BOOK REVIEW: The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich

Publication Date: March 22, 2022
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Humorous Fiction

Publisher: Atria
314 pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Cortez. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it - Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times, the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.


The beginning of a new series for Janet Evanovich. This book has all the charm of her numbers series the witty banter in the middle of crazy situations, the unforgettable characters, the quirky parents. I love fast pace of these books coupled with the humor and intrigue of the hunt.  

If you liked the movie National Treasure and you are a fan of her other books this is one that you should grab.  The treasure hunt itself is entertaining and relationship between Gabriela and Rafer is hilarious. From New York to Peru, to California they encounter drug cartels, and a psychotic religious fanatic who worships the god of death and wants to sacrifice Gabriela to his god. 

They meet several other colorful characters along the way like the helicopter pilot with cataracts and the jungle guide who doesn't come prepared for anything. It's a comedy of errors that always seems to work out in Gabrielas favor. 

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