Charon, a ruthless criminal and practitioner of illegal robotics, has died, and General Thomas Wharington believes his team has deleted all the electronic copies the inventor created of himself. But one major problem remains: Alpha, the sole survivor of Charon's cybernetic empire. Outwardly indistinguishable from a human woman, Alpha has superhuman capabilities, some of which are still unknown. Wharington's superiors want her dismantled and studied, but to Wharington, it feels like murder. When he stalls for time, Alpha escapes, kidnaps Wharington, and takes him to one of Charon's hidden installations to carry out her late master's orders. Meanwhile, her behavior is becoming more human, or so it seems. Is she developing emotions and a conscience, or just learning to counterfeit them?
©2006 Catherine Asaro; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"[An] entertaining mix of hard SF and romance....has all the right pieces for a taut thriller...." (Publishers Weekly)