- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star; Original edition (Oct. 27 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416562133
- ISBN-13: 978-1416562139
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,232,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Stranger Mass Market Paperback – Oct 27 2009
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About the Author
Susan Sizemore is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, contemporary, and futuristic romances, including Primal Instincts, Primal Needs, and Primal Desires. She lives in the Midwest.
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The plot is set in a prisoner of war camp - and it is definitely NOT Hogan's Heroes. But it's also not Auschwitz. One of the reasons it is as good as it is is the hero Matthias Raven; the ranking human officer [a Brigadier General with the Marines], a doctor, and a charismatic leader. The camp is underground with very little lighting... It also houses two non-human races which are relative unknowns.
Zoe is a diplomat who was trying to negotiate an alliance with some of the alien races to aid the Byzant Empire against their foes but her she is captured when an enemy fleet appears. She is sent to the POW camp along with the others captured. She and Raven immediately clash over escape plans - she feels they should be trying to escape, he forbids it. As they begin to work together she serves as diplomatic contact with the aliens and tries to avoid entanglements. Both of them have secrets they are hiding but the lust is rising on both sides. Throw in politics [human and alien] and bigotry [again human and alien] and the path to true love will not run smooth...
A very enjoyable read for me. And the hero and heroine get a short story sequel - By Sun and Candlelight - as well! This is more an epilogue than a stand alone story and seems to only be available in digital format. Dark Stranger, however, could be read as a stand-alone.
The mysterious energy wave that destroyed the Earth's atmosphere leading the way to the creation of the Byzant empire was lame. The inability of the enemy to locate the princess was lame. And then I kept getting these flash backs to one of the poorer STAR TREK movies (the one where Kirk and McCoy are sentenced to an underground Klingon prison located on an Ice planet). There was even a locator device that was planted in the hand of Zoe's chief of security.
The plot didn't flow. There were several jumpy bits but the worst was Zoe's suicide attempt that seemed fake to me. There was no build up in her state of mind that would justify that action. In fact, she had rejected it previously. And I didn't find any justificaiton for Matthias saying he had figured out that was what she was going to do because of her desperate attitude during their most recent sex encounter. Another out of kilter plot twist was Matthias' planning and execution of a big prison break out in less than 3 hours (including a time out for some sex with Zoe). And why was this plan successful? The Krills (or the enemy) just needed to slam the front door shut and that would have been that. And wasn't that a wonderful coincidence that the leader of Zoe's special forces rescue squad was Matthias' prime cousin? And gee whiz another member of the rescue team just happened to be a mattria (or whatever) who could marry Zoe & Matthias "Prime style"? /sarc.
I was never in sympathy with Zoe. She wasn't real. When I read about how her family already had embryos stored in the event of Zoe's death, my reaction was "That's all right then, let's kill her off!" Matthias was more realistic as a Prime (believable in the Sizemore world) but he needed a better bond mate than Zoe.