I love Ms. Long’s stories and though this one is very different from what I usually read of hers, I jumped right in and found an incredible sci fi romance that not only almost comes alive but is very believable. Time travel is possible and controlling people with microchips is a reality. Though this story is based off another one, it gives you enough information to thoroughly enjoy this story, even if I did want to back track and find the one that this is a spin off from. Still, the characters are interesting and different. They have special powers and abilities which really mixes this story up. Ilsa, while a bit naïve, is still a complex person. Garrett takes a little longer to like but soon he is loveable. After reading this story, I can’t wait to read more about this reality that seems so close to what we live in. Excellent story that will stretch your imagination.
Ilsa researches microchips that she hopes would give lost dogs the ability to find their way home. So far, the trails show promise. Garrett is from the future where microchips based on Ilsa’s work are implanted to control people. The future is bad and experimentation on people common. Perhaps traveling back in time to when this research started can change what will be. Garrett doesn’t plan on feeling attracted to Ilsa because another factor he has to work with is his blood is toxic and touching someone could kill them. Can he convince Ilsa that touching him is wrong even when it feels so right?
Doctor Ilsa Blaine
Abilities: Designs programmable bioware, enhanced understanding of brain chemistry
Mission: Research, analyze and troubleshoot the team’s active microchips
On the cutting edge of neuroscience, Ilsa is developing microchips that can be inserted into the brain and deliver information. The applications are endless, but her current goal is just to get dogs to return to their owners should they ‘become lost.’ When her college roommate turns up asking for lunch, she’s hardly prepared for the chaos that ensues or the revelation her chip changed the world and the lives of five heroes from the future. And now they need her help…
Codename: The Viper
Abilities: toxins, poisons and assassination, he can kill with a touch
Mission: Protect Ilsa Blaine
One of five desperate men sent back in time to save the future, Garrett volunteers to be the doctor’s guinea pig as she studies their neuro-chips. It’s not his first time being a lab rat. In close quarters, the unthinkable happens, an attraction that could kill Ilsa. Drawn together by science, and on the fast track to destiny, Ilsa must prove to Garrett he isn’t toxic to everything and save his team from their chips before they can end them…
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An alliance with Halo has given their leader a taste of hope. For these five lonely soldiers, the single emotion may prove their most dangerous threat.