Regina Shen: Defiance (Book 3) ) by Lance Erlick

On the run, outcast Regina Shen is determined to stop the Federation’s relentless attacks on her family and friends, but the stakes are much higher now and she is deep in foreign
and hostile territory.

Synopsis -

The Federation condemned Regina to live on the seaward side of barrier walls, but she crossed into the Federation where she continues to survive by her wits. Competing Federation agents vie to capture her and use her to acquire power, based on her genome being the key to prevent human extinction. When her sister is kidnapped again and agents close in, Regina flees west with a friend across deserts created by abrupt climate change.

Raised on swampy islands and underwater salvage, they must adapt to different harsh environments. Guided by her photographic (eidetic) memory of illegal print books from before the Federation, Regina is determined to defy the Federation and find a treasure big enough to barter for freedom for her and her sister. In the cat-and-mouse game, can she find allies and ways to escape the Federation dragnet long enough to discover something to trade?

Review -

Regina Shen: Defiance is book three in a series by Lance Erlick. If you haven't read book one Regina Shen: Resilience (review HERE)  or book two Regina Shen: Vigilance (review HERE),  I highly suggest you do before reading Defiance. It's a great story regardless, but you'll have to do a lot of catching up.

Book three opens with Regina's time hiding in local mountains with an outcast group coming to an end. Her nemesis Demarco and Demarco's rival Volpe are closing in. The pressure from the government to capture her is high. Their hopes are that when captured, her blood and tissue will help solve the infertility crisis. She will become a lab rat. Before she flees she leaves crucial biological samples behind to hopefully help women in this group conceive.  Then it's time to run.

With a photographic memory and an ability to decode puzzles, Regina heads north to Alaska with a new friend in tow - Ester. First on cycles, and then behind the steering wheel of a large semi rig, the two make their way dodging capture at every turn with the help of fellow truckers.

What she hopes to find in Alaska is a vault with stored genetic samples.  Her talent for puzzles will hopefully help her open the code-locked door. With both Demarco and Volpe closing in rapidly, will the pair get lucky and continue to escape capture?  And if they do. will they be able to find that vault holding everything needed for the Federation to solve their fertility crisis without locking Regina in a lab?

Only time will tell!

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Meet The Author - 
He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

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