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- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 2, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 2, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G5UCXM6
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The first book in this series was one of my favorite reads from last year, so I was a bit worried going into this one about whether it would live up to my high expectations. It wasn't quite as good as the first....but seriously, I adored that book so much, it would be almost impossible to hit all the right buttons perfectly again...I did still really enjoy this story. And it is still definitely a five-star read for me.
Melissa has the difficult situation of having to follow Carla's footsteps...as the second woman to go through Delta training. Melissa frankly got sick of hearing about the perfection of Carla...so when she's assigned to Carla's Delta team, she is less than thrilled. This was an interesting book just in that Carla's team is tight...they've been together, working in deep spec ops situations for six months...and they all went through Delta training together. Melissa is the outcast in every aspect...and there are most definite growing pains in her fitting in and getting the team to adjust. You would think that the immediate attraction between her and Richie would make that easier, but it actually causes even more tension and suspicion.
Melissa has a heartbreaking story with an interesting twist tying her to Michael, the Colonel from Delta training. While I loved that connection, it's seriously one of those things that could only happen in a fictional book...so I had to suspend a bit of disbelief for that. But I did like her backstory and how it helped to forge a bond between her and Carla. And I did really like these two women together. In fact, I really liked the entire team and how they functioned. And the jungle world that the author created was fantastic. I loved the visuals the author created. It provided such an amazing backdrop for this story.
I also really loved how nerdy and geeky Richie is...except for when he's not. Melissa thought about his multiple sides as actual different personalities. And wow...they had some really hot moments...and romantic moments that melted my heart. I loved them together so much.
This series...and honestly all of M.L Buchman's military series...is just fantastic. I love his attention to detail...and how the planes and flying came into play in this story. It was fantastic the way the author tied the two together even when they are flying together. Seriously, there was so much romance to this story that I really, really loved. It was simply a great, adventure-filled, romantic story. I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but did buy a print copy after reading it for my keeper shelf.
M.L. Buchman's command of military knowledge is pretty complete and you'll have no problem visualizing weapons/transport vehicles...It's sort of eerie!
I feel i got to know the characters, and happily experienced their growing depth and transformation throughout the story.
Humor's present as well, bringing the story down-to-earth & even more relatable, in an adventure that is hardly typical for the average person!! It's exciting, even visceral.
Why is Melissa "the Cat" joining the team? Col. Gibson must think she has something. But her presence gives tough guy Chad an itch. Is she there to tear the team apart? Or maybe Chad isn't who we think he is. Melissa seems to think he'll arrange to have her killed in the field. Richie, the tech guy of the team, doesn't know whether to trust his instincts, or those of his teammates when it comes to The Cat.
Buchman puts together another action packed tale here, as we would expect. He ties this book to previous books, as we have often seen. Remember Carla is sister to Clay, who was killed in a SOAR black op w Emily Beale. Well, Melissa, too, is someone we've met in a previous book. Well played, Buchman.
I was looking forward to the Delta Force series because Michael Gibson is an all-time favorite character. The first Delta Force book was a good one, but so far, this one has been a disappointment. I have a few issues with the story.
First, the characterization of Carla as a 'bitch' does not ring true at all. The Carla in the first section of this book is unrecognizable from the heroine of "Target Engaged". All of that character development gone in the blink of an eye? How did the beta readers not catch this? I think it was a poorly used device to portray the two woman as polar opposites but who have both lost a brother, so they ultimately have that in common. But ML is much better writer than this. It's like some sneaky publisher got his or her hands on his first draft and put it out there without giving Buchman a chance to polish and refine it into a great story.
My second issue is the book is dragging...I am about 1/3 though it and not sure I can finish it. The descriptions of the different planes and the endless flying so Richie and Melissa can be two-engine certified...that could have probably been tightened up so that it was half as long. ML has such a gift for describing the different helicopters so they are fun and exciting and you the reader really understand how they all fit together in a cohesive unit for the various operations! His previous work on this has been amazing and interesting. But it was like someone else was writing this book.
Third, Melissa's reaction to having to learn to fly different types of planes (when she and Richie first got to Florida) also did not ring true to ML's previous descriptions of Delta Force operators...the previous class "graduated" and two or three days later there were doing a major operation with little planning and making it up as they went along. How did someone with Melissa's rigid thinking about what she should or should not be able do with with a plane make it through the Delta we've learned about in ML's previous books? On that subject, how does a Canadian museum employee become a member of the most elite US Special Forces group? Maybe he gives more background later in the book which lends credibility to Melissa's transition from a weekend hiker and private plane pilot to Delta force operator.
Next, I was really looking forward to reading about Richie in a relationship. He reminded me of another Archie, and Archie and Kee (I Own the Dawn) together were amazing. In that book, the author gave us fast-paced back stories and showed, rather than told us about the development of Archie and Kee's relationship. The action was non-stop and the character development and the relationship wove in and out of the story in such an organic way that is simply felt right. Their relationship with Dilya and Archie's parents informed their characters and their relationship. So far, Melissa and Richie's relationship has had very little action, just each one of them spending a lot of time in their own heads. Their story is just not engaging. I'm not invested in the H/h (whose characters and archetypes seem to change from scene to scene and even changes within a single scene!) or their relationship.
After listening to several hours of the story I had to stop, then went back to the Amazon page to read the reviews, because the book I was listening to and reading did not jive with the high ratings this book was given. I read from another reviewer that Chad gets nasty with Melissa later on. Oh no. This is not good.
So, in the interest of full disclosure, I did not finish this book. I couldn't. I'm having trouble believing that is was written by the same author of so many beloved military romances. If ML were to pull this version, spend a few months polishing and refining this story, I'd be thrilled and would love to take another stab at reading and rating it.
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This book is just great. I'm off to read it again, and I can't wait for the next installment!