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Deadly Enterprise Paperback – September 18, 2007
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Deadly Enterprise introduces us the Gaia, and to Gisel Matah. The 20ish Gisel is a combination of James Bond and Red Sonja and is the top field agent for the Iskanders.
The story is a light, action-packed adventure full of fighting and espionage with light romance thrown in. The story rings true with the politics of European countries, City-States and the banking families of that time period.
Gisel's assignment is to work a trade deal that will benefit her people and his family. However, in his world, women are subservient and not equal let alone superior. To negotiate, Gisel must dress and act as if she is a man. As troopers search for outside operative Wildcat, her superiors switch her mission when another stranded space traveling species surfaces. However, the hardest impediment to staying in character is her attraction to the man who sees her as a male but her heart is all female.
The key to this terrific alternate earth science fiction thriller is the heroine who comes from a future in which a woman can be all she can be, but in this past, a female has restrictive roles. Fast-paced throughout, readers will enjoy Gisel's efforts to broker a peace between two adversarial groups who have been fighting a Hundred Years War while another joker enters the fray. Although the support cast can seem overwhelming as there are so many players providing diverse limited roles, Deadly Enterprise is an enjoyable action-packed tale (see Wildcat's Victory and Arrival for other thrillers starring Gisel).
This book moves quickly, with plenty of action to carry the plot forward. The characters are not all that original, but the main cast members are sympathetic and likeable. All in all, it's a good, engrossing read that will appeal to fans of both adventure and sci fi/technological thrillers.