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Book 6 of 10 in the KGI Series

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Praise for the books of New York Times Bestselling Author Maya Banks:

"Incredibly awesome...If you haven't read this series yet, you totally should. I love Maya Banks and I love her books."--Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

"An intriguing mix of military action and sizzling romance."--Publishers Weekly

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Maya Banks is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and historical romances.

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Product Details

  • Series: A KGI Novel (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425251128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251126
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.

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94 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Jen on January 1, 2013
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This is the first review I have ever written for a book that I have read. Normally I don't do it, which is probably a bad thing, but it is nevertheless true. I'm often moving on to the next book, because my TBR pile is huge. However, I was so conflicted after reading 'Shades of Gray' that I felt compelled to write my thoughts down. I'm so confused after reading this novel, that this review may make no sense. You have been warned!

This book was fantastic and horrific at the same time. I am really torn over what rating to give it. In one sense, I wish I hadn't read it. In another, I'm glad I did. It deals with very heavy issues. Usually I'm fine with that, and I often search out the angsty books because I often get more out of them than the 'fluff' romance novels. Be that as it may, this book made me feel nauseous. On one hand, that shows the quality of the writing of some incredibly hard scenes to read. On the other hand, I felt like I needed to be sick. My heart was pounding and I had to stop reading. I went and vacuumed the house. Let's be honest, I never put down a book to do housework, but I needed the break. The fact that the break involved housework is just a bit sad, but such is life! I did pick the book up again and kept reading, because I have been invested in these characters throughout the series, and I needed a HEA.

Please don't take what I have just said the wrong way. This book is well-written. There were no grammatical errors that I noticed. The characters stayed true(ish) to who they are. That being said, I strongly believe that this book needs to have a warning on it that it contains graphic scenes of violence. I wish I had known that going in, which is partly why I wanted to leave a review.
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86 of 100 people found the following review helpful By VanillaMoon on January 21, 2013
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** spoiler alert ** Apparently, in Banks's world, there are no strong women. Not really. There can be women who THINK they are strong. But what they really need, and what will happen, is that they will be taken down by a man and be cared for and nurtured back to health by another man. It happens in every KGI novel ever written. So that's my insanity moment. The fact that I thought that because P.J. was a sniper and a TEAM MEMBER and not just some girly girl flouncy sundress chick who's got a crush on a KGI member that she'd be, you know, useful and talented and strong in her own right. Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, I have declared myself temporarily insane.

Here's what I really think: I think Maya Banks writes too much BDSM. In the BDSM literary world most roles are very strictly defined. Women are feminine and strong in only the sense that they can take the pain and mind games that men dish out. Men are strong in and of themselves and eventually meet a woman that they have the hots for. In a nutshell: In Maya Banks's mind, women can only exist if they are the playthings/objects/partners/ wives/girlfriends of men, while men can just exist without women until THEY DECIDE they want a woman in their life then they just take her.

Banks can't turn this off. Not even when she writes other novels that aren't BDSM. The women are still going to be helpless. They are still going to be incapable of truly functioning without a man. They are always going to be ultra feminine. Even the kick @ss P.J. who does not wear dresses and heels is forced to, you got it, dress up in a tight black mini and heels (for a mission, of course) because Maya Banks needs you to know that P.J.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 16, 2013
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I love Maya Banks and have enjoyed the KGI series, but this one went to far. I agree with one of the other reviews stating this book should contain a warning about the graphic violence. I've been reading this series from the beginning and was looking forward to PJs story, but now, I wish I never read this book. I don't care that she ends up with Cole or saves the girls, that doesn't undo the horrible things that happened. This is not a happy ending or a feel-good book. I hate the images it put in my head. If it were a true story I could understand the need to tell it, but then you would be warned of the content. I automatically bought this coz it was part of the series, big mistake. I wish I could unread it.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By AdminDiva on January 20, 2013
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I'm sorry if anyone gets upset but readers should be warned. Even the other reviews i checked out did not warn me. I would have never started this book if i had known.a rape history is one thing having her rAped in the storyis something else. Its not a normal storyline and it should come with a warning. And saying theres violence does not cut it. If she had gotten beaten up i could deAl with that, rape is totally different. Also the fact that it happen due to the total incompetence of herself and her team is another sore spot for me. If you had a choice of making one item undectable would you pick a gps or a mike? If you lose your gps do you let the bad guy take you another location knowing your team wont know where you are? And really would you ever EVER eat or drink anything from a bad guy! This is a problem i often find with this author. The good guys always making rookie mistakes But this was the worse result ever and i'm not even going to try to continue the book i am so upset. Christine feehan did the same thing and readers should be warned.
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