by Erica Hayes
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
A number of graphic sex scenes
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.
DRAGONFLY was a difficult book for me to read and review as I tend to like to watch science fiction television and movies more than read them. Much of this has to do with getting lost in all of the technology descriptions with no good way to visualize what I am reading. From a purely plot standpoint, ignoring all of the sci-fi elements, DRAGONFLY was a pretty good story filled with tons of action and intrigue. The world building is vast with lots of interesting sci-fi gadgets and a very cool twisty storyline. I especially liked how the characters became more complex and the lines between good and bad blurred as the story progressed.
Carrie is an engaging, strong, and complex character. I liked her backstory and the fact that she came off as an incredibly clever resourceful woman, which I always admire in a hero/heroine. One thing that frustrated me, however, was the numerous code names Carrie had–which was especially confusing when one character refers to her by two different names in one conversation.
Carrie’s love interest, (code name: Dragonfly) was just as complicated as Carrie and a strange enigma as his real motivations and identity are essentially a mystery waiting to be unraveled by Carrie. Given the juicy history between these two characters, I was hoping to learn a little more about him.
Overall, DRAGONFLY it is an exciting action adventure that lovers of science fiction novels will surely appreciate and enjoy. While the science fiction genre in this medium is still a little overwhelming for me, I thought the idea was well executed and the characters intriguing. Check out the reviews linked below for a few SF lovers thoughts on DRAGONFLY.
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