Humor adds zip to this grand adventure tale. Lacy and Zain are an amusing duo, and the secondary characters just add to the fun in this exciting and spellbinding tale. What more can you ask for?
It was supposed to be a routine mission: checking out the purportedly uninhabited planet P254-334-5. Unfortunately for Zain Masters and his artificially intelligent ship, Reene, things are not that easy. Zain and Reene are fired upon and forced into a crash landing near an imposing dome. Unable to decipher the writings on the dome, Zain fears he's trapped. In a last-ditch effort he sends out an e-mail requesting assistance deciphering the code.
Earth computer programmer Lacy Garrett receives the message and recognizes some of its symbols as a replica of Stonehenge. After imparting what she knows, Lacy is astonished to discover that both she and her cat, Oliver, have suddenly been transported across the galaxy. Zain never intended to trap Lacy on the planet with him, but when his VirtuWave machine fails, Lacy and Oliver are stuck. At first Lacy has a hard time accepting that this whole adventure is not a hallucination, but after dodging giant "Bobzilla" creatures she is convinced.
(May, 368 pp., $6.99)
Jill M. Smith