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The year is 2093 in a post apocalyptic future Earth brought on by the Noble Wars. The world has been divided into to four sectors, the harshest of which is the Northern Waste where bitter cold and desperate poverty are facts of life. It is the home of Tatiana, the youngest of three genetically enhanced test tube siblings. The siblings had been raised by a computer and tortured by the maniacal Duncan Bane who had forced them to hone their genetic gifts to the extreme, building them into his soldiers.

Her older siblings (DRIVEN) had been strong, but Tatiana had been a late bloomer. It had taken her far longer to develop her abilities and by then Wizard and Yuriko were gone. Her siblings had chosen to endure Bane's wrath in her stead. Due to her failures her sister was dead; her brother at best was missing. Bane was dead now as well, but Tatiana still had another madman to content with, his successor Dr. Gavin Ward, a supremacist who had sliced her and diced her and finally used her genome to produce a plague that would be used to eliminate all those whom he considered to be inferior.

But when Tatiana finally bloomed her ability to heal bordered on miraculous, her physical strength was unsurpassed, she could endure the harshest environments and was able to read other's thoughts, vicariously experiencing emotion for she had none of her own. She had escaped Ward six months ago and now earned what she needed to survive by retrieving stolen items for those who were willing to pay. Her latest assignment has taken her to Abbott's General Store in search of two gun truckers. She notices another customer meandering through the aisles, male, a settler. She likes his smile, but can't read him, like most. He makes her nervous; he intrigues her against her will.

Tatiana gets her information from Abbott for a price. But she has one more question. For that answer she offers a rarer commodity than interdollars - real sugar. She requires information about Tolliver, Ward's scientist, the specialist who had helped him develop the plague. Find Tolliver-find Ward's secret underground laboratory-stop the madness. Her past inquiries had come up empty. She is disappointed again. Abbott has no information.

The truckers arrive. Tatiana's mission is successful. Not so for the settler who had been in the store. Tatiana has recovered the ring sought by her client and from the trucker's memories her first solid lead pointing to the location of Ward's lab and the mysterious Tolliver.

Tristan had found the woman a fascinating enigma. Abbott had not known her identity. Was it a coincidence that they were hunting the same truckers? He hadn't interfered in her battle, he was only interested in their cargo. Unlike Tatiana however, he comes up empty. His microscope and samples are gone.

Tristan Tolliver had gone to work for Ward with the idea of creating a special injectable, virally infected bacteria that would induce temporary symptoms in a critically injured patient that would give them the fight needed to make it to a medical facility where they could receive help. He'd been an idealist. He'd been blind. Ward had first infected volunteers culled from society's undesirables, a band of Reavers. Then he had turned it on his researchers. Soon the plague Tristan had helped create would be unleashed on an unsuspecting world and he would have to watch; a dinosaur who would not age or become ill due to a government experiment in the first half of the century. He was doomed to watch them all die or die trying to save them. The missing tissue samples are his only hope for a cure.

No coincidences-they meet again. A test subject has escaped from the underground lab. The researchers must contain him before he infects others. Tatiana witnesses the event, is injured trying to intervene. Her blood mingles with victim's. To the others this can mean only one thing. And so Tristan delivers Tatiana to her destination, Ward's underground lab, another soul he has doomed-a brave and beautiful woman he could have loved, perhaps already did love. Little does he realize that Tatiana's genetic nature brings with it a natural immunity. Soon this unlikely pair will become partners in a quest to save their world and perhaps something more.

I had not thought that DRIVEN could be topped, but with HIDDEN the author has done just that. HIDDEN has earned a place of its own on the keeper shelf, making Eve Kenin a "must buy" author. This is storytelling at its best. Ms. Kenin is a pro at generating edgy suspense and building relationships; pulling the reader in and making them care about her gutsy protagonists and the state of their world. Tristan and Tatiana are unbelievable strong and determined but at the same time vulnerable and compassionate, in other words - human. The emotional relationship between them develops rapidly, perhaps a necessity in a world where surviving to see another day is an uncertainty, but wholly believable. Their courage in the face of what appear to be insurmountable odds is awe inspiring. A highly recommended tale, not to be missed!

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted July 21, 2008

SUMMARY

**2008 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE**
**A PNR Staff Top Pick**

Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody's mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can't be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too-including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

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Hidden
(Northern Waste: Book 2)
by Eve Kenin

Shomi
July 1, 2008
Available: July 1, 2008
ISBN #0505527618
EAN #9780505527615
352 pages
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