It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.
©2010 Maya Banks (P)2012 Recorded Books
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I really liked both Ethan and Rachel and enjoyed seeing them come back together and work things out. I really like Maya Banks work and will be continuing with this series.
Ethan is an ex-SEAL and, when the story begins, is trying to get through the year anniversary of the death of his wife, Rachel. He's torn up and can't get past loosing her and just wishes there was some way he could go back in time or get her back. Impossible right? Well Ethan thought so too until he gets a package with pictures of someone that looks like Rachel. The information indicates that Rachel is being held in drug cartel camp down in South America. He's afraid to hope and goes to his brothers, who run a "Special Ops" company, for help.
3 of Ethan's brother's run KGI (Kelly Group International), which is a company that performs Ops like hostage/kidnap victim recovery & intelligence gathering among other things. When Ethan brings them the info he received, they are all in for planning a mission and going in to save her. Since the area she's supposed to be in is near where she was supposedly killed while on a aid mission for a charity a year before, they're hopeful it's really her. Because of her imprisonment and drugs that her captors used on her, Rachel doesn't remember much of anything except her name and Ethan's face. She almost wondered if his face was a figment of her imagination but thinking of him made her feel safe. When her rescue comes, she's so messed up that Ethan is the only one she'll trust, not remembering any of his brothers at first. There is a little bit of an issue getting out but they manage and everyone gets out whole, if slightly banged up.
Rachel has some recovering to do and Ethan stays by her side while it happens. She starts remembering some of his brothers but things are still iffy on her memory and recovering from the drugs takes a lot out of her. Ethan, being thrilled to have Rachel back in his arms, does everything he can to help her recover. They bond back together as she heals and they start getting back in to their relationship. Rachel's memory is still fractured and she doesn't remember much. Ethan is glad of this because before he thought she died, their marriage had been in a bad spot. Ethan was to blame and is hoping he can convince her of his love before she remembers so he can convince her to give him another chance. He takes care of her and she starts to settle in to being back home and meet people she doesn't remember that she used to know. Things go pretty well in this regard but there are difficulties. One of these is unintentionally caused by a homeless girl, Rusty, that Ethan's parents took in. I liked Rusty and hope she sticks around in the series...she seems like she'd make things interesting.
Most of the issues Rachel has settling in are to be expected but she does get run off the road at one point but they don't think anything of it at the time. Things are going pretty well when Rachel finally remembers about their marriage issues. Ethan tries to explain and does but they still have more talking to do when things go wrong and Rachel is taken by some bad guys who try to kill her. She gets past this danger just to have another attempt on her life. It becomes obvious that her faulty memory is hiding something that someone doesn't want to come out. In the end, the truth comes out and the bad guy is arrested. Rachel and Ethan talk things through and confirm that they love each other and want to make things work and then they start working their way to a HEA.
I thought this story was very good. Ethan and Rachel are flawed people but realistic and I really enjoyed seeing them get another chance at love. The characters (secondary characters included) are great and the story is interesting. I'm looking forward to trying the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
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I loved this book! After listening to this 1st book in the series, I have already purchased the rest of them. The narrator was great, I love a strong male character especially when the narrator has a strong male voice!! If you love Maya Banks, you will love this series, it may just be the best one yet!
Of course we all have our own individual preferences and the only way one knows if you like a book is to listen to it yourself. I am a fan of MB books and I found myself, forcing myself to listen to this book until the end.
I was disappointed to find this story boring, sickeningly filled with overdone "lovey doviness", and a ridiculous amount of mundane descriptions. At points, I found myself speaking out loud in frustration. Don't get me wrong there are some good points in the story, but overall it leaves a lot to be desired. The narration unfortunately left even more to be desired. When I listened to the preview snippet I thought the sexy accent would surely heighten the enjoyment, but OMG he was so very boring. I am a fan of Kresley Cole, J D Tyler, Jeanine Frost, and Gena Showalter to name a few, and was hoping the KGI series would be of their caliber, like MB's other books. As a MB fan, I'm hoping the KGI stories get better and am going to try Book 2. But, If 2 is as bad as Book 1, then I will not be able to recommend them at all.
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Usually I expect more from Maya Banks. Since I finished her Sweet Series...I was expecting the same hot and heavy love scenes with a great set of characters to really enjoy. This book was okay..not great...the love story is pretty much predictable. I would say Maya does layout the Kelly Clan well enough that you may want to explore their individual stories. However, these books will not be a must have in my library. There was not enough drama or action to keep me wanting more.
I fell in love with KGI series after reading The Darkest Hour. If you are in the mood for heartbreak, forgiveness, and redemption then this is the book for you! As always I hate giving anything away but this book made me run out and buy all of the books in the KGI series. Maya Banks has the unbelievable talent with her writing to draw a person into the story and anchor you not only to the main characters but to the secondary characters. So much so you anticipate their stories just as much as the main story.
Harry Berkeley is an amazingly talented reader. He brings such warmth to each of the characters and is the perfect complement to Maya Bank’s writing talent. Now if Recorded books and Audible would get book two out before book six comes out next year!
The Kelly family dynamic.
That other family of tough guys with a little psy powers thrown in. What was it called?
I haven't listened to this narrator before. It took me a while to get used to him as his style is a little aggressive. Many sentances start off more explosively than expected. He did a good job of making it easy to tell the different character apart but he made Rachael sound even wimpier that she was, or maybe she just was.His womens' voices were pretty good. He didn't use a grating falsetto - he did pitch his voice a little higher than the mens voices, but her relied more on intonation and timing to feminize them and I thought it worked well.
This book was a little lighter on the *hot* scenes that others by this author. The narrator did a good job when the going did get steamy-he didn't hesitate and he didn't sound unaffected either - I liked it!
I guess, I did. Even though I found myself taking to the characters - "don't be so stupid.." etc.
Really I want to give this a 3.5. The premise was good and I like books that are as much emotion driven as action driven so that was ok. But the dialog dragged. Seemed as though someone said " Are you ok?" on every page. Rachael's ordeal was pretty tramatic so I guess she deserves some slack but she did tend to internalize everything and then decide to talk to - her brothers in law? Get a clue girl - talk to your husband! And Ethan - big boys do cry. He spent so much time hesitating while he tried to cover his feelings that he was either emotionaly absent when Rachael needed him or actually physically absent from the room every time anything bad was about to go down.I am going to read the next in the series but if it doesn't pick up a bit I'm done.
There is a lot of needless sexist language like "screams like a girl," "cries like a girl" etc. I expected more from a female author. I also found part in the middle very repetitious.
A stronger hero (and I don't mean physical strength)
The only problem I had with Harry Berkeley was that it was hard to distinguish between the male characters...but that's mostly on the author.
Disappointment. I like a good series that involves military/secret missions etc. This just didn't live up to the hype.
First you have a former SEAL - out of action for over a year - who has been on a drinking binge since his wife died the previous year. He drifts between self rage, self pity and wallowing in the fact he and his wife were at odds before her death.
He finds out his wife is still alive and being held captive in South America and goes to his older brothers who run a covert mission firm and basically says, you help me or I will go alone...so they let this drunken, former SEAL go on a covert mission in which he gets shot (just a graze, but seems to recover from very quickly), and then proceeds to ask his wife (I swear, every 5 minutes) "Are you OK" or variations there of. Not only does he keep asking, so do all of the brothers. If I were the wife, I would have taken one of the guns and shot them for being irritating!
Both the hero and heroine don't seem to know what teamwork and partnership is because they keep withholding information from each other which just makes their issues worse.
I listened all the way through...I had to know how it ended, which by the way seemed like a let down.
the most enjoyable part of this book is the narrator, the least enjoyable was the predictable story line.
The book is littered with Alpha males, a big ol’ family of alpha males with alpha male buddies and alpha male adopted friends. I was just waiting for a scene where they all got drunk, beat on their sculpted naked former military chests, and chanted cadences together. But the over the top masculine posturing was killed by the number of times these brawny boys started bawling. I admit it, it’s me and my own jaded bias against men crying, but seriously the dad cried, a brother cried, and Ethan must have broke down crying at least six times. Man up Ranger’s, former Marine, and former Navy Seal, this Army Vet thinks you’re all pathetic.
I had to suspend my disbelief too much in order to get through the plot mechanics of this book. If you are a stickler for how the world really works, this book will annoy you. We’re going to launch some spook mission into drug cartel territory, but we’re not going to do a trace on who sent the Fed-ex package. A wayward teen is taken in by a schoolteacher, but no one in county social services or child welfare is notified. A body was incinerated so badly dental records couldn’t be used to ID the body, but her wedding bands were only marred and not a puddle of melted goo. I know, I know un-plug your brain and try to enjoy it, but there were a lot of these kinds of things. They piled up on me making the read careless and messy.
Poor Mr. Berkley, I love him for uttering such terrible lines with professional conviction. I really did start laughing after awhile when he had to abide with the overuse and repetition of the word “baby.” Baby, oh baby, I love you baby.
The repetition and pacing was terrible. We hear Ethan make all of these confessions and long drawn out monologues about his love for Rachel. Then Rachel reunites with one brother and he hugs her, and tucks hair away, and monologues about family and how much everybody loves her. Then she meets with another brother and it’s a different brother but the same scene all over. Then Rachel reunites with a friend from high school, who is an adoptive friend of the family, and he’s hugging her and telling her how much her family loves her and it’s all going to be okay. Yes, we get it, everybody loves Rachel, wants to hug her and touch her hair, but I just wanted to ready the story, not read a different version of the same scene six times. So maybe not one specific character, but five of those six scenes could go.
So many good ideas, so many interesting characters, but in the end these elements were the only thing keeping this book from becoming nauseating. This is the most sappy and overdramatic book I’ve read in a long time.
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