Also by this author: Pegasus
Published by Brilliance Audio, Delacorte Press on September 1st 2015
A powerful novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, about an ambassador’s daughter who is kidnapped and the former undercover agent who comes to her aid, saving her life in more ways than one.
For DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett, life as he knows it is over once a gunshot wound renders his arm useless. Barred forever from the undercover work he loves, he has nothing—no close friends, no family, no hometown or base, and no desire to settle for life behind a desk. He’s called to action in the most unlikely of places when he stumbles upon a beautiful girl burying an old steel box in a Parisian park. Drawn into the mystery, Marshall soon discovers that she is Ariana Gregory, daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Argentina, who is trying to find herself again after being kidnapped and brainwashed by radical revolutionaries. But there are powerful forces at large who will not rest until they secure revenge, and Marshall and Ariana will face yet more trials—and another beginning—before they can truly bury the dark past and embark on a new life together.
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OK, readers, this is the review I promised awhile back. Remember the one where I swore to try to break my chain of psycho-thrillers and give you a nice, uncomplicated poolside listen, complete with romance and HEA? Well . . . two out of four ain’t bad. Undercover has romance and there is a HEA which is why Danielle Steel’s books have made her one of the richest authors around. I don’t think I’ve ever walked away from one of her books feeling bad or conflicted. However, this one is complicated. I thought Ms. Steel was never going to let the lead characters get together! And there is a psycho — in fact, there are two of them or maybe it’s three if you count the crazy guy who wants to kill the president. What is it with these people? Do they follow me around with their storylines stuck out, waiting to grab me? As you might expect, the psychos in this book get what’s coming to them and are only bumps in the road Marshall Everett and Ariana Gregory travel to meet their combined destiny. Both Marshall and Ariana are living solitary lives except for beloved dogs when they initially encounter each other. Marshall, who is no longer an active agent with the DEA, is seen by the heads of the various alphabet agencies involved as the ideal person to shadow Ariana and protect her from the revolutionaries who think she knows too much. The author portrays each of them as the kind of people readers and listeners will want to get together and have a happy life. There is a bit of mystery but only in how long it will take Marshall and Ariana to accept that they do deserve happiness with each other and how many psychos Ms. Steel can throw in their path along the way.
Alexander Cendese is familiar to me for his excellent narration of J. R. Ward’s Bourbon Kings series. He is a gifted performer so I was surprised that one of my favorite characters, a Scottish friend of Agent Marshall Everett’s, didn’t have more of a Scottish accent.
So . . . should you download this one? Of course you should! Everyone needs a little Danielle Steel from time to time just to remind themselves that the world is a place where things can work out. The author is a skilled storyteller and, as always, her descriptions of her characters and their lifestyles will take you out of the mundane and into the world of excitement and glamor they inhabit. There will be some angst and drama in Undercover, but, as I said, when you put it down, you will be satisfied with the ending.