Another strong urban fantasy novel. Futuristic where people are modified and when parents chose to do this to Bonnie, there are, of course, consequences. This was different with a slow build up. In this first part of the series you do get a full back drop of everything that has happened. Although I liked the read, the usual thing to do would be start in the middle of the action and then get flashbacks as to how the protagonist got to where she is. But, the writing and characterization were good and I like the ideas the author is exploring with his story.
Just before her eighteenth birthday Roberta Jennings finds out that she was born in an illegal experiment in genetic engineering. In the cover-up that follows, she gets sucked into a warped version of a witness protection program.
Roberta ends up working for a private intelligence firm which immerses her in a world defined by the ambitions of the wealthy and powerful, and the technological pursuit of transcendence. She struggles to get her old life back, but cannot escape the intrigues surrounding her, which culminate in the mystery around a Medieval sword she has been ordered to deliver to an anonymous client – while being pursued by a team of killers determined to stop her.
Nader Elhefnawy holds a Ph.d in Literature from the University of Miami, and a B.A. in International Relations. He has taught English at several colleges, including the University of Miami where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2007-2008, and has published scholarship in both of the fields in which he holds degrees. Dr. Elhefnawy can be found online at his blog, RARITANIA.