It's the ride of your life...
HER FUTURE There's a reason Maude Kincaid is one of the best Time Rogues, and it's the same reason she's now dead -- or soon will be. Gut-shot and lying in a sub-orbital tram station reeking of brimstone, waiting for the atmospherics to give out, she's exactly where she intended: She's saved CORE, her friends and her reality. And only a woman willing to bend the rules could do it.
IS IN THE PAST
The time travel was nothing. That's been as natural as breathing since Maude became one of the 22nd century's elite cadre of protectors against temporal rifts. Jumps to Dealey Plaza and the old South were nothing. Taking the bullet was a little harder. Maude's only regret is about Gil. Gil, with whom she abandoned with his memory erased because he was from another time, another reality, and because Time Rogues can't afford to know love. Today, she can't afford to forget it.
It was all about to go up in smoke. As a candidate for the directorship of the Dallas Museum of History, Mackenzie Cates was thrilled to acquire the Pompeii exhibit. But it came with a string: Rick Mason, the love of her life and the sexiest archaeologist since Indiana Jones. He'd left her with a memory of lovemaking hotter than lava, and he couldn't have returned at a worse time. Mackie's raging libido was making her see things--like the strange bald beauty prowling the museum and casting lascivious glances at Rick or the mysterious moving statue. Next thing she knew, Rick would be telling her there was a conspiracy; that he was possessed by a two thousand year old dead guy; that he wanted to marry her, but first they had to travel through time to save the world and a pair of doomed lovers! Well, one thing was certain; before Vesuvius, her composure, and her career erupted in one big bang; Mackie needed to unravel the mystery of the Time Rogues.
Death Valley Virus unleashed . . . In 2012, Joy Rush, researcher with the Center for Disease Control, forfeits love and life while attempting to save her world from the virulent Death Valley virus. After 150 years on ice in a secret medical cryo storage facility, Joy is resuscitated and healed with a 'new' mega-antidote created by a futuristic Don Quixote, Ace Fortune, one of the time-travel gurus for the thrill-a-second, life-saving Time Rogues. Joy is thrilled to reclaim the remainder of her life. Ace's emboldened rescue and his scientific acumen jive with Joy’s chemistry and she’s rewarded with the hope that she can and will love again. However, her happiness is short-lived. The future isn't safe. When Core’s general population begins to exhibit classic ‘pre-viral’ symptoms, Joy knows Death Valley is back . . . with a vengance. The microscopic beast that plagued her past and claimed her life--once--threatens her future. With Ace and love on her side, Joy vows to finally defeat Death . . . and live.
Harriet Klausner ***** (5 stars)
... intriguingly complex situations
Fast-paced and action-packed
Time Rogues ... an interesting series setup.... A framework for other novels.... It will be interesting to see where Kay Austin takes this idea.
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