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The Alecto Initiative (Loralynn Kennakris Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jordan Leah Hunter , Owen R. O'Neill , Curt Johnson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Life was never easy out in the Methuselah Cluster, the most remote region humanity ever settled, but when her alcoholic father found her a ‘job’ while he went off-planet to look for work for a ‘few months’, 11-year-old Loralynn Kennakris began to learn just how ugly it could get. Within the year, her employers sold her to a brutal slaver captain, who took from her the last thing she owned: her name.

Most girls in Kris’s position last a year or two. The strong ones might last four. Kris survived for eight before she was set free, thanks to the Nereidian League Navy.

Unfortunately, eight years growing up in Hell prepared Kris for nearly everything but freedom, and her new life isn’t at all what she imagined. Not only must she find her way in a bewildering society full of bizarre rules, but the very people who rescued her think she’s a terrorist plant, a beautiful interstellar celebrity is complicating matters in more ways than one . . . and now someone is trying to kill her.

But Kris hasn’t stayed alive by respecting boundaries or obeying rules, and her adopted society is about to find out what it’s like to collide with someone who has no concept of a no-win scenario.

The Alecto Initiative is the gripping story of an extraordinary young woman forced to come of age while looking Death in the eye. It is the powerful and thought-provoking beginning to a new science-fiction series unlike any you have ever read.

Authors’ Note: You are strongly urged to read the preview before purchasing this book. This book deals with themes such as human trafficking and abuse that will disturb some people. Please do not purchase this book if you are uncomfortable with such subject matter.

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About the Author

Jordan Leah Hunter is a writer, artist and model living in Northern California. Descended from Irish High-Kings, Vikings and Native Americans, she brings all the passion of her turbulent ancestry to her work. A true devotee of Nature, she can be found outdoors at all hours and in all weathers, and when she suffers to have a roof over her head, it is usually to sit by her fire and read or play one of several instruments.

Owen R. O’Neil is a physicist, a writer, an amateur historian and the descendant of a long line of engineers. After three years working for the US Navy as a missile systems engineer, he became a member of the intelligence community and spent the rest of his career there. One of the last generation of Cold Warriors, he worked on topics as diverse as satellites, infrared semiconductors, telecommunications and C4ISR. He is an expert on technology projection and threat assessment, and did groundbreaking work on IW/IO before it was cool.

These days he writes, exercises a passion for photography he inherited from his father, and indulges in his two principal vices: cooking unhealthy food and ferreting out exceptional but underappreciated wines. He lives on nine rural acres in northern California where, when not engaged in the foregoing, he listens to his tenants (bullfrogs and coyotes) and watches over his infant vineyard.

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  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pleiades Web Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COJPAP0
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good first book. June 1, 2013
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This is the first work by an author, published by a web press, at a low price, and with cover art that makes skin look like plastic.

On the whole, this is the recipe for a bad book, but somehow it's not.

The spelling, grammar, typos, and poor formatting which one can almost expect from this recipe are missing, and what you have instead is a book which you can sit down and read, where you can simply focus on the story.

It's sad that getting all of this right is something notable, but there are plenty of reasonably well known publishers out there at the moment which are doing a far less professional job with their books, and aside from the cover, the production of this book stands out as exceptional.

Now to the content.

The story involves some uncomfortable subjects (rape among them), it does not get graphic or explicit, but if you are not comfortable in a universe where truly bad things happen to people, you might want to go somewhere else.

This is not a bad thing towards the book or the author, anyone who tries to write about a young female slave who somehow, magically, lives in a universe where slavery exists and these things do not should stick to very explicitly labeled fantasy.

The start of the book is rough, the chapter which covers the physics of the FTL travel was interesting, but I fear that it may drive some readers away, and the level of detail, while very nice, was also unnecessary.

But for me, that is not an issue, and aside from the cover, what I am left with is a quite enjoyable read.

It is not at the same level as say, Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series, but I definitely look forward to future books from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great first book in a series! May 12, 2013
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The Alecto Initiative may be a first novel for both the authors, but it does not read like it.

There are flavors of Bujold and Scalzi and even Heinlein (this being a highest compliment, from me!) while at the same time being entirely original, and with the main character being very well fleshed out - and the supporting characters are interesting enough that you can't wait for the next in the series to find out more about them.

This is a book for science fiction fans, pure and simple: taking on thought-provoking themes, fascinating ideas of a possible "future", and a rollicking good ride.

More Loralynn Kennakris, please!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, lot of potential in the series June 18, 2013
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The story follows a young woman who is rescued from a ship on which she has been a slave for the last eight years. Some uncomfortable concepts involved since our protagonist, Kris, is only twelve when sold. This book is not about the slavery however, but about how it molded this woman into who she is today. There are references to what she suffered, but that is all.

I enjoyed the book, and was interested in seeing how Kris would find her way in the universe that had opened for her. Not an action packed first book, but you can see where the series could become quite exciting as Kris takes control of her own destiny. As I type this I am realizing how interested I am in seeing what happens next, and how impatient I am to find out.

Lot of scientific descriptions and explanations of the galactic situations. I found the flood of names and places a little overwhelming sometimes and caught myself skimming through some paragraphs. But the conversations are well written, and character interaction is done better than most.

Some editing problems, but less than you might expect.

Worth the money, and worth the time to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a nice surprise June 14, 2013
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I found this book to be a little more polished, reading like something I picked up at B&N, rather than the typical self-published novel. Excellent characterizations, good storyline...when you find yourself caring what happens to the heroine, and wishing her to excel, you knw the authors have done something right. Would highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this June 22, 2013
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The Alecto Initiative is a very impressive first novel. Great character development, likeable characters, and a believable story line. Couldn't put it down, and I'm looking forward to the next novel from the authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engrossing June 7, 2013
By Clayton
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From the beginning this book brought the horrors of "sexual slavery" to the forefront. A sad statement to the human condition throughout history. The strength of the primary character is reminiscent of Robert A. Heinlin's "Friday", without the genetic enhancements. The science in the fiction is sound with good prognosticating of the future society's "world view". A good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginning to a new series! June 5, 2013
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I see quite a bit of potential in the character and universe. The book sometimes felt choppy, but it isn't a consistent distraction, only something I occasionally noticed. The characters are nicely drawn and will be well suited for universe-building.

Initially, I felt that Mr. O'Neill had perhaps passed over some of the trauma 8 years of slavery that his main character, Kris, endured, but now I think he has set things up so that you can see that they are affecting her if you're looking. I suspect that, since he's planning to work this as a series, he's allowing room for the character to grow and revelations about her personality to be revealed naturally as the overall storyline progresses.

I also need to commend him on excellent editing: there is NOTHING that throws me out of a good story like poor spelling and blatant grammatical errors!

According to the back-blurb, the next book should be out soon; I'd read it it has the same price point ($2.99)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok.
This book could have been great but instead it was just ok. I wish the author hadn't gone into so much fake science detail, s/he should have put that depth into the characters... Read more
Published 9 days ago by bm99
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good - better than the average random sci-fi download
I downloaded this one on a lark with extremely low expectations, and so from that standpoint, I'm totally blown away by how good it was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Marie Parker-Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story needing a serious editor
Good story even though it needs more editing and less pseudo-scientific lecturing.

Science fiction should be believable, and hard core science action perhaps does need... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mara
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start; then you lost me
The authors tried to do much with this book. Great aspects to book: characters, dialogue, initial storyline about victim of a slaver who is freed and trying to get on with life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by catlover
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent start...
Let's put it this way, if you like space operas and such than this is a good stop on the road. Much shorten and less complex than an average space opera epic it nonetheless has... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Guilherme Augusto Marcolongo Bezerra
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer read
What I did on my summer vacation, I read some good books and some bad books, I enjoyed both. I love the lower price point on the Kindle, it allows me to indulge in reading without... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pacing, pro sounding, no padding, a wee bit predictable
For a first effort, this is quite good. Others have noted that the grammar, spelling, and such are exceptionally good for an indie-published work. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Billy Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about pirates, kidnapping, and redemption
Kris lives a hard life but fate changes her circumstances in this heartwarming story filled with swashbuckling action and adventure. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Y
2.0 out of 5 stars A let down
I'd like to start off by saying that I am AN ENORMOUS Indie Author Supporter. "Go Indie Authors!!" all the way... usually! Read more
Published 13 months ago by BabeNWonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book! Easy, Entertaining Read.
I ordered a paperback copy of the book because I judged the book by it's cover. I do that sometimes, so sue me. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Naomi Strange
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