Horrific betrayal has left superhero Jolene Faraday (aka Daystar) emotionally devastated and hungry for revenge. One of the themes in Vanderlinden’s terrific StrikeForce series is the ongoing attempt to keep the public “face” of a superhero secret from their normal life and the problems and conflicts that can engender. The arc of Jolene’s transformation from criminal to hero is at times wobbly, but always incredibly fascinating!
One moment’s mistaken trust has cost Jolene everything, as Killjoy, the supervillain obsessed with her, murdered her beloved mother. Jolene’s thirst for revenge is immense, but she must temper it and keep helping rebuild the public face of StrikeForce. While Killjoy and his team are not backing down, Jolene is also facing a different kind of pressure, as the Tribunal is asking uncomfortable questions about Render’s demise. Adding to Jolene’s stress is that Portia, the new head of StrikeForce, wants to split up Jolene and Ryan as a team so they can train newbies. That Jolene and Ryan are a great team is unquestionable, but does Jolene dare open up emotionally? Events are coming to a dangerous head and the fallout could be disastrous! (COLLEENVANDERLINDEN.COM, dl $3.99)