Deep Space and Other Worlds
Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian and her best friend, Chief Medical Officer, Eden Fynn are in a quandary. The two women must find a cure for a lethal alien virus, but Admiral Branden Kel-Paten's actions are directly interfering with their work. Kel-Paten's biggest concern is capturing Jace Serafino, mercenary pirate turned informant. Adding to their aggravation is the fact that Kel-Paten is determined to keep Sass in his sights at all times, even when she's off duty. This does not make for amicable relations on all sides. When Serafino's ship blows up entering a vortex behind Kel-Paten's ship, they rescue the rebel and bring him on board. What ensues is a battle of wits and mutual hatred between Kel-Paten and Serafino that push both Sass and Eden to the edges of their limited patience with the two men.
While trying to determine what lies behind the enmity between their Admiral and Serafino, Sass and Eden run circles around them, hoping to drive the two to distraction and keep them from killing each other. And this is just the beginning.
Branden Kel-Paten is a biological cyborg, reminiscent of the Six-
Million Dollar Man. Kel-Paten's emotions run the gamut from
professional Admiral to lovesick cyborg. Afraid of rejection, he
refuses to let Sass see how deep his feelings for her have run for the past eleven years. Instead, he keeps her by his side as much as possible without raising suspicion. Sass gives Kel-Paten a run for his money, boldly going where nobody else dares, back-talking and taking risks in her dealings with him. When she does discover Branden's almost obsessive feelings for her, she can't reconcile whether those feelings are the real thing or something that's been programmed into his cyber self. Eden is an empath with telepathic abilities who becomes very aware of Jace's own extreme telepathic abilities when he visits her in their sleep. Mix all of these characters together, and what you get is an emotional rollercoaster ride of deadly conflicts laced with moments of humor.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE is another rollicking space opera from the
talented pen of Linnea Sinclair. She delivers her trademark superb characterization and dialogue with extraordinary skill and finesse. Ms. Sinclair also combines an original storyline and unexpected turn in the space lanes through a time travel vortex, culminating in an ending that will have you screaming for the sequel, COMMAND DECISION, due out in 2003.
I highly recommend COMMAND PERFORMANCE to readers of all genres.
Suspense, mystery, two romances, heart-stopping action and adventure with enough emotional punch to make your heart ache in sympathy for all of the characters, is enough to satisfy fans on all levels.
Brava, Ms. Sinclair on another incredible journey through deep space!