- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 795 KB
- Print Length: 410 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1980791473
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tom Benson; 160418 edition (11 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C8WN3NY
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What starts off as a simple investigative piece of journalism soon escalates into something far more dangerous, endangering both Pete and Gloria's lives, as persons unknown try to spy on and then kill them. Although initial recollections of Pete's previous adventures show he is well able to deal with such threats, he soon appreciates that Gloria, the partner in his current investigations, is also just as resourceful.
Over the course of ten days, between them they have to deal with being spied on, nearly blown up, being shot at, and almost drowned at sea. Thankfully they are not alone in their efforts, or without allies among the local population. Among these allies are men with equally mysterious pasts, and as Pete suspects, possessing even greater strength and skill at defending themselves, something for which both he and Gloria have reason to be grateful for on more than one occasion.
Parallel to the investigative side of the story there is the evolving mutual attraction and sexual chemistry of the two main characters; both feel it from the start, but are hesitant to make the first move. Instead the two of them simply resolve to enjoy each other's company, indulging in increasingly witty and suggestive banter and dialogue:
"I hope I can satisfy your appetite..... I meant with breakfast after our swim."
It's obvious from the start that something will develop between them but the reader is teased as to just how and when, but when it does things really move quickly. Although each is passionate about their work, they repeatedly demonstrate their passions for each other in a variety of locations. The sex scenes certainly do not leave everything to the imagination, and are more often than not, quite steamy, but they are not overly graphic or beyond those of any couple at the beginning of new relationship. What I liked most about their relationship is that it wasn't simply a sub-plot to the main story, or merely the almost obligatory love interest that is so often contrived into such stories, but was totally relevant and essential to advancing the story. If I had to make some small criticism, I would say that the relationship between Pete and Gloria does at times distract from Pete's mission and reason for being in Panama in the first place, making the investigative and `action' side appear a little vague and undeveloped, compared to the crystal clarity and precision like well executed plot lines of the author's later works. For me, the romance element just seemed to over shadow the thriller/investigative side, making the latter almost the background to the main story rather than the other way round. Overall though, the dialogue is often witty and funny, and used to great effect to explain technical and scientific elements of the story, ensuring the reader doesn't feel they're being given a science lesson. It's also clear that a great deal of research has gone into this novel, giving the reader a real sense of 'being there' as opposed to simply being given a description of a foreign country, and it is this degree of attention to detail and storytelling that the author truly excels in. Had this been the first of the author's books I had read, I would probably have given it a five star rating, but having read his later works, I just feel they have a definite edge to them, so on that basis alone, I give this a strong and well deserved four.
Thoroughly recommended though, particularly to those readers who prefer a more romantic and steamier side to their reading...
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