Over the last few week's I've been reviewing the five books in Barbara Chepaitis' Jaguar Addams series in preparation for her tour stops here at Working for the Mandroid. Yesterday Ms. Chepaitis contributed a guest post regarding writing the series. Today I review the most recent book in the series, The Green Memory of Fear, which happens to be the creepiest of the lot.
The Green Memory of Fear
Wildside Press (2011)
Adult / Sci-Fi / Action
On Prison Planetoid three, Jaguar Addams uses her empathic gifts to make criminals face the fears that drive their heinous acts. Very few escape the telepathic web she weaves around them. . . .until now.
When Jaguar takes on a home planet assignment, investigating a psychiatrist on trial for abuse of a little boy, s he finds a killer unlike any she's faced before. Dr. Senci's psi skills are a match for her own, and unless she consents to do as he wants, he'll use them to kill everyone she loves. Once she realizes who and what he really is, she leaves the Planetoid to go after him. But Supervisor Alex Dzarny isn't about to let her go it alone, even if it means losing his own life to save hers.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve spent so much time with a character within a couple of weeks. It’ll feel kind of weird not having another Jaguar adventure to move into as my next read. I’ll to remain satisfied that this fifth volume in Chepaitis’ Jaguar Addams series is the best of the lot. It’s creepy, entertaining and surprising in ways that the previous books didn’t even touch.
The Green Memory of Fear follows a few months after the events of A Lunatic Fear. Jaguar and Alex are remaining a bit standoffish despite the advancement in their relationship in the previous book, and they are both trying to recover from the contamination that had such drastic effects on their psychic abilities. In this frame of mind, Jaguar finds that she’s receiving signs leading her to a new case that would take her back to the home planet to act as a researcher, something she’s never done. Upon finding out she’d requested the job, Alex knows something is up and everything starts to converge, filling in blanks in both of their characters as they both finally have to confront their own fears in the same way they’ve been using on the prisoners.