Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Book review: Code Name: Blondie by Christina Skye

Code Name: Blondie - Christina Skye

Miki Fortune is undertaking the most important assignment of her career- shooting photos for a beach calendar that could mean the difference between becoming a professional well-paid photographer or a down-on-her-luck small-time amateur.
Unfortunately for Miki, Vance Merchant, who makes the final decision about the calendar shoot, is also a sleazy bastard who thinks that having her on his books also means having her for himself.
After their flight is delayed following a short altercation between the pair, Miki, Vance and their pilot Dutch take off from the island, but their postponement proves to be fatal when they crash land into the ocean during a violent storm.
Despite all odds, the island they crash closest to is occupied by Navy SEAL Max Preston, and his remarkably gifted dog Truman. The biologically and genetically enhanced duo is on a mission to find and destroy Enrique Cruz, who, while once like them, has now turned into a villainous murderer.
In order to protect his position on the island, and unable to ignore the injured survivors of the plane wreckage, Max rescues those that lived, including Miki, in spite of the possibility that they could be informants of Cruz’s. Despite himself, he comes to appreciate Miki’s fiery determination to live, and her ability to focus on the situation at hand. But regardless of this appreciation, trust issues plague both Max and Miki, and with a hurricane approaching, and the deadly revenge of Cruz on the cards, they have to put aside their differences in order to survive.

What I gained from reading this book:
This novel could be seen as an introduction into biological and genetic enhancement in soldiers and government forces. While this may seem farfetched in reality, I think it provides an insight into what could be possible in the future, although perhaps not to the extreme of what is featured in the book. Whatever the case, some of the abilities that feature in the story really make you think about what future technology holds in store for us.

The way the author explains the intricacies of Max’s abilities is very interesting, and readers are able to relate to him as he struggles to maintain the professionalism expected of him to get the job done, while also protecting the plane survivors who have interrupted his plans. Miki is also an interesting character, at first seeming to be nothing more than a person centred on her career, but who proves herself to be proficient when it comes to island survival. She is easily able to cast aside her photographic equipment (which is water-damaged anyway) and become someone a Navy SEAL can depend on.

It may be difficult for people to comprehend some of the more unbelievable aspects of the story, mostly involving scientific experiments that enable some of the Navy SEAL’s to have special abilities- special abilities that could be classed as paranormal.
However, if you can get your mind past these abnormalities, you’ll probably enjoy the novel.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Genre: Romance/ Action

Recommended for: Lovers of books where the hero and heroine are trapped on a desert island and surrounded by deadly forces.

Australians can buy the book by clicking the picture below:

Code Name: Blondie

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