Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
N.B. Originally published with All Romance, this edition features the same story with new cover art
Finn Hallan is a member of the elite Norwegian Emergency Response Unit, code name Delta. When the team is sent to respond to a hostage situation on an Oil Platform, he has to face demons he thought he had buried a long time ago.
Scottish engineer Niall Faulkner’s skills in oil platform decommissioning takes him to the Forseti platform at the worst possible time. When he’s captured by terrorists, his only thought is that he will never get to tell his lover how he really feels.
Can Finn keep Niall alive? Or will they both die at the hands of hijackers in the frigid waters of the Norwegian sea?
Word Count: 21,000
Alpha Delta by R.J. Scott is an enjoyable action/adventure yarn for all of its short pages. In short order, Scott sets us up with the couple, Finn Hallan and Niall Faulkner in meet and set off sparks situation and then waits for the explosives to go off. Literally. Finn, the tough op and Niall, the engineer who decommissions oil platforms is an unusual couple to begin with so I liked them immediately. I don’t know where Scott gets her idea for their professions (and then sticks them together) but I like it. Both men are skilled and smart and that’s alluring to them and myself as a reader.
I also enjoyed the “green factor” here behind decommissioning the oil platforms, Nice to get some facts and background behind such an huge endeavor even in such a short story. There are some narrative holes here. Alpha Delta was a part of a series originally published by the now gone ARe and its other stories presumably carried some of the information needed about the “villain” of this story and the back history with Finn Hallan. We get some of it, true but more is clearly needed. So while its listed as a stand alone, that’s not entirely true. This edition does suffer from the same ARe faults that I found as other ARe stories. A lack of thorough editing. In one instance, one character name was continually used in a scene in a hospital bed when another was clearly meant. One man’s name was used throughout the scene instead of bringing in Niall’s when needed. A good editor or any editor would have caught that, an problem that pops up less here than in other ARe stories but still it rendered what should have been a tender scene into a confusing one.
That aside, there’s some wonderful suspense-filled and thriller moments here. I wish the story had been enlarged and revised. Its worth it. As it is, I enjoyed it but it could have been a terrific RJ Scott book, and maybe even a series. These two make quite the duo.
Cover art works for the story and character.
Kindle Edition, 63 pages
Published January 2nd 2017 by Love Lane Books Ltd (first published February 2nd 2015)