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Gladiator Girl: An Alternate Reality Action-sports Love Story [Kindle Edition]

R. H. Watson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lucy Star is a hot, up and coming rookie guardian in the sport of Blood Battle. A sport built around a new genetic procedure that allows girls, and only girls, to survive extraordinary injuries up until the age of 25, when they stop growing.

Her budding fame catches the eye of Jayzen, favored son of the wealthiest family in the city, entangling her in his and his sister Francine’s fortunes. She struggles with career and relationships, and doesn’t recognize the spark of love growing under her nose.

But she has a dark past: a family history and childhood she had escaped from when she was 14. With the help of her best friend Charlotte—the only person who ever knew her secret—she had successfully put that life behind her. It was all but forgotten.

Then her younger brother, who she hadn’t seen since he was 10 years old, walks back into her life, harboring a dark secret of his own, one that threatens to suck her into the past she thought she had escaped, and destroy her and everyone she loves.

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About the Author

R. H. Watson was born and raised in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. (That's caw-caw like the crows say it, followed by -na, as in, not gonna.) He studied mime in Paris and dance in New York City where he drove a cab and imagined he was a costumed crime fighter know as The Yellow Falcon.

The Yellow Falcon--I mean R. H. Watson--lived in Brooklyn, almost under the Brooklyn Bridge, and after graduating from Hunter College, plied a trade as a graphic artist. He is now back in the Midwest. Most recently he designed websites, and worried about usability, accessibility and how to test for those properties.

Gladiator Girl is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615413285
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chimaera Ranch, LLC; 1 edition (November 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEOM8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid First Novel by an Up and coming new author! April 1, 2011
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Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect from a book with a title like "An Alternate Reality Action-sports Love Story" -- but I was intrigued.

That curiosity turned very quickly into enjoyment once I started reading.

I read *a lot* of science fiction/fantasy and I found the details about how the girls could survive injury a little light on the heavy science, however, in place of that, the author instead focused on the social impact of how this technology could effect the world which, in my opinion, is the hallmark of good science fiction -- exploration of how a society deals with technology/science/change.

Another element that I wasn't expecting was how polished and tightly edited the story read. Sometimes a first-time author's story will be a long stream of "this happened, and then this happened, and then we went here and now the book is done." In "Gladiator Girl" that was absolutely not the case.

The story, combined with the tight editing, made for a very great experience. I definitely became lost in the story as each character has a certain depth that makes them engaging.

Plus, there is a twist in the story that I did not see coming at all -- very well done! I actually had to re-read a part just to make sure that I read it correctly the first time.

Oh, and there's an appropriate proportion of sex, love, and violence!!!

I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of Cory Doctorow, Neil Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, or Charlie Stross.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swords, Sci-Fi, What's Not to Love? March 24, 2012
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Gladiator Girl presents a reasonable future with sociological twists. That would be a nice alternative history novel, but R.H. Watson brings it home with thrills and spills of Blood Battle, fencing, and limited rebirth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Girl June 5, 2011
By BigAl
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The world R.H. Watson set his story in is futuristic, with cars that drive on their own, person-to-person communication that put today's cell phones to shame, and medical practices beyond anything imaginable in our current world. Yet, when reading "Gladiator Girl," the foreignness of this world fell away as I focused on the characters, especially the protagonist Lucy.

Despite Lucy's almost superhuman skills when playing her sport, it is her human frailties and the fight to overcome them that make her likeable. Lucy's past makes her leery of meaningful relationships. Her temper often threatens to get the best of her. It is these very human struggles that make Lucy's story so good, and "Gladiator Girl" a worthwhile read.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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More About the Author

R. H. Watson was born and raised in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. (That's caw-caw like the crows say it, followed by -na, as in, not gonna.) He studied mime in Paris and dance in New York City where he drove a cab and imagined he was a costumed crime fighter know as The Yellow Falcon.

The Yellow Falcon--I mean R. H. Watson--lived in Brooklyn, almost under the Brooklyn Bridge, and after graduating from Hunter College, plied a trade as a graphic artist. He is now back in the Midwest. Most recently he designed websites, and worried about usability, accessibility and how to test for those properties.

Gladiator Girl is his first novel.


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