Friday, September 5, 2014

Light Up The Night by M.L. Buchman

Title: Light Up The Night
Series: The Night Stalkers #5
Author: M.L. Buchman
Published: September 2/14 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length: 352pgs
Format: ecopy
Genre: romantic suspense
Shelf: Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Trisha O’Malley rebelled against her affluent family by joining the U.S. Army’s secret helicopter regiment, the 160th SOAR. Now a Chief Warrant Officer, she found her toughest fight yet in the pilot’s seat of an MH-6M attack helicopter.

William Wallace Bruce is an undercover CIA agent who doesn’t trust the military. But when the Horn of Africa is threatened by Somali pirates, Trisha flies out to recover ships and hostages…including one very ungrateful Will. He’s furious about being rescued by the very group he despises. But with their lives on the line, it’s team up and survive, or...

My Review:

Buchman develops this story in striking clarity. At times I felt like I was in a war zone myself. I loved how Buchman got technical without it dragging the story down. I found it to be a very gripping read, as well as a refreshing change from so many authors who simply allude to events rather than developing them. The colourful descriptions in this novel allow you to see what the characters were seeing. The shift between day and night, US and foreign added a dramatic counterpoint.

The cast of characters in this novel were perfectly suited to the story at hand. I appreciate how everyone was more than simply their commission. Buchman works their everyday lives in with the events that they faced, showing how they balance. The main characters were exceptionally well and naturally developed. All aspects of their lives were developed, not simply those directly related to the story. And I love the way the main character thinks. By simply thinking, ‘Gods she was stupid,’ she opens herself up to an entirely new set of beliefs and principles that I found quite easy to relate to.

As a whole, this suspenseful & vivid story kept me captivated throughout. The balance of romance with the rest of the ‘real world’ story made it something that I’ll never forget.

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