Friday, December 28, 2007

Ice Storm

The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life...a life that ended long ago.

But Isobel's past and present are about to collide when Serafin, mercenary, assassin and the most dangerous man in the world, makes deal with The Committee. Seventeen years ago Isobel shot him and left him for dead. Now it looks like as if he's tracked her down for revenge. But Isobel knows all too well that looks can be deceiving...and that's what she's counting on to keep her cover in this international masquerade of murder.
- Synopsis found in the back cover

First sentence: "THEN. Mary Isobel Curwen had never shot a man before."

Ice Storm is the fourth book of the Ice Series by Anne Stuart. Unlike the first three books where the heroes are all male, this book is about Madame Isobel Lambert, the Ice Queen who took over Harry Thomason's leadership to head The Committee.

Isobel is now being called to the field to 'rescue' an absolutely deadly man and enemy called Josef Serafin. With most of her capable operatives away either on other missions (like Takashi O'Brien) or retired (like Bastien Toussaint) or out of field (like Peter Madsen), she has to do it. In fact, she is chosen for the mission. One look at the visual profile of Serafin cleverly done up by Peter shocks her for what she sees is the image of her lover whom she killed seventeen years ago.

The story shifts between the "then" and the "now". The history between Serafin (then known as Killian) and Isobel is told. Slowly, the secret past of how Isobel came to be a part of The Committee is revealed. Despite hating each other fervently, they are still very much in love whether they care to admit it or not. In the course of the mission, both realize that they have been compromised because everything that they have planned don't go as planned. It seems that Isobel is the one 'someone' wants dead. There are enough suspense to last you till the last page. Do watch out for Serafin's real identity.

Needless to say, I have totally enjoyed reading Ice Storm and I have Julia to thank for for playing Santa on Christmas! The books, this one and Reunion in Death, arrived just in time on Christmas eve--here's the scoop. I have also read the rest of the books in the series and here's the joint-review of the three books.