Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: I.N.E.T., Book Two
SERIES: I.N.E.T.: International Narcotics Enforcement & Tracking #2
AUTHOR: Brenda Cothern
PUBLISHER: Wench Publishing, Inc.
RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2016
This is book 2 in the I.N.E.T. series and is not a stand-alone novel.
Rob ‘Zep’ Zepple loved working for INET and was never afraid to go undercover to bust the drug dealers who polluted the world. In fact, there was only one thing, one person, who scared him senseless. That was Spider, the bully from his youth.
Spider started working for ATF after graduating college, but he still managed to keep tabs on the man he bullied since they were kids in grade school. There wasn’t a single day that Spider didn’t regret what he’d done to Rob Zepple when they were younger.
When they are thrown together again to back up one of Zep’s coworkers, Spider makes it his goal to convince Zep that he’s a changed man.
But for that to happen, Zep must overcome his fear and sometimes there is a good reason to be afraid.
I really enjoyed this book. It continues the story of our characters from Book One, and adds in some other characters along the way.
Knight and Slade are back, and the story this time moves to an undercover operation with a motorcycle gang in Florida. Slade, along with another agent, Lita, also from I.N.E.T., join forces with an agent from ATF named Spider. I can’t remember if mention of Spider came up in the first book because it has been awhile since I read it, but Spider is the nemesis of another agent at I.N.E.T. named Zep. It turns out that Spider bullied Zep when they were kids. Zep has lived in fear of the guy since then, and Spider knows it. There are always two sides to a story though, and the story from the other side is completely different. No spoilers though.
The current installment follows along as Slade, Lita and Spider go undercover with the Satan’s Blades MC, to help out another I.N.E.T. agent, Payne, who I believe we met in book one as well. He has been undercover for two years with the Blades, but has sent a 911 to I.N.E.T. needing help and possible extraction. As a backup team, Knight, Zep and Hunter are also in town with “James Bond” level surveillance equipment. What will happen when Zep and Spider are thrown together?
Ms. Cothern did a good job at describing the MC and its members, as well as the undercover agents. I found the story to be a believable and easy read…which I refused to stop in the middle of. I believe Ms. Cothern’s writing skills get better with every book she writes and I’ve enjoyed them all.
One note, it turns out that I missed a book she released this summer which told the story of an ICE agent who is also undercover with the Blades. Having that backstory wasn’t essential to this read, but I’m definitely going back and reading it now!
I highly recommend the book. You could probably read this one without the first one, but you’d be missing a lot of background, so I’d recommend reading them in order. The author also clearly states in her blurb that it is not a standalone.