I had the honor of reading First Strike (the prequel to Striking Distance) and Striking Distance before their release. If your a fan of Pamela Clare’s I-Team books you will not be disappointed as these were her best to date. She has written such a powerful story in Striking Distance and you are just moved by the words. Congrats Pamela – all your hard work you put into these books paid off!!
Cindy’s Review: This story starts out in Dubui 2009 where unmarried sex is illegal and a reporter called the Baghdad Babe and a Navy Seal meet in a bar. In this short prequel to Striking Distance we go on the erotic journey of how Laura Nilsson and Javier Combray first meet and spend a weekend having forbidden sex. Even with the main focus being on these two tearing up the sheets the author never lets you forget the danger that surrounds them not only in Dubui for acting on their sexual urges but also with what these two do for a living. Even though it’s clear Laura and Javier connect on a deep level they know this can only be a onetime thing as their jobs are not conducive to being in a relationship. The author leaves us with a huge cliffhanger at the end that shows us the risks of anyone speaking out against the Taliban. Fear not, Striking Distance will be out soon and Laura and Javier’s story will continue.
Cindy’s Review: You’re at the top of your game. You have a prestigious position of reporting from locations all around the world trying to bring awareness to the injustices that go on. You’ve just met a man who gives you the best sex of your life in a place where unmarried sex is illegal. Things just couldn’t be better for reporter Laura Nilsson. Then her security and camera crew are slaughtered on live TV and she is taken by a terrorist to live a life of hell for almost 2 years.
The man that had that weekend of wild sex with Laura in Dubai has never forgotten her nor the feeling of helplessness when she was taken on live TV. Navy Seal Javier Corbray has waited to finally get the chance to bring down the man who killed Laura. When that mission finally comes up he leads the team that goes in to bring the terrorist to justice. What he doesn’t expect to find is Laura still alive and running for the HELO screaming.
This book is a no holds bar look at the atrocities that are being committed in the name of Al Qaeda and how that is spilling over into the United States. Laura’s time with the Al Qaeda terrorist has left her horribly scared on the inside. Two years after her ordeal testifying at his trial her nightmare starts all over again when he puts a terrorist hit on her head. Javier was helpless the first time but this time he is going to do everything in his power to protect Laura.
This is a very powerful book. The subject matter and the pain that Laura and Javier go through is so heartbreaking. As I was reading this book I could feel where the author poured her own experiences and culture into the pages. This is writing at its finest and I think it’s her best work to date.