Conspiracy by Nancy Ann Healy: Book Review

Conspiracy by Nancy Ann HealyConspiracy by Nancy Ann Healy is the fourth book in her series featuring Alex and Cassidy.

Erin Hodgson, my fellow reviewer, describes the first book in the series as being ‘not unlike those popular TV shows like 24’ and I would describe this book, in a similar vein, as being the Season Finale. I think it’s possible to read this as stand-alone because there are a number of short summaries to help you along. But please don’t! You will miss so much of the depth of the characters, their interplay and the full involved backstory.

This is also the best of the series as far as the storyline and the writing go. Please be sure to read the Note from the Author at the start and see if you can answer her question as to what makes a hero or a villain. Which characters are heroes? Which characters are villains? Can you explain why?

Fasten your seat belts and let the story pull you along!

Alexis Toles has taken her father’s place as the head of Carecom, a business which distributes medical supplies around the world and was adapted some years ago by the CIA to use the business as a front to distribute money and weapons. However, Alexis finds that the business has been conducting illegal activities such as gun running to terrorist groups and these activities have all been organized by her father. Alexis has been trying to unravel more about the Collaborative, the shady group that her father belonged to, and to starve them of resources. To do this she has been slowly shutting down their illegal activities, completing a number of acquisitions to ensure this. Trying to force a merger with a genetic and bio-engineering company, MyoGen, sets things in motion for the rest of the book.

The Characters

The characters are mostly those from previous books, but some need further discussion here.

The main motivation for Alexis throughout the series has been protecting her family. This continues as the story unfolds. However, she finds that (like many of us) she has to balance her working life and her home life and she sometimes fails. She knows, however, that having Cassidy to come home to keeps her emotionally balanced.

Cassidy remains the counterpoint to Alexis, as she is the warm and nurturing home builder. She must deal with numerous issues throughout the story and they make you realize just how emotionally strong and caring she is.

Whilst Alex and Cassidy continue their deep and layered relationship, the romantic element for this book falls to Claire Bracket, who has appeared previously in the series and who has been both unmanageable and undisciplined. She has a much more central role in this volume but I’m not saying more about this element because of spoilery.

The Writing Style

Nancy Ann Healy is the master of this style of writing, with the story written in the third person and with the different storylines spread across sections of the narrative as in previous books in the series. Her weaving of the storyline with the different characters and her ability to leave the reader guessing right until the end is without doubt brilliantly done.

The Pros

When I first read this book, I was binge reading the entire series. I needed closure but I really didn’t want it to end, and once it had, I had a few days of reading hiatus, where I could not face another book. The book had me so involved, the layers of the story, the family element and the way the ending was so unexpected. This time around though, there is a Volume 5 to look forward to, although I have no idea where it will take us.

The Cons

None

The Conclusion

The thriller aspects of the series, the international politics and the intertwined family element, and exploring the role of family in this environment make this so interesting on every level. You should invest in this series, it is very reasonably priced (and on Kindle Unlimited) and once you have it, it is certainly one of those books you will want to re-read.

Excerpt from Conspiracy by Nancy Ann Healy

Alex groaned dramatically. “What’s going on with Claire?” she asked. Claire Brackett continued to be a thorn in Alex’s side. The DCIS agent’s loyalty was constantly wavering. Claire had lost the woman she loved to her arrogance. She had lost her lover to the game they were all immersed in. That made her even more unpredictable. She had no anchor. Claire Brackett’s allegiance blew with the wind, and Alex wasn’t sure which way the wind was blowing now.

“This ghost she’s been chasing,” Krause said.

“Yeah? I thought that was just some folklore the locals had?”

“Maybe,” he said.

“Or?”

“Or, maybe not,” he offered.

Alex sighed. “So what?” Alex watched as Krause’s eyes narrowed and his brow furrowed. “Okay. You think this person exists?” she asked. He just tipped his head to signify the possibility. “Well, okay. So what if he does? Pip, let her chase this ghost. If that keeps her out of our hair….”

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Series 

Intersection

Betrayal

Commitment

Conspiracy

Untold

Bits and Bobs

  • ISBN number: 9780692608906
  • Publisher: Bumbling Bard Creations

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Conspiracy Book Cover Conspiracy
Nancy Healy
December 28, 2015
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The past sins of fathers will return to haunt their daughters in the final installment of the Alex and Cassidy series. What had started as a simple case three years earlier, forever altered the course of FBI Agent Alex Toles' life. A committed investigator, Alex had always avoided personal entanglements. That was until she meet Cassidy O'Brien. Alex had been sent by President John Merrow to investigate threatening letters that had targeted Cassidy and her ex-husband Congressman Christopher O'Brien. Three years later, Alex finds herself a devoted wife and parent. Her life and her work center on Cassidy and their two children Dylan and Mackenzie. Alex's desire to protect her family and her need to uncover the truth about the past has led her to assume control of her father's company, Carecom-a company that serves The Central Intelligence Agency. Now a CIA agent, Alex's real mission has been to root out the foundations of a group her father once belonged to known as The Collaborative. In an effort to undermine The Collaborative's resources, Alex has moved to acquire multiple companies that serve the intelligence complex. Her latest planned acquisition, a pharmaceutical company called MyoGen, has stirred the intelligence community into a frenzy. As Alex moves to solidify the merger, her brother, Jonathan Krause finds himself pursuing a ghost from the past in a remote area of Siberia. What he discovers shakes the foundation of everything that everyone in Alex's life thought they understood. The secrets held by MyoGen, the identities of Sphinx, and the man known only as Lynx will be revealed. Children will confront the lies created by their parents. And, parents will endeavor to protect their children when the roots of international conspiracies are uncovered.

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I am from near Bournemouth in the UK and live on a lesfic book diet of thrillers, adventure, crime and law stories. I also devour every sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian book I can get my hands on. I have a particular love of stories of people in uniform!


When I am not reading and reviewing, I am at a beach somewhere in my camper van or playing in a brass band.


Valden Bush

I am from near Bournemouth in the UK and live on a lesfic book diet of thrillers, adventure, crime and law stories. I also devour every sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian book I can get my hands on. I have a particular love of stories of people in uniform!

When I am not reading and reviewing, I am at a beach somewhere in my camper van or playing in a brass band.