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Library Journal Review
Coulter adds another romantic suspense title to her series that began with The Cove. FBI agent Ford MacDougall is recovering from a car bomb blast when he suddenly begins to share a paranormal connection with his sister, Jilly, who is in a coma after driving her Porsche off a cliff in Oregon. He leaves his own hospital bed to fly to her side just in time to experience another supernatural experience. Mysteries multiply, Jilly disappears, and Ford hooks up with a reference librarian to deal with a situation involving a sex drug that renders its users psychotic, leading our hero to the rain forests of Costa Rica. Unfortunately, this novel is written in the first person, with all the problems that that entails. Brilliance has followed its routine of having the narrators read at a lightning pace to conserve cassette space, and if that isn't distracting enough, the readers change. Robert Lawrence reads Ford's part, and an unnamed actress performs Jilly's role. If someone is speaking from a telephone, there is an electronic sound, and when Jilly narrates from her coma, her voice comes to us with an echo similar to the bottom of a well. The writing is juvenile, the dialog is laughable, the characters undeveloped, and the ending falls flat. Libraries would do well to spend their money elsewhere. Not recommended.--Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Like Jilly Bartlett, who drives her white Porsche off an Oregon cliff in the prologue, Coulter (The Target) has an uncertain hand on the wheel of her rambling thriller. FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDouglas, Jilly's brother, is a tough-but-tenderhearted protagonist unraveling the mystery surrounding his sister's plungeÄwith frequent interruptions for sex and violent surprises. Jilly, a brilliant chemist, survives the accident (or is it a suicide attempt?), only to disappear upon awaking from a four-day coma, leaving Mac with some vexing questions. What kind of drug have Jilly and her unpleasant scientist husband, Paul, developedÄa fountain of youth, a wild libido enhancer, a fertility drug, a memory-eraser, or all of the above? Why is Jilly deathly afraid of beautiful Laura Scott, who's ostensibly a reclusive research librarian but obviously far too street smart to play that role convincingly? Who killed retired cop Charlie Duck? Coulter risks exasperating her readersÄwho may tire of the relentless questions this book raises in increasingly heavy dosesÄwith excessive and transparent collusions; it turns out that the highway patrolman who rescues Jilly has ties to sheriff Maggie Sheffield, and that Sheffield is the ex-wife of a detective. The intrigue doesn't really add up to much, whether the action is taking place amid flowing champagne in the Edgeworth, Ore., home of wealthy evildoer Alyssum Tarcher or in the rain forest of Costa Rica where Mac and Laura are whisked, after being gassed, then drugged. Coulter, who made her name writing historical romances before shifting into modern suspense mode, packs her newest tale with an overabundance of perilous contrivances, and for the most part, between drug cartel kidnappers and love on the lam, the plot buckles under its own weight. Author tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Coulter, known for her historical romances, can really write good page-turning contemporary romantic thrillers--such as The Maze (1997) and The Target (1998)--when she wants to. This one begins with a nightmare. While in the hospital recuperating from an explosion in Tunisia, FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDougal has a terrifying dream in which he plunges off a cliff into deep water. When he awakes, he realizes that his dream is somehow related to his sister Jilly, who lives in a small town on the Oregon coast. He calls his brother-in-law early in the morning and discovers that Jilly drove her Porsche off a cliff into the ocean the night before and is in a coma. Flying to Jilly's side, he has another paranormal experience when he hears her say someone named Laura betrayed her. When Mac investigates, he discovers that Laura is a reference librarian in nearby Salem. He brings her to Jilly's bedside; Jilly awakes, then promptly disappears. As Mac and Laura search for her, mysteries multiply, and the two become embroiled in a caper that involves a newly developed supersex drug and a drug-running cartel. Mac and Laura, along with two other FBI agents now on the case, are kidnapped and taken to a tropical compound, and Coulter keeps serving up adventure, intrigue, and romance until the very end. --Diana Tixier Herald
Kirkus Book Review
After writing some 45 historical romances, Coulter recently decided to try another genre. She turned to the modern thriller and took on serial killers and the FBI in The Target (1998), whose husband-and-wife team, agents Lacy ``Sherlock'' Savich and Dillon Savich, return here. FBI agent Floyd MacDougal lies in Bethesda Naval Hospital, recovering from the blast of a terrorist car-bomb, when he has a nightmare about his sister, medical researcher Jilly Bartlett, pushing her Porsche to 85 miles an hour, shooting over a Portland coast road cliff at midnight, and sinking into black water. Well, Jilly had been acting strange and, secretly, hearing voices, but how can he explain hearing and seeing her 3,000 miles away in Oregon? Four days later, Mac tries to visit Jilly in Portland, where she's come out of a coma at last'but then she vanishes from the hospital. Sherlock and Dillon join Mac to look for Jilly, a search that amazingly leads into Costa Rica's rain forests, where the dangers include deadly animals and drug dealers. But the real answer to his disappeared sister'and her vanished husband as well'lies below the edge of the cliff where Jilly flew into space. Far from rich characters, though the main story (shades of The Lady Vanishes) will keep the pages turning. (Author tour)