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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060503599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060503598
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“things come together nicely in the end, for a satisfying conclusion.” (Locus)

About the Author

Kristine Smith is the author of Rules of Conflict and Code of Conduct. She works as a process development scientist for a large pharmaceutical manufacturer and lives in northern Illinois.

More About the Author

Kristine Smith is the author of the Jani Kilian series. The next book in the series, ENDGAME, will be released in November 2007.

Check out her website, http://www.kristine-smith.com, for additional information.

Customer Reviews

I read this book with very mixed emotions.
Cathy Thibodeau
You can read this book on its own if you'd like, or take this as a final goad to start the series at the beginning with Code of Conduct.
Amazon Customer
If you don't like spoilers, stop reading here.
Jules Mazarin

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The descriptions you might see for this book concentrate on the setting: war and the threat of war, the human Commonwealth, the alien Idomeni, and a colony of hybrid alien/humans in the middle. But while the book begins and ends with a death, the focus of the book isn't on violence.

The main character, Jani Kilian, started this series four books ago as a document examiner, as an embodiment of a set of rules. In previous books, Jani has become encrusted with roles, both human and Idomeni. I don't want to read too much into the title, but the endgame in chess is a period of diminishing complexity and increasing opportunity for actions that resolve the game. As this book unrolls, Jani's roles fall away, leaving her comfortable with an unpleasant past and an uncertain future, in an situation without clear rules. It's all very zen in a way. Jani uncovers the possibility of action by leaving everything else behind, and in acting, uncovers the possibility of stillness and resolution.

The plot has a wonderful feeling of circles within circles: the actions and interactions of individuals powering the actions of larger and larger groups of people. It's a little like a ferris wheel: you speed along the bottom, and hang suspended at the top, although the plot has been moving along all the time. The story of a single person able to change the fate of galaxies is a staple among science fiction books, but Endgame is an unusually thoughtful treatment, and the leverage from the personal level to the planetary and beyond never seems forced.

What's extraordinary about this book is the way Smith conveys the details of a particular character thinking and acting at a particular place and time: this is me, this is here, this is now.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By adrianne on October 30, 2007
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The amazing conclusion to the Jani Kilian series starts with an assassin and plunges along with unstoppable momentum. Once again Jani is at the center of galactic intrigue, fighting hard to keep the humans and the alien idomeni from galactic war and from destroying the home that she's tried so hard to create, Thalassa. Her friends, hell bent on their own courses, seem determined to undermine everything she's done. Packed with complex characters, top-notch aliens, action, and brilliant suspense, Endgame is a story that you'll want to read again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 30, 2007
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Change has come to humans and the Idomeni aliens when they first met in space and got to know each other. Right now, there is an uneasy coexistence between the two species with treaties in place to guide behavior and interactions. Hybridization is a choice to blend the two species into one, sometimes for health reason and sometimes for the need to find a better way of life. The hybrids live in Thalassa which is trying to become sovereign.

The impetus for Hybridization and alien and human getting to know one another is condemned by the leader of the Idomeni people yet some are not afraid to speak their beliefs even though they are anthemia to the zealots on his homeworld. The hybrid woman Jani Killian is shattered when her mentor is assassinated and she vows to bring his killer to justice. To do that, she will have to change the beliefs of Idomeni, wreck havoc by arranging the largest mass exodus ever known and overthrow the regime whose leaders sent the killer.

This latest Jani Killian novel is science fiction at its' very best. Splinter groups try to drive a wedge between human and alien relations. Yet because the two species are more alike than different they are fated to achieve only minor success, but doomed to failure in the larger sense. Jani is a well developed character; she is independent, doesn't pay attention to diplomatic protocol, does what she believes is right even if it disturbs two civilizations and is totally loyal to her friends. Kristine Smith is a superb species builder who creates a vivid picture of aliens especially on their homeworld and a deep look at human reactions to them.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lb136 VINE VOICE on April 17, 2008
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"End Game," the perhaps final entry in the Jani Kilian saga, is the best yet. And it's been a long time coming--the first of the pentology, "Code of Conduct," has a 1999 copyright date, and the previous volume in the series, "Contact Imminent," appeared in 2004. (There's a list of all the books in the series in a full-page advert following the conclusion of the book. Naturally, they should be read in the correct order.)

This time out, Jani--half human, half alien Idomeni--is confronted with the usual cast of characters that fans in the series know well (and maybe you'll wish a character list had been supplied), who attempt to manipulate her (usually without success). There has been an assassination on the hybrid enclave, Thalassa, which leaves her in charge. She tries to hunt down the assassin (whose point of view alternates throughout the book with Jani's), while the Earth government's various civil and military figures meddle, and the tale becomes one of chase, revenge, and politics.

Jani, faced with the conflicting motivations of the others, tries to make things up as she goes along. Usually her plans succeed only partially, if at all. And that's one of the many things that make this novel so interesting--Jani makes mistakes. She's no superhero, and she can be very nasty and impulsive.

As usual with Ms. Smith, there's great character development and flowing prose. The author's great with small details--when people stop for meals she tells you what they ate and drank without making her readers snarl "get on with it!" And she notices what people do with their hands when they talk.

But (and this is where the author has shown the greatest improvement from book to book), over time she's cut down on the flashbacks and the plot intricacies.
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