Wednesday 17 November 2010

Review: Deadly Game - Christine Feehan

It began as a mission to find a notorious politician whose plane went down in the Congo.  But the risky operation took an unexpected turn when Mari, a physically enhanced member of the rescue team, was taken hostage by rebel forces.  Now, imprisoned in an isolated compound, Mari has only one chance for survival - escape.

What she doesn't count on is Ken Norton, expert assassin and himself a GhostWalker warrior, fighting to get behind the prison walls on a mission of his own - one that reaches into Mari's own past and the mysterious fate of her twin sister ... and that will bind Ken and Mari in an intoxicating passion that raises the stakes on the deadliest game of survival they've ever played.

GhostWalkers Series:
Shadow Game
Mind Game
Night Game
Conspiracy Game
Deadly Game
Predatory Game
Murder Game
Street Game
Ruthless Game
Samurai Game (2012)

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Ken and his twin brother Jack are on a mission to protect a politician when they come under attack from what is clearly another group of GhostWalkers.  Determined to carry out their job Ken shoots the sniper from the other team but is surprised to find he didn't make a successful kill.  When they discover the sniper is Mari (the twin sister of Jack's wife Briony) they capture her and take them with her.  While Ken and Jack try to discover if Mari is working for the enemy Mari is desperately trying to escape to get back to the compound she was raised in and protect the rest of her team.

Deadly Game is the 5th book in the GhostWalker series and I would strongly recommend reading the series in order to get the full enjoyment of the back story of the GhostWalkers.  I'm really enjoying this series and I would highly recommend it to paranormal romance fans - especially if you like an action packed story full of conspiracy theories.

I have loved each of the GhostWalkers in the series and have been looking forward to reading Ken's story since I learnt more about him in Conspiracy Game (the book about his twin Jack).  Jack had become my favorite hero of the series and I wasn't expecting to like Ken even more but I just couldn't resist him.  We already know from previous books that Ken was badly tortured when he was captured in the Congo and he is still suffering from severe physical and emotional scarring.  Although he has always been known as the most friendly of the twins things are very different underneath the surface, Ken may put on a good front but that's all it is.  He struggles against the same demons as Jack and this has only become worse since he was captured.

Mari has had a very different upbringing from her sister Briony.  She was raised in a compound along with other GhostWalkers and only allowed to leave when she was on a mission.  Things have become a lot harder for her and the others she was brought up with recently but I can't say any more about why without giving spoilers.  I really liked the strength and loyalty we see from Mari, she cares so much about her sister and the people she was raised with and has suffered a great deal to try and keep them safe.  Although she has strong feelings for Ken she is scared to act on them because of the circumstances.  The heat between them is fantastic though and I loved watching the two of them together.

If you've read other books in the series you'll be expecting a fast paced story line and Deadly Game won't disappoint.  It is somewhat darker than the previous books and does include some quite detailed descriptions of the torture that Ken suffered but I felt that this was needed to show how Ken ended up in the place he's at now emotionally.  I enjoyed getting to see Jack and Briony again and we also get to see a little of the other GhostWalkers which is one of the things I enjoy most about an ongoing series.  Things are really hotting up when it comes to the ongoing plot with the GhostWalkers trying to uncover what Dr Whitney has been up to and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.

If you're new to this series then I'd highly recommend you give it a try but make sure you start with book 1 Shadow Game.  If you're already reading the series and you enjoyed Jack's book then I'm sure you're going to love Ken just as much if not more.

Source: Library

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