Title : Daylight Again
Series : Hell or High Water, Book #3
Author : SE Jakes
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 272 pages (e-book)
Published : May 5, 2014
Rating : ★★★★1/2
Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.
Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.
To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.
With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.
Prophet Drews is running out of time. Well, he isn’t really, but he feels he’s running out of time. He has people to kill and blindness is dogging his footsteps. The pressure is wrecking havoc on his PTSD. His flashbacks are becoming regular and are occurring multiple times a night. The potential to become a source of misery to his now live in boyfriend, Tom Boudreaux, weighs heavily on Prophet. When Prophet gets an urgent phone call to save a kidnapped friend Tom immediately goes with him. They travel to Africa. It seems unlikely that John and Sadiq are in any way involved in the kidnapping of Dean. That doesn’t mean other enemies aren’t coming out of the woodwork. Lansing, the agent from the infamous video, follows Prophet to Africa. They have good reasons to want each other dead. Tom “questions” Lansing and leaves to catch up to Prophet so they can rescue Dean. Lansing did a lot to attempt to implicate Prophet in John’s crimes. Tom doesn’t believe him nor is he particularly shocked at the attempts. What does shock Tom is the blindness of the man being rescued. As a former SEAL Dean is still quite dangerous regardless of his disability. After the rescue Tom and Prophet have a short vacation at a resort in Africa. It’s brief, a honeymoon of sorts. Afterwards, Tom and Prophet meet in Amsterdam with the rest of the elusive team of which John Morse was once a trusted member. They have plans to lure Sadiq into the open to get him. They’re also closely monitoring Cillian. Many of us know how that turns out. 😀 Then they get confirmation that John is alive. It’s not rumor or conjecture any more. John Morse is still alive.
Prophet doesn’t take the current situation very well. He’s barely sleeping and incredibly irritable. Tom tries to help him but ends up making the situation worse by triggering a flashback. Prophet finally lets Tom in on his big secret. While Prophet is finally able to really let some of his emotions loose about his impending disability, Remy walks in the door. Surprisingly, it’s the best thing that could happen. Creating a safe haven for Remy gives Prophet something to do outside of himself. He still has time to try and piece together all the clues about John and his whereabouts, but he has to feed and house as well as transport a teen back and forth from tutoring. He and Tom aren’t doing so well. Tom is convinced Prophet needs to accept Tom will stay regardless of the blindness. Prophet is convinced Tom needs to accept he may not want to stay once the blindness is a daily reality. Then Mal shows up and he’s got really good information about the whereabouts of Sadiq. Tom notices that Mal seems to be a touch more psychotic than normal. Surprisingly, they sit down together and have a heart to heart. Mal is so much more fragile than he appears. Quickly, a plan is put in place to kill Sadiq. Then, another bomb is dropped on Prophet when Gary walks out of the back of Cillian’s apartment. Guess who wasn’t in that exploding helicopter back in Catch A Ghost. Prophet is resigned to the fact he can’t make this decision for Gary. As things begin to fall into place prior to the mission, Prophet also resigns himself to the fact he doesn’t have to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Much like Gary, Prophet can make his own decisions about his life. He can be blind and alive and have a boyfriend. Tom and Prophet are strong as a couple again and focused on the immediate goals of killing Sadiq and John.
The mission to kill Sadiq does not quite go according to the plan everyone agreed upon. Prophet and Tom are happy, but Cillian and Mal are mooning over each other in a way that is rather obvious to everyone. Tom knows the whole story but Prophet does not. Prophet is a little better. He’s making strides toward accepting his blindness and some of the people he felt the need to kill have been killed. His flashbacks are still present and still extreme. Tom comes home to find Prophet talking to the window with a handful of sand. That’s when Tom and Prophet have a very enlightening conversation about the sand by the window.
The story is so good! In some ways I’m a touch speechless. So much really pivotal stuff happened with Tom and Prophet. They’re at a point where it really seems like their relationship has a chance to work for the long haul. In many ways I’ve felt from the beginning Prophet just needs to get over himself and let the relationship happen. Easier said than done for anyone, I guess. I can really feel for him looking down the barrel of a life altering disability. It’s gone from a “will happen” scenario to an “is happening” scenario. Having been a caretaker his whole life he has full rights to not want to put that burden on anyone else. However, Prophet seemed perfectly okay knowing Tommy was dealing with the flashbacks. Being the caretaker of someone with severe PTSD is grueling and has been shown to cause PTSD. Tom and Prophet slept in shifts. He freely complained to Prophet about the situation. I’m not sure if this was a device to show Prophet’s unrealistic perception of his own infirmities or a simple plot hole. Tom didn’t seem to make the connection either. Prophet is hard to be around because he’s Prophet. Abilities are irrelevant to the situation.
I really liked that a fair amount of this book was about the interpersonal relationships. Tom and Prophet have learned enough about each other in the previous books they’ll now be able to get to the business of making it work. Well, they’re working at making it work. Tom is also dealing with the people important in Prophet’s life, much like Prophet meeting Della and Remy in the previous book. Becoming closer to the people in Prophet’s life isn’t always a plus. King isn’t making friends. Mal and Tom on the other hand, I think those guys will drive Prophet crazy.
One thing I had a real problem with was the speech reading. It’s an incredibly difficult task. The letters m, p, and b, among others, are indistinguishable from each other, people who are not trained to look for other cues in the speech quickly become lost, especially when there is no sound to accompany the spoken message. According to the CDC a good speech reader may understand four to five words out of every twelve. Mal being able to have conversations with average people is not plausible.
Rated 4.5 stars by Faye