Deadly Game Paperback – Jan 1 2008
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Christine Feehan's Ghostwalkers are an elite group of men and women, psychically enhanced by the maleficent Dr. Whitney. 4 teams of specially trained soldiers, who are fiercely protective of those they love and the men and women who cover their backs. Deadly Game is the 5th installment in the Ghostwalker series by Christine Feehan.
Ken Norton, a gifted sniper, with powers equaled only by his twin Jack, returns from a tortuous rescue mission in the Congo, to realize, not only his physical appearance has change. While on assignment to protect the senator who turned tail and ran in the Congo, Ken finds Mari, another enhanced soldier, who was also sent to guard the nefarious politician. Thinking Mari was a trained assassin, aiming her sights on the senator, Ken takes down Mari, in the first step on their trek of betrayal and love.
Ken soon realizes that Mari is the woman who has been paired with him through hormone recognition and attraction, but refuses to accept that there is any woman capable of loving a man, so brutally tortured and maimed. His all-consuming attraction to and need for Mari, only reinforces what Ken already believes-that he is more like his abusive and sadistic father than anyone could know. His sexual aggression towards the woman, who would be his mate, is anything but normal for a man once known to make a woman weak in the knees.
Marigold Smith is determined to return to the compound where she and several other enhanced women have been raised and trained as soldiers, but Ken will never let her go. On a rescue mission of hope, Mari is captured and returned to the isolated compound where her 'sisters' in life, must suffer through the indignities and abuse by the men who claim to be their protectors.Read more ›
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First, this is a brutal book. There is no sugar coating anywhere in this book. I am a twenty-year military wife. I know what military men are like. My husband still won't talk about most of the things he had to do while he was in the military. I have heard him and his friends talking when they didn't know I could hear them. They are crude. They are raw. They are military. They are soldiers. It has always been amazing to me that my husband could be two different men. My husband and the father of my children, and the soldier...and believe me they in no way resemble each other. Seeing the Ghostwalkers as they are, as they perceive themselves to be, and the way their women look at them is very familiar to me. Being in the military IS brutal...being in the Special Forces is even more so. Feehan apparently knows some soldiers, because hers are quite realistic...maybe too realistic for some readers to handle.
Next, Whitney. I knew he wasn't dead. He couldn't be...because then there would be no nemesis. Whitney is a monster...and some people have a hard time believing that such a monster could exist. I am a psychologist and have been, in my past, a rape counselor. I am not going to go into detail, but suffice it to say that monsters like Whitney do exist. Freaks like the perverted physician in this novel do exist. I have witnessed the aftermath in their victims. Enough said.
Finally, this was a necessary addition to the Game novels. This one is not for the faint of heart. Feehan had to show some reality in this one. Granted, the psychic enhancements are getting a bit out of hand, but showing Whitney's madness was necessary. Just saying he was crazy would not have packed the same punch as reading it in detail. I would be lying if I said that I was comfortable reading the most brutal scenes in this novel...I was not. In fact, I was quite uncomfortable. I can see how many people could not read this novel. It is not for the faint of heart.
One last thing, I would like to say that I am disappointed in the rude and graphic language with which Ms. Feehan is using in her sex/love scenes. I can think of many other words she can use in place of the ones that she has recently begun to use with frequency in all of her novels...not just the Game series. The crudity takes away from the beauty of what can be between two people. I would truly like to see her back away from the crudity and go back to simplicity. That is why I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5.
In closing, I would say that if you are a fan of the Game series, you should read this book. It is ugly. It is brutal. It is crude...but it also gives you a glimpse of what it is truly like in the military(the Ghostwalkers)...what monsters can lurk within even the stillest of waters (Jack, Ken, and really all of the Ghostwalkers)...and how far human depravity can really sink (Whitney). Again, a necessary addition, but it is not a comfortable book to read.
Ken Norton is the twin brother of Jack Norton they are members of the elite Ghostwalkers, both are matchless snipers. Jack has settled down with Briony and now Ken encounters Marigold, Briony's twin sister, on a mission. He captures her and intends to bring her to Briony. However, alot of things began to go wrong and they realize there are many plots by DR Whitney that they have to overcome.
Mari is trying to reach a Senator to tell him of the inhumanity paracticed by Dr Whitney. She is captured by Ken and finds herself drawn to the hard, scarred man who is determined to find Whitney and protect her. The scars over all of Ken's body do not in any way repulse Mari. She finds him strangely compelling. But she must return to her sisters, they are being forced to mate with the animalistic men whitney chooses for them.
It seems that Whitney has alot of powerful friends and Ken and Jack are determined to find his compound and rescue the other women held there.
The fight that Ken has to put up with himself is almost as great as the attraction he has for Mari. Two strong willed people fighting for the right to make their own choices. At least now we know Whitney is alive and he is planning something major, what we do not know.
I couldn't put this one down, the action is non stop and the fighting is very well written. You can feel each punch and really adds to the feeling of reality. The romance is hot and heavy and the depth of these characters is what makes this book so appealing.
That is what I think so I encourage you not to miss this one.
It was a good read, but a bit of a let down.
The book begins with the Norton twin's team sent to protect a senator married to a Ghostwalker, Violet. They are at his hunting cabin and there are dead deer carcasses hanging from the porch, which for me right away set a very grisly scene. The twins and people on their team know there are some other Ghostwalkers there or coming that have been sent to kill the senator. As they wait and Ken very, very slowly sneaks closer to the cabin, he sees a shadow come apparently out of one of the carcasses. He shoots it and then shoots at a sniper on the roof but not killing that person. Ken's team notices the enemy Ghostwalker team is surrounding the injured sniper and Ken gets to the sniper first and stomps on the wrist to stop them from shooting and then realizes it is a woman. Not only a woman but the very one that Jack's wife has sent them after!! Her twin sister Marigold!! She is badly injured with a broken leg from the fall plus a couple gunshots and now the broken wrist. Ken scoops her up and with his team's help dodges the enemy team as they take her to a helicopter for evacuation.
Many questions are asked and answered as Ken seeks to find out what the other team was doing at the senator's cabin, why Mari is a part of it and where she has been, how is this all connected with Dr. Whitney and finally, why he has these extremely strong and possessive feelings about Marigold.
We learn more about Ken's suffering in the Congo and how very badly scarred he is all over his body plus more what it was like for Mari growing up as a soldier.
I enjoyed the story and the only thing I hated was that the cover has a picture/drawing of a man with just ONE measly little scar!! That is NOT at all close to how Ms. Feehan describes Ken's face but I suppose an actualy drawing of that might have scared off some readers. I would rather they left the picture out in that case.
This book also had a very intense look into what the female Ghost Walkers have endured. The story took us inside Whitney's lab for about 100 pages, and I felt that this could have been edited down to about 50.
All-in-all, I love Ken and Mari's characters and how their relationship played out. I would have given 5 stars, but the sexual/physical abuse that Mari endured at the lab was too graphic and too dragged out.