Dr Rikki Kinn is one of the best virus hunters in the world; her work for the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) landing her in some volatile and extremely violent situations (she certainly has the scars to prove it). When a Level Four is issued Rikki finds herself quickly transported to the Hot Zone in Africa, narrowly missing capture by a group of mercenaries. Yet nothing prepares her for what she finds deep in the Congo; a virus more virulent and certainly more deadly than the Ebola outbreak she anticipated.
With someone asking favours from the highly unusual Dirk and Steele agency, Amiri; the shape shifting cheetah rescued in book two "Shadow Touch" finds himself returning to Africa for the first time since his captivity. Charged with protecting a certain doctor, he and other talented agents are soon embroiled in keeping Rikki safe.
On the run again when her camp is attacked by yet more mercenaries, Rikki soon learns of the unusual abilities of her new protectors; however as she is no slouch when it comes to defending herself she certainly doesn't sit back and rely on the paranormal talents of her escorts. Believing herself hunted for the knowledge she carries, it some becomes apparent that the Consortium itself is not only very interested in Rikki, but also responsible for the viral outbreak; an event they will take any action necessary to keep hidden.
Amiri's history is greatly expanded on in "The Last Twilight" and several familiar (though not necessarily friendly) faces make an appearance; including Rictor, Broker and very briefly Elena and Artur to name a few. The plot line is almost continuous action packed, tension filled drama as Rikki and Amiri face off numerous threats from a variety of enemies, whilst evading capture and uncovering deadly secrets. Book seven of the "Dirk & Steele" world is definitely a worthy additional to MML's highly recommended paranormal romance series and I now look forward to the release of book 8 "The Wild Road" in August 08. Although not much is currently known of this book the following interesting snippet is available on MML's website;
"Lannes is one of a dying race born to protect mankind. And while most see a beautiful man, this illusion is nothing but a prison. But when he finds a woman covered in blood, with no memory or past, he will be drawn into a mystery that makes him question all he knows."