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Posted March 13, 2013
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Schartz shines in this installment of the Borealis series, "Black Dragon." Set in the future, the Borealis is a space station run by Commander Kal Raines. It's a cesspool for criminals run by the TPP. In this environment, Czerno Drake, aka, Black Dragon, must save his Uncle, Shepard Jeremy Markel, from certain death at the hands of the TPP.
Drake soon draws the interest of TPP Lieutenant Zara Frankel. She's attracted to him, but is her attraction strong enough to betray the hive of villainy known as the TPP?
Schartz puts the reader in the thick of the action with Drake's arrival on the Borealis. Her writing is easy to read and her style helps the reader understand the futuristic gadgets of the story without slowing the pace.
Schartz's characters shine. Drake is the daring space hero, bold, brave, and honorable. Zara is spunky, not afraid to make her own decisions and choices.
The novel is sensual for romance readers, capturing several heated moments between Drake and Zara. "Black Dragon" has it all – adventure, excitement, and romance. I highly recommend this book.
Posted December 15, 2012
A deep, thick forest with the occasional cave, and towering trees that let in little sunlight. Animals found here are: wolves, bears in caves, deer, squirrel, an occasional lynx or bobcat, rabbits, rats, and birds.
Posted May 14, 2012
Vijaya's books always feature dynamic and interesting characters, and Zara Frankel continues her line of strong and beautiful heroines in conflict with bureaucratic villains badly in need of a butt-kicking. The story is set on a space station--as dark and dangerous a place as can be found on any planet--and revolves around the unsettling Czerno Drake, a patriot, a scoundrel, and definitely a man of action. Read this book, then follow Vijaya down the many paths of her writing, from medieval romance to adventures in distant solar systems.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2011
I love the world of the Borealis Space Station. Unlike most, this is not a bright and shiny place to live and work, but a villainous, dark and decrepit pit, falling apart and inhabited by some of the dregs of the universe. I found the characters created by Ms. Schartz fit perfectly into this world, and I enjoyed following them all on this adventure.
In orbit around Sestus-3 sits an aging space station under the control of the Trans Planetary Protectorate. The Borealis is slowly falling apart as the TPP funnels its massive resources into the border wars and keeping the outlaying systems in line. The Borealis is a hive of villainy where anything can be bought or sold -- anything or anyone -- if the price is right. This is one tale of the people on both sides of the law, the beings who inhabit the Borealis.
Captain Czerno Drake has arrived on the infamous space station, intent on furthering his reputation as a skilled and lucky gambler at the casino. With his massive space yacht, Providence, and his fancy clothes, he appears to be the very image of the rich and successful dandy he wants everyone in the TPP to think he is. But there is a hidden agenda, and nothing is as it seems to be. Captain Czerno Drake is also the notorious rebel leader, Black Dragon, and he is on a mission to rescue his deeply religious and innocent uncle, wrongly imprisoned on Borealis.
TPP Lieutenant Zara Frankel believes Captain Drake is a cheat, and sets out to prove it, going undercover to try and get the evidence she needs to trip him up. Zara joined the TPP to do good, but she is no longer the wide-eyed innocent who believes in the goodness of the Protectorate, but she intends to do her job to the best of her ability. But Czerno Drake gets under her skin, and soon, into her heart. When she learns who he really is, will she help in his quest to free an innocent religious man? Can she turn her back on her life with the TPP, and join the rebel cause? Can she trust this gambler with the biggest prize of all-her heart?
I like the balance of humor and danger in this story, and the action kept me glued to the pages.
Zara Frankel is an officer in the TPP, but she is not sure that she can continue to blindly go along with thing as they are. I like her strength, and her determination to do the right thing, even if the right thing conflicts with the goals of the Protectorate. I enjoyed watching as she discovered nothing is as it seems, and loved her surprise at seeing who was willing to confide in her to help Czerno rescue his uncle.
Czerno Drake, AKA the Black Dragon, is strong and determined to get to his uncle and get him off the Borealis. He has no plans to fall in love, and he certainly didn't plan on meeting the one woman who could tame the Black Dragon. Czerno is loyal to friends and family, and that eventually grows to encompass Zara in the small but elite group of confidants. I like his sense of humor, and his ability to think and act quickly. I also loved his choice of pets, his white angora cat, Marshmallow, who travels everywhere with the Captain.
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Posted November 2, 2011
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