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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell; Reissue edition (December 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505525976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505525970
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

*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 Welch
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More About the Author

Mom, RITA award winner, New York Times best-selling author, former USAF jet pilot and current 747 international airline pilot Susan Grant loves writing about what she knows: flying, adventure, and the often unpredictable interaction between men and women!

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I found myself feeling closer to Kyber this time around (you'll have to read the book as to why), and that's a good thing!
Terry Wong
Both books were so well written that I was sad it was over, but I clapped at the end, like I would after watching a excellent movie.
S. Simms
This is an action-filled romance novel with loads of suspense that you have to just keep reading and not put the book down.
Isabel Grant

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Scarlet Empress

Susan Grant

Love Spell, Dec 2004, $6.99

ISBN: 0505525976

In 2006 Captain Bree "Banzai" Maguire and her wingman Cameron "Scarlet" Tucker fly a sortie over North Korean when both of their F-16 jets are shot down by surface to air missiles. A fanatical scientist apparently not associated with the North Korean government captures both American aviators. He injects the duo with some sort of experimental elixir (see THE LEGEND OF BANZAI MAGUIRE).

In 2176 Cam assumed dead along with Banzai awakens from her hundred-seventy years plus sleep. She learns that Banzai also survives and has been leading a freedom fighting revolt alongside a SEAL, but that her buddy is being held prisoner. She plans to rescue her pal, but needs help from her "host" Kingdom of Asia ruler Prince Kyber, who still burns over losing Banzai to SEAL Commander Tyler Armstrong refuses to make the same mistake twice with Cam.

The 2176 tales have been one of the best science fiction romance series to come on the market in several years (to be honest cannot think of one that has been better). Each tale was terrific and the various authors (besides Susan Grant's opening and closing act, Kathleen Nance, Liz Maverick, and Patti O'Shea) added to the legend while keeping the basic characteristics and motives of the prime players consistent throughout. The final book THE SCARLET EMPRESS wraps up the innovative twenty-second century action-packed tales with a triumphant finale. These five stars five books are must reading for sub-genre fans who appreciate strong futuristic Lara Craft-like competent females.

Harriet Klausner
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Thompson VINE VOICE on December 5, 2004
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I'm bleary-eyed -- just finished reading The Scarlet Empress, and I'm blown away. The whole 2176 series, with its deep, patriotic themes and high stakes, has breakout written all over it. Better yet, The Scarlet Empress really delivers on the series' premise, with action, humor, and excellent romance. I was on the edge of my seat, palms sweating, as dual heroines bring the story to a kick [...]finale.

Count me as a big fan.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 20, 2004
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The 2176 ladies have really taken us on a rollercoaster ride of adventures this summer. Susan Grant conceived the series of five books, and Dorchester publishing permitted her to take the "bit between her teeth" and run, selecting three very talented writers (Kathleen Nance, Day of Fire; Liz Maverick, The Shadow Runners; Patti O'Shea, The Power of Two) to following the path she blazed.

It's not often writers have as much say or control that goes in a series such as this. It's a "bible concept' - meaning several writers are given a premise. They will have certain characters, certain points in the plots they need to hit, but then each writer takes their turn in the showcase. It's interesting to watch this unfold. Grant, you expect to knocks your socks off. A PR man's dream, Grant one of the first women in history to attend the US Air Force Academy, a former Air Force instructor pilot and now currently a 747 jumbo jet pilot for United Airlines, brings all that skill and knowledge into creating her two tales. The first was The Legend of Banzai Maguire. We meet Bree Maguire and her wingman, Lieutenant Cameron "Scarlet" Tucker. Scarlet was not only her wingman, but she was Bree's best friend. They are taken prisoner, put into suspended animation, and then awakened in the year 2176.

Through the other three books you track Bree awakened by Prince Kyber, to the realities of this new world. She escapes with Seal Commander Tyler Armstrong, and she has since become a rallying cry to the world. People want to use her as a spur to provoke the fight for freedom; others want to kill her to prevent that. So she has been on the run, all the time believing her best friend Cam was dead.

Only, resourceful Cam is far from out of the picture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Wong on October 1, 2005
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For those of you who like sci-fi action and romance you should read "The Legend of Banzai Maguire" first. The action rips right through the book and you'll finish reading it in no time, hence that leads to "The Scarlet Empress." In this book you'll find the deeper emotions revealed between Ty and Bree and their struggles with the U.C.E., and in my humble opinion the best parts in this book (which there are many) is the interaction between Cam and Kyber, the delicate movements between the two, like Swans drawing closer each dancing around but not quite sure...yet! I love the witty dialog exchange between these two, you'll laugh because you'll swear you've had a similar conversation or you'll say to yourself "oh, good come back! I have to use that next time." I found myself feeling closer to Kyber this time around (you'll have to read the book as to why), and that's a good thing! A good writer will have enough details of each character that you as a reader will find yourself relating not so much as the experiences (maybe for some of you), but to the personal struggles one goes through. Now that's real! Take the risk and read the book, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Grant on January 17, 2005
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This is an action-filled romance novel with loads of

suspense that you have to just keep reading and not put

the book down.Great characters that you will learn to love and

see how they go through some exciting times to accomplish their

goals.A greatlove story!
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