Jove, Sep 2003, 6.99, 352 pp.
Research scientist Peter Whitney leads a special military project in which volunteer soldiers receive enhanced psychic abilities so that can serve as secret weapons. However, something is not quite right and after one year, the “ghostwalkers” as they are called are held as prisoner of war detainees unable to see one another. Some have died, but their leader Captain Ryland Miller communicates telepathically with his troops. Peter wants to save the men so he brings his psychic scientist daughter Lily on as part of the staff. However, the military liaison Colonel Higgins wants the process finished or else.
Ryland and Lily communicate via thought waves and though she is able to calm the angry officer down, they also share mounting fear and worry. Not long afterward, someone murders Peter, whose last mental message to his daughter is to save the men. Lily and Ryland join forces unaware that she, not he is the prime target and their mental attraction blooms into a love for another.
This is an exciting military science fiction romantic suspense tale that never slows down until the final confrontation. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action though the colonel's animosity seems unnecessary as he would still support continuation of the program if a special weapon can be created. Still readers will need time to finish SHADOW GAME in one sitting.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner