Author: Erica Hayes
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Series: Dragonfly Series (Book 1)
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Format: eBook, 344 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1743340998 (Momentum)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Carrie Thatcher is a tough Imperial counter-terrorism agent. Her mission: pose as a sexy cyber-thief to entrap the notorious rebel Dragonfly, who’s planning a heist on the space station Casa de Esperanza – an orbital casino on the fringe of Imperial space.
And this assignment’s personal: Dragonfly murdered her closest friend, and she’s in no mood to show him mercy. Even getting stuck with the partner from hell—Malachite, her sociopathic ex-lover and the Empire’s most dangerous agent—can’t dampen her relish for the kill.
With Carrie’s expert weapons skills and penchant for cracking codes, insinuating herself into Dragonfly’s confidence should be easy. But is he the ruthless killer she was led to believe? Or has her precious Empire deceived her? With Malachite watching her every move, the slightest flinch in loyalty means death.
Carrie is soon racing to uncover an audacious treachery that will shock the Empire to its core … if she can stay alive for long enough to expose it.
Quick & Dirty: An engaging tale of good bad guys and bad good guys; where the line between what is right and wrong are blurred by one’s morals.
Opening Sentence: “What’s the emergency?”
In the cold and empty expanse of space, things are beginning to heat up in the Imperial’s war on terrorism. Axis agent Carrie Thatcher, AKA Aragon, has been assigned to take down one of the more notorious rebels of them all; the infamous Dragonfly. She’s all in when it comes to stopping this man from robbing Casa de Esperanza’s casino. What seemed to be a simple case of good guy versus bad guy turns complicated when Carrie gets the opportunity to see things from the rebel’s point-of-view. It’s doesn’t help that Dragonfly is a temptation she should avoid at all costs. What will Carrie do when she must decide to either follow orders or follow her heart?
Carrie may be tough on the outside, but she is deeply scarred on the inside. The only man she has ever loved was killed in a terrorist attack orchestrated by Dragonfly. This assignment is a way for her to do what is good for the Empire as well as avenge her lover. But Carrie is not one to ignorantly follow orders. It becomes obvious to her that there is more going on than she was told. Her morals and ethics demand that she take a step back and see the entire situation without prejudice. Her growing attraction to Dragonfly is just one of the reasons she can’t seem to take down the rebel before knowing the entire story. When push comes to shove, Carrie must rely on her own intuition to find who are the true good guys and bad guys.
The fact that Carrie is known by so many different code names and aliases reiterates that she may no longer understand even herself. Her submersion in each name, each identity, allows her to be free from her own past. When these layers of armor are stripped away, what will the real Carrie be like?
Dragonfly is an amazing character that has just as many names as Carrie! He is sexy, confident, and a genius. Hold on everyone, I must fan myself for a moment. Okay, I’m better now! Anyway, his image is one of a villainous rogue intent on destroying all the good in the Empire. But that is not WHO he is. He uses his intelligence in order to help those people that look to him for protection; those that cannot protect themselves. When Carrie gets involved, she starts to carve a space for herself in his heart. Is he willing to put all his plans in jeopardy for the sake of one woman?
The really great part of Dragonfly, besides the awesome world building, is the cast of characters. Each individual has both good and bad qualities that blur the lines between the two. You can never tell if this one is an actual bad guy, or if he is just a self-centered jerk. This adds a remarkable depth to both the character’s personalities as well as the story itself. I love character driven books and I must say that this one gravitates toward the upper echelon of my list. Hayes inserts modern day issues into a fantastical science fiction story. Though I may not see the day we are living among the stars, I still hope that we retain our humanity in their twinkling depths.
Overall, Dragonfly is a wonderful start to what appears to be the next big story to hit the sci-fi genre. There is love. There is fighting. There is gambling. There is betrayal and redemption. What more can a reader ask for?
His fingers clamped my elbow like steel. I tried to fire, but my forearm went numb and the pistol dropped from my nerveless fingers. He dragged me inside and threw me on the floor, and before I recovered from my sprawl, I was on my knees with a hot atomflash jammed against my temple.
Dragonfly swore and scrambled from his bench, but the white-haired girl shoved him back down.
My hair sizzled, stinking. I jerked away. But Spider twined his hand in my braid and forced the atomflash to my head.
He chuckled, rich with satisfaction. “Let’s try this again, Sasha. Yes or dead?
One little mistake. Just one, and now I was helpless. My guts watered, and I closed my eyes and cursed my own stupidity. Leverage in some bickering rebel crossfire.
What a shitty way to die.
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FTC Advisory: The author provided me with a copy of Dragonfly. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. I only get paid in hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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