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Escape in Time – Robyn Nyx

Escape in Time - Robyn NyxEscape in Time is the first book in an expected trilogy from author Robyn Nyx. In the world Ms. Nyx has created for her readers is a powerful corporation called Pulsus. It derives its power from technology that they have developed and that only they have access to – technology to travel through time and medical regeneration. Their main goal is to build a better future by saving the lives of people in the past. The corporation is located on its own island where most all of the employees live as well as work.

The bulk of this book is the story of a mission to Nazi Germany to save a Jewish doctor on the brink of discovering the cure to cancer and the emotional repercussions the team members experience when they return to their time, in the future. The mission team consists of three operatives, Delaney, Simson and Griffin and their extractor, Landry. After the operatives have embedded themselves in their undercover roles in the past, the extractor arrives to effectuate the actual rescue and then bring the team back to their time.

The portion of the story told from the Nazi concentration camp is well-written and realistic. This shows me that the author took the time to do her research on the time period. An unexpected relationship develops in the camp that has implications for the arc of the series even beyond this first book. Characterizations are finely detailed and help to drive the plot forward both on and off mission.

As a life-long science fiction fan, I do find it disconcerting when advances in technology aren’t sufficiently explained as to how they work. For me that is what puts the “science” in science fiction. When these advances in scientific knowledge, time travel and medical regeneration technology are basically referred to as fait accompli, the story then moves into the realm of speculative fiction. A story about a possible future without the scientific underpinnings in a book categorized as science fiction. The author only references some equipment used in both of these technologies in use at Pulsus but no real explanation into the scientific basis for their use.

This however is my only real quibble with the story.  Ms. Nyx tells an awesome story with real characters and that to my mind is the goal of a good book. I truly enjoyed reading Escape in Time and am eagerly awaiting the second in the series, Change in Time, expected in November 2017.



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Product info:

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 18, 2017)
  • ASIN: B06XPDNJ7P
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Heights of Green – Lise MacTague

Heights of Green - Lise MacTagueIn Heights of Green, Lise MacTague returns us to the lives of Jak Stowell and Torrin Ivanov. After their escape from Haefen at the end of Depths of Blue, Torrin returns them to her home planet of Nadierzda. Nadi is another fringe planet but this one is hidden from the rest of the galaxy by an asteroid belt and all off-world travelers keep even the existence of the planet a secret. Nadierzda is a planet of only women and Jak is in for the culture shock of her life.

As a female sniper in an all-male army on her home planet of Haefen, Jak constantly was on guard to never be seen as anything other than a man and a soldier. As she recovers from her ordeal escaping from Haefen, she has to learn to let herself be seen as female and that her relationship with Torrin, a crime where she comes from, is perfectly natural on Nadi.

Where survival and civil war provided the main source of conflict in the first book of the trilogy, angst regarding Jak and Torrin’s growing relationship, Jak’s internal struggles with her identity and Torrin’s type A personality when it comes to her business, all provide the dissonance between the characters for most of this second book.

Ms. MacTague once again builds a stunning world whose women run an entire planet, from politics to economics to the military and everything in between. She introduces us to new characters like Torrin’s family and business partners and the soldiers at the military base who become Jak’s friends. As the story progresses, the reader becomes more and more invested in the relationship between the sniper and the smuggler from completely different worlds.

As most second parts in a trilogy, this one ends in a cliffhanger, leaving dangling threads to be picked up and carried through to the third book. I’d suggest that you have the third book, Vortex of Crimson, at the ready. As soon as you put down Heights of Green, you will want to start reading the next one immediately. I know I am!! Lise MacTague is batting 1000 so far with the Edge of Deception trilogy. I can’t wait to keep reading!


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Product info:

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bella Books (December 18, 2015)
  • ASIN: B019KU3J5I
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Depth of Blue – Lise MacTague

Depth of Blue – Lise MacTagueJak Stowell is a female sniper in an all-male army on a planet on the fringe of the galaxy that has been at war for years. Torrin Ivanov is a smuggler hoping to supply at least one side of the civil war on Haefen, with weapons, equipment and supplies. The two women’s lives are about to intersect as Jak’s latest mission is to kill the smuggler, Torrin. Unknown to all parties involved, Torrin is a woman. You see, women on Haefen cannot run businesses or own property. They practically are property on this beautiful blue planet on the outskirts of civilization.

Negotiations take a decided turn for the worse and then Jak shows up.

That’s all I’m telling you about the book…other than their flight back across to the Devonite side of the conflict provides much of the tension in the story as Torrin is attracted to Jak and also completely dependent on this “man” to protect her and get her to some semblance of safety. You just simply must read the rest to see how beautifully Lise MacTague draws you into the story in the second half of the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters that Lise MacTague has drawn in Depths of Blue. The world building is top-notch and the back stories of the characters are told in such a way as to move the story along and not in a pedantic, expository way. I would recommend anyone who likes a good sci-fi book give this a try. The romance is a natural offshoot of the story and not forced. Keeping Jak’s cover as a male sniper in the Devonite army is another source of good tension in the story. The story builds very well to a pleasing and well thought out climax and has me already reading the second book in the trilogy.

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Product info:

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bella Books (May 24, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00Y8FREBQ
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