Ukiah Oregon's Amerindian-alien Ontongard hybrid ancestry gives him unique abilities that he shares with his infant son, Kittanning. Kittanning is one of several kidnapped children, and as the others are found dead and tortured, Ukiah and his human and alien families fear the worst. When Homeland Security starts investigating Ukiah as a possible suspect, conflicting loyalties strain the already shaky relationship between Ukiah and his fiancée, FBI agent Indigo Zheng. Wen Spencer's third Ukiah Oregon book, BITTER WATERS (4), is a winning combination of science fiction, suspense and imagination. Her characters are vividly portrayed, and the character development just keeps getting better. (May, 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper