Title: Final Protocol
Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side.
Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.
She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember.
She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and his trained killer. She kills at his whim or she dies.
She has a target. Her so-called owner…the man who makes her life a living hell. If she could kill anybody in the universe, it would be him. But he holds her life in his hands.
And she has a wish—to find a man she barely remembers. A man she knows she once loved. The man who betrayed her and stole away her freedom.
With one final target between her and the tantalizing promise of freedom, she moves in for the kill. There’s one problem. There’s something strangely familiar about her mark. Something that echoes in the void where love used to live.
Warning: One woman with a mission, one evil bastard who lies as often as he breathes, and a man who’ll stop at nothing to find what he lost. Be warned…some questionable consent lies within.
Author: Final Protocol
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Author
Published: July 7th 2015
Genres: Sci Fi Romance, Science Fiction
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I was in the mood for something besides my go-to PNRs and standard contemporary readings. I read the blurb for Final Protocol, saw that is SciFi with dubious content and said what the heck. At 109 pages, I figured even if I didn’t like the book, I wouldn’t have to suffer very long. Turns out the book wasn’t too bad. As a book about a killer, there isn’t so much killing. It’s more of she’s letting her intended hits get away and bad things are going to happen. Then Gold dangles the proverbial carrot in front of her face: FREEDOM! She just needs to take on one more and then he’ll let her go. This final target isn’t so easy to kill.
Silence was a strangely interesting character. A reluctant killer and she’s very good at it. Gold is the uber creepy guy that calls all the shots and abuses her in not-so-nice ways. That would be the dubious content there. Those of you who have rape and mind manipulation as a trigger, that’s why I’m giving this book 5-flames so read this book at your own risk. I kept wondering as her story unfolded, if she’s such a great killer, why doesn’t she just kill the sadistic bastard. Then that little nugget was explained, AHA, gotcha now. Bits and pieces of her story come out slowly at the beginning but once she goes after her final target who, no surprise is her lost love, the escalate very quickly to the end. There obviously more to the story than just that but as a short ready I don’t want to give anything away. In a sense, Silence does get her happy ending, however, she is a killer and the only way she’ll be truly happy is to get her revenge on Gold.
This is my first book by J.C. Daniels and it was fairly good. Final Protocol was a pretty quick read, with just enough content to keep the characters interesting and me entertained. The ending had enough of a cliffhanger to have me curious what Silence has in-store for Gold. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for the next book.