by Susan Kearney

July 2005
ISBN: 0-765-35192-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Tor Books
Mass Market Paperback

Once I read Susan Kearney’s new novel The Challenge, I knew that I would have to read the companion novel as soon as it was available. Luckily, I was able to receive a copy of The Dare before my enthusiasm diminished.

Readers were taken with Dora, the senitent computer in the first novel. Spunky and energetic, Dora was eager to embrace life with the Terrans and Rystani that colonized Mystique. So eager, that she has found a way to “grow” a humanoid body to live in. Head over heels in “lust” with Zical, one of the Rystani warriors, Dora does everything in her power to make her new form attractive, hoping to catch his interest.

After the deaths of his wife and child, Zical has shied away from personal relationships. He is concentrating on his mission - the continued safety of his people as they colonize this new world. When he inadvertently endangers the security of their planet, Zical knows that he must make amends, even at the cost of his own life. He can’t afford to be distracted by Dora, too much is at stake. Even though she embodies every physical attribute he finds attractive, he can’t forget that she is more than human.

Dora has some adapting to do as well. Her human form is weak and she feels helpless without the thousands of sensors that fed her constant information. As she builds her strength and tests her limits, Dora realizes that she doesn’t just want Zical to desire her. She wants him to love her - as much as she loves him.

The Dare will take readers beyond the galaxy to a world where anything is possible. With action around every corner, and deeply felt emotions, this sequel is guaranteed not to disappoint.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Paula.

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