Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side.
Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.
She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember.
She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and his trained killer. She kills at his whim or she dies.
She has a target. Her so-called owner…the man who makes her life a living hell. If she could kill anybody in the universe, it would be him. But he holds her life in his hands.
And she has a wish—to find a man she barely remembers. A man she knows she once loved. The man who betrayed her and stole away her freedom.
With one final target between her and the tantalizing promise of freedom, she moves in for the kill. There’s one problem. There’s something strangely familiar about her mark. Something that echoes in the void where love used to live.
When I read the blurb for Final Protocol I was on the fence about it. I love sci-fi romances and the book’s description really caught my attention. I was beyond intrigued, but the length was short enough that I wasn’t sure that the author could pull everything off without rushing the story. So as I pondered whether or not to take a chance on a new-to-me author I happened to notice a little tidbit of information in the author’s bio – J.C. Daniels is the alter ego of Shiloh Walker. SOLD!!! I love Walker’s contemporary romantic suspense novels and novellas. I was no longer worried about whether or not the story would be rushed and was anticipating Final Protocol finally making it to the top of my review schedule. So worth the wait.
In a single scene involving an aborted assassination attempt, I learned all I needed to know about Silence to root for her. As more of her story unfolds, any niggling doubts were laid to rest as Daniels hints at and reveals some of the horrors that Silence endured at the hand of her owner. It makes it easy to understand why she accepted her final assignment even knowing that she might not make it out of the situation alive. But when she comes face-to-face with the man who was largely responsible for her current position, the veil over her memory lifts and she knows that the nightmares she’s had are actually memories she’s reliving. And yet she doesn’t know who to trust and which truth is hers. Silence soon learns that while the truth may set you free … what it sets you free from may not be what you expect it to be.
I devoured Final Protocol. There is a steady flow of action that kept me flipping the pages so that I could learn the truth alongside Silence. There is a huge romantic suspense angle to the novella that the author manages to unveil without rushing the story, without making me feel as though I was shortchanged by the book, and left me wanting more. More action. More justice. More Silence. I just wanted more. Because I enjoyed Silence’s character so much and would love to see more of her story, I can only hope that Daniels decides to turn this book into a series. In the meantime, I’ll be checking out more of Daniels’s work to see what other little gems are out there.