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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Eternity’s Handmaiden" by R Peter Ubtrent is everything you would expect from this accomplished author. Yet again he creates an intriguing universe peopled by diverse, superbly drawn, unique characters. Alexis Locke, created by The Agency 65 years ago, is called back into service after fifteen blissful years of reclusive living in Alaska by Cav, the boss she hates. She owes him nothing and doesn’t want to get involved in investigating the series of deaths of five well respected scientists. But then he reveals that one of them is the son he dishonestly told her had died shortly after birth. And then there is an assassination attempt on her by intruders wearing invisibility suits. Now she can’t help but be drawn in. It is personal now. She finds herself caught up in scheming that involves the past and the future and isn’t confined to the Earth. And she seems to be right in the middle of it all.
This novel blends science fiction with espionage and murder mystery. Not only are their time-streams in the story, but action-streams too. Mr Ubtrent slowly and steadily weaves the strands of his cleverly crafted plot together towards an ending that is both unexpected and somehow inevitable. Never be blind to the dark side of life and the depths of evil humans are capable of. Nonetheless, the author offers us hope in the positive human values of loyalty, courage and love. He creates savage violence but also tenderness and sympathy. We find these diverse qualities throughout the book and also fittingly embodied in Alexis, who is thus a very appropriate heroine for this excellent novel.