A field operative for Athena Ops, a super-secret arm of the US Government, Ari Cohen is one of the best. When he receives information that seems to show reclusive millionaire Pieter Stangl involved in human trafficking, he’s suspicious. Known in criminal circles as The Raven, Stangl hardly seems the type to conduct such an operation in broad daylight where he knows satellites are likely to pick it up.
Cohen is assigned to track The Raven down and end his operation, but soon discovers that there is more to it than he first thought. The trafficking operations are much more widespread than anyone thought, and are being run by ruthless people for whom human life takes second place to profits. In order to put a stop to it, he has to do something he thought he’d never do; he has to ally himself with the man he’s hunting. But, it’s the only way to save the forgotten, which is what his team calls the children caught up in this vicious activity.
The Forgotten by Spencer Hawke is a good story. The action is well portrayed, and the characters come across as real—though flawed in many cases—people. The only fault I find with this story is the author’s tendency to interrupt the narrative flow to provide data on worldwide human trafficking. It would have been better if this information had been fed in smaller bites, and some of it could’ve been assumed by the actions taking place.
Despite this minor fault, which is just my personal reaction, it was still a very enjoyable read. I received a free copy of this book.
I give it four stars.