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Blackout (Warner Forever) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
False memory, an interesting if overly familiar plot device, forms the basis for the latest romantic thriller by Solomon (Blind Curve), an enticing read that shamelessly plants The Bourne Identity in the fertile soil of the current War on Terror. Margo Scott, owner of a small Washington, D.C., bookstore, awakens to find she can't remember the last month of her life. Worse, that same day she's questioned in the murder of Frank Temple, the deputy director of Washington's elite Terrorism Control Force, a man she swears she's never met. Soon Margo realizes she has no evidence of the normal life she knows—no photos, no contacts in her PDA—while evidence of a life she has no recollection of piles up, including her expert combat skills and a government tail named Jack Wise. With a suspicious Jack at her side, she must find out how and why her memories were falsified, who murdered Temple and what happened during her lost month. Solomon takes her time getting to the heart of the story, but once the action kicks in the pace picks up considerably. Despite a forced romance between Margo and Jack (standard-issue bickering included), Solomon's latest is twisty and diverting, with well-written action sequences and a winning lead. (Apr.)
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TERRIFIC PRAISE FOR ANNIE SOLOMON AND ONE DEADLY SIN:
"You'll want to sleep with one eye open and keep the light on after reading One Deadly Sin. Delivers the one-two punch of thrill-a-minute danger and unforgettable characters."
--Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author
"A book you won't want to miss. Engaging characters, tight plot, and plenty of sizzle."
--Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author
"An electrifying thriller...Solomon just gets better with each new outing!" --RT Book Reviews
"Hooks you from the first page and never lets you go...Rising fast to the top of the romantic suspense genre, Solomon doesn't disappoint."
--RT Book Reviews
"An enticing read...Solomon's latest is twisty and diverting, with well-written action sequences and a winning lead." --Publishers Weekly
LIKE A KNIFE:
"A nail biter through and through. Absolutely riveting."
--New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen
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Frank Temple asked Jake Wise to go undercover and watch Margo. Frank is murdered before he can tell Jake why he's watching her though and now Jake wonders if Margo could be the one who killed him.
Margo is desperate to figure out what happened to her life, the police suspect her of murdering Frank Temple and Jake keeps mysteriously appearing wherever she goes. The more she discovers, the more danger she is in and what she finds out isn't pretty. Now she's running for her life and Jake is running with her.
Black Out had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end; the action and suspense never let up. Along with non-stop excitement there is a sensual and moving romance between Jake and Margo. Jake is sexy and tough and he's great to and with Margo. Margo is a warrior; she amazed me. With a fantastic cast of characters and thrilling storyline Black Out is impossible to put down.
Nannette reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
April 12, 2006
Margo Scott wakes up to a horrible headache, and as the day progresses, she finds that she's having a hard time remembering things. She also learns that she's lost an entire month from her life. She doesn't remember a lot, and isn't sure anymore that she works in a used book store, isn't sure if she has a sister named Barbara, or that her parents even exist. As she tries to solve the mystery of her life (and her identity), she also has Jake Wise on her back.
She doesn't know it right away, but Jake has been instructed to keep an eye on her, as a favor to his old friend and mentor Frank Temple. He doesn't know what Margo has to do with anything, but when Frank is found dead, Margo becomes a major suspect. Margo can't say she remembers who Frank is, and Jake thinks she's lying, especially since photos have been found with Margo and Frank together. Another reason Jake suspects Margo is not telling the truth is because the first time they meet, at a local park late at night, she behaves like a professional hit man or a killer. Something about her tells Jake she is not some innocent bookstore owner.
BLACKOUT is one hell of a ride, as the book takes the reader from Washington DC and the world of espionage, to Spain where Margo believes she had been visiting the month before, but cannot remember why she was there. Her journey to track her lost memories is probably the most interesting part of the plot, as the reader may be convinced at first that she is indeed that innocent book seller that Margo thinks she is. Things escalate in Spain, and while I thought the rest would be downhill, there is yet one more climatic point in the story before the last page is turned. For fans of romantic suspense, this is a must-read. BLACKOUT by Annie Solomon is filled with mystery, adventure, suspense, and of course romance. Be prepared for a wild ride! -- courtesy of Love Romances
Margo Scott has lost a month of her memory and maybe even more. She has military skills, but no recollection of being trained by any organization. Her profession as a bookseller living in her deceased Aunt's home appears to be nothing more than a cover. Now, a man she does not remember ever meeting is dead, and Margo is the prime suspect in the investigation.
Jake Wise thinks he is doing a simple surveilance job when he is asked to keep an eye on Margo. That is, until his boss turns up dead and all the evidence points to his charge. Every question in his mind is only answered with another question. Margo's only memories are of her cover persona. If Jake wants the truth, he will have to break down Margo's resistance and work with her to find the killer. Even if every clue points back to her.
Billed as a Romantic Suspense, it falls short on the romance. The author fails to show any real emotion between the characters other than a tight friendship mixed with sex. There is no Happily Ever After Ending, but left more with the hope for one eventually. This novel should be billed more as a fiction with a strong emphasis for the suspense, which never lets up. For that I gave it 5 stars. The author keeps the plot moving with plenty of new clues to pose even more questions.
My only complaint is that there was no climactic ending, no surprise reveal and no emotional connection to the characters. I believe the author made an attempt at it, but fell short of successfully pulling it off. Therefore, I only gave this book 4 stars.
Is it worth buying?
Yes. If nothing more than being a good suspense novel, Blackout will keep the reader glued to the pages.
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