Friday, September 24, 2010

Dark Deceptions - Dee Davis


Dark Deceptions
Dee Davis
Grand Central/Forever

Romantic Suspense

Eight years ago, Annie Gallagher and Nash Brennon were partners in the CIA. Together with a specialized team, they worked all over Eastern Europe. Everything went wrong when they were assigned to work a job in Lebanon. Annie thought they’d make a life together, but Nash walked away from it. All Nash can think about is the pain of knowing that Annie left him to die on that last job.

Now Annie lives a quiet, anonymous life with her young son in a small town in Colorado, making a living as a climbing guide. After eight years out of the game, Annie hears a noise upstairs, and finds that Adam is gone. A group of political terrorists has him. Their price for his return: Annie must use her old skills to assassinate a diplomat. When the news of the impending hit (but not the kidnapping) reaches A-Tac, the new home of Nash and his team, everyone is shocked. Not that Annie never killed for the job before, but no one imagined she’d turn traitor. Now it’s Nash’s job to stop his former partner, at any cost.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I was happily surprised. I always value the ‘suspense’ aspect over the ‘romantic’ aspect of a story, and Ms. Davis really delivers. There’s a very good suspense plot that covers politics, terrorists, and a good part of the world. There’s a subplot involving some suspected sabotage of equipment from inside the group. That subplot is left open for future installments. The next two books in the series concern other members of A-Tac, but the author takes care to make them realistic characters, and not just sequel-bait. I’d really like to know what happens to a lot of them.

The romance plotline plays out pretty much as you’d expect. What I didn’t expect was that the author has a great way with an action scene. There are shootings, deaths, car chases, confrontations, and explosions. If you’re looking for sweet, cute, or funny, this is not your book. If you’re looking for romantic suspense with more than a little action, violence, and grit, you must give this author a try. I’m glad I did.
Rating: 7 ¾
April 2010
ISBN# 978-0-446-54201-2 (paperback)

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