The Descartes Legacy – Nina Croft

TheDescartesLegacy_500Lately all I have wanted to do is curl up and read science fiction. Here in the Great White North that is Ontario in November, ’tis the season to hibernate after all, well not really as there is not in fact snow on the ground yet but I can still dream of holing up with a full winter’s supply of books. I would think that a good old Victorian bodice ripper would be just the thing with a glass of Bailey’s neat…wait no, that’s Christmas. Anyway I have been on a sci-fi tear, all I want to do reading wise is go to the future, live under the sea, frolic with aliens, experiment with genetic engineering what have you and The Descartes Legacy was precisely what the doctor ordered.

Apollo 16 Landing Site
Apollo 16 Landing Site (Photo credit: Robbo-Man)

What does Descartes mean to you?

It’s a place… on the moon…I don’t know what else it means.”

These are Dr. David Griffiths last words. Jenna Young had no idea when she asked her friend to help her obtain medication for the rare form of Huntington’s disease that she suffers from that it will result in his murder. After her doctor father’s sudden death she is left adrift with only a small supply of the medication unable to reach the contact she finds among his things she turns to her friend never imagining that he would be tortured and killed as a result.

Still reeling from her friends death she is unprepared for Luke Grafton, he comes to her interested in the investigation of David’s death and it’s mysterious link to Descartes and by extension herself. Unwilling to divulge what little she knows they soon find themselves at an impasse. However, Luke is not the only one interested in what she knows only the people who come that evening are not as civilized.

Her truth is more deadly than his revenge…

Lucas Grafton has spent the last ten years hunting the Conclave, a secret organization that took everything from him: his wife, his child, his very identity. Now he has a lead—an imminent terrorist attack on London, code-named Descartes.

Born with a genetic illness, Jenna Young has always known she was different. But the unexpected death of her father catapults her into a world she never expected. In order to stay alive, she must solve a twenty-five year old mystery. Her only ally is a hard, bitter man in search of retribution, her only clue the Descartes Highlands, an area on the near side of the moon.

Luke’s need for revenge collides with Jenna’s hunt for the past, and together they must stand against the Conclave. They must do this while uncovering the truth behind Jenna’s illness, a truth that will make Jenna question her humanity.

The Descartes Legacy had all I look for in a sci-fi/romance, unrelenting action, great chemistry between the hero and heroine and fascinating plausible plot. As I read I couldn’t help but draw parallels between Alias, the hit television show that was part action, part techno thriller and all awesome. Well, except for the zombie story arc but that is better left unsaid. Rest assured there are no zombies in The Descartes Legacy, this thrillingly gratifying story has no need of them.

AUTHOR: Nina Croft

RATING: 4 Stars

GENRE: Sci Fi & Fantasy/Romance

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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