Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Sep 1 2015, $5.50
The IED in Mosul left soldier Reese crippled. The military offers Reese a chance to not only regain his health and more as a super-agent; if he agrees to take an experimental drug that overwhelmingly kills most volunteers. Code name Agent Six, Reese is one of the few survivors.
Holly the waitress at the dumpy Crossroads Diner receives two major emotional bombs when her doctor informs her she suffers from a terminal illness and her husband whom she supported through medical school dumps her. Stoic yet sad, Holly accepts she cannot do anything about either condition. Recently a strange man comes in every few days to order coffee he does not drink and says nothing but stares at her. Eventually Reese persuades Holly to meet him on her off day. Instead, someone abducts Holly. Knowing she is an expendable pawn used by those to get at him, Reese risks his life to free Holly from her captivity; but though successful his enemies ruthlessly pursue them.
With a nod to the X Files super soldier premise, Agent Zero is an exhilarating cat and mouse thriller. Fast-paced, readers will cheer on the emotionally disturbed protagonists as they struggle to survive while falling in love. Though the romance feels off-kilter as the audience will wonder about the injection side-effect on him and her rebounding from a horrid betrayal at a time she needed spousal support; subgenre fans will agree the intrigue is awesome.