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"amazing world building"

Linnea Sinclair—one of the most acknowledged and well- received authors in scifi romance today—has done it again. Down Home Zombie Blues has all the hallmarks I look for in these kinds of books; a bit of humor, good world building and characters I can care about. Fold those in with another engaging plot from Sinclair and I'm ready to settle down with a great read. It came as no surprise when I was drawn straight in from chapter one.

Commander Jorie Mikkalah has given her all to keep her people safe against their enemies as a member of the Interplanetary Marines. Years later, she's now a member of the Guardian Force—an elite group dedicated to wiping out a biochemical threat. Zombies are using Earth as a breeding ground, and the herd is unlike any her and her team have encountered. They need information on the herd in order to destroy it, but nothing goes right from the start in balmy Florida. Soon Jorie's mission is on the verge of being compromised and is literally in the hands of one very handsome and noble cop, Theo Petrakos. When the cop becomes a prisoner in his own home, and at the hands of one exotically beautiful woman, he's not handing over the reins without a fight. He means to prove his value to Jorie and is soon more valuable than he knew possible when she ends up stranded. Much is at stake—a possible promotion for Jorie, Theo's career, Earth's very safety and the security of the entire universe. Jorie and Theo band together to keep a deadly enemy from gaining a foothold on both Earth and in the wide reaches of space.

Theo and Jorie's romance was palpable from their first meeting. Circumstances being what they are though, there's also a good buildup of sexual tension between the two that carries well throughout the book's suspenseful atmosphere. This reader was brought to the brink of doubt—doubt that their mission would ever succeed—many times, only to be well pleased at the tenacity with which Jorie strives to complete her mission. At times I wished that the pacing would pick up a little and would rather have seen some action where there was down time for the main characters, but overall the story flowed well and kept me interested for the next chapter. What was very impressive to me was Ms. Sinclair's amazing world building, which she did for an entirely new culture, but smack dab on everyday, current Earth. I got a clear sense of Jorie's people and their culture even though it's discussed and shown with the backdrop of suburban neighborhoods and your average family park and shopping areas. By book's end, it's clear Theo has found his match in the strong and intelligent Jorie Mikkalah and how their story is tied up was both sweet and satisfying. Sinclair demonstrates once again with "The Down Home Zombie Blues" how well she has a handle on not only science fiction, but steamy, fulfilling romance as well. Looking forward to her next one!

Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery
Posted November 23, 2007

SUMMARY

**2007 HONORABLE MENTION - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE**

In this steamy, suspenseful new novel from RITA Award–winning author Linnea Sinclair, a dangerously sexy space commander and an irresistibly earthy Florida police detective pair up to save the civilized galaxy . . . but can they save themselves from each other?

Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends Guardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to save the earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles.

Jorie’s mission is to stop a deadly infestation of biomechanical organisms from using Earth as its breeding ground. If she succeeds, she could save a world and win a captaincy. But she’ll need Theo’s help, even if their unlikely partnership does threaten to set off an intergalactic incident.

Because if she fails, she’ll lose not just a planet and a promotion, but a man who’s become far more important to her than she cares to admit.

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The Down Home Zombie Blues
by Linnea Sinclair

Bantam (Dell)
November 1, 2007
Available: November 27, 2007
ISBN #0553589644
EAN #9780553589641
560 pages
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