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NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk teams up with a sexy and hardened Mexican Federal police officer to try and stop a major attack during UN week. Finding a few murdered bodies in the Mexican desert is sadly not a rare occurrence. But when Detective Cecilia Garza visits in site in which a number of decapitated bodies are found, she quickly links the deaths to the mysterious drug cartel killer known as "The Hummingbird." In New York City, NYPD Intelligence Division officer Jeremy Fisk is trying to make sure nothing happens to any of the hundreds of visiting politicians during the annual UN Week event. So when a number of headless bodies show up in an abandoned field and they seem to be linked somehow to the Mexican Drug Cartel he gets worried.
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Det. Garza also believes there is a connection and that the Hummingbird is responsible. Fisk begins to believe her after her trusted right-hand man is kidnapped and killed. She's in NYC as part of the Mexican Presidential detail and she worries that the Hummingbird is targeting him. But not everyone believes their theory and Fisk is warned by his boss not to pursue this theory. Of course he doesn't listen and he and Garza focus their attentions on an upcoming dinner between President Obama and the Mexican President. They discover that the restaurant where the dinner will take place is owned by a man who used to be a major drug cartel owner before he defected to the U.S. and went into witness protection.

As the dinner approaches, Fisk tracks down several men he believes to be responsible for the NY beheadings and he ends up in a shootout with those men and the Hummingbird. He's wounded, but Garza arrives just in time to save his life. She decides to take the ex-cartel executive back to Mexico and put him on trial, despite the wishes of the Mexican President and Homeland Security. Fisk manages to keep his job and he has one last tender moment with Garza before she heads back to Mexico.
Best part of story, including ending: I enjoyed the characters in the book, but the plot never really came together for me. There were all these complex twists and turns early in the book and then it was ultimately all solved and resolved in a few quick pages.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is the one in which Detective Garza finally trusts Fisk enough to talk about the event that drives: the kidnapping and eventual death of her mother and sister.

Opinion about the main character: Daniel Fisk is a great character. He's haunted by the death of a loved one and he struggles to stay focused and not let revenge overwhelm him.

The review of this Book prepared by Rick Ellis a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   foreign drug cartel

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast The Americas (not US):    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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