Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
If you have not read book one, Reign of Fire, then I would strongly suggest reading that before reading this review. Although the books have a conclusion, there is still a political mystery to solve and the same characters appear in each book. In the first book, we are introduced to Alyssa. Now in the second book she is a ghost and anxious to help the people she loves, her twin sister Emily, and her brother Wyatt. This is Wyatt’s story.
An IED ripped Wyatt’s life apart in Afghanistan taking both his legs. Unable to handle his new self and unwilling to burden the woman he loves with his new reality, he has walked away from, Harper Drake. When his sister Alyssa is killed, a little more of his heart and soul was lost. Now he is working with a secret faction called the New Patriots whose mission is to protect our democracy. Making matters worse, the leader of the group is Harper with whom he must interact daily. He must fight his desire to be with her, especially when Harper makes her feelings known and refuses to give up on him.
When Wyatt discovers a little girl hiding in the woods near the compound, he is drawn into a case involving child trafficking. When the little girl reveals she was saved by a woman named Alyssa, he knows his sister is out there, only he is unable to see her. Emily is always communicating with their dead sister. Alyssa brought this young girl who was beaten, tortured and raped to Wyatt to save the others who are still being held. While he and Harper are working on finding the animals, and yes, they are animals, no correction—beasts—Emily and Ash are working on deciphering the list Alyssa found. This list led to Alyssa’s death and it is a threat to national security and to our democracy. This is an ongoing mystery that will continue. Now the important thing is finding and saving the children. When they discover the kids will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, Harper puts herself front and center placing herself in dire danger.
I am not a big fan of political intrigue, but this series is much more than that. It is a story of lost people trying to find a way back, and a ghost who is determined to use every power available to her to get revenge, even if she goes too far. Can a ghost help save the children? Can Wyatt learn that what is inside him is what matters, not his titanium legs? Can the list finally lead to those looking to overthrow the government? Stay tuned because there is more coming.
Be forewarned that the subject matter in this book is heart wrenching, and unfortunately, a reality. I keep wondering what is missing in these people’s hearts that they could do such horrible things to a child just as I keep wondering how we can worry more about animals than children.