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"Well done - Enough Sci-fi while the story remains on the people"

It is the far distant future and mankind has spread from Earth to settle the rest of the galaxy. The bulk of humanity lives in the Galactic Core, ignoring the small blue-green planet they left behind. Being from Earth is... well, socially embarrassing. Like being a country hick in the big city.

Sophia Audrey McLaren, aka Sam, doesn't think she's a hick. She loves her home planet and her brother Martin, who she's always taken care of. But he has a rare and untreatable disease, Beta-Siwinski. Strong emotions or excitement causes "attacks" where his mental pathways overload and non- essential functions cease. He loses the ability to talk, reason, or move. But then a visitor, Fredd, arrives from the Core, with information about a cure for Mart's disease and all they have to do is go to Xaspaar, the center of the Core government. The idea of leaving Earth frightens Sam, but her twenty-one year old brother has already decided to go. Reluctantly, she agrees to go with them.

It is a long and harrowing trip but even once on Xaspaar, things aren't easy. The Xaspaar rules are many and irritating to Sam. For one thing, it is expected that she cut her long hair. She refuses and wears a Yankees baseball cap instead. Then she runs into JorVaal, one of the three leaders of the GCC government. He has no use for Terrans... but finds himself oddly attracted to this one. Without knowing who she is, he invites her to join him for his next "reinvigoration period" at noon the next day. And no, we aren't talking lunch. She, of course, is offended once she figures out what he wanted.

This is a very well done science-fiction romance book. The characters are fun and detailed, the sparks between the main characters entertaining. There is enough Sci-fi techno- talk to carry the feel of the future, while the story remains on the people, just as it should be in this type of book.

The Xaspaarians are a culture that has lost touch with its roots; Sam is a woman who could never relinquish hers. The clash makes for an interesting conflict that, like real life, doesn't ever end. Sam's knowledge of ancient Earth allows her to point out how much of Xaspaar culture is based on the ancient Rome, even to the two-headed statues over the doors to the city. JorVaal finds himself attracted, repelled, and ultimately infatuated with his lady from Earth.

This would be enough to make the story interesting, but in addition we have JorVaal's jealous former lover plotting with aliens to cause harm to Sam. These same aliens are planning a major "accident" that would cause serious damage to the galactic core, thus leaving them in charge. And we have some helpful god-like types buzzing about as well, setting things in motion for changes in Core society through the introduction of Sam, Mart, and his pet chickens.

ParaNormal Romance Copyright 2002
Reviewed by Janet Miller

Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted October 30, 2002

SUMMARY

Year: 2452. Sophia McLaren (Sam) has taken care of her younger brother Martin, ever since they were orphaned. Mart suffers from a medical condition that has no cure on planet Earth. A chance to be healed comes his way when a traveler from the fabled Galactic Core Coalition (GCC), located in the Milky Way's center, tells Mart about a remedy for his disease. The only catch is that he must travel to Xaspaar, the GCC home planet, to obtain treatment.

JorVaal 5 Lanquist, one of the leaders of the GCC on Xaspaar, has enough on his mind with the latest crisis facing the GCC: the inexplicable behavior of a rival member race--the aggressive Uortzks. For some unknown reason, the Uortzks are sabotaging their own sun, increasing its chances to go supernova. This explosion, together with another projected interstellar disaster--an evaporating black hole-- will in the near future, endanger all life forms in the galaxy. How is he going to find time to host this female visitor from primitive Earth and her sickly brother?

 

Janus Is A Two-Headed God
by Susanne Marie Knight

Earthling Press
January 1, 2002
Available: December 6, 2006
ISBN #1587491966
EAN #9781587491962
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