Sunday, November 13, 2011

Condor and the Crown

Title: Condor and the Crown
Author: John Simpson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-168-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Former President of the United States David Windsor’s been appointed the American ambassador to the Court of St. James, which means moving to England. Within a short time he, his husband, ex-Secret Service Agent Shane Thompson-Windsor, their adopted son, Jack, two feisty Scottie puppies, staff and their security force have taken up residence in Winfield House in London.  

They quickly settle into their new lives but in a matter of days, David and Shane are dealing with Jack’s terrifying kidnapping by Libyan nationals. Being civilians, they’re forced to call on their friend, President Victoria Wilson to develop a rescue plan and they need to involve his cousin, King William and the British Marines, to later lure the kidnapper to British soil for retribution. David is determined the people responsible for what happened to Jack pay, and if Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has to die, so be it. 

Condor and the Crown is the fifth release in John Simpson’s Condor series. I’ve enjoyed David and Shane’s relationship and now that they have a son, it’s a little sad knowing their final tale has come to an end. 

Mr. Simpson did a nice job moving the Windsor-Thompson family from the US to England. There are plenty of good descriptions of the embassy, their new residence, and the home of David’s cousin, King William. Yet they aren’t allowed much downtime before trouble starts. This takes the story away from official business and into the personal realm of trying to get Jack returned from his kidnappers. While I expected the story to be filled with some action, I didn’t expect it to virtually take over the story.  

The actual rescue mission into Libya went too easy. The details to verify Jack’s location occurred without a hitch…I mean the kidnappers couldn’t be that stupid and I don’t care who David was, it’s not realistic to believe he and Shane would’ve been allowed to go along. 

There is some well written quality time spent with the royal cousins, opening up an interesting twist with Darren, President Wilson’s son. I love Shane and David together and they’re just as in love as ever but I had hopes of seeing more communication and growth in their relationship. There is less sex in this one but that’s not unexpected, due to the heavy nature of the plot. Jack is a great kid. He and his big personality are a high point in the story and I wish we could see more of him growing up, but that isn’t to be, darn the luck, and we don’t get to see what happens with Michael and Darren either, another big darn.  

So, if you’re a fan of this series, get this book so you can be part of the final chapter in this amazing couple’s life. Come on Mr. Simpson. Think about another peek into their world again in the future.

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