Reviewed by PizzyGirl
SERIES: A Policy of Lies #2
AUTHOR: Astrid Amara
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 161 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
Ten years ago, lovers and best friends Ivo Toreli and Robert Mackenzie were separated by death.
But sometimes life gives you second chances. Life…and a lot of cybernetic enhancements.
Trust Agent 505 may not remember who he was before he worked security for Trust Insurance, but now his prisoner thinks he knows him. This revolutionary named “Mack,” who has stolen one of Trust’s prized possessions, seems to think Agent 505 is named “Ivo,” someone from his past. Someone he once loved more than anyone on any of the inhabited worlds.
Ivo doesn’t remember any of it, of course. But if he’s going to get Trust’s property back from the revolutionaries, he’s going to have to play along.
And if playing along also means sleeping with a handsome, humorous, and slightly dangerous ex-soldier, all the better, right?
For a story written almost 10 years after its predecessor, I was amazed at how the author seemed to pick right back up and present the same world as before. Details were well remembered and well presented and I loved the way this story blended so well with the fallout from book one.
Please note that you do not actually need to read the first book to fully appreciate this one, but I personally enjoyed this one more for having read it first since I was able to see the hidden references to that story and they made me smile. Seeing the men from book one still together and carrying out their mission really made me smile.
I LOVED the mix of emotions this story drew from me. From the opening prologue leaving me tense and almost in tears, to a reunion filled with that “annoying pest” feel that left me chuckling constantly, to emotional subterfuge that had me angry yet weary, to hope to joy to sadness to worry. It was fabulous. I was drawn in from page one and these characters never let me go. I had to know how this one ended because I was never quite sure how things would play out. IN fact, there were many times I was unsure of just how the author could ever make this a happy for me ending.
But in the end, this one turned out to be full of action and tension and humor and deja vu moments that constantly had me hopeful and engaged. I loved the world and learning about the bad guy, though I do wish this aspect had been a bigger player in the story. There were a few things I would have loved to have been expanded on because I still had questions when this one was finished. BUt all in all, this was my kind of story with a fabulous world, likable characters, and a plot I could sink my teeth into. All sci fi fans should pick this one up and give it a try.