This story starts off strongly and maintains a brisk pace throughout. The chemistry between Nick and Aurelie
is quite potent, and there are villains aplenty. Warning: Aurelie's torment at the hands of one of them is graphic--and disturbing. Not for everyone.
Long used to looking over his shoulder, Nick isn't surprised when strange things start happening, and he can't help wondering if Fox is responsible. Learning what he carried during that long-ago flight -- a valuable jewel -- lends credence to the possibility that all of the Boards are in danger. But it's Aurelie that Nick is most desperate to protect, because his feelings toward her are not at all brotherly. (MIRA, Apr., 416 pp., $7.99)