Book Review and Giveaway: Fatal Code (The SNAP Agency Series, #2) by Natalie Walters

FATAL CODE
The SNAP Agency Series, Book 2
by
NATALIE WALTERS
Fiction / Christian / Suspense / Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: May 1, 2022
Number of Pages: 320 pages
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In 1964, a group of scientists called the Los Alamos Five came close to finishing a nuclear energy project for the United States government when they were abruptly disbanded. Now the granddaughter of one of those five scientists, aerospace engineer Elinor Mitchell, discovers that she has highly sensitive information on the project in her possession–and a target on her back.
SNAP agent and former Navy cryptologist Kekoa Young is tasked with monitoring Elinor. This is both convenient since she’s his neighbor in Washington, DC, and decidedly inconvenient because . . . well, he kind of likes her.
As Elinor follows the clues her grandfather left behind to a top-secret nuclear project, Kekoa has no choice but to step in. When Elinor learns he has been spying on her, she’s crushed. But with danger closing in on all sides, she’ll have to trust him to ensure her discoveries stay out of enemy hands.
Natalie Walters sucks you into the global race for space domination in this perfectly paced second installment of her SNAP Agency romantic suspense series.
PRAISE FOR FATAL CODE:
Fatal Code is reminiscent of cold war spy thrillers and riveted me to the page as I rooted for Kekoa and Elinor to expose secrets, survive danger, and fall in love.” — Elizabeth Goddard, bestselling author of the Rocky Mountain Courage series

“Warning: once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down!” — Andrew Huff, author of the Shepherd Suspense series

“Enough suspense to make you need warm milk and a cozy blanket to calm you down.” — Jaime Jo Wright, author of The Souls of Lost Lake and the Christy award-winning novel The House on Foster Hill
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Fatal Code is the second in Natalie Walters’ SNAP Agency series. I haven’t read the first, but after reading this one, you better believe I’m going to to grab it.

Buckle up, y’all! This book takes off right out of the gate and doesn’t slow down. Elinor, an aerospace engineer, is grieving the death of her grandfather who practically raised her, hanging onto the journals he left her. But when she discovers some secret codes in the journals, she knows they’re a puzzle she has to solve. Kekoa is part of the SNAP Agency, and they’ve been tasked with investigating leaks at the company where Elinor works. Everything seems to point to Elinor as the leak, and Kekoa is tagged to monitor her. As he gets to know Elinor, though, and finds himself rescuing her from hazardous situations, he can’t reconcile what he’s seeing with what the data is telling him.

I couldn’t even tell you which character I liked more. Elinor is my kind of girl. She’s incredibly intelligent, unabashedly nerdy, and a genuinely decent human being. And Kekoa? I want to hug him and hang out with his family and have some of those “ono grindz” they kept talking about. (I’m pretty sure that means tasty, tasty food. If only the book came with recipes….) He’s smart, and he doesn’t see himself as a protector, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Elinor safe. They’re both delightfully three-dimensional, and they aren’t perfect. Elinor hesitates to let anyone get close to her. Kekoa is battling the guilt he feels over his younger brother’s death several years earlier. They’re all the more real and relatable by having to work through issues that their pasts have left them with.

And as I would expect in Christian fiction, both Elinor and Kekoa rely on their faith to help them in difficult times! Elinor often recalls “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” one of the hymns her grandfather would sing to her. I love having a good old-fashioned hymn woven into a story. Walters doesn’t just pay lip service to faith in Christ. Her characters are living it out. The language is clean, and the romance is, too, and I appreciate that.

But don’t think this is some precious, too sweet for words story. It is a butt-kickin’ thrill ride of a suspense read. There are two mystery storylines to try to sort out – one, what the codes in Elinor’s grandfather’s journals mean, and two, who is leaking information on the top secret project and trying to case Elinor as the source. Walters does a great job in laying down hints and clues that take you first one way, then another, and in keeping the tension almost constant. I didn’t peg the identity of the leak until she laid it out, and I do love books that keep me guessing until the end.

To sum up, if you love a clean slow burn romance, a good redemption story, and suspense that just never stops, get your hands on Fatal Code. Bonus that it let me learn about Hawaiian culture and nerdy tech stuff. It’s a five-star read for me, and Natalie Walters has added herself to my favorite authors list.


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Natalie Walters is the author of Lights Out, as well as the Harbored Secrets series. A military wife, she currently resides in Texas with her soldier husband and is the proud mom of three. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, and connecting with readers.
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