Where Nora Roberts has had a lot of success writing a future cop series, Catherine Coulter has been doing the same with a contemporary FBI agent, his...moreWhere Nora Roberts has had a lot of success writing a future cop series, Catherine Coulter has been doing the same with a contemporary FBI agent, his wife (and Max, their AI). Each book involves and FBI plot, and a second plot with new characters that always ends with a romance.
In this volume, the FBI plot deals with a teenaged psychopather and her slightly older side-kick/cousin/lover who is a little more conflicted. They, along with psycho-girl`s mother and a couple of others are bank robbers who, at the start of the book, target a bank that Agent Savich is waiting in line at. The mother is killed, the girl is injured, and the cousin gets away. He later breaks the girl out of the hospital and she is now on the revenge trail.
The other plot involves a small town sheriff trying to protect a woman and her psychic daughter from her late husband's family. The family has a cult and plans to use the girl. She contacts Savich, who has no problem accepting psychic contact from a seven year old girl.
The cult story was rather interesting, although the plot is a little under-developed in places. And the psycho plot, which was more interesting to me, disappeared for up to a hundred pages at a time.
The main problem with the book was the innevitable romance between the sheriff and the widowed mother. There was no build up at all. He respects her, and wants to protect the family, but it felt like Ms Coulter got more than two-thirds of the way through the book and realized that she needed a romance, and *ping*, they're kissing. There was no foundation set for it, and at the end of the book I was shrugging and figuring that they weren't going to last. The romance just didn't need to be shoe-horned into the book.
While I pick up the JD Robb/Nora Roberts book as soon as they come out, the Catherine Coulter FBI series is one that I don't always pick up, and I have no interest in reading them in order. Still, they are a nice time filler, usually. This one wasn't one of the better ones, though. Maybe 2 1/2 stars(less)
Annja is filming a segment about the opening of what might be the tomb of Beowulf, or at least the king who might have inspired the legend. The dig is...moreAnnja is filming a segment about the opening of what might be the tomb of Beowulf, or at least the king who might have inspired the legend. The dig is enabled, though, but a politician running for office on an anti-immigrant platform, and has other plans for the dig. Mainly, he is looking for Beowulf's sword, which he can use to get to power. But when the sword is actually found, he gets a more than he expected.
I quite enjoyed this installment. The only plot hole is that she couldn't get a hold of Roux, and when Garin arrives (conveniently in time to rescue her from a fire in an isolated area) he mentions that Roux actually was in town, but laying low and just observing. Whether he's lying or telling the truth is uncertain, but there's no reference to Roux again. I get the feeling that the author started to write him in, changed his mind, and couldn't be bothered (or didn't have the time) to do an edit to take the references out.(less)