betrayal is actually the first book I've read by this author but I'd heard good things - and they were all true! This book was packed with action, intrigue, humor, and heart in a perfect combination! So much so that, the minute I finished it, I rushed around the house looking for Hannibal's other series (The Gryphon Heist, which I'm reading right now). As for the book, I wasn't really sure what to expect at first (I don't read BCC) and I'm happy to say it I enjoyed this book immensely! The Paris Betrayal is actually the first book I've read by this author but I'd heard good things - and they were all true! This book was packed with action, intrigue, humor, and heart in a perfect combination! So much so that, the minute I finished it, I rushed around the house looking for Hannibal's other series (The Gryphon Heist, which I'm reading right now). As for the book, I wasn't really sure what to expect at first (I don't read BCC) and I'm happy to say it ramped up immediately. Ben Calix reminds me of your typical spy (think Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt) but the set up is perfect to drop you into the action. Without giving too much away, Ben finds himself almost alone and facing some pretty insurmountable odds, but I like the way Hannibal writes it - it's believable for a spy and yet he still faces difficulties. By the end...well, you're in for a ride and I found myself wondering HOW everything was going to wrap up. But it does - and very satisfyingly as well. This is a top-caliber spy story that goes deeper (read the authors note at the end) and will leave you entertained and ready for more! I 100% recommend this to fans of intrigue, suspense, and thrillers. My rating: 5 s* ---- Thanks to the publisher for this gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    Wow! What a read. I honestly don’t know where to start for this book review. Give me a moment . . . Okay, I don’t want to give any spoilers away so I’ll start out with why I liked this book. Easy, Mr. Hannibal consistently delivers fast-paced storytelling that grips you from page one. I don’t like to be bored when reading and he ensure I never am. This book is a standalone so you get all the info in one book and don’t have to worry about it spanning over a series. This book also has you guessing w Wow! What a read. I honestly don’t know where to start for this book review. Give me a moment . . . Okay, I don’t want to give any spoilers away so I’ll start out with why I liked this book. Easy, Mr. Hannibal consistently delivers fast-paced storytelling that grips you from page one. I don’t like to be bored when reading and he ensure I never am. This book is a standalone so you get all the info in one book and don’t have to worry about it spanning over a series. This book also has you guessing who is the betrayer. There are multiple twists and turns in this book that left my jaw hanging open. And when I got to the very end and read the author’s note, it made me rethink everything I just read. I know that sounds vague, but I truly don’t want to spoil anything. Just know this book is a must read. I give it 5 stars and I’ll continue to read Mr. Hannibal. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  16. 4 out of 5

    DiAnn

    James. R. Hannibal just gets better and better.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Hannibal's latest spy thriller contains the edge-of-your-seat suspense I've come to expect from him, but with a twist on the protagonist that I've not seen done in an espionage book. It weighed the story down at times, but it led to some poignant moments as well. The scenes between Ben and his mentor, for instance. Ben himself is an interesting character. At one point, he tells someone, "Don't be fooled by my confidence. It's a spy thing. Fake bravado. I don't have a plan. I have a loosely forme Hannibal's latest spy thriller contains the edge-of-your-seat suspense I've come to expect from him, but with a twist on the protagonist that I've not seen done in an espionage book. It weighed the story down at times, but it led to some poignant moments as well. The scenes between Ben and his mentor, for instance. Ben himself is an interesting character. At one point, he tells someone, "Don't be fooled by my confidence. It's a spy thing. Fake bravado. I don't have a plan. I have a loosely formed idea that will probably get us both killed." And that sums up his personality beautifully. He's a tenacious character with a loyal streak, and that's how he faces whatever the antagonist and his own people throw at him. It made for an interesting narrative as those aspects of his character are called into question and he is made to think that his loyalty is worthless. There's a sort of camaraderie in Hannibal's works that isn't fully absent here. Because the people Ben can call friends are few, the most memorable exchanges of dialogue occur between hostile characters. There's the sniper, Sensen: (I'll do my job. And when the bullet enters your skull, you'll know I had no choice."), Hale: ("Wake up, kid. It's over."), Dylan: ("You could've put a little less shock in your shock and awe."), and others I don't dare mention for spoilers. It made for a lot of moments in which I was cringing, inwardly laughing, or cheering someone on. However . . . The protagonist is based on an actual person, and this is where I felt the ending fell short. The two events did not reflect each other, and I felt shortchanged by a couple things that are loaded with spoilers. I suppose parts of the story might have been inspired by that individual, but it didn't stay true to that goal, as far as I saw. The narrative itself explores different sides of loyalty and betrayal and takes readers on a quest to stop a virus outbreak with a multidimensional cast of characters. Recommended for those who love suspense, characters with the odds stacked sky-high against them, and dry humor. I won an ARC of this book through a LibraryThing giveaway. A positive review was not required.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Once again, James R. Hannibal has given an exciting, action-packed, and unpredictable tale. I was never bored while reading this and, once it was over, was sad I did not have it to turn to every night. While I suspected some of the plot twists, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it all spin out of control. There was plenty of unexpected turns that kept me guessing the entire time. The suspense-action side of me appreciated this entire book. The spiritual content was masked to me. In reading the author Once again, James R. Hannibal has given an exciting, action-packed, and unpredictable tale. I was never bored while reading this and, once it was over, was sad I did not have it to turn to every night. While I suspected some of the plot twists, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it all spin out of control. There was plenty of unexpected turns that kept me guessing the entire time. The suspense-action side of me appreciated this entire book. The spiritual content was masked to me. In reading the author’s note at the end, I can now see the allegorical angle he was striving for, but as far as characters living out a Christian life, that was not really visible. I am not quite sure what to think about that angle, as only Christians will actually glean the intended message, and only if they are familiar with Job. Personally, I would have preferred the spiritual lessons to be more on-page than explained after the fact. There is some gore and killing that may bother some sensitive readers. It is not a romance, though there are some characters in love and some relationships the reader will probably end up rooting for. It was a thread that was steadily woven through the book but was not the focus since the main character was more focused on saving his life. *I received this book from Revell and happily provided my honest review*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The Paris Betrayal by James R Hannibal started out with a bang. So much so that I started to wonder if I was in the middle of a series. I was with Ben as we were trying to figure out who we could trust and who we couldn’t. Who was going to be the ‘betrayer’? Ben is trying to prove that he has not become a traitor. In the process he is fighting and fleeing both sides. I really liked Clara and was holding my breath to figure out which side she was going to land on. James writes action that is large The Paris Betrayal by James R Hannibal started out with a bang. So much so that I started to wonder if I was in the middle of a series. I was with Ben as we were trying to figure out who we could trust and who we couldn’t. Who was going to be the ‘betrayer’? Ben is trying to prove that he has not become a traitor. In the process he is fighting and fleeing both sides. I really liked Clara and was holding my breath to figure out which side she was going to land on. James writes action that is larger than life. It will make you feel like you are watching a movie in your head. If you know James’ background you will understand how he is able to write so much action. The author’s notes at the end of the book really brings the book home for me. I didn’t pick up on the biblical reference so it makes me want to read it again with that knowledge. And the author explains how he was almost done with the book when covid hit and how he had to tweak the book a little. I recommend all of James’ books and this one is another keeper. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Action, danger, and intrigue begin in the first pages and they never let up in this thrilling suspense novel by James R. Hannibal. Ben Calix is a spy, and he is totally dedicated to serving, but he soon learns that giving your all may not be enough. Ben is exposed to a deadly virus, and the descriptions of his symptoms hit very close to home! Hannibal shares in his author notes that this manuscript was 85 per cent completed when Covid 19 entered our world. Along with a deadly illness, Ben also f Action, danger, and intrigue begin in the first pages and they never let up in this thrilling suspense novel by James R. Hannibal. Ben Calix is a spy, and he is totally dedicated to serving, but he soon learns that giving your all may not be enough. Ben is exposed to a deadly virus, and the descriptions of his symptoms hit very close to home! Hannibal shares in his author notes that this manuscript was 85 per cent completed when Covid 19 entered our world. Along with a deadly illness, Ben also faces being labeled incompetent and being banned for severance. It appears that everything and everyone has turned against him, including his own Director. "You volunteered." The Director drew in the air with an imaginary pen. "You signed your life over to me, so I could create something new. And for my part, I housed you. I fed you. I trained you. I made you, son. And I can unmake you at my pleasure." I don't often read spy thrillers but this book grabbed my attention from the get-go with its fascinating characters and unpredictable plot. Hannibal throws several curve balls in The Paris Betrayal, and he definitely gives readers a wild ride! I received a copy of this book from Revell. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Duncan

    THE PARIS BETRAYAL by James R. Hannibal is one of the best books I’ve read in years! I loved it. But then again, I love spy novels. This is not a sweet and gentle read. If that’s what you enjoy, this isn’t the book for you. But if you like mystery and lots of action, you’ll love this book. There’s twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end. My one complaint is that it doesn’t have a strong spiritual component to the story. But being able to read a good spy novel without havi THE PARIS BETRAYAL by James R. Hannibal is one of the best books I’ve read in years! I loved it. But then again, I love spy novels. This is not a sweet and gentle read. If that’s what you enjoy, this isn’t the book for you. But if you like mystery and lots of action, you’ll love this book. There’s twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end. My one complaint is that it doesn’t have a strong spiritual component to the story. But being able to read a good spy novel without having to skip every other word because they’re objectionable is a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Agnes-Crockett

    Synopsis After a false lead in Rome proves disastrous to his mission, Company Agent Ben Calix returns to his home in Paris to awaits his next orders. Unfortunately, they never come. While fleeing his compromised apartment, Ben runs into Clara, a Dachshund-toting neighbor who has been asking Ben out for months. Rather than going on the coffee date Ben has been avoiding, the two are thrust together in an international operation, fleeing Company snipers and crooked agents while working to exonerate Synopsis After a false lead in Rome proves disastrous to his mission, Company Agent Ben Calix returns to his home in Paris to awaits his next orders. Unfortunately, they never come. While fleeing his compromised apartment, Ben runs into Clara, a Dachshund-toting neighbor who has been asking Ben out for months. Rather than going on the coffee date Ben has been avoiding, the two are thrust together in an international operation, fleeing Company snipers and crooked agents while working to exonerate Ben and avert a manmade pandemic. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, through the Revell Reads program. Content Advisory The book certainly contained its fair share of violence, with one scene in particular that struck me as graphic. (Emphasis on me— as I mentioned, I’m new to the genre.) On one hand, I get that this is a spy novel, so violence, to one degree or another “goes with the territory.” On the other hand, I think that the amount of violence, coupled with Ben’s desensitized perspective, felt like a bit much. This isn’t to say that I would “un-recommend” the book on this ground. In so many ways (perhaps violence included), it is SO MUCH CLEANER than books I see that are tailored to a younger (YA) audience. However, for those who like to know what content they may be exposed to, the violence is worth a mention, especially because this is a Christian book. First Impression This was my first time reading a spy novel. As my introduction to spy stories, I noticed that the book was much more strongly plot-driven than character-driven. In the beginning of the story, my “connection” with the text was more based on my desire to understand what was going on. I plowed on, although I was a little bit frustrated with how confusing things were, at first. However, once I reached the 1/3 point, I was hooked! Characterization Insofar as I’m more used to books that emphasize character-development over plot, I had a bit of difficulty connecting with the characters. I noted that, based on my (very little) experience with the genre via film, it the book started off with a “James Bond” feel, in that the character seemed to be a lady’s man. I was actually a little concerned that the female characters would function more as accessories for the main character. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case with the main female character, Clara. The protagonist, Ben made some questionable choices, which also affected my sympathy for him. However, based on the author’s note, I think that Ben’s characterization as a spy was meant to show him making human choices, given the situations he faced (and given the author’s overarching purpose— also addressed in the Author’s Note). Something I really enjoyed, as far as characterization goes, was the internal coaching Ben would give himself, parroting the words of his former instructor, Hale. I liked that we got to “know” the character, simply through the lens of Ben’s thoughts. Hale also really seemed to know what he was talking about, which attests to the author’s personal experience and knowledge. Author’s Background As mentioned in the Author’s Note, Hannibal has experience as a “spy,” although he didn’t consider himself a spy. With that said, I really appreciated that Hannibal has such a strong grasp on his content. While I don’t expect authors to always have life experience in the field they’re describing, I want to feel that they at least did their research. I have found that when an aspect of a book is under-researched/oversimplified to the reader, it undermines the book’s credibility, for me. Not so in Hannibal’s case! Thanks to the way that Hannibal characterizes Hale as an authority in the field (and Ben bases most of his decisions on Hale’s instructions), I felt that the book was quite believable. Spiritual Elements With the exception of a few vague references to faith scattered throughout the story, I didn’t really spot a lot of spiritual content, at first. In fact, I was beginning to think that the novel was characterized as Christian simply because it was clean (some kissing; very little emphasis on romance— although the level of violence surprised me a little). However, as I closed in on the ending, I realized what the author had been doing throughout the text. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that, by the end of the text, the (subtle) spiritual undertones plus the plot resulted in a “mind blown!” experience. It definitely left me thinking. Overall Impression: On a philosophical level, this book had a lot more depth than I expected, as there is more going on “behind” the plot. While I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to someone who is wanting to learn more about Christianity, I would recommend this to Christians (and even to non-Christians, since the spiritual elements aren’t heavy handed.) Although it took me awhile to get into the book, I am very glad to have read it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Buckle up for this riveting, fast-paced thrill ride. I felt as if I were in a movie, like Mission Impossible. Ben and his crew are assigned a task in Paris. It is supposed to be a dangerous but straight forward assignment. But things do not go according to play which has Ben and his fellow team-mates on the run for their lives and wondering what happened? Who gave them the bad intel? Everyone is under suspicion. This author is a former Air Force pilot. His instructor told them that they were in Buckle up for this riveting, fast-paced thrill ride. I felt as if I were in a movie, like Mission Impossible. Ben and his crew are assigned a task in Paris. It is supposed to be a dangerous but straight forward assignment. But things do not go according to play which has Ben and his fellow team-mates on the run for their lives and wondering what happened? Who gave them the bad intel? Everyone is under suspicion. This author is a former Air Force pilot. His instructor told them that they were in essence spies, which gave him insight into this spy drama and main character. I appreciated Ben’s determination to get to the truth of the matter. He did not do what they accused him of. This is an all too real scenario as the author notes states he was 85 % done with this novel when the Covid-19 virus hit. It caused him to make a few changes to the story line. The author says, “Ben Calix is based upon the biblical Job, who experienced great physical suffering through a disease covering his whole body, so I didn’t feel I could drop the bioweapon portion of the mega bomb/bioweapon combo I had developed. But I did my utmost to make changes that would prevent the story from hitting anyone too close to home.” The author has short chapters which help move the story along and keep the tension high throughout. When I read the author notes the whole book fell into place for me. I had thought it was an allegory, but I was not quite sure what he was emphasizing. This is a novel that quickly draws readers in and is filled with surprised, twists and turns that will have you burning the midnight oil. It is a page turner. This would be an amazing read and one that would work well for your next book club pick. There is so much to talk about. This is the first book I have read by this author it will not be the last. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  24. 5 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    A tightly-constructed, topical plot set in Europe . . . This story, the characters, and the European settings held me captive from page one until the unexpected conclusion! As a great fan of Christian romantic suspense and Christian thrillers, I feel this book has many of the elements required to make a fantastic read. This author does not waste a single scene in building his story. Everything you need to know is revealed—in his own good time. Mr. Hannibal respects his reader's intellect by backin A tightly-constructed, topical plot set in Europe . . . This story, the characters, and the European settings held me captive from page one until the unexpected conclusion! As a great fan of Christian romantic suspense and Christian thrillers, I feel this book has many of the elements required to make a fantastic read. This author does not waste a single scene in building his story. Everything you need to know is revealed—in his own good time. Mr. Hannibal respects his reader's intellect by backing up all of his plot details with scientific evidence that leads one to believe, or doubt, that the things which occur in the story might really happen. The male lead, Ben Calix, is an honest, hard-working spy who gets caught up in a dramatic plot involving lots of physical action, cat-and-mouse games, questionable ethics, technology, and shady characters who he thinks he can trust—or can he? Besides Ben Calix, there is a strong, intelligent female character who I felt ended up making all the difference in moving the plot forward in many stages of the story. I personally enjoy stories where canine friends contribute to the story by assisting their human partners or by offering some comic relief at tense times. A loyal dachshund named Otto was a valuable asset in the circle of main characters for this book. Can an inanimate object become a character in a story? To me, the most unique and intriguing character in the story was Ben's backpack. With its plethora of varied tools, gadgets, and everyday DIY materials, it was a source of great interest for this reader as I often wondered, "What else has he got in there?" I felt the faith element in the storyline was weak, and there is a lot of hand-to-hand type violence in some of the scenes. Overall, the book is completely clean in language and content. I received a paperback copy of this book from Revell through Interviews and Reviews. All of my thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely my own. ##################

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Cole

    Action, suspense and a little romance on the side is the perfect summer read for me! James R. Hannibal delivers just that with The Paris Betrayal! This is the second book I have read by James and there will be many more! (As of this writing you can get a free e-book rental of The Gryphon Heist is you are an amazon prime member) There is plenty of action, twists and turns and many unexpected reveals as well! From the first page, I was reluctant to put the book down because I did not want to miss a Action, suspense and a little romance on the side is the perfect summer read for me! James R. Hannibal delivers just that with The Paris Betrayal! This is the second book I have read by James and there will be many more! (As of this writing you can get a free e-book rental of The Gryphon Heist is you are an amazon prime member) There is plenty of action, twists and turns and many unexpected reveals as well! From the first page, I was reluctant to put the book down because I did not want to miss anything that Ben faced while trying to clear his name, find his neighbor and save the world! Ben is a covert agent who is cut off from this company – and he will do anything to get back in their good graces for the wrong doing. Along on the adventure is Clara his apartment neighbor who just wanted to have a cup of coffee. Clara is adorable, smart and a greta overall character! She add a lot to the story overall! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one!! Note: In accordance with FTC guidelines, MHM Buzz will always disclose where books being reviewed originate. Often, we review books provided for free by publishers, whether ARC’s (advanced reading copies) or post-publication. However, MHM Buzz does not, nor do any of its book review authors, receive any compensation for reviews. All book reviews are voluntary, my personal opinion and not required for receipt of the book. Categories:

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a thrilling, heart pounding read! This book starts off with a bang and it doesn't let up once during this fast paced, exciting story. I very much enjoyed my introduction to a James R Hannibal story. I literally could not put this one down, because I had to know what happened next! There were several twists in the book, that shocked me and at least one jaw-dropping moment that took me totally by surprise. My favorite element of the book were the humorous lines. James wove in a bit of humor t What a thrilling, heart pounding read! This book starts off with a bang and it doesn't let up once during this fast paced, exciting story. I very much enjoyed my introduction to a James R Hannibal story. I literally could not put this one down, because I had to know what happened next! There were several twists in the book, that shocked me and at least one jaw-dropping moment that took me totally by surprise. My favorite element of the book were the humorous lines. James wove in a bit of humor throughout the book which I really liked. If you enjoy fast paced, thrilling drama don't miss this one! I received this book for review and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    “Stop asking what you deserve, Ben. Try asking, what is my purpose?” If you are looking for a smart spy thriller with plenty of unexpected twists, a compelling page-turner with a Christian worldview, and a setting that races you through Europe and beyond—this could be for you! It’s no shock to learn the author is a former stealth-bomber pilot who has seen his share of action. He writes excellent suspense with vivid detail as we witness his spy protagonist, Ben Calix, navigating betrayal by the Co “Stop asking what you deserve, Ben. Try asking, what is my purpose?” If you are looking for a smart spy thriller with plenty of unexpected twists, a compelling page-turner with a Christian worldview, and a setting that races you through Europe and beyond—this could be for you! It’s no shock to learn the author is a former stealth-bomber pilot who has seen his share of action. He writes excellent suspense with vivid detail as we witness his spy protagonist, Ben Calix, navigating betrayal by the Company he works for and those he thought he knew. Bioweapons, deception, intrigue, and serious Jason Bourne vibes make for a riveting read. I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal is a stand-alone modern-day suspense novel. Ben Calix has been abandoned by his covert agency. Now on his own without all his fancy resources he must try to stop a bio attack. This story starts off with a bang in Rome and moves to the beautiful city of Paris. It’s a non-stop, James Bond kind of story. Never knowing who you can trust made each new person in the story a potential liability. Without the resources you need how are you to save the world? I real The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal is a stand-alone modern-day suspense novel. Ben Calix has been abandoned by his covert agency. Now on his own without all his fancy resources he must try to stop a bio attack. This story starts off with a bang in Rome and moves to the beautiful city of Paris. It’s a non-stop, James Bond kind of story. Never knowing who you can trust made each new person in the story a potential liability. Without the resources you need how are you to save the world? I really enjoy Mr. Hannibal’s ability to weave an intriguing tale without becoming just another action story! If you love heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat suspense then pick up a copy of The Paris Betrayal. You won’t be disappointed! I received this book from the author for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Brackbill

    The Paris Betrayal was a wild ride and I loved every minute of it! If you enjoy spy books and movies, this needs to be next on your list. I finished it in less than two days, reading it at every opportunity. The author did a brilliant job of making the reader really question what was going on (it’s difficult to elaborate without giving spoilers) despite knowing the truth – which is exactly what the main character is feeling – and it left me wanting a sequel! I’d definitely see the movie if this The Paris Betrayal was a wild ride and I loved every minute of it! If you enjoy spy books and movies, this needs to be next on your list. I finished it in less than two days, reading it at every opportunity. The author did a brilliant job of making the reader really question what was going on (it’s difficult to elaborate without giving spoilers) despite knowing the truth – which is exactly what the main character is feeling – and it left me wanting a sequel! I’d definitely see the movie if this ever became one. The Paris Betrayal is thrilling, suspenseful, and relevant for today’s world.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jody Joy

    Action, thrills, and chills with this spy thriller. It started at a fast pace and never slowed down. I could not put it down. This is my first book by James Hannibal, and it will not be my last. I felt Ben got a very raw deal, his character was quite easy to like and to root for his success. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast-paced thriller. I would like to thank Revell for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of Action, thrills, and chills with this spy thriller. It started at a fast pace and never slowed down. I could not put it down. This is my first book by James Hannibal, and it will not be my last. I felt Ben got a very raw deal, his character was quite easy to like and to root for his success. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast-paced thriller. I would like to thank Revell for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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