Predatory Game by Christine Feehan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The 6th book in the GhostWalkers series, Predatory Game was a somewhat disappointing read for me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't up to par with the previous books. It was nicer, sweeter and tamer, and I missed the fast paced and never-ending action typical of the series.
Jess Calhoun is a wheelchair-bound GhostWalker who was seriously injured in Mind Game and has been working "in the background" since then. To the world, he's just a retired Navy SEAL turned songwriter and radio station owner, but he's actually still deeply connected with the GhostWalkers, investigating a possible traitor within the Government. Saber Wynter is a deadly GhostWalker - she can kill with a simple touch - who has managed to escape from Dr. Whitney, and ended up working for Jess at his radio station and living at his house (as a housekeeper/housemate and nothing else). Jess knows Saber's on the run (from an abusive husband?) and she's hiding a lot of things - being a paranoid GhostWalker, he investigated her when she showed up on his doorstep one year ago, but couldn't find anything - and she knows there's more to him than meets the eye, but neither suspects the other is a GhostWalker because they're both "shielders", therefore able to hide their psychic powers from anyone. That was an interesting premise, having Jess and Saber develop a relationship without the pull of their powers and, seemingly, without Dr. Whitney's genetic manipulation too.
When this book begins, Jess and Saber has been friends (without benefits, poor guys) for almost a year, and she's starting to feel it's time she moved on because she's become too attached to him and it isn't safe to stay in one place for so long considering the Evil Mad Dr. Whitney's on her trail. But she can't find the strength to leave Jess and she ends up lowering her "shield" accidentaly and tipping him off about the fact that she's a GhostWalker. He doesn't say anything but he starts to wonder if she's a spy planted by Dr. Whitney. At the same time, he finds out there's someone stalking his house, so he calls his GhostWalkers team for help. When Saber meets them, she realizes Jess and his friends are all GhostWalkers, and she wonders if they're Dr. Whitney's goons sent to catch her. Jess and Saber love each other, even though she's not willing to admit it, but can they trust each other? And who's the stalker? Is Dr. Whitney really behind it all?
All in all, Predatory Game was a satisfying read, more focused on the romance than the previous books in the series. Jess had a charming sense of humor, which is unusual when it comes to the heroes in this series, and that gave this book a "lighter" feel. But while I enjoyed reading Jess and Saber's banter and seeing how well adjusted their lives had become in the months they had been living together, I got tired of it halfway through the story. I mean, nothing important happened in the 1st 8 chapters. I was ready to start shooting bullets myself just to get some action going, LOL. Fortunately, the crazy stalker made his move before I had to resort to that, and the story picked up its pace just the way I like it. As villains go, the stalker didn't scare much and I never saw him as a real threat, probably because he wasn't "enhanced". What normal human being could face a GhostWalker and survive?
Anyway, I'm still a devoted fan of this series and will definitely read the next book, Murder Game. I've been dying to read Kadan's story since his 1st appearance in Shadow Game, so it should be fun to see him fall in love and lose (some of) his control. ;)
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