Monday, September 10, 2007

Review: Shadow Game by Christine Feehan

Title: Shadow Game
Series: GhostWalkers
Author: Christine Feehan
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: August 26, 2003
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515135968
ISBN-13: 9780515135961

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter. Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something has gone wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying--victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland's every new fear every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father's past...and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

My rating:

Renowned scientist Peter Whitney is working on a classified experiment to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite task force. If it succeeds, the military will have a new and unique weapon – mental powers.

But not all is as it seems. The subjects have been dying in freak accidents, and the squadron leader, Captain Ryland Miller, knows he‘s next in line to face his Maker. When Dr. Whitney is murdered, Ryland leans on the only person left to trust, Whitney’s brilliant and beautiful daughter, Lily.

Lily is special as well. With unique psychic abilities, she shares Ryland’s fears, betrayals, and suspicions. And since she shares his telepathic abilities, the two are instantly, potently drawn to each other.

The two will have to work together to unravel the secrets of her father’s past and try to stay alive when a ruthless enemy breaths down on their necks.

Being fan of Christine Feehan's Dark Series, I was not disappointed with this book. In this new series, Feehan focuses on different supernatural powers than in her Carpathian novels. She explores the deepest recesses of human mind and the unbelievable power of the psyche.

This book is a great twine of action, supernatural, high sensuality, and witty dialogue. Though the plot might be a little slow and improbable at times, and the little twists leave quite a few loose ends, whetting the reader’s appetite for more (hence – the series), this is still the kind of book her fans adore.

In true Feehan form (exploited shamelessly in her other series), the two protagonists are immediately drawn to each other, resulting in multiple sex scenes (even a shared erotic dream, another wink at her Carpathians) that seem gratuitous after a while and draw the attention off the plot and danger the two are in.

If you like sci-fi stories with a drop of romance, a whole lot of suspense, smart characters and an erotically charged romance, this book is definitely something you might want to read.


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