Title: To Catch a Ghost
Series: Hell or High Water, Book 1
Author: S.E. Jakes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 9/7/2013 (ebook)
Narrated by: Adam North
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Genre(s): M/M; Military Romance
Page Count: 260 Pages
Reviewed by: Jaime
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
To Catch a Ghost is book one in the Hell or High Water Series by S.E. Jakes. Throughout this book I found myself comparing it to another popular series that featured two unruly agents sent on crazy missions. I am sure it was not either author’s intent to write two series that are so closely aligned.. its just the way it is when you have unruly agents and crazy situations. Prophet is the agent that doesn’t get along with anyone – he is set in his ways and nobody is going to change him, he is someone nobody wants to cross. Tom has failed at his career in law enforcement — not once but twice and he isn’t sure how this new gig at a private security place is going to be any different, especially when he meets Prophet. Both of these MC are broken men with a past, a past that doesn’t want to stay in the past and you know what they say.. the past always comes back to bite you!
Adam North narrates this book and and he is a totally new narrator for me, I have to say I was not really impressed with his characterizations of these two Alpha Males. His tone and affect were both a little flat and there were situations where you know someone should be excited or at the very least raising their voice, but Tom kept his voice even and too mellow for these characters. I have not read these stories so my only experience is via the audio-books and I have to say I was disappointed. However, I am like a dog with a bone and I won’t give up as I venture into book two and hope that the audio content improves.
Overall 3.5 Stars for Story and Narration Combined.