Title: Sun and Shadow
Series: Day and Knight: Book Two
Author: Dirk Greyson
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 7 hours and 4 minutes
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: This book is a great buy for the story and for the narration. Andrew McFerrin’s voice work is a very good thing.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico – and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.
But the Russians are looking for it, too, and they have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.
Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind and return to the life he had – except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.
Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail – agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious – each other.
Review: Set just a few weeks after their first assignment together, Day and Night have been avoiding one another and the feelings they developed while fighting a drug cartel in the Mexican jungle. A new assignment comes up after Day starts tracking down a missing piece of priceless art, stolen and reportedly destroyed by the Nazis in the final Days of WWII.
Knight is still fighting the idea that he could be attracted to anyone while he is still wallowing in the years-ago deaths of his wife and child. Knowing that he is and always has been gay is not helping his feelings of unease, because he doesn’t think he deserves happiness any longer. Their no-nonsense boss doesn’t seem to notice, or care about, their tension, and he sends them back out on assignment together even though Day is still recovering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
This is a romance unlike many others. There is a distinct on again/off again nature to Day and Knight’s relationship, but this is also a spy novel. While the stakes are not international doom, it could spell the end of one, or both, of their lives as they travel eastern Europe, trying to outrun Russian spies who want to be the ones who “discover” the lost art. Day and Knight are also trying to stay one step ahead of an internal leak.
Andrew McFerrin does a yeoman’s job here, trying not to let the repeated Day and Knight tedium bog down an otherwise good story and an excellent narration. There is action, romance, and gun play here, and McFerrin makes it all come to life in the best possible way. He treats the chase scenes through snow and foreign lands as well as he treats the growing love between Dayton and Orville. They have tender moments and they butt heads with equal aplomb. Through all the small reveals the men make to one another, they still keep a sense of humor that is perfectly portrayed by McFerrin. You could not ask for more from a narrator as he takes some cumbersome dialog, due to the Day/Knight thing, and leaves it in the dust by concentrating on the drama and the love these two men are finally beginning to accept from one another.
This book is a great buy for the story and for the narration. While it is book two, and you will want to know some of the events in book one, you could certainly pick this one up without too much going missing. There will be more books to enjoy, and I hope McFerrin keeps working with them. His voice work is a very good thing.
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