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The Descartes Legacy

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

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    This book is a very intriguing and thrilling read with a touch o

    This book is a very intriguing and thrilling read with a touch of science fiction.
    Luke spends all his time trying to take down the Conclave, the group of people responsible for the loss of his family.  Jenna was born with a genetic illness and after her father dies she is catapulted into a world of murder and terrorism.  Luke’s need to revenge clashes with his need to protect Jenna and she learns secrets that rock the very foundation of her life.
    With action from beginning to end, this story is very engaging with surprising twists that keep the reader guessing. The action scenes are depicted in a well orchestrated and believable way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The author has created a world with a well developed plot that is fast paced and entertaining with characters that have strong, captivating personalities that draw the reader deeper into the story.
    The story concentrates more on the conflict and suspense more than romance, but the chemistry between the Luke and Jenna is strong and undeniable and the author captures their emotions with clarity.  
    While I haven’t found anything that supports that the author is going to make this a series, I certainly believe there will be one. The ending of the book had a conclusion but it strongly suggests more to come and there was several questions and unresolved issues.  I found the book to be an enjoyable read and I will be very disappointed if there is not another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    *Got a copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

    *Got a copy from publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

    The Descartes Legacy follows the story of Jenna and the mystery she finds herself involved in. With the death of her father, she finds herself in need of assistance. After the doctor she turns to for help ends up murdered, Jenna becomes a target. Luke is convinced that Jenna could hold the key in solving the mystery of just what exactly the plan codenamed Descartes is. Meanwhile the Conclave will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends and achieve their goals.

    At first I wasn't sure where the story would take us. The book alternates point of views between both Jenna and Luke, with a few bits of other character's p.o.v.s thrown into the mix. Neither of which truly know what is going on, though he does have a better idea. And the mystery they have to solve is a pretty big one, and that's before thing really turn deadly. There is so much tossed into the mystery that our heroes have to solve, and yet the author does a good job with it all. There were times early on I was questioning a few things...things that later turned out to be important when we finally know the truth about it all.

    Throughout the book you learn things about the characters. The more you learn the more you can understand their motivations and appreciate the web in which they all are connected. I cannot say much here without spoiling things, but the author creates a very interesting cast of characters that really made the story all that much better.

    As the pages flew by, I did not want to put this book down. I just had to know what happened and the hows and whys of things. A few things were predictable but that didn't detract from the story because the author added slight twists to make them more unique. If you like mystery/thrillers, then give this one a try.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    This was an enjoyable read. I liked the intrigue right off the

    This was an enjoyable read. I liked the intrigue right off the bat with Jenna's illness and the antagonist's recognition of her, telling us Jenna was deeply involved in whatever disaster threatened London. Luke is also a likeable, swoon worthy hero with flaws and ghosts of his own, which I love in a hero. I have to say I'm a big fan of British TV, books and the general attitudes and humor of the British, so I quite enjoyed the language and "voice" of the characters.

    The romance took a back seat to the mystery in my opinion, but it was still well rounded and still heartfelt. The plot moved along well, and although the most immediate threat was averted by the end, the main story arc seemed as though it will continue into another book. One I will most definitely read.

    I had a few brow raising moments, but not many, like one decision on Jenna's part to do something she knew would endanger the lives of others, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. Overall, Ms. Croft helped me escape into another world for a while, and I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery, lots of action, and a hard-won romance.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

    Oh geez. Once again, Entangled gets me. For a baby publisher lik

    Oh geez. Once again, Entangled gets me. For a baby publisher like Entangled, they certainly get some of the best books. I’m so in love with this company. And their covers totally rock. Yet again, another cover I can love on. So to speak.

    Anyway, now on to the book. At first I wasn’t sure what to think or if I’d really get into this book. A doctor Jenna had visited the day before ends up murdered and somehow it connects back to her. She’s in a bad way because her own father (her life-long physician) had died a few weeks earlier and the special medication he’s been giving her to keep her mysterious illness at bay is about to run out (hence why she’d visited a new doctor, in hopes that he could replicate the formula).

    Luke shows up and is investigating the same murder, in pursuit of revenge for the death of his wife and child ten years earlier. Jenna turns out to be his only possible lead to the organization he’s been chasing, since they apparently want Jenna too. His initial plan quickly changes as he starts developing feelings for her.

    There are tons of exciting chase scenes and plenty of suspicion and doubt about the trustworthiness of the heroine and hero (toward each other).

    Ms. Croft has a perfect sense of timing, never spending too much, or rushing through, any given aspect of her story. I really felt like I got to know the main characters (including the villain) and their goals were realistic. I mean, who could blame Luke for wanting payback for his wife’s death, or Jenna wanting to live on.

    The only slightly weak spot was the slight predictability with regard to how the antagonist related to Jenna. I saw that connection coming well in advance of the revelation. Between that and a slight disappointment as to how the various threads wrapped up (it seemed a little too easy, the final disposition of the antagonist), I had to drop this from a 5-star rating to 4.5.

    The illness Jenna has provides another driving force to the plot, especially as Ms. Croft guides us into discovering the truth about Jenna and where Jenna comes from (in many ways, not just sperm/egg donor-wise). The inclusion of the Descartes Highlands on the moon, and how that related to the story was also fascinating and I feel could be a very real possibility, given how many secrets the government keeps from the general public.

    Anyway, great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers mixed with a hefty dash of romance.

    Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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