Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
I am not a lover of Sci-Fi but every once in a while I am given a book to review in that genre and I am totally surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This is one of those times.
The book takes place in the future, four World Wars and two Interplanetary Wars and another war on the horizon. This is definitely not the future the people on Earth expected. There is a war now between Earth and Albegensian and all Albegens have been sent to internment camps for questioning, so reminiscent of World War Two with the Japanese.
Andi Talltree’s husband, Tran, an Albegen is one of the people taken away by the Federation. She has no idea where he has been taken and from past experience those who are taken rarely return. She is aided in her quest for information by Indian George, a Navajo who she has known since she was a child. He has sent her to find Sh’en Singh Sinbad, a smuggler, hoping that if anyone has information he would be the one.
Andi is a Natural, those who do not believe in any modern conveniences. It is very similar to the Amish of today. Her husband Tran is a farmer and could not possibly be a spy. Her only hope is to find Sinbad and convince him to help her.
Sinbad is a Felidan, a feline species, who were at war with Terra for eleven years. Terra won and Felida paid a heavy price. Sinbad is known for his hatred of them. But somehow Andi gets him to agree to help.
The book has many twists and turns. Tran escapes, making Andi a wanted woman. Sinbad is able to get her on his ship and they travel from planet to planet searching. Tran always seems one step ahead of them. Could he actually be a spy? Can Sinbad and Andi find him and clear her name? Their travels are filled with danger and excitement and they begin to see each other in a different light. Are they beginning to feel something other than friendship?
I can honestly say that I totally fell in love with these two characters. Most Sci-Fi books fill the pages with a huge amount of characters who really have no basis in the story. Ms. Sweeney is not one of those authors. I know there are a great deal of people out there who probably never heard of the movie The African Queen, but the movie has two characters, Rosie and Charlie, Andi and Sinbad are like them.
I totally recommend this book I did not just like it I loved it and it was Sinbad and Andi that made me want to keep reading.