Trevor Willis, an FBI consultant, has a huge target on his back. Having put one of the most powerful heroin dealers in the country behind bars, Trevor has the dealer’s father—drug lord Don Francisco Morales—after him and pretty much anyone he’s ever said “hi” to. This ruthless vendetta on the part of the Morales cartel begins a fast-paced sequence of events that keeps Trevor, and the reader, on their toes.
Fuller captures the chaos one would image would come about when a drug lord is really ticked off, at times feeling like a Jason Bourne don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-something experience. The reader is taken to the cool climes of the Pacific Northwest and then plunged into the mysterious, dank jungles of South America—indicative of the abrupt about-faces Trevor must make to avoid Morales and those paid to kill him.
Woven through the telling of this frenzied pursuit, though, is a tender love story between Trevor and his assistant, Dani Carpenter. Few couples are required to test their loyalty as Trevor and Dani, and their relationship provides both poignant and humorous moments of relief in this fast moving tale. Other loyalties are tested as both Trevor and Dani must learn who they can trust and who they must protect at all cost—namely the young daughter of one of Trevor’s employees. With guidance from the Spirit—something Trevor is newly acquainted with as a recent convert to the LDS church—Trevor learns a lesson even all his FBI training hasn’t taught him . . . how to trust God.
If you are left wanting to know more about the interesting characters in Code Name Scorpion—good news! Though this is a stand-alone novel, many of these characters are introduced in Fuller’s previous novel, A Strand of Doubt. But will Trevor and Dani have more adventures? I hope so—they don’t seem the type of characters to just settle down to a quiet life.
This was an intriguing story. It was a little confusing and slow at the beginning, but then it picked up pace and got very exciting. It was nice to see the relationship between Trevor and Dani develop slowly instead of instant attraction. It was clean which is always a bonus. I was a little confused at the beginning with the whole suspense aspect because after the first bit we didn't hear anything else about it until the trial, then everything exploded into an action packed story that kept me turning pages until the very end.