There’s always something crazy going on in Lois Lane’s life. A few weeks after successfully smashing an online mind control racket (see our review of Lois Lane: Fallout), she finds herself embroiled in a politically charged clone conspiracy. As it turns out, the DNA from her best friend’s 14-year-old sister was used as a serum to create a doppelganger of the Mayor of Metropolis.
Wait. What? Someone took the DNA from a teenage girl and cloned an elected official? A middle-aged man? Why in the world would someone do that? And does that even make any sense?
If your name is Lois Lane it does. Clones, high school girls, deposed politicos, crime bosses, mysterious flying men, and top-secret government agencies – it’s just another day in the life of ace cub reporter Lois Lane. When something weird is going on, her Spidey sense starts tingling. “Finding things out is what I do,” she says.
Here’s the scoop: Two years ago the mayor of Metropolis ran afoul of the city’s crime boss. Instead of using the usual coercion tactics favored by most Mafiosi, Moxie Mannheim cooked up an improbable plot to create a “doppelmayor.” But creating a clone was only the first step in his mad plan. He also needed a way to control his Frankenstein monster. And that’s when Melody Simpson was recruited.
Melody was a twin. And everybody knew that twins had a special preternatural bond with each other. By sampling Melody’s DNA, Mannheim was able to fashion a quantum connection with his clone. And that provided a way for him to exert undo influence in the Mayor’s office in Metropolis.
But Mannheim made one fatal mistake. He messed around with the sister of Lois Lane’s best friend. And nobody gets away with that. Lois was determined to derail Mannheim’s nefarious schemes. “I want to knock him out,” she admits.
Double Down is a terrific sequel to Lois Lane’s debut novel from last year. In our opinion, author Gwenda Bond is totally in sync with her iconic heroine. Lois lives life in the fast lane and doesn’t slow down to accommodate anyone else (even lonely space aliens from Krypton). Only briefly does the doppelmayor deign to compete with her for the reader’s attention. But that’s okay. The clone’s existential ennui is a fine counterpoint to Lois’s unquenchable lust for life. “You’re pretty amazing, Lois Lane,” says her best friend at the end of the novel. How could we disagree?
[Lois Lane: Double Down / By Gwenda Bond / First Printing: May 2016 / ISBN: 9781630790387]