"This book is for anyone who loves action, romance, cute furry creatures and heroic men & women"
Those of you who have read any of Linnea Sinclair's (aka
Megan Sybil Baker) books know that she writes action-
intensive plots that hit the ground running and capture
your attention. Her characters are three-dimensional; they
reach and hold the reader's attention and emotions
immediately. Ms. Sinclair's worlds are always superbly
delineated. You'll be happy to know that COMMAND
PERFORMANCE is another such book.
Captain Tasha Sebastian or Sass as she is known to her
close friends is Captain of the Triad Huntership Vaxxar.
Her superior officer, Admiral Kel-Paten, is a half-human
cyborg, who at one time was her enemy. Unknown to Sass,
Kel-Paten made sure she was assigned to his ship after the
peace treaty was signed. He wanted to keep his eye on her
for personal reasons. All Sass knows is that Kel-Paten
sticks to her like glue, and she suspects that he does not
truly trust her.
The Chief Medical Officer of the Vaxxar is Dr. Eden Fynn, a
long-time personal friend and shipmate of Sass. It is Eden
to whom Sass confides her inner-most secrets, although it
would be hard to keep them from the beautiful doctor since
she is a telepath besides being an empathic healer. Eden
fears anyone in the Triad knowing of her extra-abilities,
since those in the Triad fear telepaths.
Other than the usual problems of traveling in space and the
constant, often tongue-in-cheek bickering that goes on
between the independent Sass and the seemingly humorless
Kel-Paten, life on the Vaxxar runs pretty smoothly for a
ship peopled with former enemies.
The trouble begins when the Vaxxar rescues the space
pirate, Jace Serafino, while trying to survive a space
anomaly. Was it coincidence the two ships hit the hole in
the universe at the same time or not? Whatever it is, Jace
has a mission to save the universe from traitorous
factions. He convinces Sass and Eden that he is a good
guy. They make the decision to help him during the
transfer to the space station where Jace is to be
questioned. Of course, the trio does not include Kel-
Paten in this plan. Kel-Paten hates and distrusts the
As the foursome and two stow-away furzels head for the
space station, they are attacked. They manage to escape
but end up thrown into an unmapped section of the universe.
There they soon find themselves stranded on a backwards
planet where they hope to find enough fuel to get back to
the Vaxxar. They soon find that being lost is not their
only problem - - a great evil has been handling the strings
of the foursome's fate.
Wow, what a story! Kel-Paten is a hunk, I don't care that
he has circuits. And Serafino is not too shabby either. And
I love the furzels. This book is for anyone who loves
action, romance, cute furry creatures, hunky heroic men and
women who know how to keep them in line. Several of the
characters, animals included, have paranormal powers which
add to the storyline in an absolutely believable way. Ms.
Sinclair had better be writing the sequel -- and fast.
Draper aka Monette Michaels © Copyright 2002
Reviewed by Moni Draper
Posted June 7, 2002