Girl Gone Nova by Pauline Baird Jones features characters and races of beings from The Key and continues the saga of Project Enterprise. Delilah Oliver Clementine, “Doc”, lives up to her moniker, Chameleon, with her ability to merge with her surroundings no matter where she is. Ostensibly a medical doctor, she also has a multiplicity of black ops roles that require that she know how to harm as well as heal. Doc is present at a Gadi-human reception when an attempt is made to disrupt the progress in the relations between the two races by assassinating the leaders of both parties. The Leader of the Gadi, Helfron Giddioni (Hel), is strangely attracted to Doc, particularly after he sees that she has black ops abilities that match those of his alternate personality. Doc has several mission objectives but one involves going to the outpost at Kikk and finding a way through alien technology in order to retrieve personnel who have somehow been transported through time and space. The Gadi do not want humans to have access to the outpost and a war is possibly in the offing. Doc gets kidnapped (spacejacked?) by yet another race of beings who seem to be hunting for females and consider her a pivotal figure in their history. Doc and Hel get entangled in an intricate space-time dance while they try to ensure that both of their races survive.
This title has a very enjoyable storyline but very uneven writing. Its got entertaining characterizations and an appealing kick-butt heroine with enough teasers to make one want to read the other works in the series but plenty of anachronisms and occasionally grating overuse of slangy witticisms.
Doc—Delilah Oliver Clementyne’s—orders are simple: do the impossible and do it yesterday. A genius/bad ass, she does the impossible on a regular basis. But this time the impossible is complicated by an imminent war between the Earth expedition to the Garradian Galaxy and the Gadi, an encounter with some wife-hunting aliens, and not one but two bands of time travelers.
The only way it could get worse? If the heart she didn’t know she had starts beating for the wrong guy…
Helfron Giddioni—the Leader of the Gadi and half a galaxy—might be the guy most of the galaxy would like to shoot. So when he meets a woman who likes him, the fact that she is the most dangerous woman he’s ever met should cool his jets. Or at least slow them down.
When yet another war looms on the event horizon, he’s just a little too happy he and Doc have to work together to save the galaxy — in the past, the present and possibly the future.
Doc didn’t know she had an inner girl and Hel, well, he didn’t know a woman could be more than a means to a political end.
Neither of them thought they could ever fall in love. If they can do the impossible and then do it again, surely they can find a way to make an intergalactic relationship work…