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by Glenda Bixler; Tuesday 12 May, 2009
Those who remember and enjoyed the original series forMission Impossible will certainly welcome Deception's Fury,by Jacqueline G. Randolph. In fact, you will see that thisstory would have made a great script for that popular show.Fury is an exciting adventure that reveals a world known byfew-a world where undercover Americans fight as part of theDrug Enforcement Agency to protect our citizens, demandingof themselves a commitment and loyalty to their mission thatcan only serve to inspire and amaze us. While this story maybe fiction, it, nonetheless, elicits a response-a thankful,prayerful elation that there are those among our fellowAmericans who work to serve and protect our UnitedStates.
But, wait! Before you read further, let me tellyou that you will want to start right from the beginning ofthis series. Check out my review of Deception's Guardbecause I believe you'll want to read about the great loveaffair and the dangerous adventures of the two maincharacters before you are submerged into the Fury of thegreatest challenge to that love in Randolph's secondbook!
Yes, Deception's Fury continues the story of thelove affair between Rhys and Skye Wielde. Skye has movedfrom her position as a Drug Enforcement Agent into anadvisory position and has become Rhys' wife and the motherof three beautiful children--a set of twins, and later ayoung son. She is also a part-time professor and hasestablished a local air charter business, sometimes workingas one of the pilots. Rhys is head of Genoreach Technologieswhich is dedicated to research and development ofbioinformatic technologies-the mating of biology andinformation systems. A major deception at Genoreach hadoriginally brought Rhys and Skye together (See Deception'sGuard) and nearly ten years of wedded bliss havepassed.
Until the day that messages were intercepted.Information that referred to their youngest son, who wascalled "Wolf", had been discovered on theInternet. There are also references to Omega, the drug thathad been created at Genoreach and had been found to bedeadly. Had the drug not totally been stopped? Or had otherscientists duplicated the process? And what did it mean tohave the involved ship, the ship that was known to transportdrugs, have the same name as their son, with a captain whowas called "Wolf"?
Skye, with her DEAbackground, extensive knowledge of the earlier mission, aswell as having a pilot's license, is asked to participateactively once again. Declaring that she would act only aspilot to other DEA operatives, Rhys agrees to herinvolvement with the caveat specifying that, if she were notback in a month, he would come looking for her. But a monthgoes by and Skye is not home. Not only does Rhys begin plansto track her down, but her boss contacts him and asks him tobecome involved and work with the DEA. For they had receivedword that three agents were found dead. Skye ismissing.
Soon it is discovered that Skye is alive andheld captive although she has been beaten and is near death.A local woman who is an undercover agent has been able toconvince the assigned guards that a doctor's visit isneeded. Skye is known to be a master of disguises but now itis Rhys' turn and he is disguised as an elderly doctor bynight while by day he holds a position as an embassy aide.The old woman meets Rhys, as the doctor, and brings him toSkye. She has been beaten and bruised over her entire body,chunks of her neck and face are gone-eaten by rats. She iscovered and smells of her own excrement. The horror ofseeing her is almost too much for Rhys to bear. But littleby little, he is convinced that his wife recognizes him andis able to respond to help his efforts to save her.
OnceSkye is saved and well enough to act on her own, she is onceagain driven and, against her husband's wishes to go home,is relentless in her determination to finish the mission.Reluctantly, Rhys agrees to stay and help the team find theship transporting the drugs. The trail takes them toEcuador, Buenos Aries, and finally to the Antarctica, thecoldest most uninhabitable place on earth. There, puttingtogether all of the pieces of information she has gathered,Skye locates the ship, the ship which some claim to be aghost ship because of its mysterious appearances anddisappearances.
But there is talk among the DEA team andbosses of Skye's sanity . . . of her becoming a rogue agent.Skye knows that in addition to her assigned mission, she hasa personal need-to seek revenge on the murderer of herformer DEA partner-and she doesn't mind questions about hersanity as long as she is able to fulfill that quest as wellas find the ship. Rhys is there when she finds the locationand is the only witness to a major shift from team plans,which support the possibility she is indeed a traitor. He isforced to believe that Skye is no longer the woman that hehas known and loved. Can he allow his wife to return andcare for his children? He will always love her, but histrust has been almost destroyed. Can their marriage besaved?
Deception's Fury is indeed a love story, but thatstory is just a major underlying theme. The character ofSkye is a major force, an individual who, in disguise,easily becomes a person who moves through the underworld ofdrugs and prostitution--with its many dangers--to overhear,discover and piece together where her target can be foundand how to get to it. Needless to say, the suspense andintrigue is heavy; the methods and actions of the team andundercover agents are Frightening. What they must do to stayalive can only be considered monstrous and yet a verynecessary part of survival. With a surprise ending, readersare kept in suspense right to the ending!
Randolph hasoutdone many major writers in the creation of her two maincharacters and, especially, her female lead. Skye willbecome one of your all-time favorite characters!The tone andscenes bring readers into a distressing world and forcesthem to read on until the heroine allows them to leave atthe end of the book. Her writing is superb, the characterswill become your heroes, and you will be searching for thenext book in the series long before it is available. Trustme! This author is on the move! Watch her! She is achallenge to J. D. Robb, with her husband/wife team, as wellas many other well-established writers. This is definitely aMUST-READ!
G. A. Bixler
IP Book Reviewer