Round Trip Fare is Book #4 in the Null City Urban Fantasy series. I advise reading earlier books in this series before embarking on this one or you will be quite lost. I’ve read book #1 and it was enough for me to pick up the storyline.
In this book Carey Parker is all grown up, she works for the Accords Agency bringing in rogue paranormal beings, however there are still a team of Outsiders who are also searching for Carey. Eight years ago Carey and her twin Connor were protected by their guardian Harry on his ranch. He had promised their older sister Gaby he would raise them as his own. He taught them how to use their superpowers, or brought in specialists to train them. But all that changed on the night the ranch was attached, Harry killed and the children barely escaped. To protect his sister, Connor led the pursuers away and Carey hadn’t seen him since.
Old wounds open when a stranger turns up with a current photo of Connor. Iax Zahavi is a rogue agent, but he works with Director Jeffers, so Carey tolerates him, especially when he saves her from a car bomb. A decision is made to hide Carey on the Metro train as a form of guardsperson, but she has to give up her superpowers. The train runs between various stations and Null City a place where all those with superpowers may go to live a normal life, but, it is under threat from the Outsiders. Carey hopes to hear news to help them with the task to save the city while serving on the train.
The story builds to an exciting climax and there is an opportunity for another book as many of the story threads are currently unsolved.
I do like the Metro Train and its peculiar ticketing booth, it is my favourite part of the book and I would be happy to have it included in much more of the storyline. The characters are well described and believable as are the fighting and romantic scenes. Carey is witty and fun. I wasn’t so sure about having a character change his name Iax became Yosh and both names were used, with a big cast of characters one name would have been good enough for me and I must just mention a little over-kill on the word “sigh”. But apart from that another good book from this author.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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Book Description – Round Trip Fare (Null City, #4) Urban Fantasy (with romance, humor, a sentient train, and a great dog)
Is it wrong that shooting people is just so much easier than making decisions? Carey wonders—and not for the first time. But the Agency claims this will be an easy one. A quick pickup of a missing teen and she won’t even have to shoot anybody. Probably.
Carey knows superpowers suck, her own included. From childhood she’s only had two options. She can take the Metro train to Null City and a normal life. After one day there, imps become baristas, and hellhounds become poodles. Demons settle down, join the PTA, and worry about their taxes. Or she can master the powers of her warrior gift and fight a war she can’t win, in a world where she never learned how to lose.
And then there is…him. For the past two months, a dark stranger has persistently edged his way onto the mental game board behind her eyelids. Well, whatever trouble he’s selling, Carey Parker is not buying. Her to-do list is already long enough: find her brother and sister, rescue her roommate, save Null City, and castrate her ex-boyfriend. Preferably with a dull-edged garden tool. A rusty one.
She just has a few details to work out first. Her parents have been killed, her brother and sister targeted, and the newest leader of the angels trying to destroy Null City might be the one person she loves most in the world. And her sexy new partner’s gift lets him predict deaths. Hers.
In halcyon days BC (before children), Barb Taub wrote a humor column for several Midwest newspapers. With the arrival of Child #4, she veered toward the dark side and an HR career. Following a daring daytime escape to England, she’s lived in a medieval castle and a hobbit house with her prince-of-a-guy and the World’s Most Spoiled AussieDog. Now all her days are Saturdays, and she spends them consulting with her occasional co-author/daughter on Marvel heroes, Null City, and translating from British to American.