Nox Noctis Est Nostri

powergameWhat goes unseen, unheard, and unknown fell under the purview of the GhostWalkers. The sea, the earth, and the air were their domain. They believed in justice and they protected those who couldn’t protect themselves. They were both merciful and implacable in their resolve. “There is honor in the shadows,” states their creed.

The GhostWalkers weren’t vigilante crimefighters like Batman or Shadowhawk, they were part of a U.S. military program designed to create super soldiers. As genetically enhanced soldiers they were trained to be assassins, spies, and superheroes. They were lethal, top secret, and totally under the thumb of the government.

One of them, however, had ambitions beyond her jurisdiction. Senator Violet Smythe-Freeman was beautiful, intelligent, and poisonous. With her enhanced DNA and her knack for persuasion, she had the ability to take control of the White House. She wanted power and she was on track to become the next President of the United States.

Taking control of Washington, D.C., would be easy for someone like Sen. Smythe-Freeman. But she knew she’d have to dismantle the GhostWalker program before she could hang her coat in the Oval Office. To that end, she orchestrates an invasion of a prime GhostWalker compound hidden in the Louisiana bayou.

Sounds like a pretty good setup for a Tom Clancy and Lee Child novel, doesn’t it? Certainly author Christine Feehan is comfortable playing around with military, espionage, and Mission Impossible tropes. Her characters (both male and female) are all alpha patriots who would make Captain America stand at attention in his retro buccaneer boots.

But this is the thirteenth GhostWalker adventure, and long-time readers know that Feehan always delivers big gobs of romance (and sex) in her novels. As a result, Power Game is easily distinguishable from action novels by Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, or Robert Crais.

While Sen. Smythe-Freeman was busy with her evil schemes, two lonely GhostWalkers named Bellisia Adams and Ezekiel Fortunes were falling in love in the Louisiana bog. Bellisia was a runaway agent with superpowers that mimicked the blue-ringed octopus, one of the most venomous animals in the world, and Ezekiel (that’s him on the book’s cover btw) was a guy with the eyes of an eagle, the temperament of a polar bear, and a cock the size of an anaconda (“There is no way you’re going to fit!” cried Bellisia during their first romp in the sack).

Power Game is loaded with strategic and tactical moments that include lots of gunplay, rescue missions, and chest-pounding bravado. Plus, the GhostWalkers all have unique and odd superpowers that Stan Lee somehow never thought of.

But the romance between Bellisia and Ezekiel was at the heart of the novel. They were both high-functioning super soldiers with low emotional quotients. “Bellisia wasn’t a woman. She’d never been one,” said the author. “She’d trained to be a warrior almost from the day she was born and she knew no other life.” Similarly, Ezekiel “didn’t know how to talk to women. He’d never had time to learn, and now it was too late.”

Despite their dating inexperience (and all the fireworks exploding around them), the two lovebirds eventually found happiness together. All it took were a few sleepless nights of hot tangled sex. No surprise. “The only way to learn is by doin’,” said Mama Fontenot, the snoopy queen of the Louisiana bayou.

[Power Game / By Christine Feehan / First Printing: January 2017 / ISBN: 9780399583919]

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