Book Review: The Regional Office Is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales

25938482Title: The Regional Office Is Under Attack

Author: Manuel Gonzales

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Humor, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Published: April 12, 2016

Page Amount: 400 pages

Blurb From GoodreadsIn a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization—the Regional Office—and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation.At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack. Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah—who may or may not have a mechanical arm—fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother’s sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose’s and Sarah’s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end.

Why Read: Choosing to read “The Regional Office is Under Attack,” didn’t come about for any reason in particular. There are sometimes moments where a book comes up on your Goodreads TBR and it feels like the right time to read it. there are a number of reasons that tends happen, overdoing it on the fiction or nonfiction (in this case – the latter), or (more likely) because you can only read about Thomas Jefferson or so long.

Review: If there’s one thing that catches my attention in a book, it’s multiple point of views – split up among different chapters (and always be on the lookout for some unreliable narrators). This delivers. Add together a coalition of female assassins, taken together under mysterious circumstances masquerading under the guise of an exceptional tourism agency and what do you get? Conspiracy theories: Assassinations and Machinations.

This book had all of the above. As a reader, I felt constantly bombarded with conflicting information, who was the antagonist and who was the protagonist? (I am still not sure) Are we to trust Rose, the assassin picked late, who is infiltrating “someplace” or are we to place our faith with Sarah, the administrator with a murky past who has a bionic arm… the jury is still out. While there may have been some discrepancies regarding who to trust or to believe, the focus on women, specifically powerful espionage-reared women, was somewhat of a change from the usual macho-man spy novel.

The way the book was constructed also added significantly to how the book acted. Naturally the point of view alternated between Rose, Sarah and others (leaving this vague as it can be), but there was another layer. Occasionally a chapter would come up that treated the whole situation as we were reading it as a thing of the past (text-book or news story style). So in a sense, you knew how the story would end, but not exactly how all the details would reconcile with one another. To be particularly honest, that was definitely one of my more favorite parts of the book.

When it would shift between the different perspectives, the writing style would also change. It was immediately obvious who was talking or what POV was being explained (or if it was a future textbook description of the internal struggle of the Regional Office). As a reader who really loves her writing-focused books, it made the reading experience *by far* better.

Overall…? It was a good read. I alway enjoy thriller-esque novels that have something of an attitude to them, and this book certainly carries that theme to the fullest extent. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for some fun laughs and admittedly ridiculous stunts (bionic arms?) – so go read to save your sanity for wondering about how the regional office could ever deal with being under attack!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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