"A wonderful adventure through space"

Fleeing a mugging, Tess MacKenzie runs into Cohl Travers and ends up getting kidnapped from Earth instead. Cohl father has been kidnapped by one of two warring brothers that will exchange a human life for a magical amulet. In order to free the amulet, Cohl needs Tess to sing a complicated song from an extinct race of people; it will mean her life if she so much as messes up one note. Tess, sees this as another duty that stands in-between her and her life long dream of a singing career. But as the pair works together, she finds that duty isn't so bad when performed with someone you care about. Now if only she can convince Cohl of this.

With most novels, we have our complicated hero who is more than he seems. UNEARTHED is no different. Cohl is running from his noble past and while he loves his people, he doesn't want to be tied down to the planet. Because of Tess, you can see him growing and developing as a character, but I had a really hard time with the fact that even though it was Tess who ultimately would put her life in peril, he wouldn't talk to her about the dangers she would face unless she nagged him; which justifiably annoyed Tess. I guess I felt that even though it was a pretty grim task he was putting before her, he should have been more willing to help her prepare for it rather than try and conceal the dangers she would face. Because of this, I wasn't sucked into the book as much as I would have expected. On the other hand, I really liked Tess as a person. Throughout the ordeal she remains positive expecting to be able to return home after acquiring the amulet. Once back on Earth, she hopes she will be able to put her life back together and become a famous singer.

Ms Barry has written a wonderful space adventure that was exciting to follow. The planets you will visit are wondrous and because you are seeing them for the first time through Tess' eyes, I felt they were described very well. I was fascinated. But because Cohl never talks with Tess about important issues (and almost looses her to boot) I can't see how the relationship worked. Even though they did fall in love, I have to go with 3 stars. This is a great fantasy but the hero wasn't there for me. I am however REALLY looking forward to the sequel!

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted March 30, 2004


Life on Earth was just getting interesting for Tess MacKenzie. She'd postponed her singing career to support the family business and after eight long years, she finally earned her chance to shine. Her band was hot, her songs were rocking and Tess was on her way to becoming a star.

Things were definitely looking up.

That is until Cohl Travers, alien extraordinaire, swoops out of the night sky and snatches her off her planet. When he says he desperately needs her voice for a dangerous cosmic mission and the fate of two planets hangs on her song, she figures one of them is in for some serious therapy. Tess soon finds herself up to her neck in smelly bad guys, a robot with a superiority complex, an ancient Amulet that could end her singing career permanently and a man who can burn her from the inside out.

Cohl Travers thought he was free and clear of his destiny to become the next ruler of his planet. But when the warring Trakas abduct his father and hold him hostage for the Amulet, Cohl is dragged back to a fate he does not want with a woman he cannot ignore.

Together, they might defeat the Trakas -- but what is Cohl supposed to do about the feelings that Tess has unearthed in him?


(Unforgettable series - Book 1)
by C. J. Barry

Love Spell
May 1, 2003
Available: October 30, 2006
ISBN #0505525402
EAN #9780505525406
320 pages
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