Liars' Legacy
They were born in the shadows. Schooled in espionage. Taught to kill and trained to disappear. In this captivating masterwork from bestselling author Taylor Stevens, elusive twins Jack and Jill take the global spy game to electric levels. The assassin broker is dead. The power void has left the network he controlled without restraints, and the world's deadliest killers free to pursue their own vendettas and political agendas. The United States government, unwilling to risk upheaval and global chaos, has mobilized killers of its own to preemptively hunt down and destroy each potential threat.Among the most dangerous on that list are Jack and Jill.Often estranged--always connected by a legacy they can't escape--the siblings have eluded many who want them dead. As they board a flight to Berlin hoping to meet the father they've never known, they suspect a trap. What they can't predict is how far a high-level Russian operation will go to secure their skills, or how hard the U.S. operatives sent to stop them will fight to assassinate them first.For the twins, resistance and cooperation both mean death.Caught between two superpowers with unlimited resources and unable to trust each other, brother and sister will match wit against skill in a life-threatening chase across Europe, back to the United States, and into an unholy alliance that could change the balance of global power forever.Filled with pulse-pounding tension, blistering action, and intense human drama, Liars' Legacy is world-class intrigue at its best.

Liars' Legacy Details

TitleLiars' Legacy
Author
ReleaseDec 31st, 2019
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496718655
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery

Liars' Legacy Review

  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    "……and in the end turn the murky dangerous world of assassins into a free for all. An assassins ball so to speak. It would be fun to watch. From a distance, a very great distance.” I’m quoting from my review of Liar’s Paradox, the first book in Taylor Steven’s Jack and Jill series. I was right, for in Liar’s Legacy the death of the broker, the controller of most of the world’s assassins-for-hire has turned the assassins’ world into a killing free for all. This on the part of the assassins "……and in the end turn the murky dangerous world of assassins into a free for all. An assassins ball so to speak. It would be fun to watch. From a distance, a very great distance.” I’m quoting from my review of Liar’s Paradox, the first book in Taylor Steven’s Jack and Jill series. I was right, for in Liar’s Legacy the death of the broker, the controller of most of the world’s assassins-for-hire has turned the assassins’ world into a killing free for all. This on the part of the assassins themselves and on the governments who in the past made use of their skills. The US government has decided to go after the assassins, terrified of the mischief they could wreak, killing off the people they helped create.In the first quarter of the book, passengers board a flight from Dallas to Frankfurt. An inordinate number of killers are on board, the killers and those to be killed, oh wait, each is both. A regular assassin’s ball. No one, including the reader knows who is whom until bodies start dropping.Identical, fraternal twins) Jack and Jill are on the flight, but they just want to be left alone. They are heading to Germany to meet with a high level Russian intelligence operative, their putative father, Dmitry. Oddly enough, Russian intelligence decides to interfere and the story takes a much darker turn. Clara their trainer, their torturer, their abuser, their loving mom is currently missing from their lives. They don’t know if Clara is busy elsewhere, dead, or busy pulling everyone’s strings. The twins are not left totally alone; the receive assistance from some surprising sources.Taylor manages to ratchet up the confusion, suspense, and the feeling of being in free-fall; usually with the reader having no idea of what will happen next. What a ride, baby, what a ride.The Liar books seem like an education in all aspects of the art of black ops. Liar’s Legacy is much better with the detailing and planning than I have read in so many other thrillers. There are shocking turns that leave me applauding the audacity of Liar’s Legacy. Rescue isn’t always an option. Very bad things do happen in real life.I think many readers and/or reviewers might ding Liar’s Legacy for the first 20% or so for being confusing. I think that is the whole point, no one knows what is going on, including the American intelligence control team back in DC, so why should the reader? Fog of war and all that.The war room operatives have access to amazing – once again finely detailed in Stevens’ books- scary technology. The DC controllers are either just as confused or are purposely holding back information from their own people on the ground and in the air.Stevens refers to the twins as Jack and Jill, but other characters know them by other names, John and Julia. It was disconcerting at first to understand who was being referred to on the name switch as there was no smooth transition.Jack and Jill are still damaged by their upbringing, but they are trying to learn to trust themselves, each other, and possible allies.A fast-paced adventure, Liar’s Legacy, rarely lets up on the story of betrayal, lies, death and loyalty.Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
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  • Linden
    January 1, 1970
    It was hard for me to get into this book—I found the myriad of characters and the byzantine plot confusing. Then I wasn’t really sure who were the good guys (were there any, really?). Everyone was ostensibly on someone’s hit list, or looking to kill someone else. The main characters, twins Jack and Jill, were raised by a psychopath, and are now trying to locate the father they have never met. Stevens is a good writer-- I read all of her Vanessa Michael Munroe books-- but my perception is that It was hard for me to get into this book—I found the myriad of characters and the byzantine plot confusing. Then I wasn’t really sure who were the good guys (were there any, really?). Everyone was ostensibly on someone’s hit list, or looking to kill someone else. The main characters, twins Jack and Jill, were raised by a psychopath, and are now trying to locate the father they have never met. Stevens is a good writer-- I read all of her Vanessa Michael Munroe books-- but my perception is that her writing has gotten much, much darker in this new series. Thanks to the publisher and to Netgalley for this ARC.
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  • Allison Brennan
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATED: Here's the link to a longer review at Criminal Element: Review of Liars' Legacy by Taylor StevensI literally could not put this book down. Started it on a plane. Finished it the next day. I loved the first book in this series, LIARS PARADOX, and this is even better. Taylor Stevens goes deeper into Jack and Jill’s motivation and fears, their wants and conflicts, all while never letting up on the pace or twisting, original plot. Intense, violent, fast-paced, and totally fun. Unlike some UPDATED: Here's the link to a longer review at Criminal Element: Review of Liars' Legacy by Taylor StevensI literally could not put this book down. Started it on a plane. Finished it the next day. I loved the first book in this series, LIARS PARADOX, and this is even better. Taylor Stevens goes deeper into Jack and Jill’s motivation and fears, their wants and conflicts, all while never letting up on the pace or twisting, original plot. Intense, violent, fast-paced, and totally fun. Unlike some thrillers, this doesn’t lack character development. I really, really, really can’t wait for the next book.
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  • Judy Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    I wonder if one of the espionage training facilities for spies and assassins is still located at Langley? Because if it is, I feel like I could walk right in and take the written test to become a card carrying spy with a Masters in assassination just from reading the first two books in the Jack and Jill series. These books are intense; action begins on the first page and doesn't pause for breath the entire way through. Now, if you were a friend asking me about this second book in the series I I wonder if one of the espionage training facilities for spies and assassins is still located at Langley? Because if it is, I feel like I could walk right in and take the written test to become a card carrying spy with a Masters in assassination just from reading the first two books in the Jack and Jill series. These books are intense; action begins on the first page and doesn't pause for breath the entire way through. Now, if you were a friend asking me about this second book in the series I would strongly advise you to read the first book before you tackle this one. Two reasons: #1 the childhood of Jack and Jill is of paramount importance to understand these characters and that is covered best in the first book. #2 is that this second book just jumps right into the action without the author spending any time bringing new readers up to date. Most readers will catch up if they persevere, but some just will not have the patience.The twins have been told their father wants to meet with them. They don't have any idea if Dmitry is real, is alive, or is just a carrot the Russians are dangling over their heads to facilitate some unknown result. This episode of the story moves all over the globe and shows author Taylor Stevens imaginative abilities on steroids. Granted, our main protagonists have to have the best luck and skills known to mankind, but it's still one heck of a story. The character development in this series is second to none and I can hardly wait for the next thrilling installment.Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-galley of this novel.
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  • Judy Odom
    January 1, 1970
    Liar's Legacy starts off strong and the action continues to the last page.I loved it.Jack and Jill are trained killers, they are twins and they live their life like no other. It was a fun fast paced read !! Cant wait for book 3. Sign me up !This is book 2 in the Jack and Jill series, though you could read it as a standalone, you would get more out of Liars Legacy if you read book one.Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington books for another great read in the Jack and Jill series.
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  • Doug Yonce
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of spycraft, alliances, betrayals populate an excellent story that travels all over in a deadly game of hide and seek. Childhood angst also plays an important role as Jack and Jill do much more than fetch a pail of water. i received an advanced digital copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sonya Berger
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!!!! Absolutely loved this book. Thrilling, fascinating, powerful are just a few of the adjectives to describe this book. The storyline was fast paced and exciting. The interaction between Jack, Jill, Chris and Kara was great and gives me endless possibilities for what can happen with this series. Can't wait until the next one.
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  • Darrell
    January 1, 1970
    I love the complexity of all of Ms. Stevens' stories! There are so many interwoven plots and subplots (in this case 7). Each plot intertwines to produce a magnificent story.Liars' Legacy centers around the twin siblings, Jack & Jill. They have spent their entire life in turmoil. From a young age, their mother developed and drove them to be the best and fiercest. The goal was to outthink, outwork and overcome all obstacles that could possibly threaten them. They were trained to be the I love the complexity of all of Ms. Stevens' stories! There are so many interwoven plots and subplots (in this case 7). Each plot intertwines to produce a magnificent story.Liars' Legacy centers around the twin siblings, Jack & Jill. They have spent their entire life in turmoil. From a young age, their mother developed and drove them to be the best and fiercest. The goal was to outthink, outwork and overcome all obstacles that could possibly threaten them. They were trained to be the ultimate assassins.The story begins where Liars' Paradox (book 1 of the series) ended. The twins are invited by their never-seen father, to meet. They know it is probably a trap. However, they feel that it is worth the risk to finally get answers about their past. The only problem, some want to kill them and others want to take advantage of their deadly skills. It is a race to stay ahead and alive.The story moves at a very fast pace and is one of the best I've read. It was nearly impossible to put down and I can't wait for everyone to have the opportunity to read it. I was privileged to receive an Advanced Readers Copy. Highly recommended.
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  • Steven Zacharius
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book in Taylor Steven's Jack and Jill series. Jack and Jill are trained twin killers; trained by their insane mother. This book is a complex thriller with multiple assassin teams hunting each other. It's helpful to know the background story of Jack and Jill from the prior book, Liars' Paradox, but nevertheless, this was a great story.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in a series. It works as a stand alone but I think I would have been less confused if I had read the first. To say this book is about espionage would be an understatement. It reads like an espionage, assassin, evasion-from-detection how-to manual. It was a good read but I will say it was a difficult read for many reasons. First, it took 49% of the book to set up a pivotal meeting and it took me that long to figure out what was going on. There were so many assassin teams This is the second book in a series. It works as a stand alone but I think I would have been less confused if I had read the first. To say this book is about espionage would be an understatement. It reads like an espionage, assassin, evasion-from-detection how-to manual. It was a good read but I will say it was a difficult read for many reasons. First, it took 49% of the book to set up a pivotal meeting and it took me that long to figure out what was going on. There were so many assassin teams introduced it was hard to keep them all straight. Too many hit lists and a convoluted plot made the story difficult to follow. When reading a spy thriller like this I like to know who the good guys and bad guys are and I’m still not sure who they are, maybe there were no good guys. Second, there was too much explanation of the spy craft, for example, how to tell if you are being followed, how to spot people who aren’t supposed to be there, etc. Third, there were a lot of unbelievable aspects, the stashes and ID’s being hidden all over the world, they ditch their bags full of gear but sometimes without visiting their caches somehow manage to have money, clothes, weapons and new identities. It just seemed too fantastical to believe. I liked the characters but because I hadn’t read the first book, didn’t understand all the relationships between them. Jack and Jill are twin assassins who’ve been trained by a psychopathic mother to be the best in the world. They are trying to locate the father they’ve never met. One minute they are working together like a well-oiled machine and the next they are at each other’s throats. It was confusing. When they partnered up with another superhuman assassin it was a little unbelievable. The writing style was difficult to follow in some instances and sometimes it was so verbose it made the action scenes drag on and on. I liked the story but I think it would benefit from some good editing. With a little more editing, I would like to read more from this author. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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