"A romantic space adventure that grabs your attention and emotions"
Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian commands the Triad
Huntership Vaxxar, but she is second in power to handsome,
half-human cyborg, Admiral Kel-Paten. Although Sass
believes Kel-Paten keeps a close eye on her because of
distrust, her friend, CMO Eden Fynn suspects that Kel-
Paten's feeling for Sass is love.
Their current mission is to capture Pirate Jace Serafino, a
renegade telepath. Jace is beamed aboard the Vaxxar as his
ship is destroyed in a space anomaly. Chief Medical
Officer and empath, Doc Eden Fynn works to save his life
and he is in a coma. Later she finds herself conversing
with Jace through a telepathic link. Jace has a mission to
save the universe from a traitorous faction that plans on
destroying the new-found peace treaty. The animosity
between Jace and Kel-Paten is bound to cause difficulties
and Sass and Eden must use all their skills as well as
their furzels to find a workable solution to their dilemma.
Not since Iris Johansen's WINDANCER trilogy (historical
romantic saga) have I read a plot entwining 2 pair of
heroines/heroes that worked so well together. From the
beginning it grabs your attention and emotions. A second
reading brought more points to my attention that I just
took for granted during the first reading as I was SO
involved in the story.
The lives of the four main characters interweave in this
adventure building on the original friendship and trust
between Sass and Eden. The friends relationships develop
with men that are political enemies and Sass and Eden must
find a way to work for the good of all. Kel-Patten grows in
responsiveness as his human side begins to show through.
Sass has earned her nick-name with the gamut of come-backs
and commentaries that build the story intensity as well as
show the incomparable writing skill of the author.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE is an outstanding sci-fi and romance
and adventure -- some call it Space Opera -- that I highly
recommend reading. Although satisfied with the story, the
ending leaves us waiting for Part 2: COMMAND DECISION
coming in 2003.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 16, 2002