Monday, October 19, 2009

Blaze Of Memory-Nalini Singh

Blaze Of Memory
Nalini Singh
Berkley, Nov 2009, $7.99
ISBN: 9780425231111

Steely Shine Foundation chief Dev Santos is absolutely certain the waif he has found outside his door is a trap set up by his enemy the Psy. Still Dev cannot kill her even though he knows he should or even ignore the battered female.

She suffers from starvation and total memory loss. Her mind is deteriorating without access to the Net Mind although she receives enough feedback to barely hold onto her tenuous grip of reality; the Silence being unbearable. Katya as she is called and Dev know she is probably a deadly weapon programmed to kill by Ming and the Council with him and his organization who protect the Forgotten as her probable target(s).

The latest Psy-Changeling urban fantasy not only moves the overarching theme forward, but Nalini Singh provides insight into the Silence. The story line is fast-paced as Dev cannot figure out why he feels protective of what is obviously a conditioned killer who’s most likely coming for him. Fans will appreciate this super entry as love and determination battle against devastating preconditioning brainwashing that literally washed the heroine’s brain clean and replaced her past with a future imperative (think of The Manchurian Candidate) in a great entry.

Harriet Klausner

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