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A threat to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nhala unites Army Captain Mike Shafer and Lucy Merritt, an expert restorer of manuscripts. A deadly ancient prophecy of the world's end is manifesting-and so is their attraction to each other. Can they save the world and their chance at love?



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  • Poche: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Berkley (5 juillet 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0425242129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242124
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,4 x 11,6 x 2,1 cm
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Par ahb130 le 12 juillet 2011
Format: Poche
nul. L'auteur a fait un méli-mélo de style sans savoir où s'arrêter. l'histoire d'amour est pitoyable (lui, homme des cavernes obsédé, elle dinde qui ne remarque ien, ils ont une vague rencontre à la va-vite en milieu de bouquin, et elle lui annonce ensuite être trop fatiguée...) Le contexte est grotesque : une crise mondiale de contagion bactérioligique et la CIA envoie deux branquignols sans formations ??? Sans compter que si on coupait les répétitions, le livre serait raccourci des 3/4. A garder peut-être comme somnifère ? aaaarggg. RIEN NE RATTRAPE ce siniste navet !!!
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Not up to par 6 juillet 2011
Par S. Richards - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'll try not to give too much plot away, but here's a bit more than the blurb. We have Lucy who works at the Smithsonian as a rare documents restorer. Her parents were CIA operatives, and she grew up all over the world, sometimes caught up in very dangerous situations for a child. Now, as an adult, she likes to keep her life as stress-free and low-key as possible, until her Uncle Edwin asks her to do something courageous for her country.

Her Uncle is the CIA Deputy Director of Operations, and he wants her to return to Nhala, a country Lucy knows well and whose royal family she has close ties to. The CIA has intel that there is an Al Qaeda biowarfare lab in Nhala and that this lab has mutated and weaponized a viral hemorrhagic virus (like Ebola) with plans to attack America and Israel.

With Lucy as the free pass into the country, Captain Mike Shafer of the Tenth Mountain Division, US Army, will go undercover as Lucy's fiance. He's to protect her while at the same time finding out more about the lab, the plans of the attack, etc. I hope I explained enough but not too much. I thought the story was a good idea, the concept complicated enough to be exciting and intriguing, but that just didn't happen for me, not at all.

I found the story flow slow and even tedious. It wasn't until about 60% in that I felt things were picking up some. In my opinion, most of the real action was confined to the last 25% of the story. This made it seem rushed to me. First, really slow, and I mean slow, with repetitive descriptions of the palace, Lucy's past and memories, and so on. There was a lot of thinking to one's self, of the same thoughts, over and over again, like why Mike needs to stay focused, how brave Lucy is, what she's been through. It just seemed to me like killing time, and then suddenly, we're at the end of the book almost so we better hurry things up and end the story.

So for me, the action was slow to begin with, then rushed at the end, hurriedly tying things up, and the romance aspect of the story was practically non-existent. There was just a little sexual tension and sex, and what was there was lukewarm to me, really a pale shadow of what this author can do. That was a total let-down. I feel as if I didn't get to see the h/H really connect until the very last quarter of the story, almost like a Hail Mary pass. While this was satisfying, finally!, it was too little too late. Just not enough to make this story a good read for me.

And I have to tell you I absolutely LOVE Lisa Marie Rice/Elizabeth Jennings and thought I'd never be giving a story of hers less than 4 stars, but I have to do it here. This story just does not compare or live up to her other work, even her work as EJ. This is only my opinion, but I'm feeling let down by the story pacing and execution, the bland h/H connection, and the lack of really good romance. For me, this story is only okay at best, definitely not good or great, and not what this author is capable of doing. It's hard for me to say it, but 3 stars may even be generous. I am very disappointed.
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exhilarating romantic suspense 9 juillet 2011
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
When Lucy Merritt was fourteen years old, her CIA operative parents died on a mission in the Himalayan kingdom of Nhala. She watched both of them get killed and chose a quieter and safer lifestyle, that of a book restorer.

However, the monarch is under attack by terrorists. As her father the king is dying, Princess Paso asks America for help specifically requesting her friend Lucy. The CIA recruits Dr. Lucy Merritt who would do almost anything for her friend although she has gigantic doubts about this request. The Feds sweeten the pot by enabling her to look at an ancient document when in the Himalayas. Accompanying her on her `pilgrimage" to where her parents died in the line of duty is her fake fiancé U.S. Army Captain Mike Shafer; whose mission is to keep Lucy safe and obtain a flash drive allegedly containing information on the terrorist scheme that threatens millions. However, her courage under fire forces him to reassess his partner as she takes one for the cause.

This is an exhilarating romantic suspense in which readers will feel they are at the top of the world. The lead couple are a wonderful pairing as each is brave, intelligent, caring and knows frozen tundra (he is 10th Mountain); their attraction does not overwhelm the mission. Although the changing viewpoints provide a 360 story line that is two edged as readers understand what is going on from the perspective of the key players but also makes a choppy flow to the action-packed story line. Still fans will feel the biting cold while trekking mountainous Nhala alongside Mike and Lucy.

Harriet Klausner
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Enjoyable Read 12 mars 2012
Par Norma - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Found this book by accident and, going by the reviews given by other readers, decided to take a chance. I enjoy lots of different genres in books, but it takes more(for me anyway)than sex scenes every few pages to make a good book. It almost reminds of Mary Stewart's books only fast-forwarded in time. This has a pretty good story to tell and it kept my attention throughout. I will probably take a chance on her other titles.
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Darkness at Dawn - A Joyfully Recommended Read 9 septembre 2011
Par M. Nix - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Manuscript restorer Lucy Merritt survived the massacre that killed her CIA agent parents when she was a teenager, but when she is sent back to Nhala with US Army Captain Mike Shafer on her own dangerous mission, will she make it out alive this time? Knowing the fate of the world is in their hands, Mike and Lucy pose as fiancés to gather information, and they find danger at every turn. Now, with Lucy's life on the line, they must make it out to save themselves and the world.

Darkness at Dawn takes Elizabeth Jennings' well-honed writing talent to another level. From the first page, you're swept into riveting danger and suspense. Darkness at Dawn brings to life a nightmare of epic proportions that since 9/11 lurks in the recesses of everyone's minds. This complex, intelligently penned novel of edgy realism and riveting suspense is one of the most powerful stories I've read in a long time. Add to that the man and woman responsible for saving the world from a deadly contagion who fall in love with each other along the way. The romance in Darkness at Dawn is prominent, matching the intensity of the plot. Lucy is a delicate powerhouse, and Mike is a soldier through and through. Their compatibility is obvious, and their romance is sensually captivating. Darkness at Dawn is a thrilling romantic suspense that would make an Academy Award-winning movie.

Nannette
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Darkness at Dawn 7 août 2011
Par Jess - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Lucy craves her quiet, orderly life. She has no family, few friends and wants to distance herself as far away as possible from her how her past was lived. Her parents were spies and Lucy lived much of her childhood near their missions or in the middle of them, she provided a great cover for her parents, no spies would be carting a young child around with them. But Lucy's parents did and when they were killed on a mission in Nhala, she was brought back to the US only to have the plane she was in go down in a jungle. The situation was so traumatic, she was 7 year old girl, all alone, but she survived a week before being rescued. As a result she's deathly afraid of flying (who wouldn't be) and has wanted nothing more than to live a quiet, safe life. She's had enough drama and heartbreak already to last a lifetime.

Mike has been called back from leading a mountaineer training mission and is none too happy about it. He doesn't like leaving his men leaderless and walks into the meeting a bit put out, and a lot grumpy having had no time to get himself ready; picture a bearded, shaggy haired, 3 weeks in the mountains type appearance. He's counting down the days until he starts in full time on a civilian life, taking over the family business, but quickly learns that he's being sent out on a new assignment. He's to be the muscle in the operation, protecting Lucy while she gathers sensitive information in the country her parents were killed in. Lucy doesn't want to go. Mike doesn't want to go. But when they both learn what they're trying to stop, saying no is impossible. Our reluctant team heads out to stop a threat that could kill millions and has the potential to eliminate entire cities.

Lucy and Mike go undercover to stop this threat and while the action and plot drew me in, the relationships and personalities made this book stand out. From Mike being made over into his cover persona to how he deals with the mission and his growing feelings for Lucy, his humor shined through and I fell in love with this guy. The moment he took care of Lucy on the plane, when she started having a major flying/panic attack, I knew this guy would be a joy to read.

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Everything about this was terrifying. The scabrous-looking helicopter that appeared as though it was going to break apart any second now, the unsmiling soldiers, the hateful noise of the engines, so loud it reverberated in her diaphragm. Thank God she had nothing in her stomach.

Mike had her arm in strong grip. She thought she could feel the warmth of his hand through the layers of clothing. It was an odd sensation, being frightened but having someone on her side, by her side.

She'd always faced her fears alone.
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He's protective of Lucy and his humor, used to help calm Lucy in during difficult circumstances to his own inner ramblings, won me over. For all Lucy's gone through in the past, she was tough when she needed to be, she worked well under pressure for not being a field agent and she's smart - it's hard not to love her.

DARKNESS AT DAWN has a great balance between a suspenseful plot and interesting, likable characters. I loved the writing style, it was easy to follow along, and we didn't get bogged down with too many details, just enough to keep the action moving in the right direction. Very enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to what the author has planned next.
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