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"The action reminded me of an INDIANA JONES movie and the romance was equally intense."
Paranormal Romance Reviews

"...the fantastic anticipation only a ticking bomb can generate, I was enthralled from page one"
4 Stars - Lynn Lowe - Ecataromance

"...suspenseful, gripping saga of survival, betrayal, and hope...the resourcefulness and courage that occurs when a person refuses to admit defeat and die."
5 Angels - Dena - Fallen Angel Reviews


The year is 3033, and deep in the bowels of the underground galactic prison, something has gone terribly wrong. An artist at heart, Rhonda never wanted this medic prison job. When the civilian personnel vanish and an earthquake damages the nuclear reactor, she must go down to repair it with Captain Perfect himself, Cole Riggeur, who always plays by the rules and never trusted a woman in his life. But deep in the underground penitentiary, the most wicked convicts in the Galaxy are loose, and a treacherous shape-shifter plans his revenge. Disconnected from the Garrison, against impossible odds, Cole and Rhonda now face their greatest challenge... trusting each other in order to survive.


Vijaya has crafted a tense threat that feels frightfully real and forces two quite different people together. What she also manages to do is keep the human element. Too often, written science fiction gets heavily technical and the human side falls out. Not so with Vijaya's story. The nearly indestructible Tomar is incredibly ruthless and believable. Rhonda is a strong and resourceful woman and Cole is the man such a woman deserves. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even if science fiction is not your thing, I suspect you'll find it a great read, too."
Connie Flynn - Amazon reviews - 5 stars

"Packed with tension and action from the first page to the last, Schartz's novel is an exciting adventure. She has a rich imagination and deftly executes it."
Romantic Times Magazine

Vijaya Schartz takes the reader on a thrill ride. Between the prisoners, earthquakes and lava flows, Cole and Rhonda work together to survive. Can they get back to the surface before the planet explodes? Will they find a way to get off the planet? Will they give in to their feelings for each other? Read the book and find out."
Candy - Ecataromance -  4 1/2 stars - sensuous

"...suspenseful, gripping saga of survival, betrayal, and hope...the resourcefulness and courage that occurs when a person refuses to admit defeat and die."
Dena - Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 Angels

"The action reminded me of an INDIANA JONES movie
 and the romance was equally intense."
Paranormal Romance Reviews

"ALIEN LOCKDOWN is an exciting, action-packed futuristic romance with an intense, suspenseful plot. I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning of LOCKDOWN and the intensity didn't let up until the very end. The action reminded me of an INDIANA JONES movie and the romance was equally intense. Rhonda is an artistic person, who sees the gray in life. While Cole is a by-the-book person, who sees only black and white. It is interesting to watch them work together and grow to love one another. Ms. Schartz has created a great futuristic romance; I highly recommend it."

"Why ISN'T this book on the NYT Bestseller list?"
Action Girl - Amazon Reviews
5 Stars rating

"...the fantastic anticipation only a ticking bomb can generate, I was enthralled from page one"  4 Stars  Ecataromance - Reviewed by Lynn Lowe

"Alien Lockdown author Vijaya Schartz delivers an all-out, action packed, sci-fi feast! There are marauding, murderous criminals, a devious and disloyal Company, and two guards trying to make it out alive. Sci-fi fans everywhere rejoice! With just enough romance to spice it up, two lively and dedicated main characters, and the fantastic anticipation only a ticking bomb can generate, I was enthralled from page one. I can't wait for the next in the series!"

"...kept me on the edge of my desk chair, completely mesmerized by the non-stop action and suspense...I recommend "Alien Lockdown" to anybody, and everybody."
5 Stars rating
- Phoenix Forrester - Realms Of Love

" Action filled sequence from start to finish."  Tami Brady - TCM reviews and

"Alien Lockdown is an action filled sequence from start to finish. Moreover, the characters evolve and learn about themselves from their interactions with each other and their traumatic experiences as the unimaginable happens at the high security prison. This book reminds us that we sometimes cling stubbornly to what we believe to be true regardless of the consequences. Often we don't even realize who we are and what we want from love and life until fate steps in."

"To be honest with you Alien Lockdown is not my type of book; but when I started reading it I had to finish it before I could put it down. I look forward to reading something else of yours."

Tammy Kelley, Romance Junkies
4.5 blue ribbons

"...this book will appeal to men and women alike."
Beverly Forehand - Round Table Reviews

"ALIEN LOCKDOWN is wonderful!  This story is bright, compelling, full of wit and humor, and salted with just the right mix of romance and action.  Rhonda is ingenuous, plucky, and brave--with just enough naiveté to make her real and endearing.  Cole is noble and clever, with a few flaws thrown in to make this futuristic Achilles seem attainable and mortal.  The villains are completely villainous--brutal, raw, and primal in every instance.  Although there are certainly a few morals to this story, they are woven neatly into the plot and don't come across as heavy-handed, but rather as organic developments of the characters' natures.  If you are a fan of action/adventure, sci-fi, or romance, you'll find ALIEN  LOCKDOWN to be your cup of tea!  With such a strong heroine, this book will appeal to men and women alike.  Once again Vijaya Schartz has managed to give us a strong female character that manages to save the day without losing the essence of what it means to be a woman."

"...a super entertaining read. Wow! I cannot wait for the next one! Can you write faster?"
Annie Bonneau - Canadian Review



The elevator door opened on Level Sixteen, the Yellow Zone. Any trace of friendliness in the captain’s expression disappeared as he tensed up like a leopard ready to pounce. He glanced right and left before stepping into the corridor.

Nothing looked amiss as Rhonda ventured after him on the yellow floor. Then she remembered to breathe and regretted it. "What’s that smell?"

The captain drew his phaser out of his thigh holster. "You’re the medic, you of all people should recognize it."

Then Rhonda identified the sweet coppery stench. "Blood!" And not just human blood. The smell reminded her of a wartime emergency ward. She drew her phaser with a trembling hand, trying to remember her training. So, that’s what it felt like to face real danger!

The captain pointed to her phaser. "Set it on kill."

"Kill?" Rhonda had never killed anyone and doubted she ever could. As a medic, she’d sworn the Hippocratic oath.

"Stun doesn’t affect the Monacks or the Juzzaar. Whoever spilled that blood, by whatever means, found a way out of his cell and could probably eat you alive. Let’s not take any chances." He patted his boot under the uniform pants as if to check his dagger.

Rhonda swallowed hard. She’d seen a few Juzzaar, hulking humanoids with pale gold skin. They had sensitive retinas from having evolved on a shadowed planet and thrived in dim places, wearing dark glasses against any kind of light. "How could one prisoner spill so much blood?" The stench was overpowering.

"There must be more than one on the loose."

A chill of dread traveled from Rhonda’s head to her toes at the thought of meeting a Monack, these shape-shifters who could grow razor-sharp claws, attacking with stealth and great speed. She gladly set her phaser on kill. "What now?"


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