Intrigue and betrayal unfold against a bleak landscape on a future Earth in this first Project Alpha story. Romance, sympathetic characters and sizzling sexual encounters provide a quick, hot read that sets the scene for more adventures.

Tienan is an alpha, a genetically enhanced assassin. His creators mark him for extinction, but he escapes before they can execute him. Outside the gates of the protected inner city, people live a dangerous existence. Tienan searches for the leader of the resistance, but he's stalked by a woman who's no match for his superior strength. He easily captures Silence and holds her for questioning, never imagining he'll fall for her.

Silence seems to return his affection, but one night he falls asleep, and when he wakes, she's gone. Tienan's enemies show up shortly after, convincing him that she's betrayed him. (ELLORASCAVE.COM, dl $5.20)

Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski