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Jody Lynn Nye gained attention when she collaborated on Anne McCaffrey’s Doona series, but her storytelling skills stand on their own in this novel, the tale of a space-faring doctor and her animal companions.
Environmental conditions often make colonization difficult. Enter Shona Taylor, trained to assess hazardous bacteria, chemicals and viruses. She works with a veritable menagerie: mice, rabbits, a cat, a dog and an alien species called an ottle. By capitalizing on their heightened senses, they all function as part of a highly trained diagnostic team, searching out and neutralizing dangers that could affect human colonists.
After a personal tragedy, Shona questions her commitment to this work, until an incredible opportunity comes her way, involving disease research on recently colonized planets. Now working for an independent corporation, she and her animals travel from world to world, only to realize that they’re following the path of a deadly disease: one wiping out whole colonies within days.