Payback (Athena Force Adventure Series)

Payback (Athena Force Adventure Series)

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by Harper Allen
     
 

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Highly trained assassin Dawn O'Shaugnessey was hard to kill--but the superhealing powers she'd been born with had become almost a curse. Dawn had learned the horrifying truth behind her origins from the women of Athena Academy, and she'd vowed to help them destroy the scientist who'd made her the perfect killer. But there was a catch. The very genes that allowed

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Highly trained assassin Dawn O'Shaugnessey was hard to kill--but the superhealing powers she'd been born with had become almost a curse. Dawn had learned the horrifying truth behind her origins from the women of Athena Academy, and she'd vowed to help them destroy the scientist who'd made her the perfect killer. But there was a catch. The very genes that allowed Dawn to take a bullet and heal within minutes were self-destructing, and only her creator could stop the damage. Now Dawn had to choose between life and payback....

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ISBN-13:
9781426870835
Publisher:
Silhouette
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Athena Force , #9
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
825,988
File size:
563 KB

Meet the Author

Hey—the girl can't help it. If Harper Allen seems to feel more at home writing about life on the wild side, it's only because she's following that old literary maxim: Write what you know.

Growing up in a blue-collar motor city, and with comments such as "Does not play well with others" on her grade-school report cards, it was pretty much a given that she would end up creating loner heroes, tough heroines, and gritty settings. Harper's characters have always been real people with real flaws, desperately struggling to find the love that will redeem them.

But there's a kinder, gentler side to Harper. Underneath the motorcycle leathers (I was going how fast, officer?) and the rose tattoo (don't ask—there was a bet, she won, that's all you need to know) beats the heart of a true romantic. The day she met the man who eventually became her husband, she told her sister, "Get out of the way, that one's mine."

Okay, okay. Really she said, "I've just met the man I'm going to marry. How long do you think it'll take him to figure it out?"

She's a sucker for stray dogs (they've got four), abandoned kittens (six, and they're pretty darn big cats now), and not-so-cute little kids who aren't the first ones picked for the volleyball team. Her idea of a great date with her husband is going to a baseball game. Her idea of a great baseball game is any one in which the Red Sox win (a hopeless romantic, did we say?).

While her work as a reporter in the criminal court system gives her books a darker edge, and her Irish ancestry lends them a touch of Celtic mysticism, first and foremost each one is a story about a man and a woman falling in love and holding on to that love—and for that Harper need look no further for inspiration than her own life.

So what happens to bad girls when they grow up? Just ask Harper—if they're lucky, they get to write about it and the story has a happy ending. Because the best romances always do.

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Payback (Athena Force Adventure Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Only a few days have passed since Dawn O¿Shaunessy learned the truth about her life, which turned out to be a lie. Her ¿Uncle¿ Lee Craig was not a relative, had killed her biological mother, and was actually the notorious assassin Cipher. Dawn makes it clear to Athena Academy grad, police lieutenant Kayla Ryan that she will personally go after Cipher¿s boss Dr. Aldrich Peters. She will also destroy his Lab 33 that genetically changed her as the instant healing from a bullet wound proves. After locating two ¿sisters¿ over the last nine moths that she was AWOL from Lab 33, Dawn confronts Peters. He informs her that the genes of her and her sisters are breaking down; the worse case is they will be dead in twenty-one days. Peters also states that her only hope of living means breaking into the Arizona lab of geneticist William London who is guarded by US and British elite troops led by Special Air Services Captain Des Asher, a rare opponent worthy of Dawn¿s skills.--- The key to this terrific science fiction action thriller is Dawn, an interesting character who is becoming less robotic and more humane as the series continues. Previously it was her lab rat sisters to soften her, but now Des brings out the feminist side including love that the heroine has denied exists since her ¿Uncle¿ and her employer were exposed as the bad dudes. Fans will fully appreciate this fine fast-paced tale in which the escapades and the romance are worthy of an Athena Academy graduate, of which Harper Allen obtains her diploma like Debra Webb and Evelyn Vaughn before her.--- Harriet Klausner