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Crazy Sweet

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Tara Janzen

During a secret mission gone bad, covert operator Gillian Pentycote ceased to exist. Held captive by a madman, shot full of drugs that stole her memory, Gillian survived. Now, with a new identity and nothing to lose, the woman who calls herself Red Dog … see full wiki

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Author: Tara Janzen
Publisher: Dell
1 review about Crazy Sweet

Mixed Feelings

  • Nov 16, 2006
This is book 6 in the "Crazy", Steele Streete, SDF books. This is not a stand alone book, you have to start from the beginning.
I bought this book the day it came out and then put off reading it until yesterday. I had three reasons for putting it off:
1) Like other reveiwers I wasn't that thrilled with the last book. The long awaited Dylan and Skeeter story got 2nd billing to Gillian and Travis.
2) I've loved Travis since book 1. But did not like how she changed him from a peace loving, meditating, sex tharapist, nature boy to an SDF operative.
3) And finally, RED DOG. Uhg! I hated her character!
In book 5 we met Gillian. She is working for the General. She seems a bit scatter brained and a little disheveled. She's smart and a bit quirky. She and Travis "get together". I really liked Gillian. I thought she was a nice partner for Travis.
Then Gillian ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and is heavily drugged and tortured by an ex CIA agent gone bad.
This story is the continuation of that one. Her memory is wiped out from that drug. She doesn't even remember her name. What we know of sweet Gillian is gone. She only has 3 memories, Travis is one of them.
Superman trains her and for the next two years, Red Dog is born. She is an assassin hell bent on Revenge. Her one focus is Tony Royce the CIA agent that took her first life.
Red Dog just isn't that endearing of a character. I felt sorry for Travis. I admit by the end of this book I ended up feeling luke warm about her. But not the connection I have felt with the other characters in the previous books.
The secondary story in this one, saved the book for me.
C. Smith Rydell is an operative who saved Kid in a previous book. He is in El Salvador trying to find out what Red Dog was up to. He inadvertantly ends up saving Honey York-Lytton. She's on a mission to help her sister, the nun. They get stranded together in a hotel room while bombs are blasting the city. Both of these characters are loveable. And I look forward to reading more about them in "On the Loose" Spring 2007.
So to sum up. If you've been with the series since book one. Of course you must buy and must read. It's a good read. Just not her best. If Red Dog would have been more like Gillian, it probably would have been better. We just have to hope her next book will be better.

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