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what is going on and lose the thread of the story. i like the fact that the characters are real and not sappy...
i think the next one will be out very soon.. yay!
Or maybe I’ve just read too much Philip K. Dick.
By the time I was a few pages into Dangerous Addictions, Naomi Bellina’s new scifi thriller, I was hooked. Welcome to the Secure States of America, where all citizens have been quarantined after a devastating terrorist bio-attack that killed millions and destroyed the cognitive capabilities of millions more. Since the emergency, prior to the start of the book, the government has consolidated its control over the remaining population. Everyone is micro-chipped for identification purposes. No one can leave the country, though travel within its borders has been made simple and free—to distract people from the fact that those borders are actually prison walls.
Riley wants out. A brilliant hacker with a criminal past, he’s consumed by the desire to defeat the surveillance apparatus of the SSA. When he develops a mysterious ability to control electric fields, he realizes this power could provide the wedge he’s been looking for. However, exercising his talent wreaks havoc with his body. He needs to know more: where the power comes from, how to control it, how to keep it from destroying him.
As the only member of her family undamaged by the Malik virus, Danika is overwhelmed with survivor’s guilt—guilt compounded by the belief that her own super power caused the accidental death of her fiancé. Danika can sense and control the muscles in other people’s bodies. Like Riley’s power, hers appeared suddenly a few years after The Annihilation. She wonders if she might be able to use her abilities to somehow heal the fractured minds of her mother and brother. That vision is what keeps her sane.
Riley’s and Danika’s paths cross as they are searching for others with similar unexplained powers. They join forces in an uneasy alliance, but there is little trust between them, as each one puts personal goals first. However, enemies are hot on the trail of the same information pursued by Riley and Danika, people and organizations who do not hesitate to use murder or torture to get what they want.
Dangerous Addictions is not a relaxing book. Ms. Bellina ramps up the tension, as Riley and Danika try to hide in a world where constant scrutiny by the authorities is the norm. The book moves quickly, from one crisis (and one city) to another. Pieces of the puzzle gradually fall into place, but I was a bit disappointed to discover that much remains unexplained by the end of the book, presumably because this is the first in a series.
Both protagonists are intriguing, multi-faceted characters. Danika’s impulsiveness gets her into trouble, but she’s rescued by her quick wit and a brazen willingness to do whatever needs to be done to survive. Riley’s brooding cynicism is offset by a streak of kindness that embarrasses him. There’s a spark of physical attraction between them from the start, but they don’t act on their impulses for a long time.
Most of what I’ve read by Ms. Bellina would be categorized as erotic romance. This book doesn’t fit neatly into that genre (or any single genre, really). When Riley and Danika finally get together, the sexual tension is resolved, but not the emotional conflicts. The treatment was far more realistic than in most romance.
Overall, I really enjoyed Dangerous Addictions, though I have to say, I’m not sure where the title comes from. The series title seems much more appropriate: “Messed-Up Heroes”. That describes both Riley and Danika pretty well.
(I freely chose to review this book, having read other work by the same author.)
Naomi Bellina has a talent for spinning a unique story that from the first page you are pulled right into the story...making you feel like you are there right beside them... experiencing and seeing everything that they did.
Danika and Riley developed freaky supernatural powers after a terrorist attack that left thousands dead and others that survived with diminished brain function. All citizens are regulated to stay within the borders and their freedom is taken away. Not fully trusting each other, they embark on a dangerous mission that takes them from Florida to the mountains of Colorado to search for answers. Along the way they discover buried pieces of themselves, learn to trust each other and start to fall in love.
Although this is a series book and does end with the reader knowing there are more pieces to the story....it does NOT end with a big cliffhanger.
I can't wait to read the next book in the Wounded Heroes series.
Wow what a story, it was exciting, and the main characters had a great dynamic as they slowly learned to trust each other
The writer has woven an exciting story of which I am now addicted to, Naomi Bellina is a very talented author and you do not want to miss reading this
This author is new to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well written and nicely paced. Two very independent lead characters suffering a similar plight continue to find themselves thrown together in locales across the country as they chase the same clues. They both seek the same answers, but have separate agendas.
The storyline held my interest, with plenty of thought provoking elements surrounding the long term after effects of a nationwide attack against US water filtration plants. Primarily a suspense/intrigue novel with a bit of chemistry between the two leads. Nicely written without endless profanity and erotica. Can't wait for the next book!
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