i hope you have agreat Week-end. So far mine isn't what i expected and i'm a bit behind my reading schedule but nothing is lost so be happy. Today like i promised i will give you my opinion about the first book of the I-Marshal Stories by Michele Hart. I'm really a fan and if this book wasn't my favorite wait for my review of the third one, all i can say it's that it gets better and better in each book.
author: Michele Hart
Publisher: Bookstrand-Siren Publishing
Publication : 2010
Genre: science-fiction romanceSource: Pdf received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Short description from goodread :
Cop or convict?
How many faces can one man own?
An assassin wearing a holographic mask and a prison tattoo boards Rachel’s freighter during a prison riot. He is intent on recovering gadgets, which are capable of changing a man’s identity, from the black-market gang who'd stolen them. She’s not sure of Jack's identity nor his goal, but he claims to be an
When Rachel learns Jack will trade innocent lives for the digital miracles, she's determined to make the mercenary grow a heart. How could a stone-cold killer kiss her so hotly? How could she kiss such a dangerous deceiver?
Jack has done years in prison to learn who’d stolen the remaining Gemini ticks, 3-D magic. Nothing will keep him from gaining extreme-technology, capable of unleashing galaxy-wide chaos. Forget feelings for Rachel. She can’t stop him from killing everyone involved.
This book could also be qualified as a suspense romance, yes it’s in the space and another planet so without doubt science-fiction romance but the suspense it’s also a major part of the plot. It’s another subgenre that I appreciate so for me it was great but I could understand that for some it could be a deterrent at first.
Now the suspense is strong and you wonder who is jack until the end, how I was sure he was a cop yes but real identity that wasn’t so easy. However, the romance is also there with cute moments: a lot of reviewers speak about the chocolate romance yes but my favourite was definitively the berries painting sensual, delicate, I would have loved this kind of attention.
The characters are interesting and while Jack is a I-marshal all we learn from that isn’t a lot to summary: it’s a very demanding and dangerous job. That’s it. In this book, no angel apparition and that’s the part I missed but in the same time I really appreciated to learn the history of Earth and space travel. The gecers dog like Jet are also wonderful even if I prefer my own dog who doesn’t speak and doesn’t use computers^^;;. To have glimpse of his mind was really funny and he is a real part of the story.
Rachel is the daughter of a general and perhaps it’s a reason for her to be so peaceful, while I admire that it’s also stupid in the universe to think everything can be resolved without violence and show that she wasn’t confronted to the real world. When she is, she discovers that she has to make some choices and must agree to loose some of her belief. It was interesting to see how she refuses to admit that to the end and in the same time make others understand that they must to if they want to survive, double standards… She bothered me a bit with all her trusting issues, once yes after no after yes again man she had to choose not to play around. If I was Jack I would have left her somewhere at some point. She isn’t completely mature before the end the book and it’s this adventure that makes her grow up emotionally.
Jack is completely different, he has giving up so much of his life for the Justice and his dream of revenge and not only time. Life on Null is a torture and he agreed to it for the greater good… that shows courage and abnegation. However, when he enters in Rachel’ life that’s also a bit egoistical move on his part. It’s a link to his life, to what he wants. He doesn’t hesitate to manipulate her a bit and for her he also renounce to his more barbaric skill and killing isn’t common result anymore.
It’s a good book but I admit I much prefer Vigilant so far. The advantage of this book for the understanding of the universe is the explanation of the background of the world as they know it and we discover that’s not a completely different world but that they are human beings at the origin.
You can find more informations on the serie and Michele on her website
Source: a copy in exchange for a honest review, no compensation was received.