Upon completing her studies at Miss Havisham’s School for Girls, Ms Braden earned a degree in Finance. Armed with a smattering of monetary theory and an understanding of capital markets, she invaded Los Angeles with such stealth that most of the population remains unaware that she lurks within the borders. While her lifelong dream of owning James West’s train remains elusive, the underwater lair is coming along quite nicely, thank you. Do drop in. She’s been looking for an excuse to test the hound’s SCUBA gear.
Braden is skillful at fleshing out even the minor characters, such as the Thampurian school teacher, while weaving a sensual story. This book stands alone, telling a complete story, even though it is the second in the series, and yet it leaves us with a desire to know the characters further. I look forward to future installments. —Nan A., Amazon reviewer
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In volume one we met a rare, rather startling, and very unusual female protagonist in the shape of QuiTai, a complex and intriguing woman of the Ponongese people – a race of beings which is humanoid in form, but which carries certain traits typically found, on Earth, in the viperid snake family. You may think it odd that I find such a woman – one who has venomous fangs folded away in the roof of her mouth – appealing, but I found QuiTai to be irresistible, even more so in volume two than in volume one. She is smart, capable, fearless, and relentless. …
This woman is not your usual action hero. She’s more like James Bond, but a James Bond who has gone over to the dark side – yet not completely gone over. QuiTai can be viewed as a recipe which melds James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, with a dash of The Dark Knight added for piquancy – I kid you not. By the time volume two begins, she’s simultaneously seen by the locals as both an underground hero and a dangerous villain.
She sidles around in the shadows, collecting information, processing it in her sharp and incisive mind, and arriving at conclusions which others would reach slowly, if at all. Once she determines what needs to be done, she does not hesitate to act. In short, she’s the very epitome of what I search for almost fruitlessly in novel after novel: a strong female character where strength isn’t blindly equated with the ability to kick someone’s derriere. QuiTai is a strong female character where strong = the opposite of weak. She’s the kind of woman who does not need rescuing, who relies on her own mind and body to take care of business (whatever that business might be), and who goes after what needs to be done like a greyhound at the track. —Ian Wood, author and reviewer (visit his website here).
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