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Prime Time
by Vicky Burkholder   

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Publisher:  Captiva Press Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 3, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781936356096

What happens when you take “Erin Brockovich”, mix in “The X-Men” and put it all on the moon? You get "Prime Time", a futuristic romance novel.

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In the dark corners of the Lunar habitats, Deena has safety and friends. In the light—danger lurks. To find those responsible for the death of her parents and the disappearance of her friends, she must join those who work in the light—if they’ll let her. After all, they’re Techies.

Jake has every advantage of a Techie. Head of an elite security force investigating the Utopia drug, he is certain the pushers are the Porters. He needs to find a way to integrate with those who work in the dark, but Techies aren’t welcome.

Deena and Jake must put aside their differences and work together against a common enemy—a threat to both Techies and Porters. Along the way, they discover love doesn’t care where you come from, and evil has a long reach.


“By whom? Some Earther who’s never been beyond the stratosphere?” Deena fingered his shoulder-length hair. “Lesson One is nobody up here wears their hair more than an inch long. Nor do we wear anything other than e-z-clean fabrics. The material in your suit would never hold up to multiple sonic cleansings and water’s too expensive.”

Professional Reviews

Romantic Times
RT Rating: 4 stars
Published: July 2007
Type: Science Fiction (E-book)

Burkholder voyages to the moon sometime in the future and builds a world with an intricate, well-defined, two-tiered social order. Everyone has a common goal, to locate a drug that can render all parts of society powerless if put in the wrong hands -- and the wrong hands seem to have acquired it. A compelling read.

Summary: Deena is a Porter, considered the lower class in contrast to the upper-class Techies. When she first meets Jake Parsons, the new cook, he looks a mess: outfitted with multicolored hair and bright blue shorts. He's also a Techie, and soon Deena is recruited to unearth the distributors of the drug, Utopia.

Deena is seeing double when Jake's twin, Sean, joins the hunt as they travel the vents behind the walls looking for answers. (, dl $6.49)

—Donna M. Brown

Coffee Time Romance
Rating: 5 cups
Deena Carstairs has known that danger lurks in the area that she calls home. She wants to find peace with the passing of her parents, and just wants someone to fall in love with. That someone is totally out of her league, but she is willing to do whatever it takes to fight for him.
Jake Parsons is a member of the elite class of Lunar Base with a mission to enlist Deena to help him to find out where the drug Utopia is coming from, and try to stop the people who make it. Jake wants to protect Deena with every breath he has; even if it means that he will lose his own life.
Deena and Jake must put aside their differences and work together against a common enemy; a threat to both Techies and Porters. Along the way, they discover love does not care where you come from, and evil has a long reach. But they have no idea what other plans the enemy has in store for them, or how the relationship will turn out in the end.
Astounding! Miss Burkholder has outdone herself with this book. A real page turner. Deena and Jake are made for each other! The world the author created is stunningly realistic and pulls you in. A definite must for lovers of sci-fi action books!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

Joyfully Reviewed
Could a geek and a streetwise survivor ever find true love? Vicky Burkholder seems to think so, and to prove her case she wrote Prime Time. Only in this tale, the geeks are known as Techies and the streetwise survivors are known as Porters. The light satire of the names is not lost on me. Porters are also the names of people who do all the physical labors in many so-called third-world countries. Techies? Well, that could be just about any American who happens to have a job above minimum wage.
But the story goes way beyond the usual "haves" finding out how hard it is for the "have nots". Plus this story is amazing in technical details for how it works to live and survive on the moon. Unlike on earth where the higher up you live in high rises or hills, the richer you must be, the rich live on the ground, and the porters live in the upper levels. Levels that never see security or fresh food since they cost too much, and if you get sick, good luck.
Jake hires Deena for her street-wise ways to try and stop a drug called Utopia. She was hired because both of her parents died from it. But they quickly discover that it is not just drugs that plague them, but corruption that runs deep, even to those whom they thought they could trust with their lives. It also brings into vivid view the kinds of lives that can be possible, both good and bad, on the moon.
If Prime Time is ever made into a movie and Vicky Burkholder endorses it, I will be among the first in line to buy those high priced tickets. This tale is a rollicking ride of suspense, romance, and good Old West flavor that doesn't stop till the last line.

Reviewed By Nancy Louise
© April 2007

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