Saturday, October 10, 2015

Review: SHADOWS STRIKE by Dianne Duvall

by Dianne Duvall
Book 6, Immortal Guardian series

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive..

It's been a while since i've read a book in this series, so it took me a little while to get reacquainted with all the characters.  Therefore, I cannot recommend this book as a standalone, but as the "next book in the series" - it's good to be back in the world of the Immortal Guardians.   

Ethan and Heather are the featured couple in this edition.  I find their love story a bit more interesting than the last few heroes/heroines.  She is the daughter of a high ranking General who assists law enforcement with her special abilities, which puts her in the crosshairs of Ethan, an Immortal Guardian.  The Guardians are still fighting those who would exploit their abilities, their age-old enemies - the vampires, and now one of The Others who want to see Armageddon unleashed.  It is a fast-paced, action packed book.  

I want to give this a higher rating but the whole story is already very familiar.  I don't mind the continuation of past storylines, but other elements are repetitive - the assault on yet another lab/prison, the fight with the vampires, the ability to shift from place to place.  It is nice to be able to visit with past characters, however, I would've liked to see some new and fresh - perhaps explore the alien angle more. 

So, I recommend this read as a part of my endorsement for the overall series. But next book, I hope I get something a little more unique and boundary-busting. 

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