This is a reissue of a Suzanne Brockman book originally published in 1994, and I find it amazing how our lives have been changed by technology in such a short time. Other than the issues about outdated technology, the book was interesting, fast paced and easy to read. It's a perfect choice to read when you need to escape.
This book was originally published in 1994.
Dr. Annie Morrow, archaeologist, art historian, and artifact authenticator, is under investigation by the FBI and CIA for some European museum thefts and tragedies. The government agencies have been harassing her and investigating her for months and are no closer to the truth. When a threat is made against Annie's life, the CIA seizes its opportunity and plants one of it's agents in her home as a bodyguard. Kendall Peterson takes on the persona of Pete Taylor and moves in.
Annie is not happy about the permanent shadow but is forced to accept it. The mystery surrounding the European thefts and bombings only increases as she and Pete get into an easy routine and love grows beneath the deceptions and omissions.
With so much potential for an exciting, intriguing read, I just found it a bit flat and slow moving. The main characters have some heat, but not enough to rescue this tepid tale.
When the mystery finally wraps up, I was less than enthused and a little disappointed. I thought the discovery, confrontation and conclusion to be too quick. It was almost like an afterthought. Suzanne Brockmann is one of my favorite writers, but this is not one of my favorite works. I find myself not hating it, not liking it, just sort of ambivalent.
Cherise Everhard, November 2008
Pretty good early Brockmann.....CIA guy is undercover investigating antiquities authenticator. Good, beleivable secondary characters too.
And enjoyable book. Nothing earth shattering, but the characters are well drawn and behave credibly.
Annie Morgan is a stubborn workaholic who doesn't like the interference she is getting from one sexy bodyguard. I loved the idea of this story. It had lots of sexual tension, and mystery surrounding her job, and his determination to keep her safe.
It was a very fast moving book. Great story.