Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Collateral Damage


Title: Collateral Damage
Author: J. L. Saint
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-264-6
Genre: {M/F} Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Being the backbone of the Delta Force Team, Jack Hunter sucks at personal relationships. His job is his total focus and neglecting his family life causes him to miss out on keeping his bond with his daughter. While on a rescue mission, Jack leads his team in to get the hostages and finds them under a serious attack. He can’t remember everything that happens during the attack, but Jack is determined to prove he’s not crazy. One face keeps flashing back to him and no one believes him when he tells them what happened.

After Jack goes AWOL, he is onto a lead regarding the missing man he shot and heads out to see the wife of the faceless man. What he finds is more than he expected and finds himself protecting Lauren Collins from assassins. During this time, he comes to realize that she is totally innocent of the trouble her soon-to-be-ex-husband has caused. All Jack has to do is figure out how to tell her, hoping that she or her twin boys will not hate him for killing her husband.

This is truly an incredible story in the Silent Warrior series. It had me on the edge of my seat until I finished reading the last page and I found myself wanting to look at the end to see what happened. The fascination at the audacity of the villain is quite unbelievable and I was a little disturbed at his ability to murder, without thought of taking a human life. When Jack and his team found out the identity of the villain, it’s a surprise to them but they will make sure to eliminate him quickly.

I must say that Ms. Saint really out did herself on writing Collateral Damage. The scenes were described in detail, giving life to every page for the reader and there were times when I was laughing or rolling my eyes at the antics of the two main characters. Jack and Lauren are meant for each other but ended up on detour routes before they finally met.

I saw Jack as a very strong willed, determined solider who made his job his first priority, leaving his daughter and bitter ex-wife second. When he was faced with the twin boys, he began to see what he was missing in his life and promised himself to reestablish the bond he had with his daughter. I am patiently waiting for the next book in the Silent Warrior series.

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