A good read. The concept of life and death games played by unwilling participants for the viewing pleasure of the decadent has been addressed before [notably in the movie 'The Running Man' with Schwarzenegger:], but this was an exceptional treatment. It's told from the point of view of Kira, the first female participant in the games. She is kidnapped and thrown into partnership with a man convicted of multiple rapes and murders. To have any hope of surviving a 'game' where death and/or torture is only a plot device, the two of them must work as a team.
A further twist is introduced by who is ultimately behind the game... and why...
A stand-alone novel
The Countdown is a âgameâ where the contestants must compete in six different levels in order to survive. If they fail one level they will be âeliminatedâ. Rogan chose to play the game; it was either play and have a chance at winning freedom or spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. Kira on the other hand did not choose to play. She was snatched up and forced into this game where she has no control. Now the two must work together and put aside their differences if they want to make it to the end of the game and ultimately earn their freedom, and life.
Countdown was not the typical Michelle Rowen book. This book was not so much paranormal, as with her other series, but definitely sci-fi. It was refreshing to see a romance bloom from something other than the typical female in distress, male rescues female, male female fall in love situation. This book is the opposite. Rogan was the one who always seemed to need rescuing. Michelle Maddox aka Michelle Rowen never fails whether it is paranormal romance or sci-fi action romance. This book leaves you on the edge of your seat counting down the levels, until the very end.
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Michelle Maddox is the pseudonym for Michelle Rowen. Under Rowen she who writes quirky paranormal books. Countdown is the first book for her Maddox identity.
This was an action filled book that reminded me of a sci-fi movie from the 80s. Sort of Mad Max and Tank Girl with a mix of Running Man thrown in. Michelle Maddox admits that Running Man was an inspiration. I thought that overall it was a fast, escapist read. Perfect for when you aren't really in the mood for something heavy and just want to read something fun. It has a few bits I found a little cheesy, but I still enjoyed it for what it was. It succeeds in entertaining the reader, and I thought that there was just enough to make the plot interesting - the game, their budding romance, their pasts, what each is hiding from the other (what he know's about the game, her mild ability to "read" people) - things keep moving along and keep the pace of the story going.