Deadly Game (GhostWalker Series #5)

Deadly Game (GhostWalker Series #5)

by Christine Feehan

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan explores the limits of endurance and the boundaries of passion in a life-and-death struggle to survive in this GhostWalker novel...

It begins as a mission to protect a politician from an assassination threat. But the operation takes an unexpected turn when Mari, a mysteriously beautiful GhostWalker, is taken hostage. At the same time, Ken Norton, expert assassin and himself a GhostWalker warrior, is on a mission of his own—one that reaches into Mari’s own past. No stranger to the ways of violent warfare, Mari must join forces with Ken and trust his every move—each one more intimate than the last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515142617
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Series: GhostWalker Series , #5
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 54,364
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

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A Message -- and a Special Treat -- from the Author

Dear Readers,

The following scene would have taken place right after GhostWalker Ken Norton takes Mari to his home in Montana. We (my editor and I) decided to cut it because although it showcases the tenderness between Ken and Mari, we had other scenes that did that just as well and advanced the plot a bit more. So we decided it wasn't necessary to include in the final book, but I hope you enjoy reading it!

Christine Feehan

Mari stared around her in awe. She had never seen such a beautiful place. Or maybe it was just that she was finally free, although she didn't really have a concept of what freedom was. She kept looking around her, waiting for a guard to step out from behind the shrubbery. She had thoroughly inspected the area, looking for cameras, just to be safe. Maybe she'd never get over that habit, but she couldn't help it. She almost didn't know what to do sitting on a blanket under trees. She slid her hand along her leg to touch the knife in her boot for reassurance, at the same time, squeezing her arm to feel the shoulder holster. She was armed and ready for anything.

"What's wrong?" Ken touched her arm, focusing her attention back to him.

"Nothing. This is wonderful." She tried a tentative smile, hoping he wouldn't notice she was tense and on guard.

He grinned at her, that slow, sexy, heart-stopping grin that made her heart pound. "Climb the tree and do a little recon so you can relax."

Mari narrowed her eyes with suspicion. "Are you certain you can't read my mind? You told me you couldn't, but I don't believe you."

He leaned over and kissed her soft mouth. "You're as transparent as can be, baby, never play poker with Jack."

"I am not. I'm one of the best under interrogation." She was mildly insulted.

"Right now you're thinking of you don't do recon, you'll never relax." His lips brushed the corners of her mouth. "I want you relaxed. Really relaxed."

His teasing tone brought color sweeping up under her skin. No one else in the world could make her blush. And no one else ever teased her and made her want to learn to enjoy herself. "You really don't mind?"

He'd probably taken a million women on picnics. How many of them had wanted to survey the area and sweep it for bugs and cameras? Or worry that any moment soldiers were going to appear and haul her back to the compound.

"Whatever makes you feel better is fine with me. I want you happy, Mari. Picnics are supposed to be fun. Our property is large and we're surrounded by national forest, so we rarely get visitors here, but go do your recon and I'll put out the food."

He'd packed the picnic basket himself. She hadn't helped him, because she didn't know the first thing about picnics or baskets and she was so nervous her hands were clammy. If he asked her to lie up in the branches at the top of a seventy-five foot tree and shoot someone a mile a way, she could do that without breaking a sweat. But have a picnic with him was making her insides turn to jelly.

Mari tried to look casual as she walked away. Okay, she wanted to run. She was on unfamiliar ground and not used to feeling so out of place. Her life had always been so structured-and she certainly wasn't prepared for a picnic in the woods.

Try to think of it as two soldiers sharing a meal.

Ken's amused voice filled her mind, startling her. There was something terribly intimate about his voice brushing up against her memories, inside of her head. Before, when she used telepathy, it was always with other soldiers, on a mission. Now, it seemed so different, as if she was sharing herself with him, her most private thoughts.

She crouched and leapt into the lowest branch of a tall tree, landing with quiet ease. She'd practiced the move a thousand times, until she could practically do it in her sleep, her gaze automatically sweeping the surrounding countryside. She climbed fast, careful not to disturb the leaves or make the branches sway. It was easy enough on the larger branches, but the thinner ones took concentration.

Glancing down, she could see Ken opening a bottle of sparkling cider and pouring it into two wine glasses. Her stomach clenched and her mouth went dry. She was a soldier, not a woman. In spite of the fact that Ken was a legendary sniper, she related to him as a woman would to a man. And she had absolutely no idea how to be a woman. With a little sigh she sank into the cradle two branches made and began a long, slow surveillance. Meticulous. Careful. Thorough. She might just have to stay up in the tree for a long, long while.

Chicken.

The laughter in his voice made her body go hot. I knew you were reading my mind!

You make it so easy...

The tree shivered and she glanced down to see his larger form moving up the branches fast. Alarmed, she called down to him. "What are you doing?"

"Have you ever heard of Tarzan? He managed to have quite a few adventures in the trees and I thought I'd try my luck. It wasn't going so good on the ground."

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Deadly Game (GhostWalkers Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christine's previous books in this series have been full of action, emotion, and steamy sexual tension. This one, however, is full of repetition and very little action. We spent way too many pages on how terrible Ken felt about himself, on how much he was attracted to Mari, but couldn't let himself have her, how they both felt about Whitney making them for each other. I was disappointed in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems as though the Ghostwalker series is evolving into something like the Dark Series. I was so looking forward to this book and was very, very disappointed. I gave it to my adult daughter to read and she felt pretty much the same. The books are becoming the same old, same old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all in this series and this book needs(ed) some serious editing. Page after page of the twins thinking about how bad or dark they are--over and over again. Fortunately, in reading you can skip...I would venture to say, the author wrote this book over a long period of time and forgot 'she already said that' several times. Editors?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for this book to come out. conspericy game was the last one about his twin brother and this one proves to be more exciting containing both the twin boys, the twin girls and the twin babyies that bri is pregnant with. i can't wait to see what this brings and what developments are made along the path to uncovering Dr. Whitney! A great read for anyone looking for a book to break the monotony!
LadyIsis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was probably the hardest to read so far. Jack Norton was tortured quite a bit before he escaped but his brother Ken was almost dead when they found him. He is so scarred and emotionally damaged that you just want to hold him and make it better. I loved the setup for meeting Marigold "Mari". I also love how the sub-plot advancement and the glimpse of Peter Whitney in person. I also thought that the acknowledgement of both teams suspensions about the man were a very nice touch as well. I will not be sorry to see this man get what he deserves. I also hope that those that are protecting them also get what they so richly deserve. It would never happen in real life but this is fiction and I can hope that the rich and powerful will be punished for all the things that have been done to these people. I was glad to see that Ken and Mari got there HEA even though there was a few pages there that I wasn't sure it was going to happen. Keep the tissues handy because this story is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish.
macygma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd read the book previous to this one. I think it would have made more sense., That said, this was a wonderful book - great plot, good backstory and made me want to read the entire series
claydragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ken Norton is a twin, the brother of Jack Norton (his story appears is The Conspiracy Game), and they are members of an elite military force know as The Ghostwalkers. While brother Jack found his mate with Briony it's now Ken's turn to encounter his mate Marigold, Briony's twin sister. After shooting her, he takes her captive her and intends to bring her to Briony, in order to help Jack fulfill his promise of finding Marigold for Briony. However, things start to go wrong, and like usual it seems that the mysterious Dr. Whitney is to blame. Mari finds herself drawn to the hard, scarred man who captures her. The scars over all of Ken's body do not in any way repulse Mari. She finds him strangely compelling. But feels she must return to her sisters (other females with psychic abilities), as they are being forced to mate with men Dr. Whitney chooses from his expirements. Jack and Ken decide to help in saving the rest of the women. Ken feels that he is unworthy of Mari simply because of what's he's done and had done to him. Mari thankfully doesn't feel that way about him. I couldn't put this one down, the action is non stop, the romance is steamy and the depth of these characters is amazing. If you haven't read this series before I strongly encourage you to do so.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had read one book by Feehan in the past, the first of her Carpathian series, and was not sufficiently impressed to make the effort to find the others. This book is the fifth in a series about genetically-enhanced soldiers, and I picked it up in the library while desperately needing reading matter. I disliked the book from the beginning. The characters are stereotypes. Moreover, Feehan is just a bad writer... the main female character, for example, has a womb that spasms when she gets sexually aroused. It happens often. On the other hand, something about the book kept me reading to find out what happens... but I was ashamed of myself for doing so.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan's Deadly Game is book 5 in the Ghostwalker series. Taking up right where she left off in Conspiracy Game, Feehan gives us the story of Jack's twin brother Ken, and Briony's twin sister Mari.Ken and Jack Norton are Ghostwalkers, an elite super-force of genetically enhanced soldiers. Both brothers are snipers with skills unequaled, sent on the most dangerous missions possible. It is on such a mission, protecting a senator from an assassination squad, that Ken encounters Marigold, Briony's twin sister. He fully intends to take Mari to see Briony for the first time since they were little girls, but first, they must survive the deranged intrigues designed by Dr. Peter Whitney to trap them and use them for his most demented experiments. The action in Deadly Game is non-stop and as electrifying as the romance blossoming between Ken and Mari. The character development is top-notch, giving the reader insight into Ken and Mari, while also taking a deeper look at Peter Whitney, to see how truly psychotic and twisted he has become. Unfortunately, Deadly Game did not quite live up to the promise of Jack and Briony's story in Conspiracy Game. Ken is (understandably) a much darker character than his brother, and so his story is considerably more intense. I can't really put my finger on any one thing that made it harder for me to enjoy Deadly Game, but there it is. The story lost a little of the consistency of the previous books, and was just not as solid a read for me.I'm sure I'll still pick up Predatory Game, book 6 in the series. I'll just hope for a better story next time.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sniper Ken Norton has all the symptoms of PTSD, including denial - he's living with memories of a horribly abusive childhood and a present that includes almost constant violence. But hidden behind a mask of scars he gained on his last mission, he doubts his capacity for human feelings of any kind. He exists only to protect his brother and Briony, his brother's wife and serve his country - but that's about to change.Mari Smith is a GhostWalker and a soldier. Orphaned early and subsumed into Dr. Peter Whitney's gene project along with a handful of other gilrs, she's been trained and molded into a psychic soldier. She wants out - but when her last mission goes wrong, suddenly she's head to head with someone stronger, more determined, and more appealing than she's ever known. While I'm glad that Ken and Mari's story came next, the sex is starting to take over the story. If you're not into pages-long, graphic sex scenes, this probably isn't going to be your cup of tea. Still, I rather liked both characters. Watching Ken deal with Mari's independence is entertaining, as is seeing brother Jack get to be the funny guy for a change.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the "Game" books, and this was par for them. Not my favorite but an exciting fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Title: Deadly Game - Ghostwalker Novel Book 5 Author: Christine Feehan Publisher: Berkley Publishing Date of Publishing: February 27, 2007 The fifth in the paranormal romance series about genetically enhanced soldiers by Christine Feehan. Briony's twin, Marigold is captured when a protection detail with Jack and Ken Norton's team goes haywire. Ken Norton knows he has been paired with Marigold the moment he takes in her scent. Trying to protect his brother Jack from having to kill her if it turns out she is a threat that must be eliminated. Jack balks and in turn threatens to kill Mari if Ken tries to harm himself. Then Mari returns to Whitney to protect her "sisters". Ken and his team plot to rescue her and the other women being held by the suddenly alive and well Peter Whitney and his offensive experiments and breeding program. This series is best read in order, but you can get away with reading just book 4 (Conspiracy Game), as they relate to a different team than books 1-3. Mention is made of characters from previous books but there was enough explanations to explain their past stories enough to keep the readers from being confused. With strong characters and a well laid out plot that flows quickly and smoothly. I gave " Deadly Game" a 4.25 out of a total of 5 stars.
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Both characters constantly cry about how unworthy they are to be loved. So much so, that it made this a painful book to read. I like the Feehan series but oh my geez!
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
love the ghostwalker series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BUT, as with all the other series Ms. Feehan regaled us there is always one predictable trait: the "unavoidability" of their preordained path!As in the Dark series..where they will see in color, in the ghostwalkers they will have the kind of sexual attraction you only dream of because of that "un-killable" mad doctor! What I mean is, starting to read I KNOW what will happen. And I could do without the repetitions..as a result I jump those parts? DEADLY GAME IS GREAT! I LOVED IT!