The Descartes Legacy
Author: Nina Croft
Date of Publication: October 2, 2013
Lucas Grafton has spent the last ten years hunting the Conclave, a secret organization who 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 of murder and terrorism she never expected. In order to stay alive, she must solve a twenty-five year old mystery—and her only ally a hard bitter man in search or 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. All the while uncovering the truth behind Jenna’s illness, a truth that will make Jenna question her very humanity.
Oh geez. Once again, Entangled gets me. For a baby publisher like Entangled, they certainly get some of the best books. I’m so in love with this company. And their covers totally rock. Yet again, another cover I can love on. So to speak.
Anyway, now on to the book. At first I wasn’t sure what to think or if I’d really get into this book. A doctor Jenna had visited the day before ends up murdered and somehow it connects back to her. She’s in a bad way because her own father (her life-long physician) had died a few weeks earlier and the special medication he’s been giving her to keep her mysterious illness at bay is about to run out (hence why she’d visited a new doctor, in hopes that he could replicate the formula).
Luke shows up and is investigating the same murder, in pursuit of revenge for the death of his wife and child ten years earlier. Jenna turns out to be his only possible lead to the organization he’s been chasing, since they apparently want Jenna too. His initial plan quickly changes as he starts developing feelings for her.
There are tons of exciting chase scenes and plenty of suspicion and doubt about the trustworthiness of the heroine and hero (toward each other).
Ms. Croft has a perfect sense of timing, never spending too much, or rushing through, any given aspect of her story. I really felt like I got to know the main characters (including the villain) and their goals were realistic. I mean, who could blame Luke for wanting payback for his wife’s death, or Jenna wanting to live on.
The only slightly weak spot was the slight predictability with regard to how the antagonist related to Jenna. I saw that connection coming well in advance of the revelation. Between that and a slight disappointment as to how the various threads wrapped up (it seemed a little too easy, the final disposition of the antagonist), I had to drop this from a 5-star rating to 4.5.
The illness Jenna has provides another driving force to the plot, especially as Ms. Croft guides us into discovering the truth about Jenna and where Jenna comes from (in many ways, not just sperm/egg donor-wise). The inclusion of the Descartes Highlands on the moon, and how that related to the story was also fascinating and I feel could be a very real possibility, given how many secrets the government keeps from the general public.
Anyway, great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers mixed with a hefty dash of romance.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.