Ms. Jackson is a new-to-me author who transports her readers into a future which appears to be a mixture of Star Trek and Hunger Games. Angela Nemo has always been ruled by her strong sense of justice. Does she still stand on the side of the just? Or has that line become blurred? Angelo is a cold, emotional genius who walked away from love for power and knowledge. Does she ever question the choices she once made? Hearing Kellen’s voice after so many years, asking her for a favor, brings a rush of memories and perhaps some hidden regrets but no change of heart. It’s only when she barely escapes death with no clear sense of where the next bullet will come from that she turns to Kellen for help.
Robotics and artificial intelligence are still the stuff of the future. Kudos to the author for her world building and imagination, as readers are transported into a world where human brains are integrated with sophisticated computers and robots seem to have emotions and human-like decision-making abilities. Kellen, whom Angela had walked away from for his lack of intelligence and excessive emotionalism, has proved to be an excellent scientist who has perfected the art of cloning animals and embedding superior intelligence in his clones. One of the first blasts from the past is his cloned version of Angela’s pet cat that has the sophisticated computronics to communicate with a host of electronics and living creatures.
I am definitely intrigued by the world and some of the characters, but am definitely not a fan of the storytelling style which takes a reader back and forth between the past and the present.
Kellen Hockley usually keeps quiet about his past, but once upon a time he loved a girl named Angela. He hasn’t seen her in a decade, but now he has to break the news to her that his team of rogue treasure hunters accidentally killed her husband. He’s had better days…
It’s not the news that’s delivered to Angela Neko that breaks her apart—it’s the rumbly, Texas drawl delivering it. She can’t believe she’s hearing Kellen’s voice again. But there’s no time for distractions. When Angela’s own life is threatened, yielding up all of her lies and secrets, she and Kellen must figure out how to reverse the geopolitical firestorm she lit to save the world, to save Kellen’s cat…and just maybe to save each other.
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