Ives Andrich is an exceptionally wealthy publisher and businessman who could well spend his time focusing on his business and his beautiful wife, Allina, but Ives’ has an even greater calling than that. He is also the second most powerful law-enforcement officer in the country and known throughout the FBI for his amazing tenacity and ability to catch the “bad guys” and put them out of business. In The Lost Days by The Black Rose (an interesting nom-de-plume, that!) Chief Andrich is torn between his duty and responsibility to his country, his God, and his family’s history of service to humanity that stretches back over a thousand years and that of his desire to protect his wife from those that seek to use her as a pawn, to get at him.
When Allina is apparently killed in an explosion that was meant to lure him also to his death, Ives is not convinced she is really gone. Although she fell into the infamous Narrows, in New York Harbour, her body was never found. Declared dead by his bosses at the FBI, Ives is not certain in his heart that Allina is truly gone. A surprise visit by a Neo-Nazi organisation called the NWDSO appears to confirm to Ives that indeed Allina is possibly being held as a hostage in some game being played by this powerful and wealthy group. One thing is for certain, if there is any chance of Allina being alive, Ives Andrich will fight to his very last breath to find her and to bring her home.
The Lost Days by The Black Rose is a taut, fast-moving and exciting thriller that grabs you early on and encourages you to keep turning the pages. As a reader, I particularly liked the dual nature of the character of Ives Andrich. On one side, we have this cold, almost calculating law-enforcement officer who has an amazing reputation for his analytical abilities to track down and capture some of the most wanted criminals in the world. On the other hand we meet a lonely, desperate man, who, having finally discovered the “love of his life – his soul-mate” is totally devastated by her loss and when the possibility that Allina may still be alive, arises, we see a side of Ives that makes us realise this man will give everything willingly, including his own life, to ensure her safety. Ives Andrich is a complex character beautifully fleshed out by this author.
The book ends with the main questions unanswered – where is Allina and can Ives rescue her from those who hold her hostage? Will Ives bend to the desires of the NWDSO and do their bidding, in exchange for Allina’s life? This serialisation of the story may or may not be a good thing, depending on the reader, but one thing is for sure, it does make this reviewer want to read the next episode in the adventure of this interesting and complex character.