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"Barry's Best sounds there's a new Queen of Sci-Fi Romance"

C.J. Barry blasted on the scene with Unearthed. In the short time she has been published, her talent has catapulted her to the top. She is a beautiful writer, that excels on so many levels. Her Sci-Fi romances play on par with Indiana Jones in space. She gives you cultures that are rich in lore and history, full of perils and monsters, and with strong female heroines who can stand toe-to-toe with their men and fight without flinching. Sprinkled amongst these heart stopping, edge-of-seat adventures is a delicious humor that really sets her above the pack. Unchained, her first book has been re-released, joining her Unearthed, Unleashed, Unraveled and now her newest, and likely strongest tale, Unmasked. Quade's name was whispered through out the quadrant, they called him Laghato - the liberator. For the past decade Quade has lived the life of a space pirate, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. A true Robin Hood, he is working in a desperate race to fight slavery. He uses the money he gets from his robbing to pay for medication used to reclaim the memories of the slave zombies - people stolen against their will, their brain's fried so they obey their masters. Underneath this valiant crusade is a fight to find his mother and sister who were taken years ago. He will not give up until he finds them. When he seizes the ship of Torrie Masters, the youngest child of the rich Masters shipping family, he gets more than he bargained for.

Torrie Masters is a beautiful redhead with a spirit to match. The instant she looks into Quade's masked face, she knows she will not let him best her. But he does - temporarily - seizing her shipment. Torrie gives her word she won't send the galactic police on his trail in return for him not killing her. Only she didn't promise not to track him down herself. She does, and with her tiny light- beam computer NOD, she traces him to a warehouse. However, she is caught by the black-marketers, and they plan on sending her to the slave auctions. Quade uses her shipment of illegal meds to buy her from them. Torrie is not happy, for she doesn't really comprehend the danger that Quade saved her from. Quade insists he has to go back to steal the meds, since they are needed to save the slaves he sends through Slipstream. He insists Torrie go with him, since she, and only she, can track the shipment through Nod.

She and Quade do just that. Only as they are racing toward the ship, under fire, Quade is stopped by a sad woman calling Laghato. She gives him her two tiny daughters to save. Torrie is almost ready to leave Quade behind, believing him a pirate and a slaver. Only the look in his eyes as he holds the two children stops her from leaving him.

Soon Torrie learns there is a lot more to the mysterious pirate, learns how her family is involved with the problem of illegal shipments connected to the slavery. Thus she begins a taught fight on the side of people who cannot defend themselves, at the side of the dangerous man she is falling in love with.

I love each of Barry's books, all earning a spot on my Keeper Shelf. But this one, pulls at the heart as the others have not. It's a stronger, blacker tale that keeps you spellbound from start to finish and aching when you put it down. I have seen one or two reader comment her tales are fun, but they are not powerful enough to push her to the top of the very talented pack of Sci-Fi Romance readers. Stand back - Barry makes you eat those words!

Applause for this gutsy tale that steals your heart. And that is not an UNderstatement!! Barry's best, simply her best!

Posted May 25, 2005

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 3, 2007

SUMMARY

**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE**

A MAN OF MANY MASKS ...

To the merchants he plunders, he is the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To sector law enforcement, he is a wanted space pirate. To the slaves he rescues, he is the savior laghato. To one determined female captain, Qaade Deter is serious trouble.

Torrie Masters had heard of the legendary raider, but she never expected to encounter him, especially on her maiden voyage for her family's shipping business. Nor would she have expected that beneath his black mask lurked an enticing man destined to challenge her in ways she can't shoot herself out of.

But a great threat has emerged, one that leaves Qaade no choice but to join forces with the woman he believed was his enemy. A woman with a warrior's spirit—now entrusted with the fate of thousands, one pirate's impossible dream, and the power to leave him...UNMASKED.

 

Unmasked
(Unforgettable: Book 4)
by C. J. Barry

Love Spell
May 1, 2005
Available: May 31, 2005
ISBN #0505525747
EAN #9780505525741
341 pages
Paperback
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C. J. Barry

Totally Charmed : Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of 3
Unchained
Unleashed
Unraveled
Unearthed
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