Title: Invincible (Trident Code, #1)
Author: Alana Albertson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 9 2014
I’ll be honest with you—I'm no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: “Superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL.” You've seen the movies—we’re indestructible, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers … all I really wanted to do was get laid.
One harmless fuck with a Curaçao whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn't save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.
But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, “My name is Annie Hamilton. I'm an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You're my last hope. Please save me.”
One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew that this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put the cape on and be her hero.
Reviewer’s Note: Invincible is the first book in the Trident Code series. There is no cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone novel. The subsequent books in the series will feature other central characters.
"My name is Annie Hamilton. I'm an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You're my last hope. Please save me.
Well, I truly do think that the blurb is one of the most exciting and tantalising I have ever read. I saw that synopsis and knew that I had to read it. In fact, I bought it the second it went live on Amazon and started it straight away, thoroughly captivated by the thought of a tough, alpha, Navy SEAL heading off to rescue a kidnapped girl, forced to work as a prostitute. Who doesn’t love a Navy SEAL right?
In the end it really saddens me to have to say that while I liked this book, I didn’t really love it anywhere as much as I thought I was going to. It was just an okay read for me.
As the blurb states, Patrick realises the hooker he’s paid for is an American citizen forced into prostitution against her will. A little research on the internet reveals that she’s been missing for a number of years and is from a wealthy and high-profile family. Patrick enlists two of his SEAL buddies and they head out on a unsanctioned, under the radar rescue mission.
At this point, I was kind of losing interest in Patrick a little – he was a bit too hooyah and was constantly quoting the SEAL code of conduct but he seemed to have very little identity of his own. I never felt that I knew Patrick other than that he’s a SEAL and his character was never fully developed enough for me to be able to connect with him and identify with him in any way.
Annie, the girl he sets out to rescue, also fell a little flat for me. I think the rescue and the detox was done well (she has become addicted to heroin) but after that the story seemed to lose direction and Annie’s recovery from her ordeal, to me at least, seemed a little unreal and far too rapid. There was a great opportunity here to explore how someone like Annie adapts and re-integrates back into a normal life but, somehow, this felt like it was pushed under the carpet so we could focus on Annie and Patrick’s relationship and we never really got to know Annie that well as we never heard her POV – this is all told from Patrick’s standpoint.
The book’s relatively short and I really think we could have done with a hundred or so more pages to really flesh out the characters and delve a little deeper into the emotions that they all experienced which were largely rushed past. I feel so sad to write a review like this – I so very much wanted to like this book but, on reflection, it felt a little shallow and disappointing. The blurb had massive potential which, sadly, the book never really lived up to.
3 disappointing stars