Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Black Widow And The Sandman by L.L. Reaper

Black Widow and the Sandman is a dramatic suspense thriller.

Shadow has a new mission, one that horrifies him.  Someone is using the children in Cuba to test a new virus that renders the victims horribly, leaving them to look like their skin has festered away to the bone.  He needs the best of his agents on this team and his best don't like working with others.

Black Widow, aka Jeanette Mason, is Shadow's goddaughter, though she is unaware of the connection.  Jeanette is a top scientist in her field of bio-chemicals, she has been coerced into this new mission by Shadow's blackmailing, threatening to kill anyone who stands in her way, even other operatives, she agrees.

The Sandman, aka Roman Tate, is the best assassin and sniper that has worked in black ops in years.  He gets the job done and isn't messy about it.  When he gets the call from Shadow, he is angry, but again, after blackmailing Sandman, to keep him in line, he reluctantly agrees.  Children are his soft spot and he would do anything to kill the monsters that created this virus.

Everyone involved has their secrets and would do anything to keep them secret, even murdering those close to them.  Who is behind this biochemical warfare and will the players get out with their lives and their sanity in tact?

This was a well put together thriller with believable characters, great plot flow and a decent ending.  I found the people involved stayed true to their nature without much deviation of character.

I found the suspense to be gripping, enough to keep you turning the pages, as well, the mystery surrounding each of the characters that helps determine their back story was exceptional.

I wasn't impressed with the sexual attraction between Sandman and Black Widow but then, I'm not much into romance in such dire situations, who has time to think about such things?  I find it always puts a taint on an already great subject matter, why add another emotion that isn't warranted?

I believe all those who love a good suspense mystery would love this book, there are very few minor problems, on the whole, however, it was a fairly decent read.

Children in Cuba are suffering an agonizing death. The cause-a toxin released by a terrorist organization hell-bent on genocide. The scientific community is at a loss, and the Cuban government can no longer hide the truth from its citizens. Cuba's only chance lies in the capable hands of a reclusive scientist from the country that is believed to be behind this terrorist attack-the United States of America. Roman "The Sandman" Tate is the most sought-after mercenary in the world. When he is ordered to protect scientist Jeanette "Black Widow" Mason, he finds she is much more than scientific equations. The two join forces to create an antidote and stop those responsible for the mysterious illness before more children die and Cuba follows through on its promise to retaliate.

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