REVIEW: Dark Light by Jayne CastleSunday, September 7, 2008 1:00
I’ve read three of the Ghost Hunters books now – this one, Silver Master (#4), and Ghost Hunter (#3). I’d have to say that my opinion of all three is consistent – good, slightly above average reads in the sci-fi romance sub-genre. I like them quite a bit better than I do the Arcane Society books, but considering how much I don’t like those, that may not be a compliment.
In this entry, Dark Light, we get a very entertaining read. There’s a well-developed heroine in Sierra and an interesting alpha hero in Fontana. The secondary characters, with the exception of the dust bunnies (you have to read it to understand), are a bit of non-entities, but that’s been the case in all of the Ghost Hunters books. The villains are suitably evil, if a bit predictable.
The plot’s tension is provided very early by a rather unbelievable, and hasty, marriage between hero and heroine. This is all toward their attempt to find out who is pushing drugs on retired Ghost Hunters on the streets of Crystal City (not Crystal City, Texas). There’s lots of fun action and suspense while they go about their investigation. Houses burn down, people die. New alien tools/weapons are discovered. It’s all very fraught with tension.
I didn’t think Dark Light had the emotional content I found in Silver Master (not reviewed): DL had a good love affair, it lacked the passion of SM. But it’s still a very entertaining sci-fi romance read with logical and complete story arcs, good dialog, and good action. Great for a quick weekend read.
From Amazon.com: Tabloid reporter Sierra McIntyre wants a scoop when she interviews Ghost Hunter Guild boss John Fontana about the disappearances of retired, homeless hunters. She doesn’t want to trust the physically and psychically powerful man, but her intuition-and her dust bunny companion-give her the green light. To uncover the conspiracy within his own organization, Fontana proposes…marriage. And though it’s purely a business arrangement, there’s nothing pure about the attraction that sizzles between them.
From author’s site: Reporter Sierra McIntyre’s stories on Crystal City’s ghost hunters-and their mysterious guild-have earned her tabloid a bit of respect. And they’ve allowed her to clothe her dust bunny companion Elvis in rock-and-roll style. It helps that she has mega-rez intuition to fall back on…
Especially when she interviews Ghost Hunter Guild Boss John Fontana about the disappearances of retired, homeless hunters. She doesn’t want to trust the physically and psychically powerful man, but her senses-and Elvis-give her the green light. To uncover the conspiracy within his own organization, Fontana proposes…marriage. And though it’s purely a business arrangement, there is nothing pure about the attraction that sizzles between them…
Read an excerpt.
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