Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Series: Jane Colt #1
Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.
Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder.
With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she doesn’t know about the people she loves.
I liked how the author created the "flashbacks" in the story. She'd have a new scene for the reader to absorb and then we'd find out how they got to that point, or it would explain why the character would make their next move in the story. There were quite a few of them and it did sometimes slow the story, for me, but it was informative.
Devin's big secret and disappointment in the story really held my attention. Jane annoyed me at times, but she was also wacky enough that it took the story in new directions that wouldn't be typical or always predictable.
The hacker world is well developed and brought forward unique characters that were just as, or more, entertaining than the main characters. The author paid close attention to her characters, which I liked. Quirks and situations were played out well.
I did find that some of the flashbacks were just a way of telling the reader what's up, and it did become a bit monotonous at times, but like I said, it wasn't useless information, but sometimes drawn out longer than needed
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.
Author Links: Website | Twitter @AstralColt