Review of ‘Counting to zero’ by AJ Quinn

I’ve read some books by this author and for me they get an average rating of 3 or 4 stars. The book description called my attention so I decided to give it a try.
Paxton James, a genius hacker, is called to join a task force coordinated by NSA agent Dr. Emma Thorpe to combat a series of cyber attacks that threatens national security. Needless is to say that dark, handsome and maverick Paxton gets romantically involved with blonde, beautiful and law-abiding Emma. So far so good.
One issue that I have with this book is that it sometimes turns too unrealistic for my taste. It’s a bit like watching a James Bond movie where the hero dodges any imaginable attack almost unscathed. So be prepared to take your suspension of disbelief to the limits in order to enjoy the story.
The other issue I have is that the romantic involvement between the main characters, Emma (the boss) and Paxton (the alleged subordinate) seems, at the very least, a bit unprofessional. I”m not going to get into detail as I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but let me say that sometimes their behaviour doesn’t seem characteristic of two people who are responsible of defending their nation from an imminent major terrorist attack.
Overall, an ok read. 3.5 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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