January 3rd, 2011
In the far future, science has perfected both immortality and time travel. However, immortality can only be gained through a complex series of invasive operations with the end result being more cyborg than human. Time travel, too, has limitations: one can only go backwards in time, and then forward again to one’s starting time; and recorded history cannot be changed. However, the Company, also known as Dr. Zeus, who perfected both of these techniques, realized that UNrecorded history could be their playground. They began sending operatives back in time to recruit orphans to become the Company’s operatives. These orphans were given the immortality cyborg treatments, trained extensively, and set loose in the hidden bits of history to rescue artworks, animals, plants, and cultures from extinction, so that, in the future, Dr. Zeus could miraculously discover or recreate them…and make a lot of money doing so.
Mendoza, a young orphan taken by the Spanish Inquisition, is one of those immortal operatives of the Company. For her first mission as a botanist for Dr. Zeus, she is sent, along with the man who rescued her from the Inquisition and a small team of other immortals, to the Garden of Iden, a typically British folly containing rare and unusual botanical specimens. Her mission is to retrieve samples of the many now-extinct plants, most of which have medical applications in the future. But she didn’t expect to encounter someone like Nicholas Harpole–a strong, passionate, intelligent mortal man who serves as secretary to Iden’s owner–and she makes the worst mistake possible for an immortal: she falls in love with a mortal. When Nicholas is captured as a heretic and sentenced to be burned at the stake, Mendoza must choose between the man she loves and her own immortal mission.
Replete with vibrant historical detail, brimming with insightful social commentary, and possessing some truly engaging characters, “In the Garden of Iden” is engrossing. And since it is only the first in a series about the immortal agents of the Company, fans will have a lot more to look forward to.
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