Feature book: Dragonfly
Carrie Thatcher is an Imperial secret agent in a department called Axis. She’s thrown herself into her work after her team was destroyed by shatter fire on a mission subduing an insurrection. That team included her best friend and love Mishka. The Dragonfly assignment has her using her postgraduate degree in algebra and natural expertise in crypto-analysis to pass as a thief. The director of black ops wants Carrie to join his team (or possibly not) but he definitely wants her to go against her Axis orders and kill Dragonfly rather than bring him in. Her partner on the operation is a man from her past, Nikita.
Dragonfly, real name Sasha, is an insurrectionist and rebel, he’s brilliant at maths and hacking neurospace (think biological computers/internet). He has been labelled with a false history by the Imperium, including the shatter fire incident that killed Mishka, and unfortunately for Carrie, he’s handsome, charming and talented in an appealing and dangerous kind of way.
Nikita was Carrie’s mentor when she transferred into Axis from military intelligence. She fell a little in love with him back then, but discovered he was a charming psychopath. He’s quick, beautiful to look at and has nothing at all at home inside.
Carrie is convinced that Dragonfly (Sasha) killed her love Mishka. Sasha is not sure who Carrie is except that she’s keeping secrets. They are attracted to one another but Carrie is conflicted, she feels self-loathing because she’s been told he killed Mishka, but she finds him so damn appealing. And just to keep her on her toes Nikita keeps casually trying to get back into her pants. Fortunately, Carrie can say no to both Nikita and Sasha if she concentrates hard on finding out what is really going on. Carrie and Sasha end up working together and his actions just don’t match his reputation. Over the course of the book Carrie and Sasha see each other under pressure, save each other’s lives and fall in love.
This book is an intrigue/romance hybrid. It’s a sci-fi setting but don’t let the tech put you off, think of Carrie as a Jason Bourne character with a Sam Spade kind of voice. The story is smart but doesn’t require you to dedicate half your brain or a spreadsheet to keep track of what’s going on. It’s an enjoyable read and the ending leaves the story open for further books. I’m looking forward to the next one, but just a tiny request please author, can Carrie make it to the shower more often this time, pretty please?
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.