"The second in the intriguing Sisters of the Ark trilogy"
Chief Warrant Officer Vickey Mabrey has been chosen for a
new mission. Due to her Native American heritage she has
been selected to search for a powerful totem item
belonging to the Eastern Cherokee. The fact she's recently
been having disturbing dreams featuring that very item
convince her that this mission is to be nothing like her
others. When she finds out who her partner is to be, she
is furious as she is still affected by something that
happened several years ago.
Chief Warrant Officer Griff Hutchinson has just
transferred the jungles of Peru to work with the elite
Black Jaguar squadron. His new mission appeals to him
until he finds out who he is to be working with. Vickey
has never forgiven him for an incident in flight school
several years ago where Griff took part in a plot to get
all of the women in the program expelled. The years have
changed him though and he hopes to prove to her he is a
different man. This mission to track down a crystal star
seems like just what he needs to prove himself to her.
Danger abounds around every corner though as they must
battle the employees of Robert Marston, who will do
anything to get the prized item to their boss. Vickey and
Griff must put their past behind them if they hope to win
This is the second story in the Sisters of the Ark trilogy
by Ms. McKenna. As with the first one it is satisfactory,
but nothing extraordinary. The lot is sound and
interesting, using Native American beliefs and magic to
develop and progress the plot. Readers will enjoy the
glimpse in to that way of life, and will find many details
from which to learn. While the books are stand alone,
there are a few references to the first book to help
readers know what is going on, but not enough to make the
story hard to follow if reading just this one.
Readers also get a chance to visit briefly with the hero
and heroine from the preceding novel. New characters are
introduced in addition to Vickey and Griff to advance the
story and give another look at the personalities of the
lead characters. The added tension of their past history
provides for the conflict between them. However, this
reviewer felt that Vickey held on to her grudge far longer
then she needed to, holding Griff responsible. The fact
that she has progressed through the ranks even faster then
he did, and the fact that she is his superior, should be
enough of a slap in his face for her. Her constant
complaints about what happened got old after a while.
Also, she came across as trying to hard to be tough. If
Vickey had called one more person "dude" this reviewer
would have screamed and thrown the book against a wall.
Griff is believable however, his remorse over the role he
played in past events was quite evident. He had learned
his lesson and that same lesson has followed him all
throughout his military career.
This reviewer does look forward to the final story in the
trilogy, to see how the overall story pans out.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, May 2005. All rights
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted August 24, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 12, 2007