"Sexual tension enters a whole new playing field in virtual reality."
Reviewed by Sabrina Marino
Posted April 7, 2007
Thriller Techno | Romance Suspense
Helen Roston is a GEM operative, member of a secret
government entity, who for two years has trained
exhaustively, beating out many operatives from many
government areas to become "the super solider spy" for COS
Command. Helen is a private person, always in control of
her actions and thoughts. She knows her training has
prepared her for the final test. Failure is not an option.
Her name is Hell to those who know her.
Helen's two years of training have tested her stamina and
mental capabilities. Part of the instruction includes
partnering with a trainer, known as her monitor, in a
virtual reality testing called "remote viewing." Her
unknown monitor will run her through a series of virtual
reality tests to determine if she can remain focused and
trust him as her partner. Helen has been given the latitude
to put a face and voice to the virtual reality man she
hears in her headset and sees in her goggles.
Helen's monitor names himself Hades. One of his primary
goals is to test Helen to determine that no matter what
happens, she will trust him. Otherwise, the mission will be
a failure. Helen is unlike any other woman Hades has known --
she must be in control. He seeks ways to find the weak
link in her armor, so he can control her in situations
where danger is imminent, to do his job to keep her from
harms way. Having allowed Helen to design him in her mind's
eye, she's created her virtual dream guy without clothes.
Every time they connect in virtual reality, Helen sees
Hades as she created him. He goes a step closer and seduces
her in virtual reality to the point that Helen's body burns
for him. Even though she hungers for his touch, she is not
going to give in. She must maintain control.
If successful, Helen will enter Phase Two of the testing.
Years of secret testing have culminated to this final phase
where virtual reality meets mind-altering serums, so the
operative can go on a mission and not feel pain if injured
or time-delayed. The operative can communicate with her
monitor, relaying the information she has in her mental
search of an area.
The final test arrives where Helen must remote view to find
a target. All agencies involved have the target information
in a sealed envelope. Helen's results must equal the
contents. Once affirmed, Helen must take the mind-altering
serum and participate in a mission to retrieve the target,
trusting her monitor in the mission, even though personally
she does not trust him. Danger lies ahead when another
agency, secretly using remote viewing to keep the target
out of Helen's hands, uses a viewer who mentally connects
with her. Helen tries to figure out who her monitor is from
the various COS commandos. There are several tempting
candidates and the suspense builds exquisitely.
Gennita Low's VIRTUALLY HIS is an exciting story
that drew me in and kept me with these powerful characters.
It's the first in a new series introducing people from
previous Low stories. Once you've read VIRTUALLY HIS,
you'll be marking the calendar for the next installment,
VIRTUALLY HERS (set to come out in August), eager to know
what happens to the fire that's started to burn out of
control between Hell and Hades. Feel free to check out my
reviews of Low's previous books on this website. You, too,
will be hooked.
Chosen to be the ultimate secret operative, Helen Roston
has become the most dangerous woman in the world. Two years
of training and she's now ready for the final phase—a risky
combination of virtual reality and a mind-altering serum.
When her mysterious and faceless "trainer" syncs his mind
to hers using the program, she's amazed at her sizzling
response to his virtual touch. But Helen likes to be in
control. She's not going to beg for more.
Helen's final test is a challenging mission, picked by the
other government agencies whose candidates lost out to her.
To succeed, she has to put herself completely in the hands
of her trainer, a man she's not sure she can trust. But all
of COS Command are counting on her. She cannot fail.
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