"a very well-written science fiction story"
Rulagh is an exo-biologist and veterinary surgeon. He
finally managed to find a job with the Interstellar Humane
Society. Even though he's overqualified for this job, he's
happy with it. He'll have a chance to go off-planet and
that's what he wants. While going through and purging old
files, Rulagh finds something. Eighty years ago, a couple
vacationing on Earth lost their pet Shrennan. The feral
Shrennan could have multiplied into mind-boggling numbers
by now. Rulagh takes this information to his supervisor and
he is assigned to the team sent to Earth to "fix" the
problem. Once there, Rulagh is assigned to Puerto Rico,
where the heaviest concentration of Shrennan is located. He
befriends an old sick man. This man is very rich and has a
mansion. He invites Rulagh to stay with him and, in return,
Rulagh takes care of him until his death.
Sonia Rodriguez had no idea her father was ill, much less
dying. According to the terms of her father's will, she
must live in his mansion for one year before she can
inherit his millions. Sonia has to admit, the mansion is a
little creepy, especially since she's the only one living
in it. She keeps smelling cinnamon in the oddest places.
Her father also wants her to kill chupacabras. So, she goes
to the internet for all the information she can find on the
mythical creatures. One night, she's having problems
falling asleep. She decides to go for a run. Just as she's
heading back to the mansion, she hears something behind
her. She turns and sees them! The very creatures her father
wanted her to hunt. A man comes up and saves her. He kills
the creatures with a pair of machetes and then runs away.
She later discovers this "mystery man" with the machetes is
the source of the cinnamon she keeps smelling. She's
attracted to him, but he's an alien.
Will Sonia and Rulagh be able to fight their attraction?
Are their species compatible? What of Rulagh's society?
Will Sonia be accepted into his society? Can Sonia accept
his ways? Will they be able to kill off the chupacabras?
THE HUNTRESS is a very well-written science fiction story.
The action is fast-paced and steadily moves forward as
Sonia and Rulagh deal with the problem of the chupacabras,
as well their attraction to each other. This story provides
a well-thought out look at the problems inherent in inter-
species relationships and Sonia and Rulagh must deal with
the societal differences between their two cultures. The
sparks are continually flying everywhere, especially when
Sonia is introduced to Rulagh's three other teammates. I
really loved the added bonus on Rulagh's anatomy. I highly
recommend Barbara Karmazin's THE HUNTRESS to all lovers of
erotic science fiction.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted April 19, 2004
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006