A powerful novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, about an ambassador's daughter who is kidnapped and the former undercover agent who comes to her aid, saving her life in more ways than one.
For DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett, life as he knows it is over once a gunshot wound renders his arm useless. Barred forever from the undercover work he loves, he has nothing - no close friends, no family, no hometown or base, and no desire to settle for life behind a desk. He's called to action in the most unlikely of places when he stumbles upon a beautiful girl burying an old steel box in a Parisian park. Drawn into the mystery, Marshall soon discovers that she is Ariana Gregory, daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Argentina, who is trying to find herself again after being kidnapped and brainwashed by radical revolutionaries. But there are powerful forces at large who will not rest until they secure revenge, and Marshall and Ariana will face yet more trials - and another beginning - before they can truly bury the dark past and embark on a new life together.
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"Nice suspense novel with just a touch of romance"
STORY (suspense) - The book begins with Marshall's story while he is undercover as Pablo, the right-hand man of a dangerous Columbian drug lord. Approximately the first third of the book takes place in the Columbian jungle and follows Marshall to the U.S., where he is retired after an incident which causes him to lose an arm. The next third of the book covers Ariana's story as an Ambassador's daughter, her kidnapping and rescue. The final third of the book begins as Marshall happens to observe Ariana burying a box in a park in Paris. Their lives become intertwined and he becomes her protector. The romance between Marshall and Ariana blooms very, very late in the book, as there is lots of other stuff going on that I don't want to give away here. The book is good, but it has way, way less romance than Audible's romance/suspense categorization might have you expect.
I enjoyed the story, but sometimes the author tended to "beat a dead horse." A character's frame of mind would be detailed to the point where I was like, "OMG, Danielle, I get it, let's move on!" The story was suspenseful, but it's definitely not edge-of-your stuff, and there's very little action. There's more character development and it moves at a slower pace, which I'm not trying to imply is a bad thing. There's only one aspect about the story that really bugged me (and I'll be careful here not to divulge too much), but Marshall's and Ariana's pasts shared an important common acquaintance, yet DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett never figured that out!!! Whaaaaattt??? I think even I would have put that together, but whatever. It's still a good story, and I liked the ending.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator had a very low, husky voice (sexy), which was perfect for Marshall. He didn't attempt to distinguish Ariana's female voice, which is probably a good thing because she probably would have sounded pretty scary!
OVERALL - I don't remember any cursing in this book, and there's only a couple extremely minor references to sexual encounters. There is killing and blood, but not a lot of it. I'd probably recommend this for females of any age who might enjoy a suspenseful book. As I said, there's not a lot of romance, so men may be okay listening to the book. My husband wouldn't like it because of the emotional elements and the lack of action.
"One of her best"
This is different than most of her other books and reminds me a little of Patterson or Baldacci.
"Loved this book!"
I loved this book and characters! The romance is so sweet! They way it develops!! I couldn't put it down!
"Loved the story"
The story and narrator were perfect, loved that it had a happy ending would like to have more of the same
Beginning was great but then story got flat. So very predictable! I wish it would've been more exciting!
"Was this a draft??"
I couldn't recommend it to anyone. It is a middle school level writing.
if you want espionage and intrigue stick with Rosenberg, Connelly, Patterson, Silva, Follett, Tigner, Clancy or Baldacci to name a few. I've read them all and never been disappointed.
He slaughters Spanish. Fortunately I don't know French. He lacks inflection in his voice, but I cannot imagine having to read this book, so under the circumstances it wasn't that bad...except the Spanish...please!
This is the first DS book I've read/listened to. I don't think she wrote this. If she really did, I'm not sure how she got the reputation she has. This is truly terrible, no character or plot development, repetitive phrases like there is a word quota to meet, no build up of the relationship; they simply back into one another, make love, get married...the end.
Don't waste your money or time on this one...sorry to be a downer, but there are really no redeeming features to encourage anyone one with. If I did it would not be honest!
"Danielle Steel "
im in love with all her books please keep writing. cant wait for the next one
"loved it, the characters, rhe story. thanks D.S."
Danielle Steel has never let me down. the narrator was also wonderful!!! another 5 stars...
There were several unexpected twists in this story that kept me engaged in the book. Kind of wish this was a series
"Kept me in suspense "
this book keep me in suspense until the end. I need to listen it again now that I know the end.
I enjoyed listening to the story although it was slow at times I don't know no if I would listen to anymore by this author
Loved this book, couldn't turn it off. looking forward to the next Danielle Steel book
A good story that leaps forward in time at a fast pace. The hero is an undercover agent working for a drug cartel, with a tragic outcome. The heroine is a sweet girl born of a wealthy family and is consequently kidnapped, to find out more listen to the story. My only dislike was the performance of the storyteller, I found his voice a bit to gruff but that is just my opinion, I'm sure others would like him.
"Excellent Book a little different"
I really enjoyed this book (always enjoy Danielle Steel) but this was a little different from her normal books and I am convinced that my husband will also enjoy this one. So for men also.
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