Mainline: Book One
Includes bisexual female protagonist. Graphic violence.
Reva was born with a powerful gift, a wild talent that enables her to not only see into the future, but to step from one future into another, shifting between Lines of reality to move unseen or to avoid trouble—or to kill. Reva is an assassin-for-hire, paid to take down targets and then disappear; untraceable and unstoppable, when Reva takes a job it gets done. But her mercenary approach to life is threatened when a simple hit draws her into a tangled web of vengeance and blood-debt that forces her to violate her number-one rule: she lets it get personal.
Packed with non-stop action, this was one wickedly fun read! It was like Steve Perry's The Man Who Never Missed, only better—twice as long, and with twice as many adrenalin-pumping plot twists. There were no heroes, just a varied cast of characters spanning the gamut from intelligence agents to street rats, each one looking for any opportunity to pursue their own agenda—for good or ill—making for an unpredictable story so full of surprises it was a delight to read even when I only had time for a single chapter.
I had a few quibbles about the writing style, and the inconclusive ending left me disappointed, but none of the flaws were bad enough to jeopardize my overall enjoyment. Highly recommended for fans of escapist sci-fi—complete with blasters, warp drives, crybernetic enhancements, and fight scenes in abandoned warehouses. Oh yeah!
Note: A sequel, called Splintegrate, is due out in the near future. According to the author, several characters from Mainline make an appearance, but Reva is not among them.
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