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Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review of all books under Ghostwalker series: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: A definite pick if you are into paranormal romance with a touch of eroticism and the unbelievable.

Conspiracy Game is the fourth installment in the Ghostwalker Series by Christine Feehan and published in October 2006. We had a glimpse of Team Two - a group of Navy SEALS forming the Paramilitary Ghostwalkers Team - in the third installment Night Game. In this book we get to see the full potential of this team, in particular Jack Norton.



Ghostwalkers are a group of women and men who are sent on special missions. They have psychic abilities, physical abilities (both enhanced genetically and natural) and some abilities more rare than others. However every Ghostwalker would need an "anchor" to draw back the psychic backlash from other ghostwalkers, especially that would instigate violence. Dr. Peter Whitney had successfully enhanced the psychic abilities of a group of men working in different areas of Military / Army / Special Forces, etc transforming them to super-soldiers. In some cases he had injected them with other external genes to add new abilities. However there are problems with their enhanced abilities especially being unable to block the psychic overload around them. Upon a failure, Dr. Whitney simply terminated them.

All this comes to light after Dr. Whitney was murdered. His daughter Lily Whitney-Miller who had married Captain Ryland Miller - head of Team One: Rangers and Green Berets Ghostwalkers Team (Army) - finds out that her father had experimented on young girls / infant orphans long before he had started on grown men. They take it up on their task to find these girls so they can be brought to safety and Lily is determined to share her wealth, home and knowledge to keep all the ghostwalkers safe and alive. Apart from this what the ghostwalkers realize that every male ghostwalker is paired with a female ghostwalker - another part of Dr. Whitney's experiments - that the ghostwalkers had no control on. What this means is that the moment the male and female paired ghostwalker met they get attracted to each other in every elemental level - psychic, physical, mental and sexual eventually binding them with body, mind and soul. What is his ulterior motive in pairing them is yet to be found.

Ken Norton along with a few others from their Team Two: Paramilitary Ghostwalkers Team (Navy SEALs) are sent on a special mission - to rescue one of the American Senator from the clutches of rebels somewhere in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They saved the senator but Ken got captured. Now Jack Norton, his twin brother, heads to Congo to save his brother. But while rescuing his brother Ken, he gets captured by the rebels and endures the same torture that his brother had gone through although Ken's was much more aggressive and unimaginable. Eventually Jack escapes from the rebels but stuck in the jungle waiting to get his team to reach him so he can be pulled out.

Briony Jenkins comes across severely injured Jack in one of her ramblings and takes him to her home. She is part of a circus family called The Flying Five. Her older brother Jedediah recognizes Jack. And Jack recognized Briony as an enhanced ghostwalker just like him, although Briony doesn’t know it. Jed agrees to help Jack until his team can pick him up. What Briony realizes that when she was with Jack she felt no bombardment of emotions around her. Jack understands that it was because he was an anchor (a psychic who can filter strong emotion) although Briony does not know anything about this. Their mutual attraction increases and however when his team comes to his rescue he leaves Briony.

After a few months Birony realizes that she is pregnant. But the pregnancy comes the shock that she was being hunted, and not safe even with her doctor and neither her brothers were safe. With help of Jed she reaches out to Jack, the only person who could help her but had not wanted her. Surprisingly enough Jack agrees to keep her at his home on the mountains along with his brother in safety. Yet their house comes under attack.

Who are these people who are hunting Jack and Briony? Why do they want Briony? What was the conspiracy is getting Ken and Jack kidnapped? Was it a coincidence that Briony and Jack met? What is Briony capable of as a ghostwalker? Will they survive the attack? Who is "Mari" that Briony keeps dreaming about? Briony and Jack are whipped through a whirl wind of conspiracy that started with the supposedly kidnapping of the American Senator to where they had landed now.

Another interesting web that Christine spun with Briony and Jack giving us glimpses of Ken and other Team One and Two members. It’s a lot of revelation on how much a human body, mind and soul can endure before they shatter completely. An education on some of the military deeds that happen around the world and the hidden agendas behind them. One gets amazed at how a single force can use power, knowledge, money and authority to move different people and cause the incidents changing the World - likes pieces on a chess board. My mind blew at the complex and hidden plots within the plots. Hats off to the writer to pull all of them together and yet net get us lost in that web. Of course the chemistry, attraction and erotic side of Jack and Briony was fun to read too.

Do pick it up if you are curious about the fate of Ghostwalkers and what happens next.

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