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The Girls From Alcyone [Kindle Edition]

Cary Caffrey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

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Excerpt:

Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the Academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.

"There's no way Independents did this," Christian said. "It looks like a whole battalion landed here."

Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they'd pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.

Sigrid knew she would kill them.


Synopsis:

Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret—a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.

But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.


Product Details

  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1105337278
  • Publisher: Tealy Books (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B9S8R6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk, Space Opera, SF Romance January 26, 2012
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Loved it!

Cyberpunk, space opera, SF Romance--THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE has it all wrapped up in a sweet little package named Sigrid Novak.

On Sigrid's journey from the little girl who was sold by her parents to a genetically enhanced woman who is as much cybernetic weapon as human, I was right there with her. As she faced hazing and bullying, as she found her strength and confidence, as she fell in love, as she became the most skilled mercenary the universe has ever seen.

Author Cary Caffrey was careful with the feminist overtones, keeping them delicate and natural to the story. Caffrey's penchant for action scenes is matched only by his world-building, which includes vivid fashion and incredible settings.

He also knows how to write a strong, but sympathetic character in Sigrid. Her innocence offsets her dangerous side, reminding me of a space age Sydney Bristow of ALIAS fame. I'm fine with Sigrid killing a platoon of men one minute then sharing a tearful embrace with friends the next.

Well-written and engaging--highly recommended!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power June 17, 2012
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Lethallity, femininity, and measured empowerment of the protagonist(Sigrid) was masterful. This is a definite read if your tired of the Honorverse. A very human space opera with a believably no-convoluted romance(ya Ringo i'm talking to you). As a fan of the Weber's Slammers and Haldeman's Forever series I thoroughly enjoyed this book and went ahead and ordered a hardcopy. The subtle femininity of the cover art was refreshing. My only complaint was wanting more depth into the technology of cybernetics, gates, ships, environs... Do you have anthing else written/published in zines or blogs?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the human condition May 15, 2012
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One woman has a vision for the future, so does another and they differ greatly. The astreaus project: Recombinant genetic manipulation, nano-technology, cybernetic enhancement quickly expands from the simple genetic improvements program into a super threat that could topple the very government that governs humanity.

Follow sigrid from her time as a small child dealing with bullies, struggling to master her studies, and dealing with her feelings for her long time friend; as she evolves from the smallest of the group to the warrior general that is needed to protect her sisters.

The Girls from alcyone deals with many of the harsher aspects of humanity; political intrigue, espionage, greed, power. All of this while dealing with the topics of genetic manipulation, some of the possibilities of cybernetic enhancement, the miracle of nanotechnology and the question of not only if we can but if we should.

A very well written story that kept me interested throughout. It is left open for a sequel and i sincerely hope that it is forthcoming.

Well worth the price and one of the best science fiction stories that i have read in a very long while.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars way above what I expected. May 13, 2012
By jpw
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This novel is one of the best post-human emergence novels I've read yet. The world is interesting and believable, the characters are rough but well fleshed out with significant depth, and the science isn't too over the top or brushed asside. The novel builds steam steadily to an action packed climax and the epilogue is detailed and satisfying.

Can't wait for the sequel.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls that kick ass! November 23, 2011
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OMG! What's not to like? Girls who can kick ass and handle weapons are always welcome! This super textured little ride with its excellent action and cool, complicated villains will leave you bouncing for a sequel. I personally can't wait to dig a lot deeper :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start for the author and fun action November 11, 2013
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I enjoyed this book and beleive it was value for money, 99c was great value and part of the reason I give it 4 stars. Many bad reviews have commented on the lesbian overtones and sections and to tell you the truth, I mostly skipped those pages and sure they ended up loving each other so did not see the big problem. It was a bit female centric with few men making any impact as real people to my reading but it is not like they were all lesbians or something.

Ok, the author describes them as gorgeous beauties and that is not surprising considering the reason they are purchased/recruited. The beginning is very good and in many ways typical of any "recruit" training/ military books are often depicted but with the scifi, "enhanced"/upgrades that marks the key points of this book and it's sequel.

Yes, i bought the next book straight away to read it after finishing this one.

So this books is essentially a military sci-fi style book focused around about 30 odd young girls being found and "purchased" (yes, in an Ender's game style) and then being enhanced (aka Blade Runner style but mostly human) and the fallout from the "Conferation" and other mercernary groups fearful that these 30 odd girls being trained/grown/enhanced as assassin/mercs will change the balance of power in the Confederation.

I found some of the critics here amazing in their "putdown" seems they don't read Mathew Reilly and the way his hero is so "superhuman" (Scarecrow) and he is not even enchanced, lol

I found it to be a good fun action book and total value for 99 cents, to me this first book was the better one
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoy reading a good book that allows me to slip away into another world. I do not critique a story just to rip it to shreds but base it on how well it pulls me in and takes me... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not $16 worth, but definitely a great read
I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. It was on sale for $0.99 and thought, "For that price, of course I'l pick it up and see how it is. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tyler Margison
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fast Paced Read
I enjoyed how the girls had super strength and powers. Beware the there are some explicit sex scenes in this book.
Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Very, very good read
Would not put it down! Couldn't if I'd wanted to. First class space opera, very exciting and entertaining. I loved the characters, I feel in love with Sigrid and Suki. Read more
Published 28 days ago by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and at times it was hard to put down. A few times I struggled with some areas of the story to get through, but over all it was a very enjoyable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Hale
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
The book was pretty good, but I was annoyed at the gratuitous use of italics. worth the time spent, worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by Jason Fontella
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good character development. Fun plot. Overall it's an enjoyable read. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Gravy240
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like the beginning of a interested opera.
Not your typical heroine but never the less a captivating and interesting story line and caracters.
Recommended for Sci-fi fans
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Turner!
There's Ted Turner, Kathleen Turner, Tina Turner and now another turner, as in page turner. This book is fun and fast paced, with well developed characters and story line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon J. Sobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you!
I have to admit, the cover was the reason I chose the book as it is very striking, to say the least. But, it is a great story and extremely well written! Read more
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More About the Author

Cary Caffrey studied at Concordia University in Montreal as well as the University of British Columbia, earning a BA and MFA in Creative Writing. After witnessing the eBook revolution, Cary (a die-hard Indy artist), jumped into ePublishing head first. The Girls from Alcyone was Cary's first novel. It went on to become a best seller on both Amazon and iTunes Science-Fiction charts.

The novel The Machines of Bellatrix (The Girls from Alcyone II) is Cary's latest release, and is available now exclusively on Amazon. Cary is hard at work on TGfA III.

For more information, visit Cary at carycaffrey.com. Follow Cary on Twitter @CaryCaffrey.

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