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Murder Game Christine Feehan
Christine Feehan is best known for her Carpathian vampire series of books, but I have also enjoyed her other books, all of which seem to fall into the genre paranormal romance. I'm a sucker for these type of books, so when I found out she had written another in her Ghostwalker series, then I had to spend some of my dooyoo vouchers on it.
Christine Feehan is an American best selling author of several series of books, the Carpathian or 'Dark' Series, the Drake Sisters series, the Leopard series, and the Ghostwalker series. She has written since she was a child, according to her website, often getting into trouble at school for writing when she should have been doing other things. Wikipedia tells us she is married and has eleven children.
***warning this may contain spoilers for the previous books in the series***
Murder Game is the seventh in the Ghostwalker series, and as well as being paranormal romances, the books are also action thrillers. They centre around the world of an elite band of warriors, the Ghostwalkers, who have all been genetically enhanced to have heightened senses. They all have different abilities, from telepathy, to turning their skin to camouflage, to being able to communicate with animals, and so on. They are stronger and faster, and because of this there are people in authority that want them destroyed. They were created by Doctor Philip Whitney, and through the earlier books in the series, we learn that the Ghostwalkers were not the only ones he experimented upon. He may be a genius, but he had few scruples, buying young girls, from poor backgrounds, to perform his experiments upon, even going so far as to experiment upon his own daughter. We learn that he has engineered mates for each of the Ghostwalkers, planning to mate them, and then experiment upon their offspring. The Ghostwalkers and the girls, all named after flowers, have mostly managed to get away from the influence of Doctor Whitney, but he is still a threat to them, and their future happiness.
Murder Game is quite capable of standing alone, although it would help to have read the other books in the series, as this would give you more of the background, and introduce some of the characters that are mentioned in this book.
The Ghostwalkers are under suspicion, as a series of murders are committed, in what appears to be some kind of macabre game, with two teams of killers. Kadan Montague has been assigned to investigate them, in the hope of clearing the name of the Ghostwalkers. To help with his investigations, he seeks the help of Tansy Meadows, a young girl who has in the past helped police to track down killers, through her psychic ability. When he finds her, out in the wilderness of North America photographing mountain lions, he realises that his life and his mission have just become far more complicated. Tansy is his 'mate', the girl genetically enhanced by Dr Whitney to be the perfect match for him. She has had no training to help her to live with her ability, and to help him in the way he needs, could damage her mind beyond recognition. Will Tansy help? Will Kadan allow the woman who is his mate put herself in danger to exonerate his fellow Ghostwalkers? Will the killers continue to kill, or can these two young people put a stop to their Murder Game? You'll have to read the book to find out.
I enjoy Christine Feehan's writing, it's easy to read, normally fast paced, and her characters although larger than life, are believable, and likeable. I found this book a bit slow to get going, when the principal characters had met up, there was a lot of planning, before the actual action got going, but that didn't distract from the book too much for me, and the wait was worth it when things actually started to move. I would have liked a few more twists in the story, as the final section of the book seemed to move all too quickly, so I think a few more setbacks would have enhanced this part of the book for me. There are plenty of sexy scenes, and these are suitably hot and steamy, although I did find myself speed reading through some of them to get to more storyline action. I'll probably enjoy those more when I re-read the book, knowing the outcome will give me the luxury of taking my time over the description, rather than hurrying on because I wanted to know what happened next.
All in all this was an enjoyable way to pass the time, and I will be looking out for the next in the series, although according to her website it looks as if I'm going to have to wait until 2010!
Paperback 464 pages
£5.89 new from Amazon