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Mind Games

by Merline Lovelace

Published by Silhouette Nocturne

Print edition 2008

Reviewed by Mark Owings
Review posted 10/22/08

This is an example of how nobody really knows science fiction as well as they think they do. This is sf, or what is sometimes called spy-fi, published as romance. There are websites listing sf & fantasy published as category romances, but they miss a lot, and hardly anybody knows they exist anyway.

There must be a good half-dozen of these things published each month, which is almost more books than all the sf/fantasy field had 30 years back.

The novel is besides being a romance, with more explicit sex than pornography had when I was a teenager, an imitation of the James Bond books -- Caribbean island, rich recluse, private army -- and science fiction from both the grafting of genetically altered animal organs to humans and telepathy between the two main characters (also their dog, and maybe a shark.)

The female secret agent entices her old flame to help rescue a research scientist from apparent kidnapping. Explosions, a hail of bullets, impending marriage. Not bad, but not remarkable.

Merline Lovelace may really be the author's name, too. That is at least the name that the book is copyrighted in. It is also claimed that she was an intelligence agent, and has many romance novels, with this her first wandering into our bailiwick.

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