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The idea behind the story itself is pretty interesting. A strong, capable heroine who's been through the war has ticked off an enemy that is out for revenge. There's potential here for a great book. But then the story begins unfolding and unraveling, and by that I mean the story makes no sense. Character development is one-dimensional and introductions are haphazard, descriptions are incomplete, and the story has no flow. It is so rough and choppy that I fought to read it, and finally gave up.
The book never really explains why the central character is referred to as The Fey, why there is hero-worship around the character, and never truly explains the cataclysmic event that started the entire book (and please don't tell me that I need to finish the book. I would rather scrub my eyes with salt that finish this book) and its significance to the main characters. The books keeps rambling on and on and on. And I beg to differ from the person who titled the book. This is by no means a thriller. It's a thrill to finally decide not to read the book.
The way this book is written is almost script-style, as if the author intended the book to actually be a script for a movie rather than a book. If that is the case, the author/scriptwriter might have a chance at making this into a movie. There are a lot of bad movies being made, after all.
I would have given this mess of a novel one star, except that the story idea has potential. I think the author would be served well by a good editor (which I am not, obviously . . .) who could clean up and tighten the story arc.
With that said, the author should have done a lot more research on the US Military before writing this book. I realize it's fiction, so you can have women in Special Forces if you want but at least get your words right. Special Forces and Special Operations are two different entities. Special Forces is ONLY the US Army Green Berets. No one else is Special Forces. The rest (SEALs, Pararescue, Rangers, etc) are all Special Operations. As such, it is impossible for there to be an Admiral (Navy term) in charge of Special Forces (Army term). Also, if "The Fey" is a sergeant, then she cannot be an Intelligence Officer. She's either enlisted or an officer...can't have both.
This could have been a good book if the references had been correct and the flow of the story hadn't been so choppy. As it was, I couldn't even make myself finish it.
CHC also blatantly uses a ghost to get her story line past any sticky moments that challenge where she wants the plot to go. Can't solve the problem? Use a ghost to give you the answer. Eventually, the ghost can even interact with physical reality to get the thirsty heroine water when she is imprisoned. Ghost ex machina instead of deus ex machina.
But the book errs over and over much more minor points, such as the female officer being addressed as "sir." Not done in the US military. It was when the "good guys" parachuted into an area being watched by the Secret Service who conveniently did not see them (what, no cloak of invisibility?) that I suddenly got it. It is pointless to try to process this book as a poorly researched thriller or a wish-fulfillment romance. But may be it IS secretly a rough outline of a sequel to a female version of an Austin Powers movie, minus the intentional humor and the genetically modified sharks with lasers implanted on their heads. I wonder if Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy are contacting Disney's legal department about suing? I did finish the book so I could give it at least a one-star rating because Claudia Hall Christian is able to write a quick clear action sequence.
Note: For those that are wondering, no, I do not know the author personally. The four stars are for the book.
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