Romance, and political intrigue
where secrets can be deadly.
Dr. Kyra Winters never meant for her cyber science discoveries to be used for evil, but that’s exactly what happened. Now returning Peyton 313’s humanity is the last chance she’ll ever have to atone. She can’t get back the lost decade, but she can change the present by restoring the cyborg who was once Marine Captain Peyton Elliot.Certainly her grand plan for rectifying her mistakes didn’t include madly kissing the confused, passionate Marine when he begged her to. The same scientific mind that constructed the cyborg creator code now warned her not to let Peyton’s tempting offers of heaven cloud her rational decision making. Yet it’s difficult to resist the cyborg she’s restoring when he’s also the most intriguing man she’s ever known.
A cleverly skewed Science Fiction Romance, Peyton 313 is book one in the popular Mankind Redefined series from award winning author Donna McDonald. Revisiting the tropes of cyborg lore with originality and intensity it’s a tale founded on pulsating action and a well-constructed plot with a nicely observed balance between suspense and romantic tension. The science, though radical, is popular in the broader devices of science fiction and will certainly be familiar to ardent fans of the genre, but McDonald’s willingness to cross genre lines brings an added dimension. There’s an interesting take on the pitfalls of utopian technology and the contemporary worry that such technology might render our need for human companionship obsolete and on this level it proves both perceptive and entertaining. It’s certainly enough to keep the pages turning, but it’s McDonald’s knack for timely levity which ultimately sets it apart. Yes, the temperature is set to rise, but the relationship between Kyra and Peyton is pointedly tender and uncompromised and this adds a layer of authenticity which many readers will find endearing.
An excellent start to a new series in an ever popular and demanding genre, Peyton 313 makes for a highly enjoyable read that is sure to raise interest in future releases from McDonald. It is recommended without reservation.
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