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The Killing Game (Volumes One, Two, and Three of the First Book of The Killing Game Series) Paperback – August 22, 2013
I'm always searching for that book I can't put down, a book that I can't stop reading even though I don't want it to end. For me, that was The Killing Game. A true love story couched in suspense and drama, The Killing Game certainly kept me turning pages. One of the main reasons was its heroine, Allina.
Allina is a female character we don't often see in writing today. She embodies the ultimate in femininity, with living by a code of ethics and a sense of morality that make her all the more alluring. And at the same time, she's incredibly brilliant and brave. She moves seamlessly through a man's world and with every step she takes she defines herself more as a woman. Allina, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn, is the perfect counterpoint to Ives, head of the New York Division of the FBI, who falls madly in love with her. Her softness and vulnerability pitted against his iron will and determination to protect her at all costs, makes for a great read.
The Killing Game is a wonderful love story and outstanding crime novel all in one. I also loved learning about the internal workings of the FBI. The only thing about reading this book is that now I'm dying to know what happens in Part II. Where is it?! --S. Sacks - Novel Aficionada
The Killing Game (The Killing Game Series Book 1) by The Black Rose takes us into the New York division of the FBI. Ives, the Director, must investigate the woman that he has waited a lifetime to find because she wrote a novel that is more than accurate about an Italian crime boss. The FBI takes it upon themselves to recruit her help in getting into the organization of the Mob Boss and then the plan all falls to pieces. When that happens, Ives puts himself on the line for the one woman he loves.
If you want action, adventure, a little mystery and a dash of a love story, then this is the right book for you. I think that The Black Rose is into something with The Killing Game and this makes a thrilling opener to the series. I am personally looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I started this book and had some trouble putting it down once I did; I couldn't guess when certain turns would happen in the action when reading this one, which I enjoyed. The book is well written with a flow to it that works for the story; the action is well paced throughout. One pitfall to these kinds of books is sometimes too much action at one point and not enough at others, but that doesn't happen with The Killing Game. I would recommend this book with two thumbs way up. --Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
As the Director of the New York Division of the FBI, Ives Andrich is frustrated with the Bureau regarding his investigation of a novelist, Allina Kovar, whose manuscript titled Blood Negotiators is a bit too accurate about Vincent Luca, an Italian crime lord. The Bureau, against Ives' wishes, asks for her help in infiltrating Luc's inner organization. However, the Bureau's plan fails and Allina s life is in danger. Ives is frustration with the Bureau's incompetence reaches its limit. For the sake of the woman he loves, he will risk anything to save her.
Written by The Black Rose, The Killing Game is a thrilling crime novel series, with The Blood Negotiators as its first installment. It is a template for what a crime thriller should be, with all the elements laid out in the right scope, including suspense, romance, betrayal and intrigue not forgetting the long-standing wars between the FBI and the mafia. Protagonist Ives Andrich falls in love with Allina Kovar as soon as he sees her photo; Miss Allina Kovar, you are the woman I will marry. Somehow, I will prove to you that I am worthy of you. The romance aspect of The Killing Game is as strong as the out-and-out roller-coaster ride of suspense and action that The Black Rose has provided for readers to enjoy. The ending promises an exciting continuation in Book Two, The Chase. All in all, this is a thrilling story that will appeal to die-hard crime thriller fans who would be happy to add The Killing Game to their collection and follow the series. --Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
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Allina Kovar, a romance writer, isn’t having the best luck. Writing a book about the Mafia, gambling, and money laundering she stepped out of her usual element and can’t seem to get it published. Leaving for New York she hopes her luck changes for the better. A chance encounter at the airport with a dreamy man, who reminds her of a leading man in one of her books, may be just what she needs to get her life back on track- or so she thought. Now caught in a world of FBI agents, Mob hitman, lies, murder, and sports games can Allina survive to be with the leading man of her dreams.
The Killing Game was a long read. At times it dragged and was overly emotional. It would derail from the focus of the plot. The concept was interesting and when focused on this, the storyline raced and made the characters interesting, especially when it came to FBI Chief Andrich. A good read that I will give 3 stars. If the book focused squarely on the plot and wasn’t so wordy with some of it's filler scenes I would rate it higher.
Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy keeps secret that he is part of the FBI and the chase is on. The Killing Game by The Black Rose is the first in a series. It takes what could be a predictable plot line and leads the reader on a wild and unexpected ride through a maze of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing as to who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. The story does not let up until the final sentence.
Ives Aldrich, FBI Special Agent New York is investigating an organized crime ring and the woman of his dreams all at the same time. Alina is a writer who pens a very convincing book about the Mob and finds herself caught between the man she loves, criminal masterminds and secret agents.
Just when the reader thinks that the bad guys have been foiled and the power couple can finally be happy, the couple is confronted with another obstacle and the game is on again. The characters on both sides of good and evil are well developed and believable. The characters and plot construction show depth and dimension that make for compelling romantic suspense.
This novel is sexy and edge of your seat suspenseful that harkens back to the days of Sydney Sheldon but adds a modern twist. I enjoyed the novel immensely . While it is obviously the first in a series the reader is left with a cliffhanger. However, many of the threads developed throughout the novel are brought to a satisfying conclusion at the end.
If you enjoy fast-paced suspense coupled with a sexy romance, The Killing Game should not be missed.
Allina Kovar's life is about to change, and possibly not in the fashion that she is expecting. Her new novel about organized crime has raised some brows, insinuating that she may be in the middle of the mafia. The FBI has been keeping tabs on her, only she doesn't know it - yet.
In order to meet Allina, FBI Special Agent in Charge Ives Andrich, takes on the role of a publisher to publish her extremely accurate novel about organized crime, The Blood Negotiators. Upon assessment of Allina, Ives knows that she doesn't know anything about mafia don, Vincent Luca. The FBI, however, feels differently and Ives' back is up against a wall. Dragging an innocent woman into the middle of a dangerous situation isn't how the plan was supposed to go, but unfortunately Allina lands right in the lap of Luca, the most wanted criminal in the U.S.
The Killing Game is a well developed and compelling novel that transcends the world of the FBI and the mob. The setting for the book is New York and the author aptly describes the scenes. This allows the reader to fully visualize everything that goes on in the book, from the first scene in the limo all the way until the last scene that ends book one. The characters are complex and the reader will be able to emotionally connect with some, if not all, of them at various points within the novel. The author was able to write the book with true emotion that the reader will experience. There is a scene near the end concerning pets that, while fitting for that point in the book, broke my heart. The writing was done so well that The Killing Game will engage the reader from the very beginning. Plus, the sheer number of twists and turns throughout the novel will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
Allina turns out to be quite a strong woman. Her character simply began as a romance author attempting to step outside the box and write a mystery/intrigue novel about the Mafia and gambling. Instead, she becomes embroiled in the real life goings-on of an FBI investigation into the life of nefarious mobster, Vincent Luca. Luca, who is crazy by the way, plays his part as dangerous mafia don quite well. I was totally convinced in his bad-guy persona from the very first meeting. Ives Andrich tries to play hardball in The Killing Game but when it comes right down to it, he was putty in Allina hands. Now that she's involved in FBI/Mafia battle, Ives will do anything to keep her safe, and hopes that it will be enough. Special Agent Alan Walzinski, Assistant Director of the New York Division of the FBI is a great character. I enjoyed the banter between him and Ives.
Get ready for a realistic look in to the life of the FBI and organized crime. The book is long so be prepared to hunker down and get comfortable. When you read the last word, you'll be glad you took the time to read The Killing Game.
I voluntarily reviewed a NetGalley copy of the book.