Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Stars: 3.5 / 5
Predatory Game is the sixth installment in the Ghostwalker Series by Christine Feehan and published in February 2008. The plot centers around Jesse "Jess" Calhoun - GhostWalker from Team Two - and Saber Wynter - one of Dr. Peter Whitney's Orphan Girls from Group Two - and it is set in Sheridan, Wyoming.
GhostWalkers are a group of women and men who are sent on special missions. They have enhances psychic and physical abilities along with genetic modifications, using in some cases not just human genes but all kinds of animal and plant genes. However every GhostWalker would need an "anchor" to draw back the psychic backlash, especially that would instigate violence. They are complex characters trying to live with their enhanced abilities and at the same time fight against the corrupt people around them, executing their missions successfully. So far we are introduced to two teams of GhostWalkers Men serving in various areas of law enforcement and armed forces and one group of Orphan Girls on whom Dr. Peter Whitney had experimented. He has paired each of his GhostWalker men with the women in the hopes to breed the next generation of GhostWalkers.
In Shadow Game we had seen that Dr. Lily Whitney-Miller, married to Captain Ryland "King" Miller - head of Team One - find the details of the Orphan Girls that Dr. Peter Whitney had experimented on along with Lily. Now adopted or held in a different lab or on their own, Lily and Ryland are determined to find those girls now women, rescue them and provide a safe haven. So far they have rescued Dahlia Le Blanc, Iris "Flame" Johnson, Briony "Bri" Jenkins and Marigld "Mari" Smith.
Jesse Calhoun was first introduced in the second book, Mind Game, in which he goes through immense torture protecting Dahlia Trevane and in the process he loses his ability to use his legs from below knees and confined to wheelchair. At the end of that book, we saw that after getting treated for his torture, he decides to go back to his home town to run his radio station, although he runs missions from his office there when needed.
I had been waiting for Jesse's story since that second book. Even though Ken captured my mind, somewhere in the back Jesse lurked in my brain and couldn’t wait to see how Christine would write his tale. And finally here it is.
Christine gives us a lot of medical jargon and hypothesis into medical miracles, that actually happen in the plot, but are a distant future in real, perhaps. However, all that talk made me wish that it would indeed become real and be used for good rather than for evil.
I could empathize with Saber very much here especially after reading what kind of experiments had Dr. Whitney performed on her. One gets to grow angrier and angrier at Whitney. However one cant route for Saber and Jesse - the underdogs who come out shining in the end. Another web spun well again by Christine however repeat paraphrasing is seen occasionally. But for that this is a definite recommendation for continuing the series on.
1) Plot Reveals:
b. GhostWalker Team One, Army Rangers and Army Green Berets; first introduced in the first book, Shadow Game - under direct command of General Theodore Ranier. They plan to build a base in the mountains of Montana along-side Team Two as of this plot.
c. GhostWalker Team Two, Paramilitary Ghostwalkers Team (Navy SEALs) working with NCIS; first introduced in the second book, Mind Game; under direct command of Rear Admiral Frank Henderson. They plan to build a base in the mountains of Montana where Jack and Ken already reside as of this plot.
d. GhostWalker Team Three: First introduced in this plot - Brian Hutton;
e. Group One of Dr. Peter Whitney's Orphans: Twelve orphan girls on whom he had conducted his experiments to make them psychically enhanced - Lily Whitney-Miller, the only girl he had adopted for himself; Dahlia Le Blanc; Iris "Flame" Johnson; Briony "Bri" Jenkins; Marigold "Mari" Smith; Tansy; Jonquille; Laurel; Rose; Camellia "Cami".
f. Group Two of Dr. Peter Whitney's Orphans: Not clear if they were part of the 12 original orphans he had or were added on later - Saber Wynter, Thorn. Unlike his first group, they are not named after flowers.
g. The Fontenot family is introduced in Night Game - Raoul's three brothers (Wyatt, ) and his grandmother, Nonny. Wyatt is shown to have romantic feelings towards the lost and found girl, Joy Chiasson.
h. Dr. Peter Whitney who thought be dead in the first book Shadow Game, is shown to be alive as of this plot with more devious plots in his mind. As the books progress, we see the various kinds of horrific experiments he had done on the GhostWalkers - tracking them with a computer chip in their body; pairing the Orphan girls not only with one of the two Ghostwalker teams, but his personal enhanced team that no one is aware of and those who had never passed the psych evaluation and are cruel as they could come; didn’t matter if the girls liked the men or not but he wanted the men to mate with them to produce super soldier babies. Injecting them with Zenith, a fast-healing medicine but with serious repercussions. He is revealed to be psychic in Deadly Game.
i. Dr. Peter Whitney's allies in his devious plots are:
3) Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors: