Predatory Game

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Predatory Game

GhostWalkers, Book 6

GhostWalkers are enhanced soldiers, some voluntary and some not.  These men and women had their natural psychic abilities changed so they can do things normal people can’t.  These experimental GhostWalkers were developed by a scientist named Peter Whitney.  He started with infant girls and moved on to military members with the blessings of the military and the belief that he was creating super soldiers.  There were some side effects that were mentioned like the natural filters of ones mind were removed and for some GhostWalkers, this can drive them insane or cause death.

Jess Calhoun was a Navy SEAL who volunteered for this experimental program.  For years, he took care of one of the infant girls that were the original experiments.  He grounded her so she could function and trained her to be a killing machine.  When other organization came to kill her, Jess was captured, tortured and had his legs broke so bad that he will never walk or work as a GhostWalker again.  Returning to his hometown in rural WY, Jess buys a radio station and build a new life for himself.  He doesn’t leave the old one behind though and keeps in touch with other GhostWalkers and volunteers to try experimental bionic legs. 

Sabin Winter isn’t her real name but it’s what she is going by this time.  She never stays long but when Jess offers her a job and a place to live, Sabin begins to get comfortable and dreams of a normal life.  Sabin was one of Dr Whitney’s infant girls and she is on the run not wanting to have anything to do with Dr Whitney or others like her.  She is able to shield what she is and tries to act normal.  But now, she’s being stalked by someone unknown and that someone doesn’t want to play nice. 

Sabin needs to decide if it’s time to run again or confide in Jess and make a stand.  Can she trust Jess though and with him in a wheelchair, can he be much help?  What if he wants to call in other GhostWalkers?  Sabin is afraid that Dr Whitney will find her but which way to go?

This books are pure make believe with improbable happenings.  Still, some events or situations are close enough to today’s technology that you can almost believe that some of the things might be probable or soon will be.  Jess is given bionic legs to try.  This may be something that scientist are currently working on.  On the other hand, all the ammunition and explosives that the GhostWalkers seem to have instant access to seems a bit unbelievable. 

The characters have some depth but many seem to be almost duplicates of others.  Most of the men have the same basic traits of being protective, aggressive and lethal.  The women don’t give their trust easily, are confident in their skills, and are pretty.  Details define each character, as do some personality traits.  Still, many of the characters are almost interchangeable.
The storyline/plot is good.  There is an unknown person trying to get Sabin but also they are trying to get to Jess.  It is unknown if this person is working for Dr Whitney or operating on their own.  This mystery person stays unsolved for much of the book and everyone is a suspect.

Many characters from previous books are in this one.  It’s nice to see what they are doing now and catch up on their lives.  They do not distract from Jess and Sabin’s story but fill in where they are needed and further flesh out the world of the GhostWalkers.

The GhostWalker Creed
We are the GhostWalkers, we live in the shadows
The sea, the earth, and the air are our domain
No fallen comrade will be left behind
We are invisible to our enemies
And we destroy them where we find them
We believe in justice and we protect our country
And those unable to protect themselves
What goes unseen, unheard, and unknown
Are GhostWalkers
There is honor in the shadows and it is us
We move in complete silence whether
In jungle or desert
We walk among our enemy unseen and unheard
Striking without sound and scatter to the winds
Before they have knowledge of our existence
We gather information and wait with endless patience
For that perfect moment to deliver swift justice
We are both merciful and merciless
We are relentless and implacable in our resolve
We are the GhostWalkers and the night is ours

Book Blurb for Predatory Game

The new Ghostwalker novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Saber Wynter is running from her past when she meets ex-Navy SEAL and Ghostwalker Jess Calhoun. But the riddles of both their pasts are about to collide, shattering the promise of their future with the ultimate betrayal.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2008 4.00