Signet, Jan 2001, 5.99, 320 pp.
Captain Joanna West was born to fly and the Air Force recognizes her innate abilities by stationing her in the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Andrews Air Force base. This elite assignment flies the president, Congress, and other key government officials to worldwide locations. On a routine flight, Joanna notices a white van playing tag with a blazing red Ferrari until the latter vehicle skids and bursts into flames. Joanna sets her copter down near the vehicle and manages to pull the driver safely out before the car explodes.
Joanna has rescued rich and powerful Alexander Taylor, grandson of a former President of the United States and a former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Alex admires his rescuer and makes an all out push to win her affection through gifts like jewelry and a helicopter. Joanna finds her benefactor interesting until a darker side of him surfaces. She tries to end her relationship with Alexander just as a fellow pilot informs her that he loves her. Actions on Joanna's part may prove deadly from the obsessive Alexander.
Merline Lovelace is a superb writer deservedly known for her powerful romantic military tales. DARK SIDE OF DAWN is very strong novel with a surprise curveball thrown into the story lone to cleverly misdirect the audience. The characters are multi-dimensional and realistic while behaving in a believable and consistent manner. Ms. Lovelace raises the sub-genre bar of excellence with this exciting thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner