Thursday, December 08, 2011

Review: Nightshade

About the book:
Soldiers all across the globe are returning home to their families after brutal tours of duty. They are discharged from the service. . .and on their own. Meet Max Jacobs, one of these discarded heroes, as he faces a wall of failure—in his career, his friendships, and his marriage. Failing again—this time to end his life—he is offered a thread of hope. Are covert government operations the answer for him, or will they only bring more danger and dissension upon his broken family?

My Comments:
This is one that has been on my Kindle forever (well, close to a year anyway).  I was going to read a few pages so I could decide I really didn't want to read it, and then  delete it but then I found myself hooked.  Max is just back from Afghanistan and accidently hit his wife when trying to strike someone else.  She filed for separation and then learned she was pregnant.  He is self-destructive, almost trying to accidently kill himself.  He loves his wife and wants her back, but isn't willing to admit he has a problem.  He is recruited to be on a special operations force made of ex-SEALS, Green Berets and Rangers.  They are a group sent on tough missions where the official military can't go.  "No one" knows they exist.  

His wife is a journalist who stumbles upon a story that involves his group,but of course she doesn't know it is his group.  She wants him back, but knows he needs to change.  She hasn't told him about her pregnancy.  She starts chasing the story.  So far, so good. So far, an interesting, fast-paced read with both adventure and human interest.  However, toward to the end, the book becomes very unrealistic and includes her taking incredible risks to her life (and therefore the life of her baby) when she is five months pregnant.  Everything wraps up too neatly if you ask me.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B-

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