Review: Final Protocol by JC Daniels

final protocolReviewed by Jen

I went back and forth with myself about whether I wanted to read this after I saw the warning in the blurb about some scenes involving questionable consent. I appreciate the heads-up, but I am glad I decided to go ahead and jump in. As much as I love JC Daniels efforts in Urban Fantasy, I have to say she rocked Sci-Fi pretty hard as well.

Silence is an assassin, but not of her own choosing. She can’t remember being anything else. She is enslaved by a man who controls her through a leash on her mind. He abuses her mentally, physically, and sexually. And she sees no escape outside of her own death. At this point, she is ready to embrace even that.  She is on the verge of risking it all when her master offers her one last job that could buy her freedom.  What he doesn’t tell her is that her mark holds the secrets to her past –and a future she hasn’t even let herself dream could be real.

Daniels does a fantastic job putting you in Silence’s headspace.  I really felt her hopelessness, despair, anger and shame.  I wanted to kill her master every bit as much as she did.  As the story progresses, the truths and horrors of the past 10 years of her life are revealed and it only served to make me hate him more. Such depth of feeling is pretty impressive for just a hundred pages.  She even managed to make me root for an HEA between Silence and her mark.

Obviously, I liked this quite a bit. My only complaint is that the story felt unfinished. It builds to a great climax and then it just ends.  Are we to assume it all works out? Will there maybe be a sequel? (I would read that, BTW, but I’ve seen no indication that is the case.) If that is really the end of Silence’s story, I feel a little cheated.  This could have easily been a great full length novel, in my opinion. I’m a bit sad that it wasn’t.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by Samhain

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Final Protocol
by JC Daniels
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Samhain

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