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Can love alone save the day? Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair returns with a vibrant interstellar thriller of romance and adventure in which two lovers are tested in the crucible of deep space, where there are only…Before her court-martial, Captain Chasidah “Chaz” Bergren was the pride of the Sixth Fleet. Now she’s a fugitive from the “justice” of a corrupt Empire. Along with her lover, the former monk, mercenary, and telepath Gabriel Ross Sullivan, Chaz hoped to leave the past light-years behind—until the news of her brother Thad’s arrest and upcoming execution for treason. It’s a ploy by Sully’s cousin Hayden Burke to force them out of hiding, and it works.With a killer targeting human females and a renegade gen lab breeding jukor war machines, Chaz and Sully already had their hands full of treachery, betrayal—not to mention each other. Throw in Chaz’s Imperial ex-husband, Admiral Philip Guthrie, and a Kyi-Ragkiril mentor out to seduce Sully, and not just loyalties but lives are at stake. For when Sully makes a fateful choice, changing their relationship forever, Chaz must also choose—between what duty demands and what her heart tells her she must do.From the Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jan 1, 2008
ISBN: 9780553905335
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I like this the least of the Sinclair books I've read. Not enough action. Too much happens inside people's heads and the problem with that is it just feels repetitive and not too interesting.read more
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Captain Chazidah Bergren may have a ship back under the feet Gabriel Sullivan swept her off, but life on board the Boru Karn isn't exactly tranquil. As the Imperial political situation implodes and factions form, Sully and Chaz race against time to locate the gene labs using Taka females as incubators for jukors, the mutant genetic abominations created as near unstoppable killing machines. When their possible contact turns out to possesses Kyi skills that Sully desperately needs, Chaz squelches her unease. But as Sully's skills grow, so does his teacher's fascination with Chaz. As if political intrigue, mutiny, treason, and Imperial assassins weren't enough to worry about.Fast-paced and finely detailed, an excellent follow-up to Gabriel's Ghost. Definitely read this one second, though - coming in cold will leave you wondering what's going on.read more
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It figures that the characters of Sinclair's I liked the least she goes and makes a series out of.read more
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I like this the least of the Sinclair books I've read. Not enough action. Too much happens inside people's heads and the problem with that is it just feels repetitive and not too interesting.
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Captain Chazidah Bergren may have a ship back under the feet Gabriel Sullivan swept her off, but life on board the Boru Karn isn't exactly tranquil. As the Imperial political situation implodes and factions form, Sully and Chaz race against time to locate the gene labs using Taka females as incubators for jukors, the mutant genetic abominations created as near unstoppable killing machines. When their possible contact turns out to possesses Kyi skills that Sully desperately needs, Chaz squelches her unease. But as Sully's skills grow, so does his teacher's fascination with Chaz. As if political intrigue, mutiny, treason, and Imperial assassins weren't enough to worry about.Fast-paced and finely detailed, an excellent follow-up to Gabriel's Ghost. Definitely read this one second, though - coming in cold will leave you wondering what's going on.
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It figures that the characters of Sinclair's I liked the least she goes and makes a series out of.
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I didn't plow straight into this one from Gaberiel's Ghost, so I spent the first couple chapters being confused because it gets right into the conspiracies. Shades of Dark is not the Sinclair romance formula, there are definitely elements of it there but it's much more plot focused. I enjoyed it, but not as much as others of hers. I'm also wary of books with a main character of almost limitless powers, it's not quite the case here, but the essential problem remains (it's just boring - limitless powers = fewer interesting human problems).
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The follow up to Gabriel's Ghost again told from the first person POV of Chasidah Bergen. As the mind meddling and telepathy become even more a feature of the book, this limited POV becomes even more important. Sully, Del and her ex-husband, Philip Guthrie have to remain enigmas to her.
Anyone wanting to learn how to write should either read Linnea's books or beter still take one of her writing courses. Her craft is excellent.
All her books are definite must reads for fans of scifi romance. The pacing, the plot and the characters are all second to none.
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