"Close encounter of the flying kind"
Tess, a doctor in Portland, Oregon, is herded aboard a
spaceship that lands at the local mall. Her fate, along
with the other men and women that were captured, is to be a
specimen at a zoo on another planet. When the aliens learn
of her medical skills they turn her into the zoo
veterinarian. For five years she tends the other captives,
mostly animals, when one of the pilots of a capture run
smuggles a new being into her medical quarters. Wings of a
bat, but definitely the body of a man, she's inexplicably
drawn to him, especially after she realizes that he's
sentient. When the opportunity presents itself, Tess, with
the help of another from Earth, escape with the Nightflyer
along with two nightflyer children. They return to the
Nightflyer home world to find that most of the Nightflyer
people are dead or missing.
This is a story of two cultures meeting, learning from each
other, and blending together. Of hardship, survival and
Isabel L. Martens has woven a wonderful tale that I can
only compare to writers like Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton
and Marion Zimmer Bradley. I was truly sorry to reach the
end of the book and can only hope that Ms. Martens will
write a sequel.
Reviewed by Alicia Crider
Posted October 4, 2009
Dr. Tess Lockhart doesn’t believe in extraterrestrials—until she becomes the latest attraction in an alien zoo. To ensure her safety, she undertakes the role of official zoo doctor as she and Arnie, a friend and fellow detainee, make plans for an escape. Their plans take a complicated turn when Arnie brings her an injured creature. Tess warily nurses the virile, winged humanoid back to health, knowing too well that aliens aren’t to be trusted.
Too bad she can’t convince her heart. As the months pass, Tess finds herself drawn to her charge, Roan. In this world, though, Tess is the alien…and their fragile love may not be able to survive their differences.
Categories: Futuristic/SciFi Romance
Book Length: Plus Novel
Book Type: eBook