McCoy’s debut installment in the The Acatalec series is a fast-paced, richly imagined page-turner. Living on the edge is nothing new for Tyler Beryl, one of the best drone pilots in Zeiten Drone Transportation. And when a few extra credits are added to the adrenaline rush of drone racing, it makes for a fantastic combination. When a drone race goes wrong, and Tyler’s best friend is kidnapped, Tyler has no option but to jump headlong into the dangerous situation. Only problem is the handsome, enigmatic Cable Azel, Tyler’s boss at the company, seems to be part of the secret alien society at the root of the kidnapping. Tyler’s painful consciousness in the face of her physical disability gives her character an authentic vulnerability, but it’s her extreme feistiness that makes her a memorable heroine. Cable is a swoon-worthy hero. The pair’s simmering chemistry is delicious, and themes of love, friendship, freedom, and the self are well depicted. The prose is crisp, dialogue witty and fun, and the narrative swift. The expert writing and effective blend of sci-fi and paranormal elements keep the pages turning. The action scenes, particularly the adrenaline-pumping drone races are densely choreographed with verve and intelligence. With its gripping worldbuilding, well-rounded characters, and fantastic paranormal concept, the novel will grab the reader and wouldn’t let go.