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Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on December 18, 2018
They were both led to believe the person they loved most was dead, but now, in a strange twist of fate, they encounter right when their retired peaceful lives are crossed by danger. Or was it something more than fate… This series continues to amaze me with its lush futuristic worldbuilding, tight complex plots, captivating characters, riveting action, and fabulous audio narration work.
Jumper’s Hope is book four in the Central Galactic Concordance series. At first, I would have said that this series can be jumped into anywhere, but, I’ve noticed a series plot that was subtle in the first few books and has gotten more urgent with each new book. Readers need to experience this and see how each book builds on the one before it even if new lead characters and new locations are introduced with each new book.
Jess Orowitz is retired from the CPS’s secret service Kameleon Corp to own a farm and lead a quiet life away from it all. The alterations and enhancements they did to him over the years of service left him mentally disabled in a certain way. He has made adjustments so he can function well enough to get by. He is startled out of his contentedness when a crashed plane produces the astounding discovery that the woman he thought dead before his very eyes is the downed pilot in critical condition.
Kerzanna Nevarr is a retired CPS elite pilot and jumper who is retired because all the chems and enhancements the CPS used on her have resulted in the inevitable waster’s disease. As long as she modulates her emotions and the stress on her system she can eke out a few more years before the disease takes her. She wakes up from a crash to learn her flyer was sabotaged to kill her and her medic is none other than her dead love, Jess.
Intrigue and questions, the danger they are in, and anger at the injustice done them force them out of retirement and on the trail of answers to who is trying to kill Kerzanna and why they were led to believe each other dead by their own organization. Not to mention, they now have unfinished- very- personal business.
I’ve enjoyed each book in this series so much they I would honestly be hard pressed to pick the outstanding favorite. Each has added something unique to the story so I enjoy them for different reasons. It is no different with Jess and Kerzanna’s story. The abuse their bodies and minds underwent when they were military left me heartbroken for them especially since the system is broken and injustice runs rampant in the CPS and the government. This pair don’t whine about the cost, but adjust to what their life is now. I was sad for their fate especially with Kerzanna’s disease threatening to separate them again in a tragic way, but they were still a shining pair with plenty of slow-burn chemistry.
The book was loaded with twists, suspense, and action as they rushed on this final ‘mission’ with so much lined up against them. Each segment of this book presented such besetting danger that had them cornered and they work their way free and win to keep fighting. The biggest ongoing threat to them is one of the villains introduced in the last book and his group of ‘pet’ minders who are twisted in their own ways and utterly in his control. I loathe this man and kept hoping beyond hope that Jess and Kerzanna would find a way to stop his sadistic actions and his treachery..
This book wrapped up some of the main threads, but introduced a few more that left me desperate to know what comes next. Such far reaching ramifications for a certain prophecy that is becoming more focal with each books.
What a champ! Nicole Poole is an amazing voice actress and I am putty in her talented hands when she is reading these books. Voices, accents, pacing, and tone are impeccable.
In summary, I am left with the need for more of this series. I might even become desperate enough to go back to the beginning and re-read it all. Sci-fi and romantic suspense fans really shouldn’t miss this series.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.