Power Game by Christine Feehan
A mysterious woman with her own agenda rescues a captured GhostWalker soldier held by a secret enemy. Together they uncover a conspiracy that extends beyond the reaches of the US government and proves a deadly threat to national security…
Published by Berkley Books on January 24th 2017
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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance
Format: Hardback, Digital
FTC Disclosure: I received access to this book early through Netgalley (for free) in exchange for a review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Power Game, Christine Feehan returns to the bayou for another adventure with the Ghost Walker team fighting to make a safe haven for their families. It’s a rough ride that drags you further into the precarious world of the Ghost Walkers and the battle against their evil maniacal creator and his powerful allies…and enemies. Feehan’s a past master at building tension, thickening the plot and kicking you over the edge with a twist just when you think you know what comes next. The passion and intensity of her main male and female protagonists brings a believable element to relationships often forged under pressure, through fire and pain but a short time period. Ezekiel and Bellisia’s story is a passion-drenched step forward in this complex story arc and definitive proof that Feehan is in no danger of losing her connection to her characters or the action-fueled world of the Ghost Walkers. Power Game doesn’t disappoint.Feehan's a past master at building tension, thickening the plot & kicking you over the edge Click To Tweet
Feehan’s blend of psychically gifted, physically enhanced men and women brings a unique edge to the paranormal romance genre. Her choice to immerse her characters in overtly military settings and scenarios could easily ring false but she pulls off with flair and hyper-realism that has you holding your breath until everyone makes it back home safely. With the Ghost Walker series, Feehan ups her own world building game.
This story begins with, Bellisia – Ghostwalker, spy and assassin – under cover in the business of a high powered, highly paranoid, mogul in an attempt to carry out Whitney’s instructions to investigate the actions of a suspected turn-coat. Although how a mad-man determines what amounts to a betrayal doesn’t exactly match Bellisia’s, the results of her mission reveals not only an imminent threat to Whitney’s Ghost Walker program but an immediate danger for a specific Ghost Walker team. Bellisia uses this mission to escape Whitney’s experiment-prone clutches. She must then make the difficult choice between running as fast and as far as she can or making her way to the Ghost Walker team to warn them.
Power Game brings stoic Ghost Walker team member Ezekiel to the forefront. With him, Feehan further highlights what makes her heroes exceptional among many in the genre; his bold, brave and dedicated with a deep vein of compassion and an irresistible vulnerability. Ezekiel is a natural-born protector and Captain in the military often tapped to lead resume teams. He’s a emotionally contained man with a deep well of feelings buried behind his protective walls. His most devastating power, further enhanced by Whitney, is one he struggles to keep under control. Ezekiel believes in his family and in his mission but he doesn’t believe he’ll ever find – or deserve – a woman who accepts him as he is. Due to the loving machinations of Grace Fontenot, family matriarch, Ezekiel finds himself maneuvered into the right place just in time to meet his match, Bellisia.
With each Ghost Walker couple, Feehan further explores the nature of love versus chemistry. Like many other Ghost Walker couples, Ezekiel and Bellisia have been hormonally paired with each other. On the one hand it’s easy to discount the intensity of the relationships between that two as just chemistry but with each step of their relationship and every encounter, Feehan highlights how it’s the personality, character and earned trust that’s the real draw between the pair. This relationship doesn’t exist in a vacuum and by weaving their story into the larger story of the Ghost Walker men and women coming together and building not only strongholds but a family further invests you in rooting for their success.
Feehan carefully builds the larger story through and around the dominate relationships developing between both the team members, and with the women each claims as their own. She never forgets to advance the major story in each installment often foreshadowing the future through the internal thoughts of Grace Fontenot and other secondary (but extremely essential) characters living among these battle hardened men and women. The mystery of what comes next for the Ghost Walkers in their campaign to stay true to their credo and push back against the forces seeking to either control of kill them advances grows more complicated and intriguing with each and every book.
It’s difficult not to become invested in these lives particularly because Feehan is not afraid to put them through the ringer before ever even thinking about the possibility of a happy ever after. Power Game ties up lose ends, resolves some story angles just as they were outliving their usefulness and kicks the door open on a whole new world of “are you serious – can’t they ever catch a break?!?” in a way guaranteed to have you read for the next one as soon as you finish the last sentence.
This is the 13th series installment. To best understand all the players, their motivations, and the over-arcing story line I strongly suggest starting with book one, Shadow Game. If you’re looking for a series jam-packed with action, suspense, badass men, kickass women, and its very own super villain to be thwarted at every turn, look no further than the Ghost Walkers.
This is my January paranormal suspense pick for my local independent bookstore Mysterious Galaxy .