- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1517268249
- ISBN-13: 978-1517268244
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,454,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A brilliantly insightful trip into the unique experience and tragic romance of two extraordinary people chasing demons through the secret real world. Wallace demonstrates how easily the most extreme and malevolent behavior can become acceptable when redefined within a context that makes any ordinary sense of right and wrong seem meaningless. His characters are as disturbingly human as any of us, and frighteningly likeable and real from an altered perspective on the everyday world we only thought we knew."
Keith Harary, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Psychology
Bestselling author, Who Do You Think You Are?
JD Wallace has a great style of writing that will get you involved with the characters. It is Mr. and Mrs. Smith on a different and better level. If you love adventures, thrillers and stories with a real life element within the pages, you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I look forward to reading more from this bright author!
Kathryn Bennett - Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars
JD Wallace gives us a detailed psychological look into this shadow world and teaches while he entertains. The action and situations ring with authenticity and leave emotional scars. I have a feeling JD Wallace's writing will only get better and his books, starting with Silent Cats: Deadly Dance, will become a must-read for espionage aficionados around the world.
Ray Simmons - Readers' Favorite - 4 Stars
JD Wallace definitely knows how to write a gripping thriller. I loved the book, loved the story and the way it was written, and the characters were engaging. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Anne-Marie Reynolds - Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars
About the Author
After spending the first ten years of his career with a US-based intelligence agency, Mr. Wallace went on to work for foreign intelligence agencies, law firms, political figures, royals, sovereigns and private corporations for the next twenty years. He is considered one of the top corporate infiltrators in the world. Mr. Wallace holds Bachelors' degrees in Mammalian Physiology and Environmental Chemistry and a Master's degree in Physiology/Nutrition and an MBA in Finance. Currently the widower resides in San Diego, California, with his Welsh Border Collie -- "Kelly." This is his first novel.
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Every once in a while, you may come across a book that requires you to take your time and savour it. For me, Silent Cats by J.D. Wallace is one such book. This is a wonderful story about two people who are as different as night and day, but were perfect for each other. This is the author’s debut novel and I enjoyed every thrilling moment. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for his readers.
Based on the synopsis, I was aware that there was going to be a tragic event. However, what I was not prepared for, was to be so deeply connected to the victims in such a short space of time. Therefore, when the tragedy unfolded, I felt it to the depth of my soul. Therefore, I was able to understand how the victims' husband and father felt. Can you imagine losing your entire family under such tragic circumstances? This is what happened to Marcus Pantera. It was evident that this tragedy was motivated by revenge. It sets the pace for the remainder of the story. I was encouraged to continue reading to discover the events that led to this tragedy.
Readers are then transported sixteen years in the past where they are provided with insight into the protagonists’ lives. They see how they met and the kind of life they lived.
Marcus and Alyn are complex characters. Alyn is a Kidon Katsa Agent and a deadly assassin. She is a force to reckon with. However, like most human beings she has emotional scars. She was not fond of men. This stemmed from the fact that at a young age, she was molested by someone she trusted. Her main goal in her personal life was to gain her father’s approval who did not approve of her profession.
Marcus is a former army ranger. Currently, he works as an operative for the CIA. His cover is that of being a medic for a unit known as the Shadow Warriors. He is a genius who lacked empathy for mankind. It is believed that the higher ones IQ the less empathy one has. It was this lack of empathy that made him the perfect interrogator. He feels nothing for his prisoners when conducting an interrogation. He is portrayed as a misogynist. Therefore, it came as a surprise when it was revealed that he had a soft spot for Alyn. As the story progressed it became clear why he was drawn to her. Marcus loves it when a woman is strong and willing to stand up for herself.
It was fun watching these two try to best each other. Marcus had no idea that Alyn was a Mossad Agent and she had no idea that he worked for the CIA. They were not your typical couple. However, it was evident that they brought out the best in each other.
The pacing was well balanced which was fitting for this type of story. I thought it was well developed and easy to follow. It was exciting and thrilling, and it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The manner in which the author described the details of the life of an operative would suggest that he had experience in the field or he had conducted adequate research prior to writing this novel. The vivid descriptions helped to bring the story to life.
The story was action packed. The torture scenes were vivid and gruesome. There were times when I cringed at some of the scenes. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. What made me come to terms with it, was that the act was being carried out on sadistic criminals in exchange for pertinent information, that would help to save innocent lives. I guess in a case like this the end does justify the means.
The story was told from a third person omniscient POV. There was head hopping between the major and minor characters which proved to be confusing at times, as there was no scene break. What I found frustrating was that translation was not provided for all the dialogue written in a foreign language. In the instances when no translation was provided, I had to google it which was distracting.
Overall, I thought this was a good story. It was sad, funny and engaging. If you enjoy stories that are suspenseful and action packed then Silent Cats would be a worthwhile read.
N.B. Due to the graphic nature, this book is suitable for mature readers only.
Silent Cats: Deadly Dance by JD Wallace is a wonderful action-packed origin story of Kat and Pantera. The novel begins with the shocking murders of Alyn and her two daughters, Electra and Jade on the streets of Tel Avi. Alyn’s husnband, Marcus Sinclair is called back from the States to Israel to collect the bodies of his wife and daughters. Painful, raw, and angry, Marcus stands in the cold mortuary identifying their bodies, and as he looks back on their life, he simultaneously swears to take revenge on the perpetrators.
The story then takes us back to Rome in 1989, where Alyn David, a Katsa Kidon Assassin met Marcus Sinclair who belongs to a secretive group called the Shadow Warriors under the CIA. Given their backgrounds, Kat and Pantera (their code names) initially are very wary of each other, but neither can deny the attraction towards each other. Kat and Pantera are complex individuals with high-risk jobs and emotional turmoil in the past. So it initially begins as a tepid relationship and then slowly turns into a dance of love that circumvents all odds.
The events surroundings their job, from the high-profile targeted assassinations to brutal interrogations were very vividly described. With the backdrop of a fast-paced thrilling, high-stakes narrative, every interaction between Kat and Pantera came as an emotional interlude. But the only downside of this book was that even at every happy interaction between the couple in the past I was left with an overwhelming feeling of sadness, due to the traumatic opening chapter.
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I felt that it was bittersweet that we met Kat just when she died, but I also felt satisfied that, after reading this novel, I knew she and Marcus had a loving and happy life together. It's so beautiful how the author illustrated their relationship.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much.