I really enjoyed this series when it first started but found it less appealing as time went on. This story seems to bring back a lot of the original elements that made these stories initially appealing, albeit with a darker note that has whetted my curiosity to see how things will unfold in the future.
The story gets off to an exciting start with the chameleon-like Bellisia hiding in plain sight observing one of the ghost walkers commit treason and sell out other ghost walker teams. She has a harrowing escape from the locked-down fortress and then, despite her obvious pain and discomfort, escapes her own team to find freedom. She returns stateside to relish new experiences while keeping a keen eye on the ghost walker team who’s been exposed to the enemy.
It’s the gentle Zeke who appeals to her as he spends time around the swamp, singing to his teammate’s daughters, telling them stories, and teaching them survival skills. Zeke is a ghost walker, a genetically engineered super soldier who raised his brother and another orphan under the harshest of circumstances. He believes himself to be anything but gentle, but Bellisia definitely brings out all that is gentle in him.
There’s plenty of action and suspense. Readers will enjoy the twists and turns as tense battle situations give way to heroic rescues with betrayals and enemies hiding around every corner. Bellesia rescues Zeke and, at much pain to him, gives him her own blood to keep him alive. It is not fun when she’s repaid by being taken a prisoner by his teammates, and yet her reaction when Zeke takes her out of the cell and invites her into the house is priceless.
The author has done a tremendous job in humanizing these ladies who are genetically enhanced with the DNA of some of the most dangerous creepy crawlies. Bellisia’s interaction with Nonna, the matriarch who rules the Fontenot family with stern love, is a bittersweet delight. She’s been in Whitney’s programs since she was a baby and has never known the warmth and love of a home or had friends. Her terror at the breakfast table and her joy in learning to cook make the story real and appealing.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan is “one of the best storytellers around” (RT Book Reviews). Find out why as two lovers surrounded by greed and corruption discover there’s no telling whom you can trust—or who will come out on top…
When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that…
A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke is different. His gaze, his touch—they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with—if she can keep him alive…
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