Hiding behind the front of a travel agency, the Regional Office is a secret underground (literally and figuratively) organization of super-powered female assassins, oracles, and even a cyborg. And it is under attack. “The Regional Office is Under Attack!” by Miguel Gonzales follows the stories of two pretty badass girls: Rose, recruited by a Regional Office defector, who is leading the attack on her first mission post Assassin Training Camp; and Sarah, the aforementioned cyborg (she has a mechanical arm), who is defending the organization that took her in after the disappearance of her mother. During the course of the novel, the story shifts between their respective points of view, and also to excerpts from a report written on the attack many years later.
I’ll start by saying I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more as an actual book. In the audio format, the frequent changes in narration and time made it hard to follow. The first couple chapters of the book, I was completely lost on who was who and who had allegiance to what organization. I didn't have much trouble after that, but would definitely recommend book over audio.
Now to my review.
This book is just a fun read – not something to take too seriously. There are a lot of really enjoyable elements: an underground organization, a secret plot, badass female assassins, and oracles. But, if you start asking too many questions, you will be left unsatisfied. Gonzales touches on a lot of really intriguing plot points, but then never returns to give more detail. I think if there were more time spent on developing the details, and less on jumping around between characters and points of time, it would have added a lot to the story.
It seems as though Gonzales’s writing style is hit or miss for most people. You either love his fast-paced, sarcastic, and sometimes crude writing, or you don't. But, if you are looking for a fun and light read that you don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about – this is the one for you.