Title: Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights: Book Four)
Author: Evelise Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 Pages
Category: Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: For me, this story had a few flaws that prevented me from truly enjoying it. Overall, I’d give this a mid-rating. Entertaining and clever, but it didn’t knock my socks off.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.
To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance.
Review: Jaeger is a thriller with a nice mix of supernatural, action, and suspense. Many of the characters fit delightful roles such as hero, victim, villain, double-crosser, etc. The premise of the story is that Jaeger has sold his soul (sort of) to a wizard, who curses him to relive the same life over and over for centuries, only to be able to break the spell by forgiving his enemy.
Jaeger and wren (hero and protectee) are well developed throughout the story, and Jaeger, in particular, makes some significant changes over the course of the book. The storyline was relatively predictable, with a few plot twists that made for interesting “Oh wow!” moments. Some of the choices Jaeger made, in particular going back to a safe-house he knew had been compromised, had me rolling my eyes. However, there needed to be writing devices to move the story along.
For me, this story had a few flaws that prevented me from truly enjoying it. First, the shift from closed off to opening up seemed a bit abrupt. One minute Jaeger’s all work, and the next he’s crossing lines with little hesitation. Second, as mentioned above, were the convenience of certain plot devices. And finally, the book could have ended about four chapters earlier than it did. We reach the climax of the story about three chapters before the end of the book, and then spend the remaining chapters as a slow wind down.
Overall, I’d give this a mid-rating. Entertaining and clever, but it didn’t knock my socks off.
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