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Fortune's Pawn

Book 1, Paradox

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Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn't give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you'd get Deviana Morris -- a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 12, 2013 – Ambitious career mercenary Devi Morris, believing her advancement stalled in the prestigious Blackbird company, accepts a security position on the notorious trade ship Glorious Fool, a ship so prone to interesting times that one year served there counts as five years served anywhere else. Devi discovers a diverse crew of aliens and humans under a demanding master, and a ship full of secrets worth killing to protect. Swarms of alien slavers and predator-infested derelict ships lost in the depths of space are dangerous enough, but can Devi survive the Glorious Fool herself? All of space opera s conventions make appearances, including violent aliens, mysterious powers, high-tech weaponry, powered armor, sympathetic mercenaries, and feudal societies. What Bach fails to demonstrate is much ability to blend her stock set pieces into a coherent whole or put a new spin on familiar clich s.

Customer Reviews

4.5 stars and a fun read

Like most humans, I do judge a book by its cover. That's not to say I limit myself to books with great covers, since I will let the summary and the sample sell me also. I also own great books without great covers. This book has a great cover that set it apart from the rest, so I downloaded the sample. Despite the relative slow start, I found the writing done well, and the main character enticing enough to continue reading and even into a purchase.

I enjoyed the book enough to complete it over the weekend, and I found myself longing to be placed back into the story when day-to-day life took me away. I also don't mind the softer side of science fiction, that sometimes crosses over into a bit of fantasy, just as long as the author obeys the rules he or she had set up, and is smart enough to avoid poetic license trap. I thought this author did a great job, and the book was well made and worth the read. My only quibble was in her description of the artificial gravity intermixed with the atmosphere aboard ship, and a bit of confusion it caused when I read it. I'm not sure why she brought it up in the book, the handful of times she did, since it was unimportant to the plot.

Overall, I recommend the book for an interesting slant in the space opera sub-genre, and I anticipate the next. I also recommend it for the sake of a little self promo, if you don't mind.

Stephen Logsdon -Author of "Odysseus: Bound"

Fortune's Pawn Review

A fantastically fun read- especially if you like no-nonsense chicks with big guns and bigger personalities. Well written with a fully conceptualized universe, strong point of view and enough intrigue to pique the curiosity of an army of cats! The heroine is easy to like but still has room for growth, the plot moves along at a great clip, and the otherworldly settings are vivid. Ends with a cliffhanger, but it's the first in a trilogy, so I'm willing to forgive- especially since the other books are already available.



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Fortune's Pawn
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  • $1.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Nov 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Paradox
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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