LtCdr Ben Anlow of the Armadan special ops forces, with his team, breaks into a mountain fortress to arrest a human trafficker and serial killer. But a kinda-rogue-kinda-not-rogue assassin is already there, and I really can't tell you much more of the story without inserting major spoilers. Suffice it to say the plan gets knocked off kilter and the team has to respond as surprising events unfold, all the way to the finish.
Some responses are military and the fight scenes are realistic without being gory. Clever tactics count as much as weaponry and physical prowess, and while sensitive readers might wince once or twice, they shouldn't be bothered too much to continue. Other responses are strategic, taking advantage of that fully-developed science fiction setting, and readers of the author's previous books should be surprised but delighted by them.
The ending rocks and it's fully satisfying. If you like romance, suspense, or science fiction, this is a good read. Best yet, none of those categories overwhelms the others, so you don't have to like all three to enjoy the book.
Of particular interest to this reader were two quiet references, one on p157 ("…sections, especially below ground that are unmonitored and abandoned or used for secret projects") and the other on p159 ("…his cousin had a way of surviving what the normal contractor couldn’t"), which could easily be setups for future books. Just an FYI to the author — that would be sweet.
Cons… well, the reviewer who said the romance felt rushed does have a point. It *is* rushed, mainly because the entire story happens in a matter of a few days. It's gotta be rushed. But considering these are characters with deep emotions and strong vulnerabilities, the romance remains believable. You couldn't go through this particular set of circumstances without building a lasting affection for the soldier beside you. With sexual attraction thrown into the mix, it becomes inevitable.
It's also nice that the sex scenes are neither gratuitous nor detailed. It's there, you know it happened, but this is not erotica nor erotic romance. Nicely played.
This one's gotta be five strong stars. Not to mention an excuse to re-read the previous books…