Dora.... she is a sentient computer..she's sassy and she's also determined to put herself in a human body!! She wants to experience touch and taste and true desire!! She also has her man picked out...Zical!
Zical...unfornately summons the ancient machines that protect the galaxy from invasion and him and Dora get chosen to intercept them and take them back to the galaxy's rim. This gives Dora a chance to see if she can sway Zical to help her learn more about her human emotions.....
A computer transfers her essence to a biological human form to experience emotions and sensations. This is a sci-fi romance book - sequel to book "The Challenge". Dora was the computer that aided the Rystani people in the first book. She's pretty annoying, and I didn't care for the first 50 or 70 pages of the book. The transformation was barely mentioned, lots of inconsistencies, on the plus side - maybe now Dora can die in a sequel. It got better towards the end of the book and the chapter preview for the next book looked more interesting.
Dora had been a sentient computer for three hundred years before she met the Earthling called Tessa (from previous book "The Challenge"). As Dora's friendship with Tessa grew, she met many new people. One of them is a Rystani captain named Zical. Dora builds herself a body, an exact duplicate of a female holosim character that Zical often spent hot nights with. After creating Ranth, another sentient computer, to replace her computer self, Dora enters her new human body. She especially wants to experience love and caring with Zical like she has witness bloom between Tessa and Kahn. But Zical is used to Dora the computer, not Dora the sexy and sassy bombshell. She is too different from Rystani women. In addition, he still feels responsible for not being able to save his previous mate from being killed.
When Zical locates a hidden chamber within Mount Shachauri, he accidentally summons the ancient machines called "The Sentinel". The Sentinel protects the galaxy from invasion by a warlike horde called the "Zin". Zical gathers his crew for what could very well be a one way mission. They must intercept the Sentinel and take them back to the galaxy's rim. Fortunately for Dora, this puts her and Zical in very close quarters for a very long time.
**** Tessa and Kahn's amazing tale in the previous novel "The Challenge" had Dora as a secondary character throughout most of the story. Zical entered that adventure about half way into it. If you read the first novel then you could not help but love Dora. It never entered my mind that Dora could have her own story. Fortunately, author Susan Kearney has a more fertile imagination than I. Susan Kearney not only succeeded at giving Dora a human form, but also made her very realistic by adding a human flaw or two.
In addition, a new character named Kirek is introduced. He is a four-year-old genius. I can reveal nothing else without spoilers so I will not even try. However, I have hope that Kirek will get his own story told someday. I highly recommend this title for fans of romance and sci-fi. ****