Murder Game Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1 2009
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I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years—I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
There's only one person he can ask for help, and he needs to find her quick. One of many of Lily's "sisters", Tansy is one of enhanced girls. As a child, she'd helped the police and the FBI catch murderers with her enhanced gifts. There's only one draw-back - the voices of the victims, of the murderers, stay in her head. Whitney had taken away her defenses and she can't block them. After the last episode, she'd spent a long time in a hospital until she believed her mental stability would allow her to function.
Now, up in the Sierras, she's working her freelance job, getting pictures for National Geographic. And that's where Kadan finds her. But when he sees her, his body reacts, instantly. He knows that the enhancing Whitney did included being paired with Tansy, but what he feels is deeper; quickly, to him, Tansy is home. She sees a side of him that not even his closest friends, the other GhostWalkers, have seen.
Together, in their struggle, they track down the murderers and who is running the game. Only, he's a `hunter', and a `dreamwalker', exactly like Tansy. Stopping him just got a lot more complicated.
And I so loved this book! I don't think there is one GhostWalker novel that's left me disappointed.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
As expected when dealing with such a valuable commodity as a super soldier, powerful individuals who do not have the greater good in mind would do anything to obtain these men and/or the science behind them.
In case you were wondering, yes, these are paranormal romance novels. Each novel is a particular GhostWalker's love story. This is Kadan Montague's love story. Okay men, don't leave just yet. There is plenty of action, machismo, and some of the steamiest love scenes Christine has published to date in this book. Oops, I may have lost the guys with the last part; or maybe not.
I have been anticipating Kadan's story almost from the beginning of this series. He has been an enigma lurking in the background of almost every GhostWalker novel preceding this one and it does not disappoint. This is a man who is considered "one scary individual" by his own teammates. He is a cold blooded killing machine.
Kadan is sent on a mission with which even his fellow GhostWalkers cannot assist because they are all considered suspects in a series of murders. It is up to Kadan to clear them all. He quickly realizes he cannot go it alone so he seeks out a very special woman to help him.
Tansy Meadows has an almost supernatural ability to track serial killers but at a very high personal cost to her health and even her sanity. She tries to avoid human contact whenever possible, which explains her chosen profession of wildlife photography. It allows her a great deal of time away from everyone and everything. Isolation has become a basic requirement for her life to have any possibility of continuing. Now Kadan needs her help. How can she possibly go with him? It might literally kill her in more ways than she initially understands.
I am a reader of all of Christine's novels and from the very first installment of this series, the GhostWalkers became a favorite. Men who are capable of meeting the requirements to become members of the Special Forces are men who are already in a class of their own. I consider them a cut above us average humans and incredibly HOT! Now enhance their psychic and physical abilities and you have MAJOR HOTNESS!
The GhostWalkers premise creates plenty of opportunities for espionage, intrigue, mystery, and adventure. I think that is what has allowed each novel to be so fresh and each story to be strong enough to stand alone. It has been a series that has yet to run out of steam, and Kadan's story is actually one of the more exciting and complex of the series so far.
For those who have never read a GhostWalker novel and are wondering if he or she MUST begin at the beginning. It is not necessary. I would encourage you to read the first book, "Shadow Game", if you can to get a good feel for the beginning, but even that is not necessary. It is, however, definitely more pleasurable. Just read, and enjoy. Snatch up each installment as you can and all the pieces will eventually fall into place.
I have looked forward to your book since Lilly's. You are the enigma, the man who shields not only his friends from danger, but himself from the rest of the world. You are the perfect ghostwalker and man oh man I want you to be mine!!
Your genetic matched mate Tansy started out as a great character but fell two dimensional after only 50 pages. And the sex.... oh man the sex all you two did was have sex, sex, sex oh and how about more sex. Like you meet Tansy... then see her naked... then have sex that night. Her parents are 'kidnapped' and how do you big strong Kaden handle it?? You have sex... again.
Did I mention that this book had a lot of sex? For the sake of not sounding too repetitive I'm going to stop there. The plot was amazing and shouldn't have taken back seat to the sweaty scenes. Christine Feehan is a great writer, she was just too horny while writing this.
Alas Kaden you fall below Jack and Ken now for their books were plot with a little cherry of sex. I hope the next one is as amazing as I dreamed Murder Game would be.
However, I have one major reservation about this book, something that left a bad taste in my mouth when it was all over. First, let me make one thing clear. It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round; I get that. Some folks want to read fantasies about taming the bad boy, bringing the alpha male to heel, or even being submissive to a dominant man; that's their choice. What I don't like is when an author gussies it up as though they have to defend that fantasy and make it "justifiable." And that's how this book comes across, in a really big way. Kadan is extremely domineering, and while Tansy has just enough spine for the author to be able to say, "see? She's a strong woman, really she is" (as Kadan and Tansy insist on pointing out to the reader on a number of occasions), one kiss from Kadan and she becomes "pliant" and "obedient" (yes, words used within a page of one another to describe Tansy's reactions to Kadan).
Kadan might not be physically abusive, but he comes close to it a couple of times. And he does things that most people would NOT consider appropriate in a relationship, such as requiring Tansy to allow him to touch her provocatively in front of other people even when it embarrasses her. And it's somehow supposed to be okay because she can read his mind and knows that he's actually insecure and needy under it all.
Again, if you want to write a dominance/submission story for those people who enjoy such things, go right ahead. But damn well be honest about it--don't dress it up and toss a dozen different justifications at it so you can pretend that isn't what it is. As it is, this book left me with a sour feeling of blatant authorial manipulation of the reader.
My rating would be a 4 for interesting story, plot, and characters, but the above issue left me so annoyed with the book that I had to drop it to a 2.
For the most part I enjoyed the book. I never thought I would say this but there was too much sex in it (which is why I didn't give it 5 stars). The murder story would be going along just great and then it would be broken up with several pages of sex. Then the story would start up again. It got to the point that I was skimming the sex pages so that I could get back to the story.
The story in brief is that men who should never have been made Ghostwalkers are being controlled by a puppet master and killing people across the country. At each murder scene an ivory chess piece (best way to describe it) is left. The good Ghostwalkers use the ivory pieces to try to figure out who is doing the killing and who is the puppet master.
Now if you are familar with the Ghostwalker series, you will have no problem understanding who's who and everything that is going on. However if this is your first Ghostwalker book, I think you might find it a bit confusing.
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