Readers count on Christine Feehan to start the action in high gear, then slam her foot on the accelerator. In this installment of her paranormal series that began with Shadow Game, she delivers again -- big-time.
At the beginning of Deadly Game, a team of GhostWalkers, led by brothers Jack and Ken Norton, are on assignment to protect a politician from a supposed assassination threat, but it feels like a setup to them. As shots ring out, Ken takes down a sniper, only to discover that he is a she -- and a dead ringer for Jack's wife, Briony. They recognize her as the twin sister the evil Dr. Whitney kept for experimentation. Now she is all soldier, part of Whitney's army and an unwilling participant in his genetically enhanced breeding program. Jim warns Ken that Mari is tough is nails and likely to rip his heart out. Sure enough, after the first time they make love, she knocks him out cold. Then Mari has a chance for redemption -- the opportunity to rescue her team from Peter Whitney -- but only if she can learn to trust Ken. This touching love story between two deeply scarred and psychically gifted people, set in the midst of heart-pounding action, shows off Feehan intensity at its best. Ginger Curwen