On the Loose is
tough to believe in.
Amid plenty of plotting and confusion, events in South America,
spies and more, the central idea - that the government blackmails socialite Honey
York to deliver drugs, money and guns
to some rebels - just didn’t work for me. Yes, reasons are given
as to why she is chosen, but I just can’t see it myself.
Hero C. Smith Rydell, a
special forces soldier, who Honey has met (and slept with) before, is sent to be her bodyguard.
reacquaint themselves - in the back of a jeep - before too long. A few side plots include ‘goodie’ drug runner Alejandro Campos, a
group of nuns, a ‘baddie’ drug runner and a Russian female assassin, all interwoven throughout the tale.
Although On the Loose is a reasonable read, I was never convinced by
events. It just doesn't ring true that the government would enable someone like Paris Hilton
to go into the
jungle to negotiate with drug dealers - or that Honey would manage so well.
Also, some of the secondary characters (particularly
Alejandro Campos) are more interesting than the primary. This
is part of a series (although it’s the first I’ve read, and it was easy
enough to follow the backstory), but I’m not particularly inspired to
read any others by this author after this offering.