Jenna Paine doesn’t know how “special” she really is. Raised by her scientist mother and a Japanese tutor named Mama-San, her special abilities go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of her schoolwork and training. However, other eyes are watching as well, from behind a veil of secrets. And they have plans for someone with precisely Jenna’s talents.
In college, she meets a group of people who introduce her to a new vision for world peace, and a way to realize it.
But when the cost for peace is measured in blood, can Jenna get out before it’s too late?
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Okay, I admit it. I’m a fan of Cyrus Keith. I think his writing is as good as early Tom Clancy, with a sci-fi twist. When I first saw the cover of Becoming NADIA, which was brilliantly done by Delilah Stephens (who did the covers for my own Moon Rock series, Rock Bound and Rock Crazy), I knew I had to read that book, so I asked for a review copy, and have since reviewed every book in the NADIA Project series. Becoming NADIA did indeed, live up to Delilah’s wonderful cover, as did the sequels Unalive and Critical Mass. Somehow I missed it when the prequel, Lies and Paine, came out. But I’ve now read it, and it only disappointed me in one aspect. It ends with the first line of The NADIA Project, making it a cliffhanger ending—one of my pet peeves. Otherwise, Mr. Keith continues to amaze me with his ability to write from a woman’s and now a little girl’s point of view. The book opens with the funeral of Jenna’s beloved daddy. On the way home from the funeral, her mommy informs her that things will change. Jenna should now call her Mother. When Jenna falls into a deep depression, missing the affection her parents used to show her, a lady named Mama-San comes to live with them, and teaches her fun things like taekwondo and other martial arts. The book follows Jenna’s growth and the reports on her development—because she’s not a normal child. She’s enhanced. She’s a project. And if she doesn’t fulfill the purpose for which she was created, she will be terminated. There’s one more problem with Lies and Paine. At 126 pages, it’s way too short. It left me wanting more. Goodness I wish I had time to read the rest of the series again! Start with Lies and Paine. You’ll be hooked. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Keith comes up with next.
What an arrogant excuse for a fan I am. I have read every book in Cyrus Keith's phenomenal NADIA PROJECT series beginning with Becoming Nadia, moving on to Unalive, culminating with Critical Mass...So when I discovered he'd written another book, this one a PRE-QUEL called LIES AND PAINE, I actually snorted...most unattractively, and expressed my doubt by saying, "What could he possibly have to tell me about Jenna Paine I haven't already learned in the previous three books?" Oh the sheer arrogance of my question. Knowing the wealth of Cyrus' creative genius I should have guessed he truly had a cornucopia of details about the woman/operative known to Cyrus' fans as Jenna Paine just waiting to grab for another action packed ride. For instance, I thought I understood the motivations behind Jenna's mother, the inestimable Dr. Meredith Paine...but I learned very quickly, Dr. Paine possesses a far more complex personality than I'd ever expected. Admittedly, I still wouldn't want her to be MY mother, but Cyrus gave me, his avid reader, a deeper glimpse into the layers creating the woman who raised Jenna Paine, so much so, I can no longer judge her based on unwavering shades of black and white. I've been a Cyrus Keith fan since I read the first lines of BECOMING NADIA... "She had no memory from before the Darkness." ...and on through each of the many lines since, stretching now, throughout four titles. My belief in this author's storytelling skills is growing with each new tale. LIES AND PAINE is a MUST read for anyone who's into high energy suspense. In a world, such as we live in today, it isn't always easy to know who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are. Is Jenna a good guy? She wants to be, but when your world is built on an ever changing sea floor of lies...? LIES AND PAINE deserves more stars than we currently can give it, so I am limited to giving it JUST FIVE! This IS science fiction at its best...or is it Science FACT at its scariest? You'll have to read it for yourself and decide. To Mr. Keith I add, please bring your creative storytelling back to us with a new tale, soon...You've captured this fan, and I am going to hold on tight.