Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Invincible by Alana Albertson

(The Trident Code # 1)
By: Alana Albertson
Pub. Date: March 9, 2014
Publisher: Bolero Books
Pages: 157
Source: Netgalley

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 CuraƧao 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.

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

For a book that is under 200 pages, I was surprised of how much of an emotional punch it created. As soon as I read the synopsis, I requested it, knowing it was going to be a good. I'm really glad I got the chance to read it, it definitely wasn't what I was expecting, but in a good way.

Invincible is a quick read about a Navy SEAL named Patrick and Annie, who was kidnapped five years ago and is now forced to work in a brothel. I know a lot of people have issues with the fact that a Navy SEAL was in a brothel in the first place, but lets be realistic. It happens a lot more then people think. I really liked that this story was told from both their point of views, but I would have liked a little more emotion from Annie. For me she was very one dimensional, and I think so much more could have been done with her character. I loved the way Patrick was written. He definitely isn't perfect, and he doesn't try to be. He's too broken, seen too much, to be any kind of normal. Despite being a SEAL, he doesn't see himself as a hero, but he has a chance now to do the right thing.

If you are in the mood for a quick read, then this is for you. It's definitely more sweet then disturbing, but it works. 

3.5 stars rounded up to 4. 

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