Book Reviews

Netminder (Codename: Winger 4) by Jeff Adams at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Young Adult / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 29-May-2019

Book Blurb

After a summer that was nothing like he’d planned, teenage secret agent Theo Reese is back to school and to work with Tactical Operational Support’s IT department. His world turns upside down arriving home from hockey practice to a major security breach.


On the run, he soon discovers the TOS network is down and he’s cut off.


As he uses his unique skills to find out what’s happened, Theo discovers the evil agency Blackbird is responsible. A nemesis from Theo’s first field mission is out for him and will stop at nothing to force Theo to help Blackbird realize their goal of taking global control of the internet.


Getting help from some unexpected sources, Theo must stop the internet takeover while trying to keep those closest to him safe.  


Book Review

In what looks to be the final adventure of teenage superspy Theo, codenamed Winger, the action and suspense begin in chapter one and don’t let up until the very end. Theo has already been through a lot including several attacks, several security issues, and the shocking betrayal of his boyfriend in the previous book. And yes, this series is best read in order because each installment builds on the previous one and watching Theo develop as he gets more involved in the agency his parents work for is a large part of the enjoyment – at least for me.

So far Theo’s hacking and cybersecurity abilities have served him well, getting him and his fellow agents out of more than one predicament. This time though – this time TOS’s archenemy, the evil Blackbird agency, has struck where it really hurts: they have managed to shut down the entire TOS network, computers and all. How is Theo, whose strength lies in IT and systems manipulation, supposed to fight that? Having to learn to rely on tools other than his talent for tech is tough but Theo being Theo, he manages to figure out a way to use his strengths anyway – not that I am going to tell you how, that would be a serious spoiler.

I will say that this story is as breathtaking, cleverly constructed, and suspenseful as I have come to expect in this series. The plot has more than one twist and turn, the villains are credibly evil, and the secondary characters from previous books are back to help (or hinder) Theo’s progress. Theo matures significantly, and now that he is almost eighteen, his professional and personal growth is significant. Yet he is not quite an adult and that subtle difference comes through extremely well in the way he struggles emotionally with what happens. The change from guided missions in previous books to an isolated, all-out fight for survival makes all the difference!

If you like spy stories featuring rival agencies with competing agendas, if watching a teenager encounter and overcome challenges many adults would find tough to deal with, and if you’re looking for a read that is suspenseful, full of action, bursting with up-to-date technology, and stars an amazing young man whose superpower is IT-based, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s a perfect finale for this exciting series, though I am sad to see it end!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 198 pages/60778 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-May-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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