Sunday, April 8, 2012

Heart of Brass-Kate Cross

Heart of Brass

Kate Cross

Signet, May 1 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780451236593

In 1898 London during The Age of Steam, Countess Arden Grey works undercover as an agent of the Wardens; her unit's mission is to protect England. She assumes she is a widow as her husband Lucas, while on a Warden assignment, vanished seven years ago’ presumably at the hands of their enemy The Company.

Scotland Yard also employs Arden on criminal matters. Her current case focuses on a serial killer; however she is taken aback when she sees her Luke. When they meet, Luke has been mechanically modified with his memory erased; as he has been converted into a Company assassin. His target for elimination is Arden.

The first Clockwork Agents late Victorian steampunk thriller is a great tale that deftly blends a solid mystery, enemy spy vs. spy espionage excitement and a potentially lethal romance. With a nod to Robocop, aptly titled Heart of Brass is a fun exciting tale as Arden knows she must kill or be killed by her husband whom she loves, but she wonders if he is really her beloved spouse anymore.

Harriet Klausner

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