Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Punished by Cy Forrest is a novel that features intrigue, romance, and the unusual transformation of the lives of characters involved in a delicate and deadly plot. The story is multi generational, with strong and interesting characters and a political setting that is constructed with traps around every corner; a plot that is built around a deadly chemical weapon called BLISS and the way it affects the lives of the characters. Eighteen-year-old Jack is entrusted with the very important task of handling the BLISS and soon finds himself falling head-over-heels in love with the radar operator, Gin. Gin has also caught the interest of Commanding Officer Hulford-Prandy, who entices her into the Special Operations Executive and sends her on a mission to destroy a factory in France. But she doesn’t return; she gets captured. Read on to discover what happens to her and what becomes of these characters forty years after.
Cy Forrest has crafted a story filled with intrigue and surprising turns and once the reader is introduced to the characters, there is no way they’d want to miss a moment with them. I was most attracted to Gin, a well-developed character, and readers will be interested to discover her subtle transformation from an effervescent young woman to one more mature and calculating, risking a lot for patriotism. The writing is awesome and the pacing measured. I enjoyed the dialogues, the well-developed setting, and the balanced and deft writing. The Punished is, without doubt, a work of great entertainment, a book with great psychological allure and emotional depth.