The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter

The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine CoulterThe Devil's Triangle by Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison
on March 14th 2017
Genres: Thriller
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
two-half-stars

From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Catherine Coulter, the thrilling new novel in the remarkable series featuring Nicholas Drummond and Mike Caine. 
FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine have a new mandate as the government’s Covert Eyes, assembling a handpicked team of top-notch agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens to tear the fledgling team apart when the enigmatic thief known as the Fox reappears with a plea for help.
Master thief Kitsune has stolen the staff of Moses from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now that she’s delivered, her clients are trying to kill her. On the run, she asks Nicholas and Mike to help her discover the true identity of her clients and stop the threat against her life. Under strict orders to arrest the Fox and bring her back to New York, the Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to meet with Kitsune, and finds nothing is as it seems. Kitsune’s secret clients are the Koaths, a family descended from Moses himself, who will do anything, anything, to find Ark of the Covenant and wield its power, as their long and bloody history can attest. To execute their plan, they’ve spent years perfecting a machine that can control the weather, manipulating worldwide disasters that spin the entire globe into chaos.
From New York to Venice, from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop the Koaths and recover the famous Ark of the Covenant. But can they trust Kitsune, their sworn enemy, to help them save the world from a family of madmen?

On the face of it, the premise of The Devil’s Triangle seemed interesting enough – FBI agents teaming with a thief of a priceless artifact to uncover the mystery of a family of self-important lunatics who want to uncover some other ancient artifact so they can do something or other. There’s pseudo-science, mystical hand-waving, conspiracies, and the Bermuda Triangle thrown in for good measure.

I haven’t read any of Catherine Coulter’s previous books, but the synopsis of this book reminded me of authors like Andy McDermott’s Wilde and Chase series, which I have a sort of love-hate relationship with. I was hoping for more rollicking adventure than strict FBI-based thriller, given the frankly silly premise. I found that the two main characters were really not that interesting, and while the ‘bad guys’ – the crazy rich (in both senses) people bent on world domination – were suitably psychopathic, I just found it hard to connect with the whole story.

There were some entertaining and well-written action scenes, but I thought the whole pseudo-science/conspiracy stuff bogged down the rest of the plot, and I wound up just skipping over a lot of the waffle. On top of that I thought that the FBI guys seemed to act with carte blanche, in a world where I think that would be unrealistic.

I suppose it is rather unkind to say, but towards the end – having forgotten the details of the author temporarily – I was wondering whether this was a low-rent self-published book, it just had that unpolished feel to it for me. I did not finish this book, I tapped out at about 80% of the way through, I just couldn’t take it any more. I think that the book was trying to be too many things to too many different audiences, and if it had focused on being an over-the-top action adventure it would have made easier reading. Perhaps fans of this series and author will like this book, but I felt that it lacked sufficient realism to draw me into its world. I read a lot of trashy fiction, particularly in this genre, but I like to be entertained by what I’m reading, and that is ultimately where I feel The Devil’s Triangle failed for me.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

 

two-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
two-half-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

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