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"Lara Croft meets H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds"

After spending three years in France as a relief worker, Jayne Taylor goes one step beyond her usual heroics when she kills a German soldier who is holding Sister Madeline hostage. Madeline looks like she is suffering from radiation poisoning but she receives medical attention and recovers. When the war ends Jayne adopts five war orphans and with Madeline brings them home to America. Needing to earn some money she convinces a mobster to let her drive the truck carrying liquor during prohibition. On her first run, she and another end up in a flying ship heading towards Japan.

They land on Sado Island where they become separated. Carmeron is held prisoner by sentient insects that look like monsters while Jayne is in the same underground chamber of caves trying to find Cameron with the help of a mysterious stranger who knows more than he should about the bugs and their plans. The Japanese warlord Noriyama wants to use the same substance that the alien prisoners are mining to make a weapon that will give the Japanese dominance in world affairs. Jayne, Cameron and the mysterious stranger will do everything in their power to stop them.

Combine the action of a Lara Croft movie with the premise of H.G. Wells book War of the worlds and readers will have some idea what BLOOD AND ROSES is all about. Jayne is a modern day heroine who is living in the 1920's doing things that are usually the province of men including saving the world. The audience will like Jayne for her loyalty, her humanity, passion and bravery but they will find themselves paying attention to the mysterious stranger and hope he and Jayne will have more adventures in future books. The premise of this tale would make a fantastic movie.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 15, 2005

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007

SUMMARY

A Jayne Taylor Novel

Her heart torn between her clean-cut lawman partner and a dashing, dark-eyed mystery man who knows far more about the aliens than he has any right to, Jayne must risk everything to keep the materialistic Japanese government from harnessing the power of the atom decades before humanity-and history-is ready!

 

Blood and Roses
by Ann Tonsor Zeddies

PhobosPhobos Entertainment
November 1, 2005
ISBN #0972002677
EAN #9780972002677
288 pages
Paperback
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