Title: Catch a Ghost | Hell or High Water #1 | EE ltd. Series
Author: S.E. Jakes
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Buy: Riptide Books
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / 4.75 hearts
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.
Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.
Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.
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I have to admit; when I first read the blurb, I though it would be like Cut & Run by Abigail Roux, merely with some other names, a wee bit of a different setting and another author. Not to say it was a bad thing, but if all military/law enforcement books start to look too much alike, they do get boring over time – no matter how much I love my men in uniforms.
Yes, Catch a Ghost does have some Cut & Run elements in it – especially shown in the two main leads – but that is where the similarities somewhat end and it takes on an original twist and its very own storyline, capturing your attention and your heart, as you run along on the journey with Prophet and Tom(my).
What Ms. Jakes especially should be applauded for are her characters.
The story and plot is well-written but with a few holes, which I will comment on later. But her characters truly get the story through to the reader. They are flawed, funny, sarcastic and down to Earth in a way that makes them human and that much closer to what real life would present to us.
Prophet is the mysterious and sarcastic part of the partnership, who has a tendency to either attract or create trouble wherever he goes. He has the mentality of attacking first and asking questions later, at least in the beginning, but the further into the story you get, the more you get a glimpse of the intelligent being behind the veil of hardcore smartass.
Tom is what you would expect to be the exact opposite, but he isn’t. Truthfully, he is probably more damaged than Prophet is and has a more violent approach to certain problems, though he does love to solve a headcase, as well. The two of them together create a wonderful team with a battering of words back and forth, which makes you laugh, cry and want to scream at both of them to get their act together.
The minor characters are not all that minor. I love the sidekicks and fall in love with them and I am shameless enough to admit, I ship more than my handful in this book. If you read it and ship some, too, comment below and let me know! We might even ship the same ones, mhm.
As a verdict, it has suited SE Jakes to write with Riptide. This publishing company spits out amazing books like the rest of us chucks back vodka and sprite drinks. Her writing style had definitely improved and is not nearly as ‘mysterious’ as her Men of Honour books. She manages to capture the attention of the reader and draw us into the story and fall in love with her characters. We take on the emotional rollercoaster ride with them and as much as we bitch, we love it. I did and I hope you all will as well.
The ‘supernatural’ tag has to be taken with a grain of salt. There are elements of paranormality and supernatural in the book, though it does not take up a lot of the text and could be more suited to be called a sixth sense perhaps. So, even if you do not like the genre, it should not keep you from reading Catch a Ghost.
Go buy the book. You will not regret it!
I am personally looking very much forward to the second book and for more books to come in the EE ltd. universe!