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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: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: A good one to have the continuity of the series but definitely needs an effort to like one of the lead role.

Ruthless Game is the ninth installment in the Ghostwalker Series by Christine Feehan published in December of 2010. The plot revolves around Kane Cannon - second in command to Mack "Top" McKinley from the Team Three: Marine Force Recon Urban Warfare Team - and Rose Patterson - one of the girls placed in the breeding program by the maniac Dr. Peter Whitney.

Ghostwalkers are a group of women and men who special talents, including psychic and physical abilities (both enhanced genetically and natural) and some abilities more rarer than others. Dr. Peter Whitney had spear-headed this operation for a long time. In the beginning he used girls - orphans from around the world who had psychic abilities - for his experiments. Later on he had got ridden of those orphans except for Lily whom he adopted. The Ghostwalkers learn that Whitney had paired the male and female ghostwalkers through genetic pheromones so he could get them to produce the next generation of super soldiers. Supposedly dead Whitney is in hiding elsewhere  where he continued experimenting on the remaining girls (once he didn’t deem as failures). Lily Whitney-Miller and her husband Captain Ryland Miller - head of Team One: Rangers and Green Berets Ghostwalkers Team (Army) - are determined to find these orphaned girls and other Ghostwalkers to keep the safe and alive hoping to right the wrongs her father had committed.

In the sixth book, Predatory Game, we got to fully see the breeding program by Dr. Whitney and how far he had gone with it along with all the kind of atrocities he had committed on the women who have been contained in that facility. One of the girls who had successfully escaped that breeding facility was Rose. However Kane was also in the same facility but assigned as a security detail in the same facility before the girls had escaped. He hadnt known that he would be paired with one of the girls and eventually will be forced into the program. Contrary to what Dr. Whitney had expected, Rose and Kane had become closer despite the heavy overload of the pheromones. But when Marigold "Mari" Smith and Ken Norton (from Team Two: Paramilitary Ghostwalkers Team (Navy SEALs)) helped escape the girls, Rose escaped without Kane beside her. Kane had looked for her but had been unable to find. And now an assignment that sends him into Mexico to rescue hostages puts him back face to face with Rose. To add to it, there was no rescue mission in the first place but this was an elimination of this team.  Finally he finds Rose full pregnant - last he had been separated from her he had inclination that she might have become pregnant with him - smack in the middle of the hot-zone. Thus begins another journey of two ghostwalkers who have to learn to not only trust each other but their teams, face the cartels sent to eliminate them, live as a family and also fight the ultimate enemy.

The plot was very intense, showing more and more dark side of Dr. Whitney along with similar others south of the border. It was slower at some places but overall well written plot by Christine. The story-line, the imagination of what more new experiments one could see, the fights, the characters and the finale - all have a right place in the book.

What bothered me more was the characterization of Rose. Someone who had been in a breeding program forcibly and have been betrayed, it is understandable that trust issues would be there. However, should it go so far that you put the love of your life in danger by forcing him to let go of all the tracking devices so you had to find a long-route to get out - all along ready to give birth any moment? Had a team member almost lose his life while saving you so you could begin to trust the team and the family? Were you so far gone that you could not tell who were for and who were for against, despite the several number of hands reaching out to help you?

That was what confused me a lot about Rose and made it hard to like her. However, the overall plot made up for it for me to continue the book. A good read all in all.

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