Daylight Again (Hell or High Water, #3)by Published 05 May 2014
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Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.
Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.
To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.
With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.
"Daylight Again (Hell or High Water, #3)" Reviews
I'm just going to come out and say it.
It was very hard for me to finish this book.
Now remember, friends, I'm basing my rating mostly on personal enjoyment and this fell somewhere between "okay" and "like" for me. I can see why this book has lots of 5-star ratings and loyal fans, however me for me it wasn't a win. "Why, Heather, why?!?" I know you all are wailing. Well most of my rating boils down to one simple truth: This book confused the crap out of me. Still perplexed? I'll explain.
-A bajillion characters: There are at least 10 guys mentioned through the course of the book, guys that have important roles in the story, and I couldn't for the life of me keep everyone straight. The tangled web or who works for whom and who has slept with whom practically gave me a migraine. They all started fusing together into one giant blind/deaf/mute/gay/muscular/marine/navy/spy character. I call him Doc Malblucilliaproph.
-The time and space jumps: Sounds mildly sci-fi, no? Anyway, one minutes the guys are in a remote country and the next they are back in their apartment, lickety split. Time seems to have no meaning in this book. It could take place over the course of one day or ten weeks and I wouldn't be able to tell.
-The way all the accessory characters keep popping in: Mildly related to my first point, it was strange how one moment the Tom and Prophet would be alone and the next they are with 5 different people. This happened over and over again. People keep randomly appearing in the story and it felt so sudden each time.
-All the secret spy organizations: FBI, CIA, EE, Marines, Secret Ops... I give up. I can't remember who is from where and why...
-Prophet's disease: Okay, I'm a scientist of sorts and it drove me up the wall that I didn't get a name for Prophet's eye condition. I don't need a full explanation but what was given was really vague and I would think that Prophet would want to know more details. I did some research on my own given the information from the story (degenerative, x-linked due to the fact that all the males had it, variable phenotype) and I diagnosed Prophet with Choroideremia. Now I feel better.
-All of them being practically invincible: It started to feel a bit far fetched. I mean, super human strength, cunning, precision reaction times... I think Prophet is made of steel sometimes.
Now that I've aired all my grievances, what was good about the book? Lots of things, really. I love when Tom and Prophet get it on (holy hot sexy-times!) and when the plot has its more straightforward moments. I liked the start of the book and the emotional strides that Prophet and Tom took in this story. It had some very bright spots but my enjoyment was greatly lessoned by all of the things I've listed above.
I know this series has tons of fan-girls and I get it, I really do, but I'm starting to realize that this series is just not going my way. Things are feeling more and more convoluted and I'm a straightforward kind of girl. Everyone else, keep enjoying the yumminess that is Prophet and Tom because I think I'm closing the door on this series.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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THIS is why we read SE Jakes.
So many questions answered.
So many new revelations.
So much emotion, sex, vulnerability, depth and pain.
And still, so much remains unknown.
Prophet Drews -
Prophet put up a hell of a fight, but when he surrendered it was so completely, unmistakably beautiful.
Tommy Boudreaux -
Everything had suddenly gotten really complicated…and somehow better at the same time.
Lansing - CIA prick.
John Morse - Best friend, first love, SEAL teammate. And a dead man.
Cillian and Mal - OH man, I can’t, just can’t.
King and Ren and Hook Yup, they’re here and in fine form.
Intrigue x 10
Mystery wrapped in tension, action, danger.
Sexy, well…Tommy & Prophet.
Love. Yes. Love.
And Chapter One doesn’t require breathing.
The entirety of this story is just too big to condense here, but suffice it to say that this third book in the series picks up about four months past where Long Time Gone left off and at about the same time as Dirty Deeds begins.
“We’ve gotten through a lot of shit already, Tommy. A lot. Maybe more than we’re supposed to. Maybe we’ve reached our limit.”
“Still trying to protect me.”
“I’m going to chance it. Figure the universe already put us through hell. I think we’re meant to come out the other side together.”
Prophet rolled his eyes. “Romantic fucking voodoo Cajun shit.”
“That’s lovely. Anyway, what would we do with all our free time?”
“We could go run a goat farm,” Prophet suggested.
Things have been moving forward with Tommy and Prophet on the home front, but now they are called upon to help a buddy who has been kidnapped, stirring up old conflicts. There’s no question that they’ll take on this mission together, but they’ll also be joined by colleagues…and ghosts. Believe me, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of everything that this book contains.
SE Jakes drives her story and her reader like an OTR trucker drives a semi; with control, power and a her sights set on getting the product there. She knows where she’s going and you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
And that’s when he began fucking Prophet in earnest, saying his name like a cross between a chant and a prayer, and Prophet was damned sure no one had made it sound better.
There’s a reason this series has become so popular and it’s because of the storytelling. The books create discussion and you just want to tear ‘em down, figure ‘em out and discuss, discuss, discuss. I think I pity the poor reader out there who doesn’t have someone to hash this all out with.
OH and finally, to answer my lead up post to this review:
”Isn’t it enough that you threw the couch out the window?”
“You fucking love that shit,” Tom growled. “The jealousy turns you the hell on.”
See below, to find out what ^^^ that’s all about ;)
and Duct Tape...
OH Myyy!!! What could SE Jakes have in store for us next? Could it be....
I can't wait :)
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I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! Favorite thing? Big, mushy, squishy marshmallow Prophet. *sequels with delight*
REVIEW UPDATE MAY 14, 2014:
I think I'm just going to leave my review with the above, my initial reaction after finishing the book. This book did a bang-up job bringing Tommy and Prophet closer together. Loved every word.
★★★★★ 5 Look-at-all-the-Feelz Stars ★★★★★
I'm sure I will not say what already has not been said about this book and pretty much will corroborate and regurgitate what everyone else who loved this book has said.
And that's because they were all right! This book was so different than the first two because it focused more on the relationship between Prophet and Tom and them expressing their feelings and working out their issues than everything else that is going on. Sure, there were still a lot of outside factors that they had to deal with, like John hanging over their heads and terrorists coming after them (you know...the usual), but the main focal point was Proph and Tommy's relationship. Which for me was, of course, a total WIN!
It was so amazing seeing how far our boys have come and seeing them admit their feelings and realizing that they need each other, that all that matters is them two.
"Don't fuck with me, King," Tom hissed. "I'm in this. I'm more invested than you'll ever know. I get what I'm walking into. And I'm willing to keep walking. But I'm done justifying my existence."
"What if I'd never found you, Proph? Where the fuck would I be?"
"But I'm here, Tom. You did."
"We both came so damned close to not being here...No matter what, I'd never regret this."
"Me neither, Tommy."
There was something so satisfying about them reaffirming their need for one another and letting the other know that neither is going anywhere, no matter what, when we really did not get that in the first two books because so many other people and events were getting in the way of these two.
"...I forced myself to deal with it. To use my other senses. Because I knew, one day, that'd be all I have."
...Tom backed up to look at him, and Prophet didn't let go of his wrist. "I know you accept this, Tom. For now. But there's going to come a time--"
"Shut the fuck up."
"Now that I want to talk, I can't?"
"That's right. Because you're wrong."
"We'll get there, Proph. Not always going to be smooth sailing. Gotta tell you shit you don't want to hear and vice versa. Or else we've got nothing. And I know we don't have nothing."Our boys still have so many obstacles in their path and so much that will get thrown at them (since, you know, that's how S.E. rolls...), but you know everything will work out in the end because they have each other, and they'll "...come out the other side together." All I can say is that I am enjoying the ride and Proph and Tommy's journey and will definitely be together with them on the other side.
"We have a hell of a lot, Tommy."
"And we'll have more when this is over."
Contains spoilers pertaining to the first two books.
Three, barely there (and I'm being generous here), stars.
Its taken three books, but we finally get somewhere with the plot involving Prophet's old friend/lover/possible traitor – John. And to be quite honest, I really could care less at this point. Because it was never the (confusing) plot that gripped me about the series. It was always the interaction between Prophet and Tom.
The first book established their relationship. The second book allowed us to glimpse into Tom's past. The third book didn't really do much except for shedding light on some of Prophet's issues, a few relationship developments and progressing the plot.
In terms of the plot and mission, I felt it was very lacking. S.E. Jakes has this tendency of just writing things to conveniently progress the story or mission. They need a transmitter to keep track of a certain someone? Well, look here! There just so happens to be this super awesome transmitter (vouched for by one of the characters, who has used it for FIVE years), that automatically shuts off when a person is being scanned to help evade detection (but won't shut off when being scanned by the right people); that ALSO leaves the impression of scarred tissue where it is implanted so not to reveal itself.
There are, rather, several situations that just happened, yet should have been far from plausible given the circumstances.
And I wished there was more explanation into Prophet's eye condition. I don't need a whole science journal on the condition, but the unrealistic transmission along the genetic line with no pathological explanation for what is actually happening makes it feel just way too over-the-top and unbelievable.
And to be honest, I'm getting tired of the invincible Prophet. Now add his team of old SEAL buddies that all happen to be uber alpha-men that (through the author's writing) makes it feel like they can each take over a third-world country blind folded. There's absolutely no suspense in this book, as the author has made these characters unrealistically inhumane and indestructible thus far.
The story, around 65-80% of the way in, felt like it derailed. I was trying to figure out what happened to the plot, and what the significance of the things happening were. Unfortunately, I never really figured it out.
But it wasn't all bad. The little bit of development between Prophet and Tom were still nice to read. As usual, the erotic scenes were well written and at least things were fast paced (when the book stayed on track, anyways).
Anyways, this was my least favorite entry into the series. I'm hoping the next one will do better.