Review – The Legend of Banzai Maguire (2176 book 1) by Susan Grant

4 stars for this futuristic one.


I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. This book is the first book in a 2 book series and has been updated since its original release. I was hooked from the very beginning and can’t wait to dig into book 2. What happens when you wake up 160 years in the future and everything you knew is no more… well this happened to Banzai. Oh and Ty is one smokin’ hot futuristic Seal. The sparks that fly with these two burn hotter than a jet engine on after burn. I love reading futuristic books and this has it all, action, adventure and passion. Well written, with great character development, I was pulled in from the very first page. Love your work Susan!


The year: 2006. While flying a peacekeeping mission over North Korea, Air Force pilot Bree “Banzai” Maguire is shot down by a missile from the ground. Instead of the North Korean troops she expected, she finds herself captured by a mad scientist and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything’s changed. It’s one hundred and seventy years later­—2176—the world is in crisis, and she’s a hotly contested prize. Once, Banzai’s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back.

The year: 2176. U.C.E Commander Ty Armstrong is a part-time treasure hunter. Seeking one, elusive prize has become a personal obsession for him: Banzai Maguire, who was never found after her mysterious disappearance. His quest to find her remains takes him into enemy territory in the Kingdom of Asia and to the discovery of the woman herself. Not only is she very much alive, he might already have fallen in love with her. But they are captured by the rich, ruthless Emperor of Asia before he can bring her to safety.

Grab your copy here at Amazon.

Oh and don’t forget to keep an eye out for book 2…


2 thoughts on “Review – The Legend of Banzai Maguire (2176 book 1) by Susan Grant

  1. “Legend” is, of course, an incredibly subjective term that when used unwisely threatens to turn a book into a boring predictable story. Susan Grant breaths life in the “legend of Banzai McGuire” in so many unexpected twists without resorting to rip-roaring operatic drama or epics. It’s the characters’ relatable predicaments that truly reinforce the plot.

    The story’s setting is extensive, complete with the biomes in a futuristic time when traditional countries and power blocks have been reorganized following cataclysmic disintegration of Earth’s conventional political divides.

    Banzai Bree McGuire, struggles to come to grips with reality when she wakes up from cryopreservation almost two centuries that she is no longer “in Kansas Toto”. Susan Grant loads her tale with futuristic elements, like nanocomputers, magnetic coils generating levitational fields, human cloning interspersed throughout the novel, unveiling them a few at a time.

    There’s romance (decorated SEAL commander Ty living in the 23rd century has, and had, strong feelings for Banzai Bree McGuire he’s known only from a faded picture. In fact, his emotions for her are so strong that he admits he had made love to her in his imagination! For all he knows she might be dead.

    Banzai McGuire is a present-day US military jet pilot whose F-16 is shot down over the North Korea of Kim Jong-u. Her body frozen in suspended animation was dispatched into time, but time forgot her. But

    Ty’s obsession with Banzei McGuire pushes him to search the murky depths of a giant ocean, littered with the final vestiges of long gone cities. He finds Banzai in her cryo tank and tries to reanimate her, (a simple kiss would not do to wake her) only to lose her to a despotic tyrant, emperor of the Asiatic political power in the new world order.

    Susan Grant’s earlier description of Banzai McGuire’s ordeal to survive in hostile territory and her attempt to evade capture is so compelling and vivid that, knowing Susan Grant was a military jet pilot, I hope she never endured that nightmare in real life.

    Never lacking in action, the story is equally concerned with showcasing Banzai McGuire’s evolution: Experience and her intense training have cultivated her confidence in herself and her abilities for survival despite overwhelming odds. She’s endearingly overprotective of those she loves. Devotees of Grant’s novels will find Banzai’s growth immensely satisfying and empathize with her aching, enduring grief over the loss of her best friend. Grant’s signature talent is in full effect, creating a strong female character, imaginative descriptions, and an absorbing plot. Readers who take the time to go back to reread the Legend of Banzai McGuire will not regret it.


    • … Oh! and did I mention that I have always been terrible with names? The title (and name of the main character) is “The Legend of Banzai Bree Maguire” (NOT McGuire). I sincerely apologize to the readers of this review and of course to Susan Grant.


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