"Fast-paced science fiction thriller"
When Raheiran Captain Gillaine Davré regains consciousness
in a sick bay she knows that is not a new occurrence.
However, her Sentient Integrated Mobile Nanoessence space
ship, Simon, informs her that three hundred forty-two years
and sixteen hours have passed since her last conscious
memory of fighting the Fav'lhir. Another shocker surfaces
when she learns everyone believes she sacrificed herself to
save the Khalarans from certain defeat at the hands of the
Fav'lhir and honored for her sacrifice by naming her the
Goddess Kiasidira. Drinking Devil's Breath does not make
anything easier for her as she realizes she must hide who
she is because society has constructed key elements focused
on the Goddess Kiasidira.
Cirrus One Space Station Commander Admiral Rynan "Mack"
Makarian knows that his "guest" Gillaine hides secrets from
him. He also realizes that Gillaine, who is at best a
smuggler and at worst working for the enemy, is his
soulmate that he has waited to love for over four decades.
Mack assumes she feels the same way and expects her to
reveal the truth eventually, hopefully sooner than later.
Everything comes to a head between them when the Fav'lhir
attacks for the first time in three hundred plus years.
Outer space fans will treasure this fast-paced science
fiction thriller that starts with a bewildered heroine
struggling with the exaggeration of her death. From that
opening mental chat with Simon, fans are hooked to
accompany Gillie on her efforts to initially buy time for
repairs to Simon but ultimately lead the fight. Mack adds a
fine supporting romantic subplot that provides additional
tension to the star who feels so much stress that drinking
Devil's Breath only gives her headaches. Readers will agree
that this is a FINDERS KEEPERS tale.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted December 20, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 25, 2006