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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    :)

    'Non-official hunter-gatherer spies in a network only the top brass of any government knew existed, in a world few dared enter. The shadowy world of the Nighthawks.' Dangerous Illusion is the third book in the Nighthawk series. Delia de Souza is the wife of the bad guy in Can you Forget?. It is Brendan's assignment to find Delia and her son, protect them and get the evidence she is hiding that will send Robert Falcone ( bad guy) to the electric chair. There was just one big problem--once Brendan finds Delia he has to confirm it's her and not her cousin Ana. This is were the story gets frustrating. Brendan and Delia met years ago when they were both young. Brendan has always carried a torch for Delia, so this assignment is personal to him. When his boss tells him to go find Elizabeth Silver and identify her as Delia de Souza, it should be a piece of cake right? Well, no. You see Delia has a cousin, Ana and apparently they look alike. So, Brendan has to determine if this woman is really who she claims to be-Elizabeth (Beth) Silver, or if she's Delia, or Ana. I can go along with this, but not for almost a hundred pages. Around fifty pages I was thinking, enough already tell him who you are and move on. Finally, the Nighthawks decide to assume that she's Delia--and that's when the action picks up and the page turner begins. 'Beth' is determined not to trust anyone, not even Brendan, until he proves he is telling the truth. But, even when she is almost sure she can trust him she decides she can't tell him to protect him. She repeatedly tries to escape, of course, she doesn't realize that escaping is impossible, hello, he is a Nighthawk. Once the action picked up I truly enjoyed this book. A real touching moment was when Beth realized what her choices had cost other people. By hiding out and protecting herself and son--other people were paying the price. It was such a shattering moment for her--very touching and finally I felt connected to Beth. In the end I believe Danny and Brendan where the real scene stealers--I loved this 'father/son' duo. Danny's cute and you could feel this little boys desire to have a normal life with a mummy and a daddy. Despite my reservations at the beginning this was a great addition to the Nighthawk series. It also wrapped up the 'mission' that started in Who Do You Trust? or did it-hmm? --After completing the book I realize the beginning of the story was an attempt to explain the life that Beth has had to lead in order to protect her and her son because of one man's obsession. It's also a chance to explain the history between Beth and Brendan and a chance for them to connect again. So, if you get frustrated, hang in there because it's worth it.

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