I have not read the print version so it's hard to rate - but I absolutely love to listen to audio books. I've listened to everyone of the Ghost Walker books.
I like the way that the author brings the characters to life throughout the book. I like the way that all the characters have strong personalities and are not afraid to show it.
I loved the way that Azami was when she held the little boy in her arms. It showed that she could also be kind and loving besides being an superb warrior.
I really liked the entire book - just like I've enjoyed reading the other 9 books in the series.
I highly recommend this book as well as the series to all my friends everytime I read one!
Missouri Mom with lots of Opinions! Love to listen to Audio Book Series!
I like the narrator - he really sends you into the book.
Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite series of hers. All of the books have been great!
If you have followed this series you may have wondered what happened to Thorn. I found the genesis of her new life to be very satisfying. I also enjoyed the way that Christine Feehan allows the reader to "touch base" with characters from previous books. The respect with which the author treats the role of the military resonates with me. The book is fantasy but I suspect that in reality the missions and the feelings of the soldiers are not that different from those who currently serve.
This book is somewhat unique in the series because of the way Thorn has constructed her life. She has not had the need to hide in the same way the other "lost girls" have had to in order to live independently of Whitney.
I have always loved Gator. Tom Stechschulte is very consistent in his portrayal of the various Ghostwalkers and it is like hearing from an old friend when I hear certain voices.
There is a moment in which Thorn realizes that although she has made Whitney one of the most important influences in her life she has no importance to him. That to him she does not exist. This epiphany allows her to make some different choices. I think that is a rather universal image. People hold on to old wounds inflicted on them as children and allow these things to direct their lives as adults. It was empowering to see Thorn break that pattern.
An enjoyable read. Lots of questions to be addressed by other characters in the next books. I did find that there were a few loose ends that were not addressed regarding Sam and Thorn.
Thorn and Sam didn't have a lot of personal challenges to overcome in their relationship but the story still captured and enthralled.
Tom Stechschulte does an excellent job as always. I think I could listen to this man perform readings day and night and never get tired of listening to him.
I have come to love the narration style of Tom Stechschulte, and when combined with a story by Christine Feehan you have a sure winner. I was expecting the book following Ruthless Game to be about Javier, and so I was a bit surprised to jump back into Team One and the original characters. It was a nice to see how the group had remained a unit, with the wives added into the mix.
I remember Thorn being mentioned in some of the other GhostWalker books, so it was nice to find out what had become of her;however, the things that Peter Whitney had done to her were truely horrific. The thought of him essentially disecting her, without any pain killers, time and time again made me wonder how he could have hidden his psychotic tendency's so well. It takes a very disturbed mind to be able to do such things to a toddler (or to anyone for that matter), and yet he was supposedly able to function very well in other aspects of his life. I am having a little trouble with that part of the continuing saga. It seems to me that a man so obsessed would have given himself away before he faked his own death.
The more that is uncovered about his madness and cruelty, the more I root for the Teams to find and destroy him.
Although I did enjoy this story, I personnally like both Street and Ruthless Game more.
I have added Tom Stechschulte to my list of favorite narrator's; I find his style to be rich in emotional texture. He takes me right into the heart of the story and I can lose myself in the tale being told.
I did not laugh as much listening to this story as I did in both of the previous books I mentioned, but there were a few places that made me chuckle.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. I enjoyed it and I'm sure other GhostWalker fans will too.
Love her books there are great and keep you interested right till the end and then leaves you wanting more.
love the voice and he makes it more interest as well.
Mary Liechty Adams
Early in the series these books were quite a surprise and delight. After several, however, one gets more steamy sex than story and this can turn out to be a yawner.
I never read the print version, I always enjoy the audio version.
Ryan and Lillie's son always hiding at a young age. I would like to see the next generation.
Always like the way he does Gater.
It caught me interest at the beginning.
I love the stories that Christine Feehan creates and her Ghostwalker series is one of my favorites. In Samurai Game she tells us the story of Sam and Thorn. Feehan took her time in exploring how one gains trust and accepts aid in healing after being so thoroughly traumatized as children. The love that is built slowly between these two characters is at times heart-breaking but ultimately one of the strongest in the series. And let us never forget how the incredibility talented Tom Stechschulte brings to live this world of Ghostwalkers.
...probably one of the worst lead-ins for a book I've read. The main character, Thorn, spends ~15 minutes in the mentioned club.)
What she does do in this book is go from a vengence-driven woman w/a poor self image to a woman who's no longer letting others define her role. Yes, she's still after the senior Whitney and there's certainly a lot of fairly explicit sex -- but it's good to have consistency in your life.
Some of the reviewers have dismissively commented on Thorn's submissive behavior. Would that be her submissive behavior as she kills various bad people and/or helps defend the other women & children while the men are off on a mission? Tradiitonal Japanese culture has a demonstrated history of the women acting submissive. The reality is that those same women controlled the purse strings, took major roles in politics, and yes, were recognized samurai warriors. While she often portrays herself as a bodyguard to one of her brothers, she's actually the senior person running a major corporation.
The book does not settle a few pesky issues like how she's going to handle a partner who's on active duty with the US government while her corporation is based in Japan. Or how she's going to juggle work and the possiblity of children. Having her partner wave his hands and say it can all be worked out sounds like a guy.
I thought it was interesting to have the Thorn character survive her abuse by the senior Whitney due to the assimilation into the samurai culture; the structure and training gave her the skills she needed to survive a horrific childhood. I also thought it was interesting for her to finally understand that she didn't have to accept her beloved adopted father's image of her life but accept that she could have a loving relationship with a physical side. And even lots of a physical side.
Actually, there were several areas in the book that were either badly written or edited. I would have thought the part where Thorn and Flame save the women & children while the men are offsite should have been greatly expanded. Thorn was pleased to reconnect with other girls from her childhood; that could have been covered more. I also would have liked to had an inkling of what the senior Whitney's reaction was to finding out that so many of his current efforts towards world domination were thwarted by a young girl he had literally thrown away. So we come back to my complaint about whomever wrote the blurb that Audible's listing with the book.
Feehan's books are a bit formularic -- but they still work. This was not the best of her books -- but it certainly wasn't the worst. I'd recommend going back and listening to the whole series again for those of you who've been away from it for awhile.