This review is part of the Bewitching Books Blog Tour for Susannah Sandlin’s OMEGA FORCE Kindle Serial.
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As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine.
Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?
NOTE: To be released first as a Kindle Serial beginning March 19, 2013. Print and audio and full digital editions to be released on July 9, 2013.
**A review copy of this book was provided by the author/tour operator in exchange for an honest review.**
As we all know, there is quite a bit Susannah Sandlin love here, at She-Wolf Reads, so when presented with the opportunity to review her new serial series STORM FORCE, my response was “Hell, yes!” I was particularly excited to read this because it’s a loose spinoff of her beloved Penton Legacy series. This is also my first serial review. It’s a bit difficult because I can’t give a review of the story as a whole — a beginning, middle, and end — but rather, I can give you my impressions and opinions about the start of the story. If the point of the first episode of a serial is to whet a reader’s appetite, Sandlin more than succeeds at that for me.
With this first episode we are introduced to Jack “Kell” Kellison, former Army Ranger, nursing an injury in secret and heading a counter-terrorism team, Omega Force. This covert group is made up of human and supernatural operatives tasked with investigating and thwarting acts of domestic terrorism. Jack’s team is interesting. Sandlin introduced enough information about them to make me want to know more – members include someone who can learn the history of something by touch, shifters, and a tech genius. But it’s really Kell that takes center stage and I like him – tough, smart, and leading a somewhat lonely existence. His life has been centered on the military and his injury threatens that life which also makes him a bit vulnerable. It serves as a reminder of his humanity, especially when his fellow Omega Force members are supernatural and stronger.
This team is thrown into investigating a bombing in Houston and their primary suspect is Mori Chastaine. She is the biggest mystery of this first installment. She’s young, the head of an environmental activist organization, and, I think, not human. We don’t know what the heck she is but we do know something is not right. Sandlin hints at enough darkness, power, and fear in her background to keep me on edge wanting to know what she is, who her family is, and why she’s been implicated in the bombing. When you find out who may be pulling the strings, it makes her mystery even more interesting.
What Sandlin always gets right is a sense of place and her character interactions. I always feel like I’m sitting right in one her scenes, whether it’s in the middle of the Bayou or in downtown Houston. Her ability to describe a place and make it tangible to the reader is remarkable. I also love her character interactions. She gets camaraderie right, she did it in Penton and she does in Storm Force. The hardest part of the serial is that I want more. But I guess that’s the point!
I really enjoyed episode one of STORM FORCE. The conflict is compelling and the characters are interesting. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next installment. Highly recommended!