GAMBIT by Karna Small Bodman


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Evildoers armed with the latest in stealth technology are taking out America’s commercial airliners in midair, sending the forces of good on a crash course to save the American economy before it’s too late.

Could it get any worse for our beleaguered nation? Fortunately for democracy, the attractive, brilliant, world-famous scientist Dr. Cammy Talbot, who saved India from nuclear destruction and found her womanly passion fulfilled on the same breathtaking assignment in Checkmate (2007), is again on the job, still at defense contractor Bandaq Industries, still putting in the long hours and coming up with brilliant solutions despite bean counting and cheese paring on the part of her duplicitous CEO. Cammy has quickly theorized that the culprit behind the rash of midair explosions is a guided, shoulder-fired missile. The flight-phobic scientist’s trip to MIT in search of answers ends tragically when her pal, recipient of anonymous threatening calls from China, is blown to bits while Cammy is buying their lunch. Just who are these people? That theorizing must be done by America’s handsome vice president, a widower who has begun to appreciate Cammy’s modestly clad curves in the skull sessions they both attend. Cammy is not immune to the VP’s charms, but she’s still pining for hunky flyer Lt. Col. Hunt Daniels, who sent her to the heights of bliss in Agra and then disappeared. Hunt, who has been in South America on secret assignment, knows he should have sent her a note, but he has been so dang busy. Everybody’s smoldering passions have to stay on the back burner, though, because a zillion weapons have suddenly been aimed at Taiwan.

Modest techno-thrills, a modest romance and clunky writing.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7653-1928-9
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Forge
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2007