Liar's Legacy

Liar's Legacy

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They were born in the shadows. Schooled in espionage. Taught to kill and trained to disappear. In this captivating masterwork from bestselling author Taylor Stevens, elusive twins Jack and Jill take the global spy game to electric levels.The assassin broker is dead. The power void has left the network he controlled without restraints, and the world's deadliest killers free to pursue their own vendettas and political agendas. The United States government, unwilling to risk upheaval and global chaos, has mobilized killers of its own to preemptively hunt down and destroy each potential threat. Among the most dangerous on that list are Jack and Jill. Often estranged--always connected by a legacy they can't escape - the siblings have eluded many who want them dead. As they board a flight to Berlin hoping to meet the father they've never known, they suspect a trap. What they can't predict is how far a high-level Russian operation will go to secure their skills, or how hard the U.S. operatives sent to stop them will fight to assassinate them first. For the twins, resistance and cooperation both mean death. Caught between two superpowers with unlimited resources and unable to trust each other, brother and sister will match wit against skill in a life-threatening chase across Europe, back to the United States, and into an unholy alliance that could change the balance of global power forever. Filled with pulse-pounding tension, blistering action, and intense human drama, Liars' Legacy is world-class intrigue at its best. -- Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Kensington Books,, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781496718655
1496718658
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm

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Dec 22, 2019

"……and in the end turn the murky dangerous world of assassins into a free for all. An assassins ball so to speak. It would be fun to watch. From a distance, a very great distance.” I’m quoting from my review of Liar’s Paradox, the first book in Taylor Steven’s Jack and Jill series.
I was right, for in Liar’s Legacy the death of the broker, the controller of most of the world’s assassins-for-hire has turned the assassins’ world into a killing free for all. This on the part of the assassins themselves and on the governments who in the past made use of their skills.
The US government has decided to go after the assassins, terrified of the mischief they could wreak, killing off the people they helped create.
In the first quarter of the book, passengers board a flight from Dallas to Frankfurt. An inordinate number of killers are on board, the killers and those to be killed, oh wait, each is both. A regular assassin’s ball. No one, including the reader knows who is whom until bodies start dropping.
Identical, fraternal twins) Jack and Jill are on the flight, but they just want to be left alone. They are heading to Germany to meet with a high level Russian intelligence operative, their putative father, Dmitry. Oddly enough, Russian intelligence decides to interfere and the story takes a much darker turn.
Clara their trainer, their torturer, their abuser, their loving mom is currently missing from their lives. They don’t know if Clara is busy elsewhere, dead, or busy pulling everyone’s strings.
The twins are not left totally alone; the receive assistance from some surprising sources.
Taylor manages to ratchet up the confusion, suspense, and the feeling of being in free-fall; usually with the reader having no idea of what will happen next. What a ride, baby, what a ride.
The Liar books seem like an education in all aspects of the art of black ops. Liar’s Legacy is much better with the detailing and planning than I have read in so many other thrillers.
There are shocking turns that leave me applauding the audacity of Liar’s Legacy. Rescue isn’t always an option. Very bad things do happen in real life.
I think many readers and/or reviewers might ding Liar’s Legacy for the first 20% or so for being confusing. I think that is the whole point, no one knows what is going on, including the American intelligence control team back in DC, so why should the reader? Fog of war and all that.
The war room operatives have access to amazing – once again finely detailed in Stevens’ books- scary technology. The DC controllers are either just as confused or are purposely holding back information from their own people on the ground and in the air.
Stevens refers to the twins as Jack and Jill, but other characters know them by other names, John and Julia. It was disconcerting at first to understand who was being referred to on the name switch as there was no smooth transition.
Jack and Jill are still damaged by their upbringing, but they are trying to learn to trust themselves, each other, and possible allies.
A fast-paced adventure, Liar’s Legacy, rarely lets up on the story of betrayal, lies, death and loyalty.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
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