Barry returns with a near-future, action-packed tale of extraterrestrials that also explores troubling social unrest. Through her protagonists, Barry explores the gritty reality of a reluctant alien invasion and the resulting fallout. These star-crossed lovers have sparks aplenty and baggage galore. Barry’s world just begs for future exploration, so readers can expect to take this thrill ride once again!

Because of a genetic gift, Seneca Thomas, an agent with the secret government agency XCEL, can see the shapeshifters living among us. What only a few know is that a spaceship crashed on Earth marooning the refugees. These aliens are shapeshifters, able to use human DNA to take on the appearance of humans. When Seneca’s partner is killed while trying to capture a murderous shifter, she is furious to be given a new partner, Max Dempsey, a shifter. Although Max has agreed to help XCEL hunt down shifters who kill, he has his own agenda — finding the traitor who murdered his wife and doomed his people. His attraction to his prickly partner is not part of the plan. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Aug., 304 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
JIll M. Smith