Ratio by Nick Stephenson

Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
ASIN: B00K7DNGWE
File size: 3419 KB
ISBN-10: 0957616767
ISBN-13: 978-0957616769
Print length: 390 pages

Ratio is the fourth book in “A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense” books by  Nick Stephenson. In this story, Leopold Blake spends a weekend as the bodyguard to his friend Jack Melendez, a presidential candidate. Jack and the President are to appear at the convention hall in Seattle, OR. Coincidentally, Jack’s neurosurgeon girlfriend, June Kato, is also speaking at the conference center and the two would like to spend some romantic time free of bodyguards.

There are several apparently independent plots underfoot, which include bombings, sarin gas, and sharpshooters. But who is the real target? And who is behind the plots?

Having read other books by this author, I was disappointed by this one. It lacked urgency and seemed a little too convenient at times. To me, the story lacked focus; it was more about the Melendez-Kato relationship (which I enjoyed) than about Leopold Blake.

I found it interesting that Mr. Stephenson introduces June Kato, the protagonist from the “June Kato Intrigues” series by Kay Hadashi. In Ratio, she is badass and, in my opinion, the protagonist. Though I always enjoy a strong female character, I was expecting Leopold Blake to be the lead in this book.

As a bonus, the book includes Ms. Hadashi’s 45-page short story, “Divide and Conquer.” For my review of the short story, click here.