Mission: Black (A Division Eight Thriller, #1) by A.D. Starrling


The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A broken agent. A once in a lifetime chance. A new mission that threatens to destroy her again. 

Rachel Carter has it all. A brilliant career in the DEA, a man she loves at her side, a future filled with possibilities. Until the night she loses everything.

Considered damaged beyond salvation by the people who once trusted her, Rachel enlists into the secretive Division Eight and becomes part of a new breed of special operatives working in the shadows.

When a critical mission goes wrong in North Africa, Rachel finds herself face to face with ghosts from her past. Embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game against a brutal adversary determined to win at any cost, she must face her darkest fears in order to defeat the enemy who once tore her life apart.

Mission: Black is the first novella in the new action thriller series Division Eight, from award-winning author AD Starrling. If you like action-packed, sexy adventures with strong-willed heroes and heroines, then you’ll love this riveting new series.

Get your hands on this pulse-pounding thriller today and enter the dangerous world of covert ops!

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
Series: A Division Eight Thriller, #1
Length: 156 pages
Release date: 2016-10-18



The staccato of gunfire started to die down in the distance. Moments later, the words she had been waiting to hear came over the channel.

‘Alpha Team, this is Alpha One. We have control of the ship. Helos are on the way. Stand by for further  instructions, over.’

‘Alpha One, this is Alpha Two. Standing by, out,’ said Rachel.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Rachel Carter; a mission gone wrong costs her dearly. She enlists in Division Eight to again work in highly dangerous covert operations.

With Mission Black, A.D. Starrling has created an action-packed thriller centred on Rachel Carter – the promising first novella in the ‘A Division Eight Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you into Rachel’s team. A.D. Starrling paints a clear picture of Rachel’s mind while the story evolves. There are many facets: depending on the situations, she is vulnerable, strong, hot-headed, or clear-minded, she is of sufficient depth. The other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises military combat scenes, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced thrillers, combat, covert operations, and if you like believable characters with a mission.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

Find out more about AD on her website www.adstarrling.com where you can also sign up for her awesome newsletter and never miss her latest release. You’ll also get a chance to read advance copies of her forthcoming novels, have access to sneak previews of her work, participate in exclusive giveaways, and get special promotional offers.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Mission: Black?  Or – if you did not yet read Mission: Black – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






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