Feature book: Seth
Seth is a cyborg, he’s very intelligent but until he met Anastasia (when he was still fully human), he ran a strategy of not standing out. He kept to the middle of his military group, excelling only in always helping others to achieve but not taking first place honours for himself. His current role in life is to annoy his other cyborg rebel friends among other actually useful activities. He’s always joking and pushing the friendships to the limit with his wise-cracking.
Anastasia is Seth’s wife, they met at training before they became enhanced with nanos and various cybernetic replacement organs. She is competitive and pushed Seth until they were the top team. They fell in love even as the military sucked them further into the cyborg program and under their control. Anastasia and Seth parted on bad terms after he was set up by the military so that he appeared to cheat on her.
Seth and Anastasia remind me of the main protagonists of Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series—Slippery Jim DiGriz and his murderous wife Angelina. They are all about besting and challenging each other and are happy to kick each other’s ass but woe betide anyone else threatening them. They are both also super spies and excellent at covert operations. Anastasia starts out the story by hijacking Seth to help her with a mission and over the timeframe of the book ends up falling back in love with him.
Eve Langlais writes the Freakn’ Shifters series and certainly this story in the Cyborg universe has her trademark snarky banter. There are elements of the malignant scientists from Lora Leigh’s Breed series in the scientists in this canon, performing evil experiments on their unsuspecting creations with the added nefarious bonus of controlling the cyborgs through chips in their brains. Their manipulation makes even pacifists want to beat the bad guys bloody for creating such pain and suffering. There’s a bit of a blip in the story with the stasis chambers near the end, but otherwise tech to enjoy, especially in the cyborgs themselves, the aforementioned baddies that make you want to murder them and good guys coming to the rescue. It’s a fun romp which doesn’t take itself too seriously, part of a larger story arc (but could be read alone) and especially enjoyable if you like a gorgeous, sexy, intelligent cyborg with a wise-cracking personality and tenacity to spare.
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.