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Marianne Kowalski is simply trying to survive on what’s left of Earth after two years of invasions by the Tyranns. One night she spots an alien spaceship. When two men emerge, she hands them a letter explaining how to find her missing aunt and uncle. Marianne has nothing left on Earth, and only wants to rejoin the two people who raised her.
But when she wakes up, she’s on Addo with Vaughn and River, two hulking alien men who inform her that her aunt and uncle have been taken prisoner by the Tyranns and are being held somewhere on Voyeur Moon. Marianne puts her IT skills to work helping the Addonians, but falling in love with Vaughn and River isn’t something she counted on.
Book #3/Voyeur Moon. Another amazing win for Ravenna Tate!
This is the story of Marianne Kowalski, a young Earth woman & Vaughn & River, two men from Addo, one of the three habitable planets in the Alpha Centauri system. It's now been a little over two years since the Tyranns of Voyeur Moon attacked Earth, destroyed its satellites, wreaking utter devastation. Marianne was working in the IT consulting business when the Tyranns invaded. She's relegated to one of the few paying jobs left on Earth, stocking shelves in a grocery where there's less to stock each day. Her MBA is useless. Her aunt & uncle who raised her left Earth to go to Sera, another of the Alpha Centauri planets, to serve as lawyers to the Regum, the ruling class for all 3 planets, in an effort to end the ugly wars between the Tyranns & the people of Addo & Sera. With her aunt & uncle on an alien world & her former fiancé, Jacob, missing (last in Europe), Marianne is alone & lonely. One night, while walking off too much alcohol, she wanders to a nearby beach. She hears a drone overhead, then comes upon an alien ship landed next to a small lake. Two men approach & she holds out a letter put in her mailbox, allegedly from her aunt & uncle, inviting her to come to Sera & live with them. The men say nothing, simply jabbing her with a needle. In seconds, she's out like a light. In the blink of an eye, Marianne's life on Earth is over. Vaughn & River are brothers, computer experts, working with the Regum on Sera, as well as Jakara & the resistance, trying to stop the escalating brutality & depravity of the Tyranns. They know Marianne's aunt & uncle well, since Betsy & Blake Williams saved them from trumped-up charges & a sentence to the Zoo. Unfortunately, the consequences for helping the two are high. Blake & Betsy are kidnapped by the Tyranns, who're now looking for Marianne. All 3 are to be held for ransom. But Marianne's been lucky. Rather than being abducted by the Tyranns (the true purpose behind the faked letter), she'd been rescued by 2 Addonians working with Vaughn & River. Marianne's taken to Vaughn & River's residence by her rescuers & left there. It's up to Vaughn & River to explain the situation which they're not looking forward to at all. When Marianne awakens, she's amazed to find the two brothers. They're the two most handsome, virile specimens of the male species that she's ever seen. But she's also scared, on a planet where she knows no one. As River & Vaughn explain the situation, she feels more frightened. Her aunt & uncle are missing. No one knows where they are, how to find them. She's never been more alone in her life. But River & Vaughn are computer experts. They know a thing or two about surveillance & hacking. They answer many of Marianne's questions. Marianne alternately despairs, then hopes for the future. She learns her fiancé, Jacob, was taken in the early days of the invasion, put to work in the mines on Addo & died. She's heartbroken, although she's felt for a long time she'd never see Jacob again. Despite the fact that her aunt & uncle have been kidnapped, there is hope that Jakara & the resistance can formulate a plan to rescue them. That is, of course, if they find where they are! Marianne, Vaughn & River form a partnership of sorts. With Marianne's education & background in IT, she's an asset to both Vaughn & River in their research. As they work together to learn the location of her aunt & uncle, with the assistance of Jakara & his mate, Callie & other Addonians & former Tyranns, they search for useful facts. One day, combing through seemingly useless information, River stumbles on a cache of seemingly meaningless names. Bored & frustrated, River opens the folders & files. Jackpot! It seems the Tyranns deliberately put their most important data into unprotected, completely accessible, innocent-looking folders. They have the Betsy & Blake's location. But that knowledge is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to planning the duo's rescue. Any mission to recover them would be so dangerous as to be suicidal! As Jakara, Vaughn, River & the others plan the rescue, complications arise. There's the deep attraction between Marianne, Vaughn & River. That certainly isn't the norm on Earth! With the sexual laws & prohibitions imposed on the citizens of Sera & Addo by the Regum, it's hard to believe that River & Vaughn would take the chance of being accused of another crime. Then there are the rescue details. Those involved will have to plan the escape to the second. There's extreme danger involved. Anything could go wrong at any moment. A mistake of mere seconds could result in the deaths of one or all of the rescue party. Worse yet, if they're caught, it means lifetime imprisonment at the Zoo! The action, thrills, excitement, adventures & romance spin at a whirlwind pace. What will the rescuers do? Can they pull off an escape with pinpoint accuracy in enemy-controlled territory? Even with precise planning, there're no guarantees. Will any survive? And what of Marianne? If the mission fails, she'll be alone on an alien planet with no one. The unexpected is around every corner & events occur at breakneck speed. In the end, despite all the plans, all they have is their willpower & absolute determination that the Tyranns will NOT win. Ravenna Tate once again proves her excellence at telling a tale that is terrifyingly authentic yet filled with genuine characters, true emotions & a totally believable environment. Marianne's Abduction is a fast-paced sci-fi/thriller/romance that will keep you riveted to the book from beginning to end. It's extraordinary for an author to shine in more than one genre but Ravenna Tate does just that with such apparent ease that you know she's the best kind of storyteller. The details of the emotions, characters, environment & interwoven stories of the characters are amazing. If you enjoy an exciting mix of sci-fi, romance, erotica & thriller elements with amazing characters & storylines, I highly recommend Marianne's Abduction.