by Cassandra Carr
Genre: Black Ops/Military, Action, Suspense
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.
Review of Off the Grid
This first installment of the underground ten part serial is a quick read introducing you to how Ethan, an ex-hockey player, came to work for Underground. His life comes to a crossroads. With his career over and life imprisonment, or even worse looms overhead he is offered a way out.
With his choice made, Ethan trains and becomes another version of himself, Slapshot. With an interesting story coming into play, I really wanted to fall in love with the character. I’m hoping for a little more connection with Ethan in the next installment.
Even though I felt the story moved a little too slowly, it went by too fast. I would have loved the pace to pick up and for it to be a wee bit longer, even knowing it’s a serial. Overall it is a good read, and I enjoyed it. My curiosity has me wondering how one goes from hockey player to an operative within a covert organization.
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.
Review of Creating Slapshot
The second installment picks right up where the first left off. Ethan begins training and you meet more of the underground team. Creating Slapshot picks up the pace a little and everything begins to flow better.
While Ethan learns more about underground and what everyone can do and what is expected, he struggles a little with the loss of the life he is leaving behind. The conversation between characters really helps get to know them and helps the story take off.
I’m starting to get into the story now, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.
Blurb for Underground Serial- 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?
Review of Initiation by Fire
Things are moving right along with the third installment of this ten part series. Ethan goes on his first mission. He goes through a phase of self-doubt and is worried about being in a life or death situation.
Although the team helps to offer insight into Ethan’s character, I would have loved for it to come directly from the source. A little less narrative and more action would really keep things moving.
I’m enjoying the read, but really wish it was a full length book instead of the serial. I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of Ethan and his new skills.
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.