Second from The Vault
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.
(Reviewed here previously by Dee)
This is a difficult review for me because I really wanted to love this book. Note: this is all on me. For one, I have not read ‘A Day Makes’ and so was unaware that this book was in the same universe (hitmen, vaults). And, to make matters worse, I have not yet read ‘Mine’. While this book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading either (or both) of the other books mentioned.
Darius is chosen to be the new Vault.
The story continues with Darius helping to get someone out of danger and relocate to a new life in Boston. As he is working on this, he is suddenly face to face with his old love, Efrem Lahm.
The story didn’t work for me – it started at some time in the present (?) with Darius dealing with closing down mob ties. Then it jumped to the past where Darius recalls how he became the Vault. Then fast forward some months later; he is suddenly in the custody of Homeland Security, where he reconnects with Efrem.
Also, Darius and Efrem do not get a lot of time together – the book seemed to revolve around all the other characters. Both MC’s do not get together again until two-thirds of the book.
Again, if I had read the other books, especially ‘A Day Makes’, the writing style would have made more sense.
It’s a good book, one that I’ll re-read once I’ve read the other books.
3 stars out of 5
Review by Morgan
Well, I’ve read everything by Mary Calmes and my review isn’t that different from Dee’s. On the one hand this was a great story for those of us who love to catch up with our favorite characters and love seeing them interact with other characters we love. For that I’d give this a full THUMBS UP! That was a ton of fun and I loved it!
I hope this isn’t a spoiler but I’ll assume some of this is….
In any case, I didn’t necessarily buy in to the love story and that dropped my rating down significantly.
3 stars out of 5
Well of course, Greg Tremblay is amazing and he absolutely did this story right. He handled all many and varied voices and accents and “characters” really well and he’s so much fun to listen to. Definitely worth the listen even if this wasn’t my favorite Mary story.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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