Dr. Peter Whitney is a bad, bad man. We already knew he was an evil genius when the series began. After all, he was the mastermind behind the Ghostwalker project. He devised the experiment where select military men volunteered for psychic enhancement. Even worse, he experimented on young orphan girls with a predisposition for psychic gifts. But we could see him through the color of love his daughter Lily had for him. Plus, he seemed to have paid for his sins with his death. Only, his sins were worse than we knew. And he’s not really dead.
Flame was one of the young orphans Whitney experimented on. But in addition to psychic manipulation, he made her genetically advanced. And gave her cancer. Then cured it; and repeated the process. She didn’t escape him until she was 19. Now Lily is trying to find all the women who were part of that experiment as children. She gets a lead on Flame and sends a Ghostwalker named Gator to find her.
Flame is hiding out in the Louisiana bayous, Gator’s home turf. He was going home anyway to investigate the disappearance of a local girl, Joy. It takes about a month for him to track down Flame. It turns out, they have the same powers: they can influence animals and manipulate sound. Of course, there is a major attraction. But Flame doesn’t trust Gator and his easy charm. In fact, she trusts no one. Flame is very smart. She is the only person who realizes A) Whitney is still alive and B) He somehow genetically manipulated the men of the Ghostwalker program to match up with the women from his older experiments. Each half would compliment the other and let’s not get started on the uber-babies they could make.
Most of the book, beyond the big Whitney revelations, focuses on the search for Joy; the questions about who can be trusted; and the developing relationship between Gator and Flame. It takes them longer to hook up than we have to wait in most Feehan books. And for me, they weren’t quite as hot as some of the others. It felt like Whitney being alive is revisionist history; It seems the two sides of the man Lily could see in the beginning of the series didn’t even exist. He was just a monster.
This wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but the ongoing story developments make it one you shouldn’t skip. 3 1/2 stars.