"A story you won't want to put down"
When Dora, a sentient computer, was befriended by Tessa,
she became interested in more than just facts; she became
intrigued by human feelings and emotions. In the years
since the war, helping resettle the Rystani to a new
planet, Dora's interest in Zical has grown into something -
she wasn't sure what. When Tessa dared her to be more
human, Dora took it literally and developed innovative
procedures to grow a body and transfer her personality into
it. Of course, being 300-years-old with almost unlimited
knowledge, she had to leave some knowledge behind; so she
also designed a way to interface with Ranth, the new-born
sentience in the computer.
Zical, a traditional Rystani warrior and pilot, usually
felt comfortable with the teasing from Dora, but he nearly
fell from his mountain climbing when she asked for his
input on what made a desirable woman's body and learns of
her plan. When he actually sees her human self for the
first time, he is astounded to find she has become the
woman of his dreams - and is unmistakably uncomfortable
A 'Perceptive Ones' base is found and its discovery has
accidentally tripped a 'recall' that will remove the
SENTINALS protecting the galaxy. Zical and his crew which
now includes Dora, must make a trip through unknown space
to the edge of their universe. What will they encounter on
the way and will they succeed in resetting the SENTINALS?
In the first book of this series, THE CHALLENGE, we learn
of the Perceptive Ones and their lifesaving technology and
meet Dora, a sentient computer who is growing in knowledge
as well as understanding of humanoids. I was excited to see
this is 'her story' as she is such an intriguingly 'free-
Although Dora understood there were no guarantees, she was
not prepared to quit until she gave it her best to form a
relationship. Zical is not interested in a relationship and
his preconceptions and prejudices are a major obstacle.
The story is one you won't want to put down; filled with
action and adventure and enough spicy-hot romance that I
would recommend this for adults only.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006