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For the past five years, Jade Darcy has not seen another human being. A computer-augmented mercenary, she lives on the planet Cablans, a stopover point for traders from hundreds of worlds -- and a good place to meet customers who need the services of a skilled warrior.

She turns down what she considers a suicide assignment: traveling to an enslaved world to assassinate one of its military leaders. But then she learns there's another human being on Cablans -- a human being with the potential to expose Jade's mysterious past, with possibly fatal results.

All of a sudden, a suicide mission looks positively appetizing....

This is the first published volume in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series.

Award-winning science fiction author Spider Robinson says:

"A legend returns. Long before there were any buffed Xenas or xenophobic Buffies in the pantheon of fighting females, there existed a remarkable woman warrior named Jade Darcy: a computer-assisted mercenary so formidable and so smart that the Dark Angel, Friday and the Bionic Woman together would have hesitated to piss her off--yet so emotionally mixed up that she broke your heart. Even better: unlike any of those ladies just named, this jade's adventures were most definitely not rated PG. Indeed it was her creators' deep insight into female sexuality and spirituality, as much as their mastery of action scenes, that gave Jade Darcy an uncommon plausibility, a realness, so often missing in other woman-warrior fictions. The restoration to print of the two volumes of the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series is long overdue, and most welcome; you'll have to go a long way to find a more addictive heroine.

Published: Parsina Press on Mar 14, 2012
ISBN: 9781452445052
List price: $4.99
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Short, but enjoyable. Jade is a mercenary. Currently she's fleeing bad memories and working as a bouncer in an isolated way station far out from normal human traffic, with only her house-computer for company. Her job is to smooth out any interactions between the various aliens dining at the only multicultural facility - with tact and diplomacy where possible, and force where necessary. Given that some races are naturally heavily armed and of intemperate disposition Jade is regarded as being unusally good at her job.However her concentration is distracted by news that another human has arrived, and bad memories continually surface. At the same time the aliens pick a poor time and race to choose to start a fight with. Leaving Jade with no option but to take her honour into her own hands - where it's always belonged.The biggest problen I had with this is that the aliens are mere window dressing. Fancy costumes with no thoughts to practicalities, and very little in the way of personalities either. Everyone from one race behaved the same, just liek humans do. Not. The World's fun though, the 4dimensional Greeet particularly novel, and the story rips along nicely. Jade is sufficently non-perfect to be interesting, whilst still be competiant enough to be enjoyable, even if the oucome is never in much doubt. I didn't notice many particular inconsistences in the plot which is always good - even if the continual anchronism of knifes in SF remains.Worth looking out for, and I'm hoping the sequel will continue to build the characters rather than just being more adventres.read more
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Short, but enjoyable. Jade is a mercenary. Currently she's fleeing bad memories and working as a bouncer in an isolated way station far out from normal human traffic, with only her house-computer for company. Her job is to smooth out any interactions between the various aliens dining at the only multicultural facility - with tact and diplomacy where possible, and force where necessary. Given that some races are naturally heavily armed and of intemperate disposition Jade is regarded as being unusally good at her job.However her concentration is distracted by news that another human has arrived, and bad memories continually surface. At the same time the aliens pick a poor time and race to choose to start a fight with. Leaving Jade with no option but to take her honour into her own hands - where it's always belonged.The biggest problen I had with this is that the aliens are mere window dressing. Fancy costumes with no thoughts to practicalities, and very little in the way of personalities either. Everyone from one race behaved the same, just liek humans do. Not. The World's fun though, the 4dimensional Greeet particularly novel, and the story rips along nicely. Jade is sufficently non-perfect to be interesting, whilst still be competiant enough to be enjoyable, even if the oucome is never in much doubt. I didn't notice many particular inconsistences in the plot which is always good - even if the continual anchronism of knifes in SF remains.Worth looking out for, and I'm hoping the sequel will continue to build the characters rather than just being more adventres.
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