by Doranna Durgin

June 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51360-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #46
Mass Market Paperback

Checkmate is in the Athena Force miniseries. These heroines know how to kick ass then take names. They fight for the good, each having their own style, different jobs and they come to the aid of the other Athena graduates. Checkmate is about Selena Jones, an FBI Legate on counter terrorism, who just so happens to be in Berzhaan where she is trying to give them guidance and help.

Selena took the assignment in the far off middle eastern country because she isnít sure about her husband. Cole is an undercover agent and he lets her know in some way or another where he's assigned and when he will be home. Only this time, she sees him where he isnít suppose to be in DC kissing someone else. She is trying to sort out her feelings for him while she is away but it seems that Kemeni terrorist have given her other things to worry about when the capital building is taken hostage.

Selena definitely lives up to the Athena graduates that have come before her. She is the one-woman army to take the building back from the terrorist and keep herself from being taken as a hostage as well. It takes some quick thinking, her Athena training and all her skills to fight them, with very little weapons at hand. Oh she does get caught but not for too long.

Ms. Durgin has given us a story that we have come to expect and anticipate from the Athena Force miniseries. Selena is a compassionate heroine for those in trouble and need; she demonstrates it over and over in the story. Selena might be a kick ass heroine but she also has a humorous side and it comes out in spades. Selena might not know it but she does get some help from her husband Cole and a few other Athena graduates as well. Checkmate is definitely one story you will not be able to put down, we never know what to expect from Selena or from the terrorist that have taken over the building. The pages seem to turn themselves as we travel with Selena on the ride of her life.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Pam.

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