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STORY (suspense) - The book begins with Marshall's story while he is undercover as Pablo, the right-hand man of a dangerous Columbian drug lord. Approximately the first third of the book takes place in the Columbian jungle and follows Marshall to the U.S., where he is retired after an incident which causes him to lose an arm. The next third of the book covers Ariana's story as an Ambassador's daughter, her kidnapping and rescue. The final third of the book begins as Marshall happens to observe Ariana burying a box in a park in Paris. Their lives become intertwined and he becomes her protector. The romance between Marshall and Ariana blooms very, very late in the book, as there is lots of other stuff going on that I don't want to give away here. The book is good, but it has way, way less romance than Audible's romance/suspense categorization might have you expect.
I enjoyed the story, but sometimes the author tended to "beat a dead horse." A character's frame of mind would be detailed to the point where I was like, "OMG, Danielle, I get it, let's move on!" The story was suspenseful, but it's definitely not edge-of-your stuff, and there's very little action. There's more character development and it moves at a slower pace, which I'm not trying to imply is a bad thing. There's only one aspect about the story that really bugged me (and I'll be careful here not to divulge too much), but Marshall's and Ariana's pasts shared an important common acquaintance, yet DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett never figured that out!!! Whaaaaattt??? I think even I would have put that together, but whatever. It's still a good story, and I liked the ending.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator had a very low, husky voice (sexy), which was perfect for Marshall. He didn't attempt to distinguish Ariana's female voice, which is probably a good thing because she probably would have sounded pretty scary!
OVERALL - I don't remember any cursing in this book, and there's only a couple extremely minor references to sexual encounters. There is killing and blood, but not a lot of it. I'd probably recommend this for females of any age who might enjoy a suspenseful book. As I said, there's not a lot of romance, so men may be okay listening to the book. My husband wouldn't like it because of the emotional elements and the lack of action.
53 of 53 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I couldn't recommend it to anyone. It is a middle school level writing.
What do you think your next listen will be?
if you want espionage and intrigue stick with Rosenberg, Connelly, Patterson, Silva, Follett, Tigner, Clancy or Baldacci to name a few. I've read them all and never been disappointed.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
He slaughters Spanish. Fortunately I don't know French. He lacks inflection in his voice, but I cannot imagine having to read this book, so under the circumstances it wasn't that bad...except the Spanish...please!
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
This is the first DS book I've read/listened to. I don't think she wrote this. If she really did, I'm not sure how she got the reputation she has. This is truly terrible, no character or plot development, repetitive phrases like there is a word quota to meet, no build up of the relationship; they simply back into one another, make love, get married...the end.
Any additional comments?
Don't waste your money or time on this one...sorry to be a downer, but there are really no redeeming features to encourage anyone one with. If I did it would not be honest!
51 of 53 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Undercover in three words, what would they be?
I really enjoyed this book (always enjoy Danielle Steel) but this was a little different from her normal books and I am convinced that my husband will also enjoy this one. So for men also.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to the story although it was slow at times I don't know no if I would listen to anymore by this author