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- Print Length: 337 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; 1 Original edition (1 Feb. 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046ZRW74
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Rocco knows she wants nothing to do with him, but everyday he prays and wishes she would give him a second chance. He did not expect his wish to ever come true as sometimes you get what you wish for. Rocco knows his enemies attack him indirectly by going after the few people he cares about; especially targeted is his Gena. She is stunned when the ghost that she once loved arrives to keep her safe from a malevolent predator who plans to destroy Rocco through his Achilles' heel: Gena.
Deadly Games is an action-paced second chance romantic suspense. The story line for the most part is fast-paced though looks back at the first time around slows down the pace even as that enhances understanding of why Gena feels so disappointed with Rocco and why he agrees with her assertion. Readers will enjoy this exciting thriller as Rocco knows nobody lives to tell tales after an agent of death marks them on a deadly assignment (see Deadly Seduction).
When Dr. Rufin, the scientist who designed the most booming illicit drug, is gone missing, rumored of being held by the CIA, Minh Tran, an Asian drug trafficker sole peddler of said drug, kidnaps CIA analyst Madison Kohlmeyer. Madison briefly dated CIA operative Rocco Taylor, while they remain friends, their liaison is over, but Minh Tran ignores this, and demands Rocco's surrender for the death of Tran's youngest son, who Rocco killed during a mission. Plus a trade of Dr. Rufin for Madison.
An exchange the CIA would never agree to do, so Rocco is on his own to save Madison.
Until there it's the conventional thriller where the hero must rescue the heroine. Well, where Deadly Games becomes strikingly unconventional is that while we know Rocco is the hero, soon we learn that Madison is not the only woman in jeopardy. There is Gena Armstrong , the love of the life of Rocco, and with who he shares a brokenhearted past.
Sometimes it's like we have two heroines, but wait, there is more. We have two villains as well. Gena's vindictive sadistic ex husband, a former CIA operative gone MIA, and a traitor - Harry Gamble is lurking in the shadows, using Minh Tran's scheme to get his hands on Dr. Rufin to sell the drug formula to a South American drug cartel, and while he is at it, take painful revenge with Gena and Rocco.
So Rocco and Gena unwillingly reunite against who they really have no idea. I must stop now to avoid spoiling any of the surprising twists of this offbeat storyline. Deadly Games is an engaging story, meticulously researched and well written. For those of us who love thrillers, this is a fantastic read. It even includes some paranormal elements. I also like the sensitive insightful way the characters are developed. Above all, Cate Noble wrote Deadly Games in a way it makes its premise entirely plausible.
I had a hard time following this story, though. There's so many times it jumps around that left me turning back the pages to find out what I missed. I didn't quite understand what was going on most of the time. They mention a woman's name that doesn't get explained. And I didn't feel like all my questions were answered. That may be due to that it's a part of a series and some things may have explained in the prior books.
Cate Noble does a good job keeping up the suspense and action. There's always something going on in Deadly Games.
If you like action/adventurous romantic suspense, then you may like this book. But you may want to read the others in this series as well as to not confuse yourself. There's Dead Right and Deadly Seduction.
There is an awful lot of stuff going on in this book, but Ms. Noble handles the plotlines skillfully for the most part. There is a secondary romantic plotline that I wish had been more in depth. I think Travis and Maddy deserved at least a novella! The arc that carries the trilogy is wrapped up nicely, with all of the bad guys getting the justice they so richly deserve. Especially Harry, Gena's ex-husband and Rocco's nemesis. What a nasty human, just horrible.
I loved Rocco with a passion. He stood up front and center from the first book, and I was very anxious to read his story. I could feel his longing for Gena, and in the epilogue, when he wonders if the excuse of the sun in his eyes will cover the fact that he tears up while he watches Gena walk toward him...oh, I just melted into a puddle. He just has an undying passion for Gena that comes across clearly in every scene they share. He's protective and sensitive, funny and a little sad, and I just loved him.
I had a harder time with Gena. She had a couple of TSTL moments, which I hate. And her younger self, revealed through a series of flashbacks, was hard to take. She was so immature, so willing to believe the worst of Rocco without even hearing his side of things. I had a hard time getting past the fact that all of their problems could have been resolved in a single conversation, because along with the TSTL thing, the misunderstanding thing is my least favorite device in a novel. So I tried to rationalize her behavior, thinking to myself, well, okay, they haven't seen much of each other, he doesn't call so he doesn't really have a chance to even hear her concerns. But then she specifically mentions daily emails, and I was back to square one with the rationalization.
***POSSIBLE SPOILER**** Myself, when I was 25, if I thought my committed partner of 2 years was cheating on me, I would call him on it. And then she does something even more unthinkable just 2 weeks after breaking up with Rocco... ****END SPOILER****
Yeah, I was not convinced that Rocco shouldn't have just said goodbye. I just didn't think the character of Gena was good enough for Rocco, at the end of the day. But he clearly loved her, so ...yeah.
Apart from Gena, I really liked this book a lot. The storyline was gripping and not quite as intensely graphic as the first two books. Still, it is a gritty, involving read. I had to put it down in order to go to work, and resented that immensely!
I read all 3 of the Dead Trilogy books in a day and a half. They are all fast paced, action packed thrillers with a good helping of romance. All three of the heroes are introduced in the first book, and appear throughout the series in ways that make sense to the storyline. The arc is strong, well plotted and well executed. Yes, there are a few issues, but given the strength of the overall writing and story, I was more than willing to overlook the minor points.