Series: Beyond Human #1
on September 5th 2016
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Jake Callahan, leader of the Tribe, has always believed he’s one of the good guys. Now, hunted by the government he used to work for, he’s taking a crash course in being bad. What he desperately needs is a bargaining tool, and that’s unfortunate for Christa Winters, daughter of Jake’s former boss.
Christa is a scientist, a total geek, and a good girl with a secret hankering for bad boys. Which turns out to be embarrassingly inconvenient when she’s kidnapped by a stunningly gorgeous—but obviously bad-to-the-bone—man intent on using her against the father she loves. A man with a seemingly uncanny ability to know exactly when she’s thinking about kissing him—which is most of the time.
But people are dying, and it becomes clear that the stakes are much higher than Jake ever imagined. Someone is out to obliterate the Tribe and everyone associated with it, including Christa. Only by working together to uncover the secrets behind the past, can they ever hope to have a future.
The premise of ‘Unthinkable’ is exciting: steeped in history and myth, with a touch of the paranormal, superhuman capabilities and military conspiracies…all of which I’ve sort of come to associate with authors like Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalkers and Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series to begin with. I love getting thrown straight into the action, smack in the middle of a thick, juicy plot where there’s a history to plumb and an uncertain future to ride through. And that was what the first few chapters did for me.
But it went downhill quickly from there. The constant emphasis on needing getting laid, very obvious Stockholm Syndrome and getting into each other’s pants became an unwelcome distraction; it made me think of randy teenagers looking for their next hookup instead of men and women with special powers and military-grade training looking to negotiate their way out of a high-stakes situation that is supposed to be tense and suspenseful. Where I’d expected a difficult, push-pull negotiation process with hardline torture and raw emotions, many of the scenes between Jake and Christa were overshadowed by thoughts of them needing to kiss or sex each other up, resulting in a strangely juvenile setup that felt out of place with the given context…and more like Twilight than Homeland or the X-files.
Thankfully the story picked up once again, only to be given an odd Dr. Whovian twist before it ends.
‘Unthinkable’ well, is a mix of quite a few things—urban fantasy, erotica, paranormal— but neither of those are fully realised at this point in time. The entire arc has only just begun and the obvious cliffhanger and strange revelations would probably all make sense by the time the series ends. At the moment however, I’m left floundering, bewildered and somewhat confused.