"Romance, adventure and that \'something extra\'"
SHADOW TOUCH is Ms. Liu's second book with the "Dirk and Steel
Agency" - An amazing group of paranormally gifted people such as
shifters and healers and touch-seers. TIGER EYES, the first
introduces this world of wonder but does not have to be read
to enjoy this story.
Russian ex-Mafia, Dirk and Steel agent Artur Loginov is on the
trail of a rapist/murderer. His "gift" is through touch...
knowledge, emotions and sight. This "gift" is slowly killing him
by causing small lesions in his brain. He is betrayed and
a hidden lab for the knowledge his touch has gathered.
Elena Baxter is a touch healer. She is kidnapped by the
'Consortium'. Taken, caged and tested to prove her skill in a
secret lab. The Consortium's plan is to take over the Russian
Mafia and then the world. L'araignee has the control and
she needs is access. Artur and Elena must escape and stop her.
Romance, adventure and that 'something extra' in the characters
make this one of the best books so far this year. For those
who have not yet tried Ms. Liu, please do yourself a great favor
and read one of her paranormal thrillers.
Reviewed by Michele Patrykus
Posted April 2, 2008
Elena Baxter can work miracles with her hands. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind. She has been doing such work for almost all of her twenty-eight years. That is why she will be taken.
The media called it a rampage of terror, the recent murders. But fighting crime is why Artur Loginov joined Dirk & Steele. The international detective agency specializes in the impossible, and their creed is simple: Help those in need, no matter how difficult, and no matter what, keep the secret safe. For the agency helps its employees, too; people like Artur -- the gifted, the tormented. Dirk & Steele gave the Russian emigre purpose, protection, community...and refuge from his past, for who can trust a man who can start a fire with his mind, or shape-shift, or read others' thoughts as easily as drawing breath? For his similar talent, Artur will be taken.
Into the darkness Elena and Artur will be drawn, into the clutches of evil. Cornered, isolated, caged, they will fight for their very souls. But salvation awaits. it exists in a form least expected: a dream of a face, a brush of a mind, the hint of a kiss, and finally, at long last, a SHADOW TOUCH.