Still searching.... ;) Oh that Mac is such a ditz! Miss Barbie is an open book and has no idea how to hide her cards. Not only that, but she is too gullible. If someone says something to her, she immediately believes it as truth. I can’t count the number of times I rolled my eyes in this installment...especially in her various assessments of Barrons’ capabilities. Though what I found truly shocking is how Ms. Moning tries to dispel Mac’s ditzy image with that image of a woman of substance, i.e. portraying her as someone who scraped by with C’s in school, yet at the same time, someone who also happens to be well read with an erudite vocabulary, who is also able to quote Kahil Gibran. This is one silly book! ;)
I’m sorry to say that the big shocking reveal at the end of this novel was a major dud for me. I thought it obvious from the beginning. As soon as the reader is told about the properties of the amulet, all the pieces immediately come together. To me, it felt like a neon light was turned on, began flashing, yet none of the characters were able to see it. I found this so frustrating and was beginning to wonder if Barrons was somehow losing his touch...that being in such close proximity to Mac was proving to be detrimental to his usual brisk alertness. ;)
Yet of course, none of these novels are ever complete without a rescue scene—no surprise there. What I love about them is that even though danger is imminent, there is always time for banter...for apologies...lots of time for bickering and arguing and even for experiences of complete abandonment of all sense and reason. I can honestly say, this is one of the craziest and most far out rescues I have ever read.