Sunday, October 14, 2012

Christine Feehan - Samurai Game

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.

Comment: Another installment in the Ghostwalker series by this author.
Although this series isn't the only one I currently follow, it's still the only one I truly await for. I've said before that most books by this author don't advance that much and they take too much space with explanation of feelings instead of developing the plot.

Anyway, this is the story of Sam and Azami. We learn soon the Azami is a ghostwalker that Whitney didn't think worthy and he sent her away like trash. She was saved by a Japanese family and trained in the martial arts and with her bothers, created a millionaire communications company.
Sam is another of the ghostwalkers in the government programs and he's part of team one, with Ryland as his team leader.

So, basically this story is Azami and her brothers going to the ghostwalkers compound to make a deal to make a business deal. There they are attacked and Sam and Azami fall in love and later on save the day and decide to marry.
And this is it, in three lines I've made a quick summary of what happens. But like always, the author takes many pages to say something and not moving on. After so many books, in terms of advancing plot, we can't say we've seen hat many things happen, the bad guy is still on the loose, there are too many things to solve and with each book there's the romance and just a thing or two about what happens and lots of information about what needs to be done. I mean, I like this series, is still my favorite, but after 10 books it would be good to have the plot starting to get solved. Unless the author plans to write the series until a very large number of books, which would just be saying the same things over and over. I guess the promise it's there, with the countless hints about some characters that might show up, about people that would be important. I just think that if the author said she has a number in sight and this is it, I'd prefer that to the continuation of unsolved issues without a finality. I think a long series is fun and it keeps us with beloved characters, but if the plot doesn't move becomes boring and repetitive. The thing is, the plot is continuous, which means we follow the same plot lines since book 1. We don't have a different set of action with each book like it happens in some series.So, I think that, after a while, it would be better to just finish something.

This book in particular was a good addition to the series, especially Azami's scenes. She goes after people that help Whitney being the bad guy he is and she takes those people out of the action and I love the scenes where she looks like some ninja shadow doing her thing without a trace, loved it. At least she is fast in her thing.
The romance was ok, too fast to my taste, but sweet. They had doubts I don't think were treated the way they should considering the time it took them to start having feelings for each other, but it's the author's trademark together with the series "rule" of instant attraction and mate recognition.
I also liked how we got to know many details about the lives of some of the characters that were protagonists in previous books. I particularly liked knowing "my" Ken and his Mari were going to have babies lol
Also good was to watch the growing friendship between the ladies in the compound and how they were becoming friends even with those who were new there, like Azami. I love this part in books.
In the end, a satisfying book, if one doesn't think too much about the huge amount of time it takes for anything to actually happen and finish in there.

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