WHY I READ IT
The blurb was catching!
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
I’ll be honest with you—I’m no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: Superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL. You’ve seen the movies—we’re infallible, invaluable, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers … all I really wanted to do was get laid.
One harmless screw with an Aruban whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn’t save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.
But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, “My name is Analía “Annie” Hamilton. I’m an American citizen. I was kidnapped on spring break five years ago. You’re my last hope. Please save me.”
One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put on the cape and be her hero.
Talk about a gripping tag line!
“My name is Annie Hamilton. I’m an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You’re my last hope. Please save me.”
Patrick Walsh is a Navy Seal in Curacao, waiting to head out on a mission. Patrick is anti-girlfriend/wife, anti-commitment. He tried that once, and got burned. While in Curacao, Patrick visits a brothel, where he meets Annie Hamilton. After Annie begs Patrick to save her, he leaves, but the thought of her stays with him. Patrick heads back to his ship and does some research, realizing that Annie is exactly who she says she is. At that moment he starts to plan his mission to save her.
“You aren’t invisible, you are invincible. I know you’re alive. I know your name. You’ve survived this long and I won’t let you down.”
The rescue mission happened within the first 30% of the book. The rest of the book dealt with Annie’s re-acclimation to society, her relationship with her parents, and her relationship with Patrick. While I felt the story line had SO MUCH potential, it fell flat for me. I just could not connect enough to the characters and their relationships to care about them. It felt very rushed to have a nice tidy ending, which wasn’t necessary. The constant references to how amazing, fantastic, wonderful and perfect Navy SEALs are were also a bit much. This comment is in no way diminishing what our Armed Forces sacrifices to keep us a safe and free country, but it seemed as if every other line of the book was talking about the SEALs and how fantastic they are. It took away from the central storyline.
This book was a quick, easy read. It started out with so much promise, but just didn’t deliver for me.
**NOTE: Since writing this review, the book has been updated and added to. This review is for the first version**