I was provided a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. This review will be (mostly) spoiler free. Please find out more about R.K. Howard here.
R.K. Howards Error Code feels like an episode in what should be a longer novel. He introduces two dynamic characters with a lot of personality and just as soon as you’re beginning to really get behind them…it’s over. Thankfully he set it up for future sequels, which is good because the story he crafts is excellent.
A husband and wife CIA team are on a mission, but not one from the CIA. They have personal goals, vendettas, and ideology that they want to push onto the world in order to make it a better place. The over arching theme isn’t that unique, but the characters within and who they are definitely are.
The wife is the star of the novel. She is a sassy, clever woman with a dark side. The husband is ex-special ops and has just the right amount of patience and virtue to keep her in check. The entire story takes place within their home (mostly, they go out once) and revolves around a couple of a-typical bad guys. This keeps the pace moving and the environment tight.
I do have a couple of (minor) gripes including the woman’s catchphrases. She uses the term ‘anyfanny’ A LOT and by the end of the novel its cutesy appeal is gone. She also reads like a woman written by a man who respects women but has never been one. Howard does a great job portraying the main character, but misses a couple of steps trying to get into the trials and tribulations of ‘womanhood’ but not in a disrespectful way. It read like an outsider looking in instead of an insider looking out. She was still an exceptional character though and by all rights should one day be played by Melissa McCarthy.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in action, spies, thrillers, or comedies. It’s a nice genre blend.