Set in the future, this story paints a bleak picture. Segregation has reached a level beyond comprehension. You either have money and live in a protected city, or you don’t and you live outside. Silence is one of the Resistance, a group determined to break down the dome around the city and make living conditions more equal. There is a stranger roaming the streets outside the dome, and she is determined to find out who he is and why he is in her territory.
Tienan is Alpha, a genetically engineered computer enhanced assassin. One problem his creators didn’t take into consideration; he doesn’t take orders well. Slated for execution, Tienan escapes to the outside and seeks to meet with the leader of the resistance. What he doesn’t expect is to be tracked, expertly, and when he confronts his tracker, he’s overwhelmed that the only one who has ever successfully tracked him is a woman. When Silence and Tienan meet, they are enemies. They quickly come to be lovers even though trust is not given easily. When Tienan mistakenly believes Silence has betrayed him to his enemies, he pursues her with a vengeance. Even though he doesn’t trust her, he can’t get over her. And so he seeks a resolution, one way or another.
With an utterly depressing background, Tienan and Silence discover something beautiful and everlasting. Each other. Products of their respective upbringing, neither are quick to trust or to love. But when they do it is total and forever. Sequences of cat and mouse interspersed with betrayal, subterfuge, treachery and sexual connection unlike anything either has experienced made for a captivating and entertaining read. This is the first in a series.
ReIssued Review from 9/2006. Book has been re-issued by Carina Press.
In the erotic first installment of the Project Alpha trilogy, a violent wasteland becomes the backdrop for two assassins who arouse in each other much more than fear and suspicion
The hunter becomes the hunted
Tienan is Alpha One, created by the privileged few who live shielded from a lawless land. He's been honed into the perfect involuntary weapon—vengeful, adaptable and ruthless. Finally free of the evil organization that created him, he's on the run with one option to survive outside the Gate: avoid recapture, even if that means killing again. But the sexy little stalker following him is too delicious to take out.
The captive becomes the captor
Silence is a tracker with the Resistance, a rebel force amassed to end the reign of terror. For Silence to trust Tienan is a risk, but to resist his brutal prowess is impossible.
Enemies become lovers
As raw sexual need takes over, alliances will shift and treachery could become as potent—and as lethal—as desire.