Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Penumbra by Keri Arthur (Spook Squad #3)


Written by: Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad
Sequence in Series: Book 3
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars
ISBN-10: 0440246601
ISBN-13: 978-0440246602
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
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Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

Penumbra (Spook Squad, #3)My Review
Penumbra by Keri Arthur

Do we finally get to find out all the secrets behind Penumbra?

Agent Sam Ryan has had it with desk duty. Going to the director, Sam requests a permanent transfer...but the director has other ideas. Ideas that will put Sam in the forefront of danger.

Gabriel wanted to be on his own but now that Sam is in danger he pulls at all the stops to try to protector her...even going as far as assigning around the clock surveillance.

There are quite a few positives about Penumbra that make this a highly entertaining story. To top the list, this series is action packed; explosions, chases, creatures, it really keeps you on your toes. Secondly, Sam is a strong heroine. I really found her inner strength an assets to this storyline. Last but not least, there is some romantic chemistry but it doesn't overwhelm the story. I really enjoy a story that is not all about descriptive sexual scenes...don't get me wrong I like them too but sometimes it distracts from the main story. There was no overdone sexual scenes to distract here.

So, I did really enjoyed this series but felt Penumbra was a little rushed for a conclusion. About ½ way through the story I had a feeling that too much was still left up in the air for a smooth ending. Unfortunately, I was right. Many of the puzzle pieces are put together but some of them left me with the feeling that it just wasn't a perfect fit. Wanting more to make the story complete and knowing its the end was a little frustrating.

All in all, this was a highly entertaining series. I do recommend reading it with the mind frame that all isn't going to come to fruition.

I have read all of Arthur's recent works and can tell you without a doubt she is an author worth following.

I received this ARC copy of Penumbra from Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell in exchange for a honest review.. This book is set for republication October 28, 2014.

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