Published by: Brimfire Press
Released: July 1, 2015
Format: Kindle | 275 pages
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.
The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier… and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.
Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.
Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect…
SHADES OF TREASON is the first installment in Sandy William's new Anomaly series. The series rockets off with Lieutenant Ramie (Ash) Ashdyn facing treason charges and unable to defend herself thanks to a powerful telepath putting a block on her mind. Ash and her team were sent on a mission to retrieve valuable information about the Saricean's and their new technology, and how it might affect the Coalition. What they found instead could destroy the Coalition, an alliance of 13 planetary systems.
Ash was the teams only survivor and voluntarily surrendered when the Coalition came for her. That doesn't stop her from trying to escape, or finding a way to destroy the person who screwed with her mind. Anomalies like Ash have no where else to go, and have no real future. They volunteer for loyalty training in which they choose to give up their free will in order to better serve The Coalition. They put their own lives on the line for the Coalition at the expense of their own. Which is why Ash's own survival is so astounding. She should have died, but didn't.
Ash is the only female cadet to ever pass the rugged training using her intelligence and sarcasm to succeed. Anomalies like Ash are stronger and are able to encrypt files in their heads. Ash might have also succeeded in her training thanks to her Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus who is sent to interrogate Ash and discover the truth. Ash and Rhys are an interesting pairing. They heat from desire simmers right under the surface, waiting until the moment it breaks out. Rhys understandably is confused over Ash's situation. He knows that the training worked. It's really a matter of trusting that Ash isn't a traitor, and that her actions were necessary.
Since SHADES OF TREASON is the first book in a new series, I am going to give a whole lot of latitude. I know that Williams has created some interesting worlds in her Shadow Reader series, and this story doesn't do anything to let me down. I will agree with others that the last third of this story is the most entertaining and intense. I do really like Ash. I like that she's intelligent, strong, sarcastic, and a helluva fighter. I also liked Rhys when he got his head out of his butt, and I hope that the romance isn't shoved aside, or another character is added to the mix. That would be a HUGE disappointment for me.
I'm recommending SHADES OF TREASON to past readers of the Shadow Reader, as well as fans of science fiction, and romance. Looking forward to Ash's next chapter.
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