This fun science fiction story combines an interesting mystery and a sweetly developing romance story into a tale that will will entertain those who like new adult protagonists. The setting is intriguing and blends current technology with hints of realistic advances even as it presents a bone-chilling scenario that strikes a fearful chord, particularly in today’s society. The charismatic players in this tale are interesting and the exploration of the drawbacks of having a formidable intellect is thought-provoking and enlightening. I enjoyed watching Daniel mature under the influence of the new person in his life and I think that the secondary characters will provide plenty of fodder for future stories as the series continues to unfold. Having a fondness for dolphins, I look forward to learning more about their roles on the ship and the geek in me was fascinated by the various elements of science being presented in this very entertaining tale. I anxiously await the next tale in the series, Nemesis, which is due to be released in the very near future.
“Maven” by S.A. Huchton is an exciting science fiction tale that is Book 1 of ‘The Endure’ series and introduces Dr. Lydia Ashley, twenty-one year old genius and Nobel Prize winner, who has just been assigned to the remarkable ship, Deep Water Research Command Endure (DWRC Endure). She has been accepted as part of the Transnational Subaquatic Research (TSaR) program and meets Captain Samuel Brewer and his son, twenty-two year old Daniel. Lydia has been looking forward to meeting a peer who is like her in both age and mental prowess but discovers that Daniel has not quite taken the same serious approach to life that she has. The discovery of a potentially inimical research project with global implications leads the pair on a journey that will require that they marshal all of their considerable resources and may risk not only their hearts but their very lives as well.
How far would you go for love?
Since losing her parents at fourteen, young prodigy Dr. Lydia Ashley has focused on one thing: an appointment on the Deep Water Research Command Endure. Now twenty-one, she’s about to realize that dream, but nothing is how she imagined it would be. Her transitional sponsor forgets her, her new lab is in complete chaos, and, as if that weren’t enough, she’s about to discover something so horrific it could potentially destroy all life on the planet.
Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right, may be exactly what she needs… Or he may make everything worse.
Has she finally found a puzzle she can’t solve?