Phobos Prison is the worst hellhole
prison in the entire system. Only the worst of the worst
are sent there for multiple murders, serial murderers,
serial rapists and Dr. Rhea Landon. A geologist by
profession, Rhea has had the misfortune of discovering
something on the surface of Mars that nobody wants
Two inmates, John Raathe and Kyle
Justice cross paths with Rhea. First, John wins her in a
battle to the death and when Kyle spots her with Raathe he
somehow knows that Rhea is meant for him as well.
Raathe, Justice and two others have a
plan to break out of Phobos but having Rhea there
complicates things. Can the men leave her behind knowing it
will mean certain death for her? Also, if they do succeed
and escape where will they go to hide? Success and faith
aren't something these guys have going for them.
Dark Solstice is a stark
drama with deep emotional undercurrents. The main
characters are stripped emotionally bare at different points
alongside the brutality of a harsh environment. I was drawn
in by the characters and fascinated with the overall story
but there are a few potholes that interrupt the flow.
Questions as to how Rhea was caught and detained are vague,
plus the declarations of love seemed improbable considering
the ongoing circumstances although everything is resolved by
the end. Dark Solstice fits the bill if you
are looking for something fearless to read with a heroine
who never gives up.