Sparta is a young woman who grew up as Linda, was enrolled in a specieal program for the extremely intelligent, but was kidnapped and changed by the use of an advanced technology so that she has special and unusual skills and abilities. The mysterious cult that changed her cannot bend her will to their purpose; she escapes, assumes an alias, and rises, aided by her powers and a great deal of effort, to become a Space board investigator, wherein she solves crimes that may have been perpetrated by her abductors. Her abductors having blocked many of her memories before she was able to escape, she has to piece together her own history to get a sense of who she is, and piece together clues as to what the cult are about; she is aided in this by her friend Blake Redfield.
After having gone through crises and adventures (each gripping adventure being covered by a volume of this series), she learns more of her history. This is crime-solving science fiction at its best, and having read the first 5 volumes I can hardly wait to read the 6th.
Volumes of this Venus Prime series are:
1. Breaking Strain
3. Hide & Seek
4. Medusa Encounter
5. Diamong Moon
6. The Shining Ones
If you enjoyed Robert A. Heinlein's "Friday," you will like Sparta even better. In this reviewer's opinion, Asimov, Clarke (& Preuss in this series), Heinlein, and Kaplan are the best autors of this genre. These are well worth the re-rreading! -DM