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- Publisher: Digital Crystal Press (18 Nov. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IPLSGW
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Shepherd (Phoenix Legends Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Shepherd handles the underground network of Down Below. He's a technological whiz where outwitting the Regents is a matter of life or death. He and Radar work together to rescue children from the horror of the Regents. Now one of their own who was kidnapped and turned into a soldier for the Regent and if he isn't rescued will die on the next mission. Into this high pressure world enters Radar's wife, Esme Loures Vier. She follows Radar, and misconstrues his and Shepherd's meeting, believing Radar is a weapons-runner like her late husband--whose actions got her thrown into jail and almost executed. Shepherd soon learns the success or failure of their rescue plan hinges his prisoner, Esme.
This book hits the ground running from page one. As I read the last word, I smiled and sighed. I can't wait for the next book in the series. But as you all know, I love KH LeMoyne's books and wait with baited breath for each new one. She writes books from wonderful fantasy romance to gripping futuristic romances.
We met Shepherd in book one, but Esme is a completely new character whose layers and backstory unfold in tantalizing, mysterious chunks. Just as she is an unknown to Shepherd, she is an unknown to the reader. You get her emotions, but not necessarily her motivations. I liked how LeMoyne set me up to think one way about Esme (and how this plot would go), only to find she completely psyched me out. Shepherd is attracted - but confused - about Esme and her motivations, too.
Her response left him doomed personally and professionally, because the pivotal part of the plan now hinged on a woman he trusted from only his gut instinct - or perhaps lower.
For Esme, Shepherd compromises himself and the mission, which is totally out of character for this intelligence officer who manages logistics for rebel incursions. Sci-fi romance readers who like a good cyborg story will love Shepherd's backstory, enhancements and his struggles. Again, the tech - and the destructive way in which it came about - is both fascinating and horrifying.
The technology is basically a character in this book, just like in Rebel’s Consort. While book one had a heavy emphasis on futuristic medical science, this book builds on that and adds in engineering, robotics and systems. The tech is very integrated into the story line and is imaginative but practical. I could see where LeMoyne would get the kernel of an idea from real world science and run with it. This author is very talented in describing futuristic tech in a clear and believable way. Down Below is a variation on the best dystopian, disenfranchised movie/tv sets (like Total Recall or The Expanse).
This book was published in 2013, so I don't know if LeMoyne has any plans to continue her futuristic world. If she wrote book 3 in this universe, I would pick it up in a heartbeat. I want Aaron's story!