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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
Lana Baker passed out from a violent migraine and woke up in a hospital. When the doctor wanted to do a CT scan and x-ray, she said no. Her father told her never to have her head x-rayed but would not explain why. An MRI showed she had a disc at the back of her skull, and an incision revealed the words ‘Red Cicada 19’ carved on the disc in Cyrillic. Lance Kipling, an Army lieutenant, rescued her after Russian agents kidnapped her. He later told her the disc might contain information about biological weapons developed during the USSR era. Lana recovered old documents her dad left her in her apartment, which opened a tortured story of her past and revealed that he was not her biological father. With a ruthless Russian agent after them, Lana and Lance set out to uncover her father’s secret past and why everybody wanted the disc embedded in her head. Read Red Cicada by Gregg Luke to find out.
Gregg Luke presents a delightful mystery full of twists and turns that compel a reader to turn to the next page with Red Cicada. Superbly written and easy to read, Lana and Lance reveal themselves as complex and very human characters that evolve as the story unfolds. From a formal relationship, Lana gradually begins to form an emotional attachment with her handsome protector. Still, neither can afford to pause to reveal their feelings, not until the mystery of her past and why the Russians are desperate to retrieve the disc is resolved. Gregg Luke slowly builds tension as Lana’s past is revealed in its shocking truth in a satisfying climax. Readers will enjoy moments of flirtation between Lana and Lance, which will bond them into the story. An excellent book.