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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Zero Factor by Stacy Gail

Zero Factor by Stacy Gail
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (78 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Armed and dangerous…

A Cybershock story.

Born a psionic—a rare human prized by the government for her gifts—agridome worker Via Brede lives by two simple rules: slip into stealth mode whenever the cybernetic-enhanced militia is near. And never remove the gloves that block her psychic ability.

During a routine delivery, a tear in her glove connects her with what should be her worst nightmare. A meched-out soldier with bulging muscles and a scarred face that makes her heart pound like a pneumatic drill. She also envisions his death in an attack that happens…now.

Locke’s typically ho-hum mission goes sideways when the stunning, green-eyed bubble farmer plants a sensual kiss that sets fire to every one of his remaining man-nerves. He also sees her vision. His own commander is about to kill him.

He needs Via to find out why. First step is to get her to Old Las Vegas without succumbing to a raw, sexual need that burns in him like fever. Getting there will be a snap. Getting out alive—and winning her trust—might be a little tougher.

Short, intense and - as the warning at the beginning states - blow-your-mind Psionic sex. This is a great description for this book.

Via, a psionic, must hide her true nature from everyone as the government rounds up people with her talent to use for their own unpleasant ends.

Charles Locke, a mechanically adapted soldier, is forced to save Via when her talents reveal a threat to his life.

Set in old Las Vegas, the movement is fast and furious after Locke races off with Via on the back of his strike-bike.

Locke’s aim - to keep her safe from his commanding officer who is out to kill them both. Via’s aim - to escape from this man and return to the safety of the agridome where she works.

Although the concept of this book is simple, the attention to detail and convoluted turns the story takes had me cheering the pair on at every turn. Locke’s actions and reasons confuse Via, but when she realizes how right he was, it is Locke who starts to doubt if he’s done the right thing. The sex in this book is sizzling and definitely needs a “Hot” rating. It is also an integral part of the story, not just chucked in to make it more interesting. Without the sex the characters would appear shallow. Instead they took me to a corrupt future and showed me a world that is a definite possibility.

As I said at the beginning of this review Zero Factor is short and intense. I would also add it is definitely worth reading and would be a great introduction to reading futuristic and science fiction fiction books.