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The Alecto Initiative (Loralynn Kennakris Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Praise for the Loralynn Kennakris series:
"This is one of the best Sci-Fi series I've ever read (and I've read a few). But what I really love is the feel of authenticity to the military activities in the books. I'm a retired Army officer with over 20 years of service, six of which were spent with 160th SOG (Nightstalkers). Having done my time in the Spec Ops world I know how it looks and feels, and this series captures the feel. Thanks for bringing to life a world worth reading about." Reader Scott W.

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: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pleiades Web Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COJPAP0
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zephaniah E. Loss-Cutler-Hull on 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 By Elisabeth on 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 By m. Libell on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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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Question: What would the probable result be if a physicist and a fantasy writer were fused together?
Answer: One probability would be the Alecto Initiative, the first of the Loralynn Kennakris novels.

I am a geek when it comes to anything science fiction, which makes me really picky when it comes to novels of that genre. I've read a lot, graduating to the likes of L'Engle in my teens, then Herbert & Co when I was older. So, I skeptically started off The Alecto Initiative ready to compare how it would live up to my writing heroes.

Since it's a sci-fi novel with a female lead, I expected to find a smart aleck woman heading a bunch of incompetent men. Surprisingly, Loralynn Kennakris is a genius, self taught teen who can stand up to and work with intelligent men that view her as an equal - or a threat. She quite reminds me of Ellen Ripley (Aliens) who uses body and mind to survive.

The interjection of quantum and black physics into the framework of the novel was another surprise for me. It seemed unnaturally well-researched (I even had a suspicion of it being copy/pasted from a paper somewhere) until I found out that Owen O'Neil is a physicist and only then truly welcomed the intricate explanations that were the basis of the story. Not so much of dry facts here. Physics comes alive and sometimes with a wry sense of humour. For example, calling a definitive study of hyperlight travel the Grand Unified Theory was genius. His G.U.T.? Love it.

Neither is this a fluffy book. Those who read Asian sci-fi and manga would liken this to a light novel, the more word-filled version of written anime. There's tons of blood, gore, and violence so it's not recommended for the 14 and under set.
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