by Christine Feehan

September 2003
ISBN: 0-515-13596-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

I have just finished reading a book that I did not think existed - a book written by Christine Feehan that I did not find compelling and riveting from beginning to end. As a fan of her “Dark” series and her other ventures into paranormal romance, I was really looking forward to her new venture, Shadow Game. I had read the excerpt in her last book and the premise was very intriguing. Imagine my distress when I found myself disappointed in the final product.

Dr. Lily Whitney is called in to consult with her father, billionaire researcher, Dr. Peter Whitney, when his experiment in enhancing the psychic abilities of Special Forces soldiers shows signs of failure. The team of “special” servicemen and civilians, all with inherent psychic abilities, were submitted to mind-enhancing environments and other treatments designed to develop their natural talents. They developed telepathic communication, telekinetic abilities and varying degrees of mental suggestion that could be used in combat situations. Unfortunately, several of the men had also died as a result of severe side effects.

Captain Ryland Miller is the leader of the unit and one of the most powerful, psychically. He is certain that his men have been manipulated intentionally and feels that the deaths are nothing short of murder. He is furious at their solitary confinement and callous treatment by both Peter Whitney and Colonel Higgins, the Army officer in charge of the experiment.

When Peter Whitney is murdered, Lily and Ryland are drawn into a web of deceit and intrigue, made only more volatile by their own psychic and emotional connection with each other. As Lily discovers the truth about her own childhood and the course of her final communication with her father, Ryland must find a way to keep his unit together and plan an escape from the facility where they are being held.

This all sounds like the making of a fine novel, and in fact the premise of the book, and the stories that are sure to follow, is outstanding. It is the pace of the book that I did not like. This story cried out for taut suspense and fast-paced action - and instead it was plodding in places, and too much time was spent on the preliminary attraction between Lily and Ryland. I just kept waiting for things to happen. I am usually an eager participant in the books that I read and enjoy the feeling of being sucked in by a good story. This was not a book that demanded my complete attention and it was easy to put down. That is not a good sign.

Fans of Christine Feehan will no doubt flock to the bookstore in droves for this new book. I am left hoping that the next one is better.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Paula.

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