Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review - Spectre of Intention

Spectre of Intention
By Tonya Macalino

Secrets, Kaitlin. Secrets.”

Kaitlin Osgood has a stowaway.

Underneath the glossy shell of the Senior VP for Countermeasures International lurks the tattered remains of the girl she once was: street rat and thief, Ashley Porter. Every day, every decision is brittle with the fear of discovery.

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean on the cruise ship acting as the platform for the latest space elevator, she should finally be safe…

safe from the sexy, enigmatic eyes of Director of Port Security Camden Glaswell who seems to see through Kaitlin’s ruse.

safe from the relentless, burning pursuit of master thief, Stephan Chen, the chief architect of Kaitlin’s former life of crime—the onetime lover who haunts her still.

But Kaitlin has another secret: her talent for security comes not from the latest technology, but from her ability to sense people’s emotions, to see the ghosts of their intentions.

It’s a talent she must learn to wield as a weapon before the mistakes of her past cost Kaitlin her life…


My review:

This book took me a little bit to get into the story.  At first I was confused about Kaitlin's talent and what the intentions she could sense were.  And I had to figure out what was up with Ashley, the character that seems to exist mainly in her head.  Of course if I had re-read the blurb above before starting the book I wouldnt have had those issues.  However since I didnt, I was able to discover what they all meant on my own.  And I think it shows the talent and skill of the author that I was able to make sense of it though the story and what happened instead of having to be told beforehand.

Kaitlin is a very interesting character.  We get to watch her as she tries to pretend to be someone that was created to hide a former identity.  And identity that haunts her still to this day.  Jesse. her boss, who helped her recreate herself and who she feels she owes her life too is also a strong character that seems to have an interesting history, although we really dont get a lot about it.  Same with her other 2 co-workers.  We learn a little bit more about Cam, and what we know and learn lets us know that Cam and Kaitlin are good for each other.  He alone can help her accept who she is and who she was and how they can coexist with each other and her talent.

The setting is futuristic as it all takes place on a cruise ship that is the platform for a new space elevator.  A unique and interesting backdrop.  There are a lot of different stories that can come out of such a backdrop.  And this is definitely one of them not to miss.  In the midst and helping along Kaitlin's transformation you also have a potential crime and mystery to solve.  And while all items and people are contained on one vessel.  That doesnt make it easier to track down when its as big as a ship with as many different hiding places.

I really ended up enjoying the story.  And couldnt want to see what was going to happen next to Kaitlin, her co-workers and Cam.  It was well-written and took place at a good pace so there were not downtimes or boring spots in the story.  Im looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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