Ives in The Killing Game  In   The   Killing   Game,   the   first   book   of   the   series,   the   story   of   two   people,   Ives   Andrich   and   Allina   Kovar.   It   is   a   behind-the-scenes   look   at   the relationship   between   two   people   and   how   they   handle   the   life   they   have   together.   The   story   begins   deep   in   their   intimate   relationship   where the   reader   is   introduced   to   Ives   the   hero   and   main   character.   He   is   powerful,   influential,   and   force   to   be   reckoned   with.   Yet   at   most   times   in   the story,   he   is   as   gentle   as   a   lamb.   Well,   until   provoked.   The   best   description   of   Ives   is   given   by   his   assistant,   Al   Walzinski,   who   says:   “You’re   a   shark in   murky   water.   You’re   lethal,   and   Washington   doesn’t   have   a   clue.”   Despite   the   first   part   of   that   statement   painting   a   dark   and   dangerous   image of   Ives,   the   second   part   redeems   him.   It   also   suggests   perhaps   Washington   (meaning   DC,   the   country’s   capital)   may   not   be   as   honorable   as   their façade portrays. However,   all   of   that   is   washed   away   the   instant   he   sees   Alina   Kovar’s,   the   story’s   heroine’s,   photograph.   Something   changes   within   him, something   he   is   unable   to   identify   just   then,   but   he   feels   the   change   within.   He   seems   stronger   and   ever   more   powerful   and   all   because   true love   is   awakened   in   him.   He   knows   God   has   answered   his   life   long   prayer   to   find   the   woman   he   is   meant   to   spend   his   earthly   life   with.   The woman   his   father   advised   him   to   wait   for   when   he   said:   “Get   your   working   days   over   when   you’re   young,   because   when   you   find   her,   you’ll   want to   be   with   her   all   the   time.”   From   this   point   on,   the   reader   sees   not   only   a   man   that   is   powerful   but   a   man   that   is   truly   in   love   with   one   woman. That   love,   coupled   with   Ives’   innate   sense   of   honor   and   loyalty,   becomes   his   new   driving   force.   Yet,   unbeknownst   to   him,   their   meeting   is predestined and all pieces of the puzzles of other character’s, even those that lived long before Ives was born. In   this   first   book,   the   reader   experiences   the   emotions   of   a   man,   whom   true   love   is   new   to.   Occasionally,   jealousy   shows   itself   and   that   makes the   reader   want   to   give   Ives   a   firm   shove   to   wake   him   up.   But   without   the   reader’s   interference,   Ives   always   comes   back   to   the   balanced   man   he is.   And   that   is   despite   the   multitude   of   complications   his   life   involves.   Or   as   Allina   describes   him   to   be:   “He   is   a   true   Libra.   Always   weighing   the good   against   the   evil   and   emphasizing   the   best   of   both.”   Complicated   realizations   sometimes   take   time   to   resolve.   In   the   process,   things   go awry.   Yet   Ives   continually   proves   he   has   control   over   his   actions   and   emotions.   He   channels   those   into   the   outcome   best   serving   the   people   in his immediate life while still giving consideration to all others. Why   would   a   man   worth   a   fortune   enough   for   ten   men   work   for   any   government?   Why   would   he   be   a   civil   servant?   On   the   surface   it   appears Ives’   heroic   persona   requires   this   sort   of   job.   He   has   everything   he   needs   and   realizes   that   those   who   have   must   help   those   that   do   not   have. However,   as   the   reader   continues   the   story,   there   are   hints   that   perhaps   his   destiny   was   laid   out   by   others,   including   William   Schofield,   the Chief   of   Investigation   (second   man   in   the   Bureau   only   to   the   Director),   and   perhaps   Ives’   own   parents.   What   did   they   know   that   he   did   not,   if they knew anything? A subliminal question to resurface further on in the series. In   this   book,   Ives   battles   two   dragons.   In   the   end   one   is   slain,   but   not   by   him.   By   a   person   who   rose   to   the   occasion   to   protect   what   they   loved most   in   this   tainted   world.   This   event   shocks   and   equally   thrills   Ives   as   he   comes   to   his   own   realizations   about   the   people   in   his   life.   But   mostly about   Allina.   Regardless,   he   blames   himself   for   all   that   has   happened   to   her   and   even   in   the   beginning   he   cited   himself   as   guilty   as   Don   Giovanni from   Mozart’s   opera   of   the   same   name.   He   felt   condemned   to   the   eternal   flames   of   hell   for   what   he   had   allowed   to   happen.   As   we   hear:   He   felt like   Mozart’s   stupid   character:   the   seducer,   the   rogue,   the   pompous   ass,   the   idiot   Don   Giovanni.   All   through   the   story   the   reader   see’s   his remorse   and   his   repentance   as   he   strives   to   correct   the   wrongs   he   felt   he   had   permitted.   But   did   he   actually   permit   anything?   Permission requires   knowledge   and   as   Ives   says:   “You   can   be   the   Chief,   and   still   they   scheme   behind   your   back.”   He   laughed   quietly.   “My   own   Sword   of Damocles,” he said, referring to the ever-present threats any man of great power must live with. After   a   personal   tragedy,   and   once   the   villain   is   done   away   with,   Ives   makes   good   on   his   promise   to   leave   the   Bureau   to   live   his   life   with   the   only woman   he   has   ever   loved.   As   he   hands   his   badge   to   Walzinski,   he   says:   “Here,   send   this   to   Washington.   Tell   them   what   they   can   do   with   it.   I’m through.”   Despite   his   decision,   fate   has   another   challenge   for   him.   But   will   he   be   able   to   break   away   from   the   addictive   power   the   Bureau   gives him?   By   the   end   of   the   story,   Ives   and   Allina   are   walking   straight   on   into   other   character’s   plans   for   them,   for   now   they   are   linked   to   the   same quest   and   Ives   has   yet   another   dragon   to   slay.   Despite   his   deepest   desire   to   leave   the   world   behind   and   spend   the   rest   of   his   life   with   the woman he loves, can he leave the Bureau just yet? It is amazing how addictive power can be.
IVES ANDRICH A Man Among Men Part One
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Ives in The Killing Game  In   The   Killing   Game,   the   first   book   of   the   series, the   story   of   two   people,   Ives   Andrich   and   Allina Kovar.     It     is     a     behind-the-scenes     look     at     the relationship    between    two    people    and    how    they handle     the     life     they     have     together.     The     story begins   deep   in   their   intimate   relationship   where the   reader   is   introduced   to   Ives   the   hero   and   main character.   He   is   powerful,   influential,   and   force   to be   reckoned   with.   Yet   at   most   times   in   the   story, he   is   as   gentle   as   a   lamb.   Well,   until   provoked.   The best   description   of   Ives   is   given   by   his   assistant,   Al Walzinski,    who    says:    “You’re    a    shark    in    murky water.   You’re   lethal,   and   Washington   doesn’t   have a    clue.”    Despite    the    first    part    of    that    statement painting   a   dark   and   dangerous   image   of   Ives,   the second   part   redeems   him.   It   also   suggests   perhaps Washington    (meaning    DC,    the    country’s    capital) may not be as honorable as their façade portrays. However,   all   of   that   is   washed   away   the   instant   he sees       Alina       Kovar’s,       the       story’s       heroine’s, photograph.      Something      changes      within      him, something   he   is   unable   to   identify   just   then,   but   he feels    the    change    within.    He    seems    stronger    and ever   more   powerful   and   all   because   true   love   is awakened   in   him.   He   knows   God   has   answered   his life   long   prayer   to   find   the   woman   he   is   meant   to spend   his   earthly   life   with.   The   woman   his   father advised   him   to   wait   for   when   he   said:   “Get   your working    days    over    when    you’re    young,    because when   you   find   her,   you’ll   want   to   be   with   her   all   the time.”   From   this   point   on,   the   reader   sees   not   only a   man   that   is   powerful   but   a   man   that   is   truly   in love   with   one   woman.   That   love,   coupled   with   Ives’ innate    sense    of    honor    and    loyalty,    becomes    his new   driving   force.   Yet,   unbeknownst   to   him,   their meeting     is     predestined     and     all     pieces     of     the puzzles   of   other   character’s,   even   those   that   lived long before Ives was born. In    this    first    book,    the    reader    experiences    the emotions    of    a    man,    whom    true    love    is    new    to. Occasionally,   jealousy   shows   itself   and   that   makes the   reader   want   to   give   Ives   a   firm   shove   to   wake him   up.   But   without   the   reader’s   interference,   Ives always   comes   back   to   the   balanced   man   he   is.   And that   is   despite   the   multitude   of   complications   his life   involves.   Or   as   Allina   describes   him   to   be:   “He is   a   true   Libra.   Always   weighing   the   good   against the     evil     and     emphasizing     the     best     of     both.” Complicated   realizations   sometimes   take   time   to resolve.    In    the    process,    things    go    awry.    Yet    Ives continually   proves   he   has   control   over   his   actions and      emotions.      He      channels      those      into      the outcome   best   serving   the   people   in   his   immediate life while still giving consideration to all others. Why   would   a   man   worth   a   fortune   enough   for   ten men   work   for   any   government?   Why   would   he   be a    civil    servant?    On    the    surface    it    appears    Ives’ heroic    persona    requires    this    sort    of    job.    He    has everything   he   needs   and   realizes   that   those   who have   must   help   those   that   do   not   have.   However, as   the   reader   continues   the   story,   there   are   hints that    perhaps    his    destiny    was    laid    out    by    others, including       William       Schofield,       the       Chief       of Investigation   (second   man   in   the   Bureau   only   to the     Director),     and     perhaps     Ives’     own     parents. What   did   they   know   that   he   did   not,   if   they   knew anything?     A     subliminal     question     to     resurface further on in the series. In   this   book,   Ives   battles   two   dragons.   In   the   end one   is   slain,   but   not   by   him.   By   a   person   who   rose to   the   occasion   to   protect   what   they   loved   most   in this   tainted   world.   This   event   shocks   and   equally thrills    Ives    as    he    comes    to    his    own    realizations about    the    people    in    his    life.    But    mostly    about Allina.   Regardless,   he   blames   himself   for   all   that has   happened   to   her   and   even   in   the   beginning   he cited     himself     as     guilty     as     Don     Giovanni     from Mozart’s     opera     of     the     same     name.     He     felt condemned   to   the   eternal   flames   of   hell   for   what he   had   allowed   to   happen.   As   we   hear:   He   felt   like Mozart’s   stupid   character:   the   seducer,   the   rogue, the     pompous     ass,     the     idiot     Don     Giovanni.     All through    the    story    the    reader    see’s    his    remorse and    his    repentance    as    he    strives    to    correct    the wrongs    he    felt    he    had    permitted.    But    did    he actually     permit     anything?     Permission     requires knowledge   and   as   Ives   says:   “You   can   be   the   Chief, and     still     they     scheme     behind     your     back.”     He laughed   quietly.   “My   own   Sword   of   Damocles,”   he said,    referring    to    the    ever-present    threats    any man of great power must live with. After    a    personal    tragedy,    and    once    the    villain    is done   away   with,   Ives   makes   good   on   his   promise to   leave   the   Bureau   to   live   his   life   with   the   only woman   he   has   ever   loved.   As   he   hands   his   badge to      Walzinski,      he      says:      “Here,      send      this      to Washington.   Tell   them   what   they   can   do   with   it. I’m   through.”   Despite   his   decision,   fate   has   another challenge    for    him.    But    will    he    be    able    to    break away   from   the   addictive   power   the   Bureau   gives him?   By   the   end   of   the   story,   Ives   and   Allina   are walking   straight   on   into   other   character’s   plans   for them,   for   now   they   are   linked   to   the   same   quest and   Ives   has   yet   another   dragon   to   slay.   Despite his   deepest   desire   to   leave   the   world   behind   and spend   the   rest   of   his   life   with   the   woman   he   loves, can   he   leave   the   Bureau   just   yet?   It   is   amazing   how addictive power can be.
IVES ANDRICH A Man Among Men Part One
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