Reviews - What do customers think about Deep Cover?
Didn't see it coming May 17, 2007
I won't give away any spoilers but I really didn't see it coming. Action and some humor made it so I did not want to put it down. Beliveable in my imagination of the CIA background. A good book
You Never Know When Love Will Come Apr 3, 2006
Paradee delivers a wonderful combination of mystery, intrigue, and romance in 'Deep Cover.' Shelby Carson has no experience with field work, but works for the CIA as a data analyst. Her work uncovers a complex series of events that implicate illegal activities by one of several undercover agents. Shelby's boss pairs her up with one of the most notorious undercover field agents to complete her investigation. They deal with newfound romantic feelings, a rogue in the CIA, and Shelby's violent stepfather together.
Neither of them is prepared for the challenges they face, but together they overcome adversity. The mysteries are solved and the women learn how to love again.
I've read this book twice -- 2004 the first time and this month the second time -- and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times. This one is a permanent member of my personal collection. This one comes highly recommended and guaranteed to entertain.
Spine-tingling thriller Dec 14, 2005
Deep Cover by C. Paradee is a spine-tingling spy novel reminiscent of the celebrated Cold War spy novels of the 1960's and 1970's. The story immediately throws the reader into an assassination just to get the blood boiling. And that's just the beginning for Deep Cover.
CIA analyst Shelby Carson has stumbled onto a case that may involve a rogue operative acting as an assassin. While Shelby is excellent at profiling, she is an inexperienced analyst being new to the CIA. To assist her, the Company pulls Kris Bartley, code name Blue, from the field to work with Shelby in uncovering the truth. Kris is not thrilled to be temporarily transferred to a desk position especially stateside. Shelby is not told Kris' code name and does not know that Blue is a ruthless killer and a possible suspect in the assassinations. The two begin an uneasy working relationship that quickly turns dangerous when Shelby is shot at in a Mall parking lot. To protect Shelby, Blue relocates to her apartment and becomes her bodyguard until they solve their case. With this unavoidable closeness, the attraction for each other grows.
Deep Cover is a tightly woven suspenseful story with complex multiple plots, including a romantic subplot. As we delve further into the story, the reader is left with more questions than answers. We do not know who is trying to kill Shelby. It may be her stepfather who was convicted of abusing her mother and is out on parole, but it may be the rogue operative. It may also be the Russians, and Paradee's approach to this plot point makes this story similar to many Cold War spy novels, only updated to correspond with the times. Further complicating the story, there may also be a leak at the CIA. As they race to find the assassin, they cannot trust anyone within the Company even Shelby's boss.
C. Paradee is adept at in-depth characterization that doesn't get bogged down with useless wordy descriptions. We discover who Shelby and Kris are through their dialogue, thoughts and actions while the plot advances at a quick pace. The author baffles the reader when she adds that Kris may be hiding some very damaging and dangerous secrets. Paradee gives us just enough hints to keep us from guessing the truth accurately. While Paradee portrays Kris as ruthless and aloof, she compliments Kris' character with a sweet, sincere, seemingly innocent Shelby. But as the story expands, the reader sees contradictions with Kris and Shelby that spice up the plot even more.
C. Paradee has a winner with Deep Cover. The espionage and deception are totally absorbing. The story challenges us by revealing only what is necessary to move the story along. It is rare to find a spy novel today that is as well written and engrossing as Deep Cover.
Romantic Espionage Oct 10, 2005
I enjoyed the book for what it was, a romance with an espionage setting. I liked the character Blue and wish there was more dramatic energy surrounding her past- especially to give more depth to the possibilities of the supspect. Without giving to much of the story away, there is a list of suspects for unauthorized assisinations and I would have liked to see if and how Blue intereacted with the various suspects, but that is just me. The romance seemed to come up quick, even though there wasn't the fulfillment for quite awhile. It was a quick read with enough of a story to make it interesting and believable.
This is one ot pass on to a friend Mar 8, 2005
I wasn't sure what to expect from Paradee. So many fan fic writers of the Xena genre who gone on to publish their writings fall flat on their faces. Unable to make cutsey references to the show, or go on and on about eternal soul mates and all the crap. Paradee has done a nice job of avoiding this. It's only with the physical description of the main characters that I found negatively distracting. Every lesbian hero is 5-10 and up and her love interest described as 5'6 - please.