Jane Colby publishes her own newspaper, and her specialty is covering crime stories. When a particularly shocking, violent crime is committed in her small rural town, she senses something different than the norm with the way the killer brutalized his victim, but she never once suspects that this killer has struck before --- hundreds of years ago, and is actually a time traveler from the future.
Baran Arvid has been sent from three hundred years in the future to hunt down and kill the manic criminal who has now marked Jane as his next victim. If Baran isn't able to prevent Jane's murder the course of history will change. The predatory time traveler is crafty, extremely dangerous, and has one goal in mind: kill Jane no matter who or what tries to stand in his way.
But Baran has special talents on his side: he's a genetically engineered warrior with super strength. Yet, convincing Jane he's her protector and trying to keep her safe isnt an easy task, and Baran has his hands full with the spunky reporter who is just as determined to stop this killer before he stops her. During the course of their hunt for the killer, Jane and Baran find they can't resist the flaming desire that explodes between them. Meanwhile, the killer gets more cunning and tries to lure Jane away from Baran, resulting in a final show down between him and the ferocious warrior. After it's all over, Jane and Baran realize their lust has turned into love, and Jane decides to go with Baran to the future.
This report prepared by Kari Thomas
Berkley, Jun 2004, 6.99, 320 pp.
Three hundred years from now the Temporal Enforcement agency sends warlord Baran Arvid and his genetically engineered wolf Freika back to the twenty-first century to protect reporter Jane Colby from a murderous time traveler Kalag Druss. Baran is to kill Kalag before the jump killer murders Jane.
Jane covers a particular brutal murder nearby her home. When she returns to her house, she finds Baran and the talkative Frieka waiting for her. Escape is impossible and soon she figures out that her warden and his sidekick come from the future. The worst that could happen to Baran is that he falls in love which distracts him from his mission and place's his beloved in peril from the deadly time traveler.
JANE'S WARLORD is an exhilarating science fiction romance that stars four delightful protagonists (to include Freika and Jane's feline furrball. The story line is action packed, but the hook begins not when Baran arrives in what sounds like the Terminator, but when Jane intelligently shreds his cover. Though the villain should never have had a chance against the juggernaut team of Freika and Baran and why he wants Jane dead comes out late, fans will appreciate this wonderful tale that showcases a new writing talent heading for the stars.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner