Published December 2nd 2013
Elle is ready for graduation and full-fledged adulthood: no more living like the leftover of her parent’s divorce. She’s about to graduate with her degree in Information Science (the 21st century term for Library Science) and has a ten-year plan as well-designed as any model for analyzing metadata: earn her JD/MBA, enjoy a couple of years as a single professional, then marry her college sweetheart, Adam, and start her own family.
Yet Elle feels like she returned to an alternate universe her final semester. There are pictures of Adam with a classmate who must be surgically enhanced, but he insists he wants Elle. CIA recruiters show up on campus, and they aren’t just interested in recruiting Elle for future employment: turns out she’s already working for them since they’re funding her thesis. Hot operative Preston Raddick is tasked to work with her. Preston isn’t just hot: he’s hot for Elle, but is he offering happy ever after or happy for right now? A fling with Preston could be the beginning of a new life plan, which is exciting and scary, especially with espionage thrown in. Elle needs a predictive model to tell her which decisions have the greater likelihood for happiness…
Covert Assignment is about the unexpected turns life can take when making “adult” decisions.
About the Author
Missy Marciassa loved getting lost in novels from the time she could read, so it’s no surprise she wanted to write. Her very first “novels” were re-writing the books she read to get the endings she wanted in second grade. Missy continued to read and write through grade school and high school.
After becoming rather disillusioned with fiction after writing literary criticism as an English major in college, however, Missy focused on her enjoyment of learning about people and studied psychology. Reading fiction fell to the wayside with all the reading and writing required for college and graduate school, but once Missy became a doctoral candidate, she rediscovered her love of fiction. Then she started getting the urge to write, an urge that wouldn’t go away (she refuses to diagnose it as a compulsion). Covert Assignment is the end result of that urge.
Like most things, I had expectations about Covert Assignment before reading it.I have quite the love for all things for all things espionage and computer related, so you could say that I was extremely excited to read this novel.
The relationships between the characters seemed strange and weird dynamics. The protagonist, Elle, I found hard to understand her actions when dealing with her relationship with Adam and his cheating, and then the seeming only physical relationships she begins with Preston. I know that the point of Elle's character development is supposed to support her decisions, but I felt that they kind of came out of nowhere. Perhaps, the reason I had trouble with Elle's decisions is because I felt that they were silly and juvenile while she was trying to pass them off for adult decisions. I did however support her decision to follow her passion for her future rather than go into what her dad had been pushing her into most her life - I was nice to see her stand up for what she wants.
I don't know if this annoys anyone else, or it's just me, but I absolutely hate when authors put a THE END at the end of their books. Especially considering that it is done with this book, but there is a sequal, which just makes things hella confusing.
Covert Assignment explores the both the good and bad side of life-altering decisions, and reminds you that things don't always turn out the way we thought they would. A light read perfect for when you just want to escape the grips of reality.
2 out of 5