I received this book free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The King Maker by Susan Frances
Published by Champagne Books on November 7, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Author
When American pilot, Steve McKenna is murdered, he takes with him secrets about an international crime ring. Secrets that he only reveals to his friend, Cullen Danes.
An investigator for the British Aviation Ministry, Cullen is determined to find his friend’s killer, but his life is in danger when the crime ring’s operatives learn he knows secrets that can expose them. Cullen’s rescuer is a woman whom he meets at the International Aviation Convention, Nina Holt. She proves to save his life in more ways than one and together, they uncover a labyrinth of illicit activities that involves government officials, bank executives and global industrialists.
Nina and Cullen’s true test comes when he asks her to take a leap of faith. Torn between jumping into the unknown or remaining with her family, Nina has to decide whether to take the biggest risk of her life. That is if the King Maker does not have them killed.
Steve McKenna, an American pilot, is found with two bullets in his back at Faversham Airport in England. He and his family resided in Northampton, Massachusetts; however, his job as a staff pilot at Bloomfield Airport often brought him to England. Authorities are left with no leads as to his killer could possibly be except for some stolen credit cards that were found in McKenna’s locker at Faversham Airport.
Questioned by authorities, McKenna’s friend of 5 years, Cullen Danes refuses to accept that his friend could have ever been involved in any sort of criminal activity and decides to assist in any way he can in the investigation. After meeting Nina Holt at the International Aviation Convention, she ends up assisting him and being quite the life saver after he unavoidably becomes a target by the same individuals responsible for the death of his longtime friend. As the romance between these two grows, the danger and risk involved continues to grow as well.
This was quite a detailed and intricate storyline, The King Maker surprised me with how much I ended up enjoying it. You’ve got an international crime ring, a murder mystery, and a romance to boot. What more could you ask for?
I think the author did quite well in not making a storyline with multiple characters too hard to follow; each character was an integral part in the overall storyline and didn’t end up getting lost in the shuffle. The storyline ended leaving a continuation a possible option and I look forward to reading more from future Susan Frances books.