Sep 142011

The Game of Pawns (Darkness Series #3) by Leonard D Hilley II
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

Since this is the third book in the series, there may be spoilers for the previous books.

Twelve execution style murders have occured in Newark, New Jersey, in less than a week. Each murder has a calling card- a red pawn on each corpse. Kat Gaddis and Lucian investigate the homicides and discover the last four victims were employed by GenTech, a company that recently merged with Mech Cybernetics. After FBI director Mike Carpenter shares evidence with Kat, they soon discover political ties and corruptions that place Kat’s life in direct danger. New players emerge and what seems like serial murders suddenly becomes a struggle for biotech knowledge and power. Kat is thrust into their game-The Game of Pawns. – from Goodreads

Focussing more on Lucian and Kat, this third book is different from the first two. The familiar faces of Daniel and Lucas do appear, but their part is much less. In this book, Lucian’s shift from bad guy to hero seems almost complete since he is in the starring role. His stance is much easier to accept when the focus is on him.

Like the previous books, this one is action-packed. Over the series there has been a progression of bad guys getting harder, and this is definitely continued here. The multiple overspring biotech companies are getting a little difficult to follow, and I did think there may be a few too many players in this book for it to be truly enjoyable.

Like usual, Morton is a treat. His wit still stands out from everyone around him. I think one of the best parts of the book is Morton’s explanation to Felicia about where he is going when he has to leave her. I won’t spoil it, because it is great. Very imaginative. Related to Morton, the friends he makes near the end of the book are awesome. I hope they appear in future books.

The one character I had trouble with is Kyle. It is amazing the abilities he has developed, but I think they are going too far. He should still have some limitations, and not just his obvious physical ones. If he becomes anymore of a superhero, it will just be ridiculous.

Overall, another great addition to the series. This is definitely a series that I am thoroughly enjoying, and hope there are more books to come. I’m just not sure how much harder the bad guys can get while keeping the triumph of the good guys believable.

Rating: 4/5

  One Response to “The Game of Pawns”

  1. All I read was the Great at the end. 🙂 I've only read the first in this series so didn't want to be spoiled in any way. But I'm glad to see the Great! I'm going to start #2 in October, once I get through a few review books.

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