Book Review – Audio Assault by Jeff Adams

Codename: Winger #3
Publisher: Big Gay Media
Pages: 195
Characters: Theo/Eddie
POV: 1st
Genre: Drama, Action, Series, YA

Theo Reese is just like any other seventeen-year-old—with one small exception.

This summer all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend, Eddie, and work on his MIT research project. His parents have other plans.

An old friend needs the help of Theo’s family. Oliver Glenwood is an ’80s music star who runs his own label. His wife and his daughter, Sofia, now a chart-topper herself, are the targets of kidnappers. Oliver hopes they can eliminate whoever is behind the threat.

When Theo uncovers an even more insidious plot, the covert agency the Reeses work for, Tactical Operational Support, swoops into action.

Song files have been modified to steal personal data from devices and emit a tone that drives listeners into a homicidal rage. Theo and his parents race against the clock to stop this mysterious enemy from releasing the music on an unsuspecting populace and causing worldwide chaos.

Just when Theo thinks the mission couldn’t be more complicated, Eddie shows up in New York looking to hang out with his boyfriend.

No one ever said being a teenage secret agent would be easy.

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Wow, this third book in the series threw a serious curveball that I didn’t see coming, but then could see it in hindsight. Poor Theo really gets put through the wringer, and I like how the tension builds still further and links back to what’s happened before. I picked up book 4 immediately after I finished reading this one.

This story picks up six months after the events of the last book, and I liked how Theo and Eddie’s relationship has grown in that time. The new piece of tech in this story is very cool, and I liked the part it plays. The idea of song files being modified is very clever, especially the way they’re used, and how they are not that easy to dispose of.

I love how Theo’s parents are parents first, and secret agents second, and how they support him through everything. I thought it was very realistic how he second guesses himself, and then can only tell a version of events to his friends who are concerned about him. The other villain wasn’t someone I suspected either. Blackbird is really upping their game in this story, and everything is about to hit the fan!

The mix of action, drama, tech, angst and romance is well written, and this series is on my list of favourite YA reads. All the characterisations are wonderful, and the plot drives the fast paced storyline.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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