The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality-Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous-or so fun.
Gosh. I really like this publishing house but I’m not digging this novel. It’s dressed up PWP with stereotypes that make me guffaw. Now – I’m not against PWP but this novel is so intent on being “more” that the main story line ends up muddled and several sub plots are just left hanging. Imagine Puss in Boots from the Shrek movies or Zorro – basically imagine Antonio Banderas – playing an ancient sex craved vampire in space (on the ship from Firefly) with a perpetual hard-on and roguish quips. Then imagine a Barbarella dressed heroine who is completely disconnected from her own sexual needs. Then add Mystique from the X-Men, as your Captain, Poison Ivy from Batman as the junior officer, Arya Stark as a young castaway, and a Troll type thing. There’s your crew! What a lot of characters just so that 2 people can get it on in space. So our heroine is working for an elite government group on a mission to break out a prisoner from the galaxy’s maximum security prison planet. She hires a crew of mercenaries to assist her with the mission by offering them a huge sum of money and telling them the target is her brother. She then spends the rest of the book trying to keep Rick out of her pants. Then she finally gives in after the crew basically tells them both to hurry up and get it on because they can’t take it any more. Then a a few sub-plots are dangled in front of us and voila! The heroine and the vamp fall in love, accomplish the mission and run away together. The End.