"Sizzling futuristic adventure"
The 2176 ladies have really taken us on a rollercoaster
ride of adventures this summer. Susan Grant conceived the
series of five books, and Dorchester publishing permitted
her to take the "bit between her teeth" and run, selecting
three very talented writers (Kathleen Nance, Day of Fire;
Liz Maverick, The Shadow Runners; Patti O'Shea, The Power
of Two) to following the path she blazed.
It's not often writers have as much say or control that
goes in a series such as this. It's a "bible concept' -
meaning several writers are given a premise. They will have
certain characters, certain points in the plots they need
to hit, but then each writer takes their turn in the
showcase. It's interesting to watch this unfold. Grant, you
expect to knocks your socks off. A PR man's dream, Grant
one of the first women in history to attend the US Air
Force Academy, a former Air Force instructor pilot and now
currently a 747 jumbo jet pilot for United Airlines, brings
all that skill and knowledge into creating her two tales.
The first was The Legend of Banzai Maguire. We meet Bree
Maguire and her wingman, Lieutenant Cameron "Scarlet"
Tucker. Scarlet was not only her wingman, but she was
Bree's best friend. They are taken prisoner, put into
suspended animation, and then awakened in the year 2176.
Through the other three books you track Bree awakened by
Prince Kyber, to the realities of this new world. She
escapes with Seal Commander Tyler Armstrong, and she has
since become a rallying cry to the world. People want to
use her as a spur to provoke the fight for freedom; others
want to kill her to prevent that. So she has been on the
run, all the time believing her best friend Cam was dead.
Only, resourceful Cam is far from out of the picture.
Prince Kyber is still singed by what he views as Bree's
betrayal, so he is not so willing to trust redheaded Cam.
However, Cam has learned Bree has been captured and is held
prisoner, and Kyber is the only one Cam can turn to for
help. Kyber soon finds out Cam gets what she wants, even
when she wants him! I won't say any more, for you will want
to experience this fast pace, pedal to the metal series for
It's hard for writers to come through with their best
writing when working within the "bible format". But these
four writers have done just that! It's a powerful series,
so "today", with strong heroines who can be all, do all.
Each writer brought their own talent to their tales, but
all five tales blend seamlessly into one great series. And
Grant's powerful finale is just the way to end it!
Kudos for Grants original concept, to Dorchester Publishing
for allowing their very talented writers to boldly go where
none have before, and to Susan Grant, Kathleen Nance, Patti
O'Shea and Liz Maverick for delivering 110% in the dazzling
series! This is futuristic Romance at it's very best.
Posted November 30, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 3, 2007
The Kingdom of Asia:
Shot down over Korea, modern-day USAF fighter pilot Cameron "Scarlet" Tucker is put in bio-stasis. She wakes 170 years later. Her wingmate and best friend also survived: Now the "legendary" Banzai Maguire, Bree is being held for treason in the country that was once her beloved United States.
Cam has problems of her own. She’s in the masterful hands of Prince Kyber, the dictator whom her friend thwarted. He won’t get fooled again. With the mysterious Shadow Voice urging revolution, and her friend in chains, Cam wants the sexy emperor on her side--and maybe a whole lot more. But her role in the thrilling mission to save her country has to come first. Banzai wouldn't surrender, and Cam won't either. It's time to give a royal butt kicking, and Cam knows just where to start.