Regina Shen: Endurance (Book 4) by Lance Erlick

Betrayed by her own mother, outcast Regina Shen has been trying to free her sister. Instead, she becomes a pawn in the World Federation’s struggle for power and succession.

Synopsis - 

Worldwide fertility has collapsed and the World Premier is dying, leading to a crisis of leadership. Battle lines are forming and Regina holds the keys to resolving the fertility crisis with her genome and elevating whoever can capture and control her into positions of power. Using her photographic (eidetic) memory of illegal books, she also holds the key to locating ancient artifacts that could save or destroy the Federation. In holding these keys, Regina should be treated as a queen, but outcasts aren’t even allowed to become citizens.

Having survived the swamps, deserts, and wilderness, Regina continues to try to barter for freedom for her and her sister, but the stakes are too high. Federation agents hound Regina to uncover ancient artifacts and serve herself up as a lab specimen to prevent human extinction. The disgraced Inspector Joanne Demarco pretends to be Regina’s ally to get her to deliver the location of ancient DNA vaults that could change the balance of power. Meanwhile, ruthless rivals are willing to do anything to destroy Demarco and control Regina.

Regina’s new journey will test her endurance, her ability to recognize opportunities, and her knack for avoiding capture. She will also face a tragedy and a strange twist of destiny that will shake her to her core and get her to question everything. Will she be able to overcome adversity or will she descend down an even more dangerous path?

Review - 

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

In book three Regina managed to find and open the Alaskan fault. She distributed some the the seeds and genetic material to outlaws, but when the government agents pursuing her found it, it was blasted into oblivion.  Demarco still had her sister held in hostage and the next genetic vault to pursue was in the South, in the middle of a terrible desert.  Regina and Ester's trucking friends again found a way to get them there, but on arrival they were left on their own.

The two had to head off into the unforgiving desert with limited supplies and little guidance, find the well-hidden vault and solve the puzzle to figure out the entrance code. Warring government agents Demarco and Volpe were still hot on Regina and Ester's trail and there was no guarantee the next vault would survive.

Would Regina finally manage to give the government what it wanted - a solution to the dire fertility crisis?  It was the only way to get her sister released and so save her incarceration in a lab.

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Meet The Author - 

Fab behind the scenes interview with the author - HERE!

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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