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A Captivating Futuristic Thriller
on 25 November 2011
Keira Maddock is trying to survive in an Orwellian purgatory where the government is run by Elites who are for the most part greedy and self-serving. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are starving and doing without, basically just struggling to survive. Within this damaged society, a resistance is brewing.
Keira is the daring heroine, a hired bounty hunter (called a Freelancer) who is in danger of being double-crossed and triple-crossed. She doesn't know whom she can trust, but she longs for a world where freedom and decency reign. She accepts a job from one of the most powerful Elites in Tkaron, but suddenly finds herself siding with the man she's supposed to kill. Can she trust him? Whose side is he really on? And how does her brother know him?
This is a compelling, entertaining thriller and love story that is an allegory about the hazards of privilege and power, where absolute power corrupts absolutely. I felt for Keira immediately, a smart and conscionable woman who pines for the past as she listens to her mother's favorite records, like "I've Got Rhythm," the simpler songs of a bygone era, and yet who bravely confronts the future and will sacrifice everything for a good cause. Full of twists, genetic manipulation and subterfuge, it kept me turning pages. The ending was totally unexpected and I look forward to the sequel.