"Fascinating often humorous speculative fiction"
A scientific breakthrough by the Helix Corporation allows
the DNA of one person to be implanted in the body of
another person; thereby two minds share the same body.
Forensic anthropologist Leda Hubbard and Egyptologist
Gabriella Forout share their bodies with the mind of
Cleopatra. Once they find her final resting place, they
transfer the sarcophagus, amulets, jewels and scrolls to
the museum. Not long after Helix downsizes Leda due to a
change in management.
Gabrielle belongs to an organization that hides abused
women from their families. When a Saudi Princess changes
her mind and wants to go home she tells her family
everything about the group. Her family tries to kill
Gabrielle and her aunt. Two time crook Mike Angeles breaks
into the museum where Gabrielle works and finds the locket
with Marc Anthony's hair. Cleopatra 7.2 tricks him into
accepting Marc Anthony's DNA so the lovers can be reunited
in the present. When Mike and Gabrielle get kidnapped by
the family of the Saudi Princess, Leda senses it and
rushes to Egypt with Sir Andrew, he future employer and
possible suitor who has the DNA of Sir Walter Scott inside
his body. Andrew wants Leda so he helps her rescue her
friend but he has a secret that once revealed could cost
him Leda's love.
CLEOPATRA 7.2 is a science fiction thriller that feels
like a futuristic James Bond. In addition to all the other
problems the protagonists face, terrorists set a bomb that
could kill the heroes. The romance between the lead couple
is realistically portrayed and the idea of two minds
inhabiting one body in which the person is not mentally
ill or Steve Martin is a fascinating premise. The way they
blend together and respect each other's personality makes
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's latest work a fascinating
often humorous speculative fiction.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 28, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007