The Legend of Banzai Maguire (2176, Book 1)
Dorchester Love Spell (US: April 2004)
I love futuristics, and bought this series when I heard about Liz Maverick’s The Shadow Runners. Australia in the year 2176? I’m so there! But that’s the third book in this series.
First up is Susan Grant’s The Legend of Banzai Maguire. In 2006, US fighter pilot Bree Maguire is shot down, captured, and put in bio-stasis. Cryonics is one of my most-wished things to read about, so I love this bit.
170 years later, life on this planet is different in 2176. Geographically, some countries have disappeared from rising sea levels, whilst others have been bombed to pieces. Then there’s Australia, which is the world’s waste dump. Yes, business as usual…
Prince Kyber, the Emperor of Asia, is hosting Banzai in one of his palaces. She’s treated like royalty, but still wants to find her lost wingman. I adore the prince, who’s alpha male WITHOUT being a d-bag. The two unfortunately tend to go hand in hand, so Kyber is a welcome difference. And he’s a hot Asian. So he’s kind of awesome.
But as for Banzai’s love interest, the commander…he’s creepy. Sweet, perhaps, but creepy. Back when he was a boy, he learned about Banzai in a military history book, and she was his dream woman. And now he meets his dream woman, and loves her all the more. I’m all for meeting your idols, but shagging them? Kind of weird.
What’s more uncomfortable is the international unease. Country against country. US v North Korea (in 2006). When specific countries are named, and the word “patriot” is thrown around, I get terribly nervous. I don’t like war in real life, and I don’t like it in fiction. I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.
Nevertheless, with fascinating world-building, conceivable technology, and the smell of an uprising on the wind, this novel won me over, but the teaser in the back gives me the impression that I’ll love Book 2 more. And Book 3, which I’m dearly looking forward to…