"A powerful military romantic suspense story"

The CAT (Colonization Assessment Team) has been on Jarved Nine studying this planet which is very similar to Earth. One night Communications Specialist Ravyn Verdier returns to find all her co-workers ritually massacred. A Special Ops team lead by Captain Damon Brody arrives in response to the emergency signal and while Damon questions Ravyn, the same unknown killer murders his entire highly-trained squad.

They are being stalked by the alien killer and must survive the weeks it will take for a rescue ship to arrive. Ravyn's step-brother Alex Sullivan, also in Spec Ops, and her best friend Stacey, also a Communications Specialist, are among those on the rescue team.

The story begins with explicitly bloodthirsty descriptions of the mutilation of those murdered and continues with the feel of a battle story as they struggle through jungle territory toward safety. Reaching the abandoned city, they find more than expected shelter. Is what they are feeling for each other from the situation or something that will last a lifetime? How will they be able to defend themselves against a creature so totally evil? Knowing the rescue team will be as unprepared to fight such evil as the original Spec-Ops team, what can they do to prepare for battle?

The main and secondary characters are strong personalities as you would expect from their lifestyles. Their actions and reactions to each other and danger are believable enough to draw you into this powerful story of good verses evil. The final battle is intense, but a bit less believable. It was still a good culmination of the rest of the story and the epilog brought a smile. This is a well- constructed military sci-fi story with a believable romance.

I would not recommend this for the squeamish romance reader, but those that like romantic suspense or military and science fiction novels will find the mix an acceptable balance. All in all, I can assure you that booklovers won't be disappointed with the story. Readers will surely join me in looking for Ms. O'Shea's next book.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 9, 2002


Ravyn Verdier is on a mission to test the habitability of Jarved Nine. Damon Brody is sent to rescue her when the rest of her team is mysteriously killed. Trapped on a planet that harbors an unimaginable evil, they have only each other.

An abandoned city holds the key to their survival, but what they find behind its ancient walls defies all their preconceived notions and tests the limits of the bond that has formed between them. To succeed, they will have to cast aside their doubts and listen to their hearts. For only when they are linked body and soul—when they realize love is their greatest weapon—will they be able to defeat the force bent on destroying all life.

RAVYN'S FLIGHT will be reissued in August 2006, concurrent to the spin-off ETERNAL NIGHTS.


Ravyn's Flight
(Jarved 9: Book 1)
by Patti O'Shea

Love Spell
November 1, 2002
Available: November 2, 2006
ISBN #050552516X
EAN #9780505525161
320 pages
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Patti O'Shea

In The Darkest Night
Edge of Dawn
In Twilight's Shadow
In the Midnight Hour
Shards of Crimson
Eternal Nights
Through a Crimson Veil
The Power of Two

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