There’s a particular book on my shelf I’m avoiding reading – because it has things in common with my story (whose synopsis I still need to work on). There’re both futuristic, and both set in the same part of the world. In fact, those two things are probably what inspired me to create my story in the first place. So I’m afraid to read in case there are similarities, or (more likely) this other writer’s ideas will be so much better than mine that I’ll lose all interest in my story 😉
I’m talking about Liz Maverick’s The Shadow Runners. It’s book 3 in the multi-authored five-part 2176 series. I was reminded of the series today, and decided to research. And the books sound totally up my alley.
The Legend of Banzai Maguire (2176, Book 1)
Dorchester Love Spell (April 2004)
The year: 2006. The mission: routine. Or so U.S.A.F. pilot Bree “Banzai” Maguire thinks. Then she’s shot down over enemy airspace, captured and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything’s changed. It’s one hundred and seventy years later. 2176: the world is in crisis, and she’s a hotly contested prize. Once, Banzai’s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back. Two men vie for her heart. Kyber, her captor, the rich, ruthless Emperor Prince of Asia, has all a man could desire. Then there’s U.C.E. SEAL commander and would-be rescuer Ty Armstrong. He has all the right moves. With two such choices, Banzai regrets she has but one heart to give for her country.
Day of Fire (2176, Book 2)
Dorchester Love Spell (May 2004)
Canada: For over a century it’s been closed off, quarantined. Now, in 2176, its people thrive. The country still needs peacekeepers, though – and the Mounties are there. Be It All. Do It All. Those are the high-tech police force’s twin mottos. They’re Day Daniels’s mottos, too. But things are heating up. Someone or something called the Shadow Voice is broadcasting treason, and Day’s determined to stamp it out. Seeking the source of the threat, she meets Lian Firebird, an enigmatic government operative. He offers – no, insists – upon joining her trek to the legendary Citadel. Well, Day decides, Mounties work alone, but she can still do and be it all – even with this hunk at her heels.
The Shadow Runners (2176, Book 3)
Dorchester Love Spell (June 2004)
Newgate, Australia: In the 22nd century, history repeats itself. Part penal colony, part dumping ground for toxic waste, the land is controlled by “the Parliament,” a gang of dissipated self-styled aristocrats. To survive here, you have to know the tricks. Like Jenny Red. She’s been Down and made it out to tell the tale. But D’ekkar Han Valoren – the bastard son of the Emperor that Jenny’s family was accused of destroying – knows Jenny escaped, and he wants her to take him back in. Okay, maybe she’ll help Deck’s team of rebels, his Shadow Runners, like he asks. But not because he’s holding anything over her. No, she’ll do it because of what was once between them. Because of the revolution of her heart.
The Power of Two (2176, Book 4)
Dorchester Love Spell (2nd November 2004)
The U. C. E.: In the 21st and 22nd centuries, the United States changed and grew. Now the “United Colonies of Earth” dominate the globe. But a mysterious voice is broadcasting treason, inciting revolution and referring to an enigmatic figure named Banzai Maguire. To find Banzai, the U.C.E. assigns Cai, whose neural implants allow her to sit back in a control chair and feed information to her partner, the dark-souled Jacob Tucker. He’s as rigid as he is deadly…or handsome. But this time, Cai needs Jake to trust her completely. Whether he likes it or not, she can’t sit back while he fights the bad guys. Wherever this mission takes her, Cai is gonna be the one kicking a little tail.
The Scarlet Empress (2176, Book 5)
Dorchester Love Spell (7th December 2004)
Shot down over Korea, modern-day U.S.A.F. fighter pilot Cameron “Scarlet” Tucker is put in bio-stasis. She wakes 170 years later to find her best friend survived, too – the “legendary” Banzai Maguire is being held for treason in the country that was once her beloved United States. Cam has her own problems. She’s in the masterful hands of Kyber, the emperor prince whom Banzai just escaped. And he won’t get fooled again. With a mysterious Shadow Voice urging world revolution, and her friend in chains, Cam wants the sexy dictator on her side – and maybe even closer. But her role in the thrilling mission to save her country must come first. It’s time to give a royal butt-kicking, and Cam knows just where to start.