Zaphram, The Hidden Jewel by Gail Parker

Zaphram, The Hidden Jewel

From the "Hidden12Saga" series, volume 2
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A highly intelligent woman with superhuman powers and extensive combat training is kidnapped in order to help a team of terrorists find the world’s greatest treasure in the sequel to Hidden 12, Intelligence Required (2014).

Haven, considered a Cell 12, hits the ground running. She wakes up sensing she’s about to be kidnapped, then runs from terrorists with her family and protector. Once she loses her telepathic vision, she uses her “red heat vision” to see there is no hope. To ensure her family’s safety, she allows herself to be kidnapped. Haven is taken by Habib, a man she previously helped escape from jail, but he now has implanted a bomb inside of her and stolen one of her eggs for artificial insemination. He needs Haven’s help—and her family’s—to fulfill the prophecy that his family will be rich beyond their wildest dreams. More action ensues when Haven’s parents, Ben and Kristyn—both Cell 11—come to her aid with members of the Sector army. The group travels to India to translate the stones of the prophecy and, following the stones’ guidance, ends up in Alaska. More supernatural characters are introduced to either help or hinder Haven and Habib’s quest. During all this, Haven maintains her devotion to family, though she can’t decide from among three men which she loves. Reading Hidden 12 is more or less a prerequisite because no explanation is given as to who or what some of the characters are and how they came to be. “They want me to be a nanny for their GEMS babies,” Haven’s nanny says in an opening scene with no further explanation of GEMS. The structure of the militaristic government, reasons why relationships are forbidden, and what exactly a “cell” is are also never fully detailed. The sometimes-confusing jumps between first-person narrations also make reading difficult. Still, Haven’s wild ride is a fast, entertaining read with plenty of ingenious weaponry, heart-pounding chases, and fantastical imagery that all leave the door open for the third installment.

A solid second entry, with more on the way. 

Pub Date: July 24th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-692-48813-3
Page count: 364pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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