Friday, July 6, 2012

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan

In a world so dark and seductive, expect nothing less than a triple-cross in the explosive all-new Ghostwalker novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan...

In an underground club, a high-ranking public official spends his secret nights indulging in fantasies as exciting as they are depraved. For a seductive employee of the Dungeon, it’s her job to fulfill them. But she’s playing a far more dangerous game -- one of blackmail, politics, and murder that reaches into the shadow world of the Ghostwalkers, and the creation of a spectacular, one-of-a-kind new weapon of defense.

But when a dictator makes his own catastrophic moves, the Ghostwalkers have no choice but to bring in two major players -- a man and woman both driven by passion and revenge. Both expendable. Both with nothing left to lose.

First let me assure you that the blurb you see up above has pretty much nothing to do with the main couple in this story. Second, let me also tell you that the alpha male of this story, Sam, is not an asshole (ala Dark Predator). Feehan's Ghostwalker series has quietly become my favorite of hers because of the combination of alpha-but-still-loving men and fierce women. There's always a lot of action with plenty of sexy times and even when you think the plotline with Whitney (the big bad guy) is becoming stale, Feehan manages to come up with something new to keep things interesting.

While this book isn't the end of the series by a long shot, I would have to say that about 3/4 of the way through I wouldn't have been upset if it had been. I liked Sam and Azami quite a bit; she was scarred from her childhood with Whitney, Sam by his time in the military combined with his neglected to adopted backstory. But both of them are warriors. I mean Azami kicks ass before we even see the rest of the gang! She researched the hell out of the Ghostwalker compound and the motives of the people living there, ready to take whatever steps necessary to end Whitney's reign. Combined it all results in a great book with fast-paced, entertaining action scenes and a satisfying HEA.

P.S. - There is a lot of military jargon and weapons discussion in this book (more so than usual I feel) but it since it made sense to the characters I'm not going to quibble and say that it had no place in the overall story.

P.P.S. - Azami, while being Asian and raised Japanese, did not feel to me like a stereotype. Some more obvious qualities were picked to be shown in detail (ie, tea making) but any sense of subservience was quickly balanced by Sam, who wanted to serve her and be of use to her just as much as she did.

Overall Feeling - B+

Series - ... 8) Street Game 9) Ruthless Game 10) Samurai Game