by Iris Johansen is a stand-alone book. Known for her action,
drama, and compelling characters, Johansen has done it again.
This novel introduces CIA agent Alisa Flynn and a mercenary
type Gabe Korgan who have a love-hate relationship.
"I have not decided yet if I will write a series. I wrote
this because I wanted something different and fresh. I had
Margaret, the animal whisperer, in the story as a secondary
character. A lot of times, I bring her in because she has
a place in the story."
The book opens with schoolgirls in Africa kidnapped and horses
stolen by Jorge Masenak. Among those taken is Alisa's "adopted
little sister," Sasha. Fearing for her and the others'
lives, Alisa decides to write her own rules. She breaks into
Gabe Korgan's estate, hoping to recruit him to help in the
rescue, considering he has the financial means and high-tech
weaponry. Knowing they could use further assistance, they
get Margaret Douglas, known as the animal whisperer, to help
along with John Gilroy, an Indiana Jones type of personality.
They know they need to lay a well-thought-out trap to rescue
the girls and the horses and catch the evildoers.
it be nice to be able to communicate with our pets like Sasha
and Margaret? Animals are so full of love, and people are
lucky to have them. I am a horse person. I love horses. My
other place had horses, buffalo, and always 12 to 13 dogs,
even cat houses. I love to stroke and talk to my animals."
"I wrote the relationship between Alisha and Gabe with
a lot of passion and lust but also respected each other. I
think they are meant to be together even though Alisha has
a problem with it. They both want to manipulate and control
each other, and when they cannot, they get angry and frustrated.
It is a complicated relationship but enriches both of them.
Alisha is difficult, intense, a wonderful foil for the hero.
She is also fierce, brilliant, innovative, and stubborn. Gabe
is a genius, tough, intense, caring, and a good communicator.
I could go on and on about him."
This is a story that will keep readers turning the pages.
Hopefully, this will be the first in a new series for Johansen.