Samuri Game by Christine Feehan
Piatkus Books (July 2012)
Paperback, 389 pages
Warning: may contain spoilers
Stepping back into Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker series was like putting on an old, comfy pair of slippers that you just found hiding under the bed. Sure they have a hole or two in them but you stick your feet in them and ahhh… heaven! I have missed reading about the men and women that have been turned into paranormals by the ever weirder Whitney and it was really good to get back into them with the newest book in the series, Samuri Game.
The main man is Sam “Knight” Johnson. This chap seems to be pretty much everything that you might want in a man. He is uber intelligent, having multiple degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, astrophysics and nuclear physics. Add to that he is totally capable of looking after himself as well as pretty much anyone else that needs a hand! He has a great sense of humour too!
No way in hell am I kicking this fellow out of bed, I may even move over and give him some extra room!
Azami-Thorn Yoshiie is a young woman, taken by Whitney (a brilliant, albeit ever so slightly (read totally) touched in the head, scientist who has managed to mess about with peoples DNA creating paranormals) from an orphanage in Japan as a baby. He experimented on her until she was eight, and then, having no further use for her, returned her to Japan, to the seediest streets in Tokyo, where the local paedophiles and sexual predators were ready to pounce on her.
Mamoru Yoshiie and his two adopted sons, Daiki and Eiji had been there to see her being dumped and took her home. Here, under her new fathers instruction, Thorn became Azami, a Samurai warrior, and brilliant scientist. Her goal in life? To wipe Whitney from the face of the planet, using the skills her father taught her.
I really really like Azami. I can’t put my finger on exactly why I took to her more than I did the other women in the Ghostwalkers series, perhaps it’s the quiet understated way she goes about things. Slipping in and out of situations, quietly finding ways to work towards her ultimate goal. I find myself wishing I could meet her as I found her to be a very fascinating character.
Samuri Gametakes us further into the warped world that is Whitney and his work, showing us more evidence of his depravation, and total lack of humanity where his children/experiments are concerned.
In the whole scheme of things (I am waving my hands to show you encompassing the whole storyline!) Samuri Game doesn’t take you too much further along into the plot of Whitney and what he is doing/where he is going, rather it is about the people surrounding him and the web that he has created in order to protect himself and his project. Azami is determined to create a few holes in his web, and is willing to go through just about anyone to do so.
As ever, Christine Feehan has described her world well, and where as lately I have found this to be overly done, in Samuri Game she seems to have reigned it in a bit, without detracting from the feel of the characters, and the situations they are in. In short it was a pleasure to read, allowing me to picture everything in my mind clearly, without boring me, making me skim paragraphs…all except for the bedroom scenes…which were still a tidge wordy.
For me the only downside to this novel, which is a failing for me in most paranormal romances, is that it ended on a bedroom scene. I know they make wonderful bedroom music together, that the world moves for them both, and that his engorged member slips firmly into her rippling sheath, milking his seed from him. I want to know what’s gonna happen next!! Outside of the bedroom! Give me a cliffhanger (not a totally out of the blue one mind you… fussy…me??? never!) rather than a bedroom scene please!
I enjoyed Samuri Game, a lot. I am still desperate to know what the maniac Whitney is going to do next, and how the Ghostwalkers are going to manage to eradicate him. I am just eager to see how it all finishes, but I am sure there are plenty of other Ghostwalkers that need pairing up before we get to find out the end game.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Shadow Game
- Mind Game
- Night Game
- Conspiracy Game
- Deadly Game
- Predatory Game
- Murder Game
- Street Game
- Ruthless Game
- Samurai Game
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