"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
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
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
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.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 9, 2002