Shadow Game
Christine Feehan
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Shadow Game
Christine Feehan
352 pages
August 2003
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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The initial aim of the government-funded project in Christine Feehan's Shadow Game was to enhance the natural psychic abilities of some highly trained men, creating an undefeatable and ultra-secret paranormal squadron. The experiment, the brainchild of renowned scientist Dr. Peter Whitney, succeeds beyond expectations. But the men become too strong too fast, and one by one they start dying, victims of bizarre accidents. The surviving men and their leader, the strongest psychic of them all, Captain Ryland Miller, are kept separate, isolated and under constant observation in high-security cages inside a secret lab.

Miller, who feels responsible for getting his men involved in this project in the first place, suspects that the deaths are not accidental and vows to escape along with his unit and take revenge on Whitney for making monsters out of unsuspecting men. But when Dr. Whitney disappears, all of Miller’s hopes lie with Whitney’s beautiful daughter, Lily, who is herself a strong psychic. Ryland and Lily form an unbreakable telepathic bond, and an intense physical attraction erupts between them. But is the attraction real or just a side effect? Against all odds, Ryland and Lily must come together to find the terrifying truth.

Feehan's story is exceptional, the plot taut and tense and the narrative a tightrope of swirling emotions. Throw in some intense physical attraction between the main protagonists and the book becomes a swift, hot read. Emotionally explosive and filled with scientific details that appear to be authentic, the story takes a stab at the inhumane practice of experimentation on human beings and the grave repercussions therein. Paranormal elements are aplenty and integral to the plot; there is also lethal action as well as plenty of dangerous mental calisthenics going on. Lily and Ryland’s romance develops too fast to be convincing but is still very enjoyable. The story progresses most satisfactorily and plentiful side characters add their own charm and drama to the whole scenario.

Sizzling hot and thrilling, Feehan’s book is an unputdownable read.

© 2003 by Rashmi Srinivas for Curled Up With a Good Book

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