While working in a village clinic, Dr. Harlan Theron is
captured by criminals intent on using her skills to save one
of their men. The ruthless bandits assume that General
Gavin Theron will never be able to track them down and
retrieve his wife. What they donít realize is that Gavin
values Harlan above his own life and will stop at nothing to
regain her, dead or alive.
Gypsy is engaged on her first campaign in the hunt to
retrieve her mother. While on the hunt with her father, she
is challenged at every turn and will put into practice
everything she has learned thus far. She will also gain a
wealth of experience exceeding the first year of most cadets
in training to become officers.
picks up where Primal Fever stopped with the sudden
disappearance of Harlan Theron. The storyline shifts gears
in taking Gypsy away from the competitive shelter of the
academy by plunging her into volatile, hostile situations.
The double weight of her assignment is grim, forcing her
prove her mettle to Gavin while pushing her inner
boundaries. Her reserves are drained, and just when I
wondered if she would recover from everything thrown her
way, Gypsy stepped up to the challenge and proved that she
is not just Gavinís daughter but Harlanís, too.
Both the setting and narrative reflect the dark brutality of
what it means to be a soldier, and Iím grateful for the
effective practicality in this off world setting. Michelle
Marquis and Lindsey Bayerís clean writing compliment the
turbulent violent storyline filled with gray themes, while
depicting the sordid black and white cruelty of poverty and
desperation fueled by loss of humanity. The wonderful
contrast, the light in this somber story, is Gavinís
unfailing devotion and love for Harlan to the point of
desperation. His and Gypsyís self-sacrifice teamed with
Desmondís loyalty and pragmatism, bring power and purpose to
each scene. Harlanís steadfast courage and intelligence
shine, forcing you to see her as a heroine, not a victim.
Her resolve and fortitude merely reinforced my admiration
for this character. This exquisite detail to character
development in the Siren Warrior series is part of the
foundation, especially in the direct manner in which each
individual is reshaped by their experience.
is a lavishly written novella brimming with adventure,
action, suspense, and heart. Readers with a delicate
constitution, who are not familiar with this series, may
have a difficult time due to the straightforward subject
matter and vivid, often gory, scenes. Razor sharp,
sinisterly humorous at times, and insightful, this racy
sci-fi thriller is meters ahead in the game. The overall
storyline is not bashful when it comes to displaying
emotional and psychological intelligence through character
interactions, verbal and non-verbal. Ms. Marquis and Ms.
Bayer are doing things their way by guiding this genre into
a fresher direction, and creatively expanding beyond the
more traditional aspects of womenís fiction.