Underground Serial (book review x3)
About the books:
Follow this 10-part serial throughout 2015 featuring Ethan, aka Slapshot, a hockey player whose life is ruined, forcing him to disappear forever. Ethan joins Underground, a black ops organization and is trained as a deadly operative. There, he meets Ciana, a woman with a dark past of her own. As Ethan and his Underground colleagues embark on dangerous missions worldwide, he finds a new purpose in life. But will his former problems come back to haunt him?
Main review? Cassandra Carr writes a pretty fun action series. I'm not a huge fan of serials. This story is split into 10 parts. I read the first 3 now. Other than having 3 pretty awesome covers... I'd be fine with 1 big book. Or a trilogy if the 10 little serial parts are 2 long.
Off the Grid: Underground 1:
The seemingly impossible has happened. The unthinkable. Those I trusted most have betrayed me. I’m a hockey player, and gave control of my finances to my parents so I could concentrate on my game. Big mistake. They stole from me, bankrupted me, in fact. And then someone come looking for money I don’t have and I made a terrible mistake; one that will haunt me forever.
But now someone has found me and offered a new start. I would no longer be a hockey player, I wouldn’t even be an actual person, totally off the grid. I’d be a shadow, fighting crime for an organization that’s underground, literally. Do I want that life?
If I go back, what kind of life would I have? Probably one in prison orange. The choice to join Underground is painful, but necessary. As my hockey coach always said, though, pain is weakness leaving the body. I will not be powerless ever again.
The bankrupt, on the run, ice hockey player being swept up and recruited to be in some special black ops military group is a tad bit far fetched... but once you get over that bit of craziness it's a pretty interesting story. I guess specialists can be found anywhere. :)
I could see this being made into a television series. The characters are all pretty unique with their special talents. The different missions they get pulled into would work well to be made into episodes.
Creating Slapshot: Underground 2:
I’ve left my old life behind and officially joined Underground. It appears no one knows where I am or even if I’m still alive. I don’t know how I feel about that. My friends thinking I’m dead leaves a hole in my heart, but I’ll drive myself crazy if I obsess about it. So rather than allowing myself to wallow in self-pity or anger about what’s happened, I’m throwing all my energy into training. You would think that whole “elite athlete” thing would make everything easier, but all these new techniques I need to master—hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, surveillance procedures—are kicking my ass.
For my whole life, I’ve only had one identity. Ethan, hockey player. Now that sense of self is gone forever, slowly being replaced by my new identity, Slapshot. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe this transformation. But the more I find out about the world around me, the problems I ignored for the most part as I played a game for an obscene amount of money, the more I want to make a difference. This is not a game. It’s real life, and I have the chance to be a hero. It’s going to take everything I have—or have left, to do it.
Ethan really starts his training in this episode. I'm loving the story of Ethan being trained and transformed. He slowly starts to realize how his skills as a professional hockey player can translate into skills that are beneficial during missions.
I think I'm most enjoying each scene that Ethan starts to get to know members of the group better.
Initiation by Fire: Underground 3:
I have my first assignment--helping track down a man targeting Cuban bodegas and then using an automatic rifle to massacre all those inside after his wife is killed by a Cuban during a mugging. Underground is tasked with figuring out who this dangerous man is and stopping him before he goes on another rampage. Though I only play a small role in this first mission, it’s satisfying to know I helped find justice for all the innocent people the man has murdered.
Despite that, I still find myself thinking about what I left behind, as I learn more about what my parents did with my money, and my former hockey team struggles to deal with my apparent death. Guilt weighs me down, and the rest of the team does their best to keep me focused on this new life. Can they do that, or will I snap under the pressure?
I could completely visualize how this episode played out. Absolutely would translate into a TV series... or movie. I've read quite a few Cassandra Carr novels now... and I was pleasantly surprised at how well she wrote a real action scene.
Still not in love with the serial style... but I love reading about Ethan's growth and transformation as he becomes a part of this professional military group.