Beware, spoilers ahead in this review. Once again Carol Van Natta has outdone herself in Jumper's Hope - the action seldom lets up as ex-Jumper, Kerzanna Nevarr and ex-Kameleon Corps operative, Jess Orowitz go on the run from psychotic Davidro (a CPS agent whose activities are not, strictly speaking, sanctioned by the Citizen Protection Service) and his collection of minder 'pets' and hired mercs. Kerzanna and Jess are ex-lovers, both of whom are led to believe the other is dead, but in a strange twist of fate they find out that 1) They are definitely not dead and someone has been tampering with their memories, and 2) They have been living on the same planet. Jess, using his Kameleon talents, quickly figures out that someone is trying to kill Kerzanna and they both ship out on a cruise-liner. Unfortunately, when Davidro wants someone dead, he'll move the kitchen sink just to find you and kill you. So begins a cat and mouse game that will either end in Kerzanna and Jess' death or them living long enough to play their role in beginning a series of events that could bring humanity to it's knees as out-lined in the Ayorinn Prophecies.
One of the things I really love about this series is the characters - they're quite memorable, even the bad guys (let's just say, I wouldn't want to ever cross paths with Davidro - the man is just plain ghastly). I also like the way Carol has been slowly unravelling more of the Concordance universe as the story progresses, revealing how corrupt the CPS actually is especially in the way they treat Minders (those with telepathic, telekinetic, cleaner, sifter and other types of psychic abilities). The Concordance universe is a fascinating and diverse place that I definitely wouldn't mind visiting, supposing that it was real, that is. Looking forward to more stories, memorable characters and great action in the next book, which I hope is not too far away :)