From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Love Spell's five-book action-adventure romance series, launched by Grant in April 2004 with The Legend of Banzai Maguire
,will be delighted to return to the year 2176 for this exhilarating final installment. In her first appearance, Bree "Banzai" Maguire, an air force pilot who was frozen alive for 170 years, was on the run from the evil forces of the United Colonies of Earth, an unstable conglomeration of former nations, headquartered in the old United States, which saw her as a major threat to the status quo. Now, together with her lover and fellow soldier, Ty, she aims to both stay alive and play an inspirational role in the freedom movement. Bree's adrenaline-filled escapades contrast well with the more amorous adventures of her wingman, Cam "Scarlet" Tucker, who was missing for all of the last book. Now, as Bree fights for her life, Cam finds herself confronting one of the most powerful men in the world, Prince Kyber, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Asia. Though the novel requires giant leaps of faith, pleasantly shocking twists and turns keep readers enthralled. Grant's writing remains vivid whether describing astounding futuristic advances, depicting a vicious gun volley or drawing a poignant love scene.
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*Starred Review* In the fast-paced conclusion to the five-part 2176 series featuring two female U.S. Air Force pilots shot down on routine patrol and put into suspended animation for 170 years, Cameron "Scarlet" Tucker awakes in a primitive Mongolian village with one goal--to find her missing captain. Bree Maguire, meanwhile, has been on the run from both Prince Kyber, who initially restored her to life and has now captured Cam, and the forces of the U.C.E., imperialistic successor to the U.S., which has declared both pilots traitors. Joining forces with navy commando Ty Armstrong, she is aided in her efforts by an underground resistance movement aiming to restore freedom and democracy to the people of the U.C.E. Grant's futuristic military romance demonstrates her trademark qualities of humor, passion, and devotion to duty and also presents a riveting David-and-Goliath conflict. Especially timely in view of current events, The Scarlet Empress
offers a thrillingly pointed reminder of the cost of freedom and the continuing sacrifices required of those who value liberty. Lynne WelchCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved