Breaking Danger

Avon Red. (Ghost Ops, Bk. 3). Jul. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780062121875. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062121882. EROTICA
What could possibly be more thrilling than a zombie novel? A zombie novel with a healthy dose of sex. California is plunged into chaos when an unnatural disaster strikes—Arka Pharmaceuticals has unleashed a deadly virus that's turned most of the state's population into rabid, brainwashed cannibals. Jon Ryan is one of the elite Ghost Ops team, sent to rescue Sophie Daniels, the brilliant young scientist who is trapped in her apartment with the only known vaccine. The two hit it off immediately (yes, immediately), finding love and solace in each other's company while the world crashes down around them. While some of the novel's description is prone to exaggeration (Jon is described as simultaneously unfathomably beautiful, hulking, and masculine and also otherworldly, being equated with a Nordic god multiple times in the span of a few paragraphs), but the sensational nature of the erotic scenes complements the legitimately dark mood of the situation. The book effectively blends fairly traditional romantic and erotic tropes (big, burly hero saving the beautiful scientist) with unexpected contemporary disaster, resulting in a fast-paced dystopian tale with equally intense sex scenes.
VERDICT Rice (I Dream of Danger) is skilled at bringing the drama and the heat. Highly recommended for readers seeking action, of all types, and for fans of previous "Ghost Ops" installments.

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