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The sizzling first book in the DarkOps Defenders series.

When a USO boat goes down in flames, pilot JimmyGage pulls a scantily clad Chloe Nelson out of sharkfilledwaters. Chloe isn’t looking for a jet-jock to beher bodyguard—until she finds herself side by sidewith Gage on a dangerous mission.
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ISBN: 9781101032558
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A deathbed confession, overheard by the wrong person, sets a wildfire of emotion through both the station and the ship crews as they learn there may be survivors on a station they abandoned when they ran back to the Atevi world.Betrayal, anger and distrust are rampant in every interface between the various human groups and even with the Atevi. However, with the ship refueled, there is no reason why the crew can't go back to get the missing people. A year-long journey and a chance of a hostile alien encounter are only part of the problem. A decade has passed since they abandoned Reunion. What will they find when they return?The hope that friends and family might still be holding on in the partially destroyed station is going to lead to a mutiny if a rescue isn't immediately launched -- and even that would take a year to reach the station -- then there is going to be serious trouble.Into this atmosphere, Bren Cameron must try to work a solution to everyone's liking -- but he's working blind in one respect. He has had no instructions from the Aiji or the Atevi government. Urgent messages go unanswered at a time when he most needs the guidance of his friend. He knows friend is not a word he can apply to any Atevi. He knows that he doesn't feel what they feel, and yet he can't help but feel a level of betrayal when he learns the Aiji has been working with another rather than with him. He's been cut off with no one but his loyal Atevi companions to stand by him in a dangerous situation where he can only guess what the leader of the Atevi world will want. Add the pressure of family commitments he can in no way deal with, and believing himself abandoned and betrayed, Bren can only do what he's always trained to do -- mediate between groups of people who are one step away from open warfare. When the indomitable Illisidi and the Aiji's young son come to the station, intending to travel aboard the ship, the situation grows even more complex.Defender is an exciting book from start to finish, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing just what might be the truth and what enemies might Bren faces. As always, the alien society is exceptionally well-written and the plotting superb. This book is a real treat for fans of the series.more
See Foreigner and Precursor.more
Almost nothing happens in this volume, but I became so engrossed in it anyway that I barely noticed. This, the fifth book in the Atevi series, concerns the imminent departure of the human starship Phoenix which has been docked at the space station above the Atevi home world for the last several years. Again, we follow translator and diplomat Bren Cameron as he negotiates interspecies communication.Unlike some previous volumes in this series, there are no great battles, no new Atevi landscapes to explore, and hardly any new characters (the Atevi ruler's six year old heir is one exception). Most of the book is consumed by Bren's conflicts with his human family and his difficulty understanding the Atevi reaction to the death of Captain Ramirez.There is a lot of intrigue and suspicion among the factions in this book. So much that the reader spends most of the time trying to figure out what is going on. It is not unpleasant, and the delicious alien-ness of the setting helps. This is obviously a world in which the author feels comfortable.more
Bren now lives up in the station fleeting trips back down. Aveti are up in numbers as well and the repair is going well, but he is called back down suddenly to attend an Aveti cermony, Tabeni paying late respects to his father - one of the best passages in the whole series, paused between the second and third bells ... absolutely gripping writing - and Bren has no idea why he was called down or why he has recieved no official communication. Back Above, Rameriz dies and suddenly secrets supposedly held tight are loose amoungst the crew. Bren's pride is shattered but he still has his job to do - hoping he can correctly intrepret aveti wishes against the captains plans, but crew are a completely different mindset, and he still isn't used to dealing with them, for all that they look human ...more
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A deathbed confession, overheard by the wrong person, sets a wildfire of emotion through both the station and the ship crews as they learn there may be survivors on a station they abandoned when they ran back to the Atevi world.Betrayal, anger and distrust are rampant in every interface between the various human groups and even with the Atevi. However, with the ship refueled, there is no reason why the crew can't go back to get the missing people. A year-long journey and a chance of a hostile alien encounter are only part of the problem. A decade has passed since they abandoned Reunion. What will they find when they return?The hope that friends and family might still be holding on in the partially destroyed station is going to lead to a mutiny if a rescue isn't immediately launched -- and even that would take a year to reach the station -- then there is going to be serious trouble.Into this atmosphere, Bren Cameron must try to work a solution to everyone's liking -- but he's working blind in one respect. He has had no instructions from the Aiji or the Atevi government. Urgent messages go unanswered at a time when he most needs the guidance of his friend. He knows friend is not a word he can apply to any Atevi. He knows that he doesn't feel what they feel, and yet he can't help but feel a level of betrayal when he learns the Aiji has been working with another rather than with him. He's been cut off with no one but his loyal Atevi companions to stand by him in a dangerous situation where he can only guess what the leader of the Atevi world will want. Add the pressure of family commitments he can in no way deal with, and believing himself abandoned and betrayed, Bren can only do what he's always trained to do -- mediate between groups of people who are one step away from open warfare. When the indomitable Illisidi and the Aiji's young son come to the station, intending to travel aboard the ship, the situation grows even more complex.Defender is an exciting book from start to finish, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing just what might be the truth and what enemies might Bren faces. As always, the alien society is exceptionally well-written and the plotting superb. This book is a real treat for fans of the series.more
See Foreigner and Precursor.more
Almost nothing happens in this volume, but I became so engrossed in it anyway that I barely noticed. This, the fifth book in the Atevi series, concerns the imminent departure of the human starship Phoenix which has been docked at the space station above the Atevi home world for the last several years. Again, we follow translator and diplomat Bren Cameron as he negotiates interspecies communication.Unlike some previous volumes in this series, there are no great battles, no new Atevi landscapes to explore, and hardly any new characters (the Atevi ruler's six year old heir is one exception). Most of the book is consumed by Bren's conflicts with his human family and his difficulty understanding the Atevi reaction to the death of Captain Ramirez.There is a lot of intrigue and suspicion among the factions in this book. So much that the reader spends most of the time trying to figure out what is going on. It is not unpleasant, and the delicious alien-ness of the setting helps. This is obviously a world in which the author feels comfortable.more
Bren now lives up in the station fleeting trips back down. Aveti are up in numbers as well and the repair is going well, but he is called back down suddenly to attend an Aveti cermony, Tabeni paying late respects to his father - one of the best passages in the whole series, paused between the second and third bells ... absolutely gripping writing - and Bren has no idea why he was called down or why he has recieved no official communication. Back Above, Rameriz dies and suddenly secrets supposedly held tight are loose amoungst the crew. Bren's pride is shattered but he still has his job to do - hoping he can correctly intrepret aveti wishes against the captains plans, but crew are a completely different mindset, and he still isn't used to dealing with them, for all that they look human ...more
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