For the first time ever I’m completely unsure how to write a review so this one will be all over the map. Invincible is the first book in The Trident Code series by new to me author Alana Albertson and the premise sounded great. Navy Seal goes to a brothel and when he’s leaving, the prostitute grabs him and says that she is an American who was kidnapped and sold into the sex trade. Of course there is a big rescue and a lot of angst but I love a good emotional story so I was really excited to start this one. What followed was a somewhat good story that could have been incredible if the writing had not been so inconsistent and had the hero not been completely ruined at the beginning of the book.
Patrick Walsh is a Navy Seal, and don’t worry, if you forget what he does it will be shoved down your throat over and over. I’m not saying that as a disrespect to the Navy Seals, it was just annoying how many times we had to hear about it and their code. Ironically as we are hearing all about their code and how amazing their country was, Patrick was completely degrading and trashing women in his inner dialogue. I have nothing against dirty talking or dirty thoughts but the things he was thinking were completely disrespectful and, honestly, I wasn’t sure I could get past the first chapter. I wanted to reach through the book and rip his nuts off. The writer does her best to redeem him, but despite liking the overall plot, there was just no way to make Patrick a remotely decent hero.
Annie Hamilton was on vacation 5 years earlier with her boyfriend when she was abducted and forced in to the sex trade. Barely hanging on and now addicted to heroine, she sees something in Patrick’s eyes that makes her think he may be her last chance, so she takes a huge risk and tells him who she is. When he doesn’t believe her and walks out, Annie resigns herself to the fact that she is going to die in that hell hole. When Patrick returns the next day telling her he believes her and that he is going to rescue her, she finds a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately he cannot take her with him that day, but he swears he will come back.
I enjoy books where we get to see both points of view, but in this case I think it would have been better to stick with Annie’s. She was presented as a strong woman that was able to overcome being a victim of human trafficking, and I was rooting for her to get her happy ending. Sadly I couldn’t get behind Patrick being her guy. There is a twist that made the story a little more interesting and was a testament to Annie’s strength, but I don’t want to give anything away.
Once Patrick figures out who she is, he really does go out of his way to rescue her, to help her get clean and to get her home to her family. Had we not had to hear how little he thinks of women in the beginning, he would have been a great hero. Something else that kept interfering with the flow of the story for me was that the verbal and inner dialogue was not consistent. Sometimes they spoke like average 20 somethings but then other times I felt like I was listening to my teenager talk. It was frustrating and difficult to follow.
Like I said at the beginning, I really cannot figure out if I enjoyed the book or hated it. It had so much promise and I felt like it just did not live up to that. That being said, I’m clearly a glutton for punishment because I really want to read the next installment. It’s bizarre, I know. If asshole heroes that cross the dirty talk line into demeaning territory are not your thing then skip this one. Or at least skip the first chapter. You will find a great heroine, plenty of action and some interesting supporting characters that have their stories coming up. You will also find a rushed ending and a meh resolution. Sigh.
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Alana Albertson
Release Date: June 9, 2014