Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Take the Bai Road by Erika Mitchell

About Take the Bai Road

After the events of Bai Tide, CIA case officer Bai Hsu is safely tucked away at Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Bored and frustrated, he’s starting to doubt he’ll ever return to the field until he’s given a difficult new assignment: Track and investigate the mysterious Ghost Cartel, who may or may not already have hooks in our government.

With secrecy of the utmost importance, Bai accepts the mission even though he knows he’ll be out in the cold. With no official cover, no backup, and no resources, Bai has no choice but to infiltrate a shadowy organization few know anything about.

Tangled in a conspiracy that will pit him against warring cartels in Mexico, this is Bai’s most impossible mission to date. It will test him, make him question himself and the organization he works for, and ultimately rip away everything that’s ever mattered to him.

I enjoyed the first book in this series so was excited to read more! Six months have passed since the first book and CIA case officer Bai Hsu is bored behind the desk. He's offered a new assignment which is top secret and incredibly dangerous so of course he accepts!

I am definitely not spy material since a nice, safe life is incredibly appealing to me. I'm glad there are people like Bai, though, who are willing to live the dangerous life. Bai is an interesting character to hang out with. He doesn't have any attachments to people so he's in a good line of work. He reads people well and has a good handle on which ones he can trust. He was put in lots of tough situations and it was interesting to see how he handled them.

This book held my attention from the beginning and I loved the pacing of it. I wasn't clear at all on what was happening so I had to keep reading to get the big picture. My only complaint is that there was more language than I personally prefer reading (including a handful of "f" words). I enjoy the author's writing style and that, while the storyline is complex, it doesn't become confusing. If you enjoy thrillers, this is a book and series you will want to read!

My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way

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About Erika Mitchell

Erika Mitchell is the author of Blood Money, a standalone novel about one accountant’s efforts to take down a terrorism financier, and Bai Tide, the first book in her Bai Hsu series. Erika uses her lifelong passion for espionage to infuse her stories with the fun and intrigue of the James Bond movies she grew up watching, and sets those stories in ripped-from-the-headlines locations around the globe. When she’s not writing, she’s raising two tiny spies-in-training with her husband in Seattle, WA.

Find out more about Erika at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. You can also read her blog at

Tour Stops

Monday, July 3rd: Writing and Running Through Life
Tuesday, July 4th: Back Porchervations
Tuesday, July 4th: My Journey Back
Wednesday, July 5th: Mel’s Shelves
Thursday, July 6th: Man of La Book
Friday, July 7th: Clues & Reviews
Friday, July 7th: Helen’s Book Blog
Monday, July 17th: From the TBR Pile


Erika Mitchell said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! If it makes you feel better, I did struggle with the profanity in this one. It features a lot of very bad people under stress, so I had to straddle the line between the appropriate amount of profanity and a realistic amount. Thank you for your kind review!

Melanie said...

Thanks for explaining that, Erika! It took my by surprise because it was so different than your first book. It did feel realistic, though (but I still don't like it, haha). I was glad that the second half didn't have too much language in it, so thanks for that!

Erika Mitchell said...

Of course!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm not spy material either, but I do love reading about those who are - it's all very exciting!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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