FYI: This review contains some spoilers of previous books in the series.
We all have those authors we follow and anxiously await the next release of a new book and can’t wait to devour it. The team of Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays are in that category for me. I fell in love with their Cowboy and Vampire book series, and I have managed to read every single one of their books in the Bonnie and Clyde series. Radioactive, is the newest and third book in this series featuring Bonnie and Clyde, and I must say that I believe this one is the best of the three. Why? Because this book has plenty of action featuring Nazis, Russians, and clowns!
For those of you that need a little catching up on the series: Radioactive continues to the story in the world of what-if Bonnie and Clyde didn’t die as it is written in the history books. Instead, their deaths were faked, and they end up being forced to work for a secret government organization. So far the duo has managed to save President Roosevelt from an assassination attempt and thwart an attempt to blow up the Hoover Dam while under construction. Now the two find themselves running a bar next to the Hanford Site where the Manhattan Project is underway. Their job is to watch for spies trying to steal the secrets being worked on at the site.
The book tells a dual story as well. Much like the first two, Radioactive follows the ongoing adventures of Bonnie and Clyde as secret agents as well as the story of Bonnie and Royce. Royce is a reporter that Bonnie picks to tell the story of what happened to the real Bonnie and Clyde while everyone thought they were dead. Her only requirements is that Royce must help Bonnie tie up a few loose ends before she finishes telling him the entire story. Bonnie wants help figuring out how their deaths were faked and the identity behind the lady known as Sal who forced them to work for the government instead.
The book swaps back and forth between what is happening in the past and what is happening in the 1984. As Bonnie and Clyde get closer and closer to figuring out who may be selling out America, Bonnie and Royce encounter a little action themselves as they begin to run from a couple of guys that want to stop the truth from coming out. The fact that both parts of the story have some suspense and action really made the book hard to put down. I also love the fact that even though Bonnie and Clyde are now government agents tasked with helping out America, their criminal ways still sneak through time and time again to help them out or just get a little extra money on the side.
I really love the way this book was written. I found myself wanting Bonnie and Royce to finish their search for the final pieces of Bonnie’s puzzle, and I worried when they found themselves in tight spots. I love seeing Royce in full-believer mode in this book trying everything he can to figure stuff out. Bonnie and Clyde crack me up. I love how upfront Clyde is. He is not ashamed to speak his mind and shows it. I love Bonnie’s slightly more refined ways, and I love that she keeps getting after Clyde for being a little crass with his remarks. By the way, Bonnie is hands down the best character in this book.
Finally, I also enjoyed the whodunit feel of the book as Bonnie and Clyde start to investigate who the spies may be among the people they have narrowed down. I gotta admit that I was trying to figure out who the spies were before Bonnie and Clyde did, but it wasn’t easy. The paths of all the possible spies cross so much that it is hard keeping it straight. If I were to pick a single word to describe this book, it would be fun. I found myself smiling through a lot of it. This book was just plain fun in so many ways, and just you wait to see who ends up being the overall bad guys pulling the strings. I did not see that one coming at all.
I highly recommend reading this book. I don’t care if you haven’t read the first two. It just means you have more work ahead of you. Read them then read this one. You won’t regret it. Trust me. This series has been a fantastic ride, and I’m kind of sad to see it come to an end.
If you wish to get started on your reading adventures in this series, here are the links to all three books on Amazon: