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Hard Time (Book 2 of the Phoenix Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

K.J. Blaine
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A stimulating psychological thriller, an exciting time travel, and an epic space adventure all in one.


Mankind's most advanced spaceship, the Phoenix, is hijacked through a temporal portal and disabled in the distant past. Her bridge crew is kidnapped by a madman with diabolical intent. Trapped in an impenetrable prison on a desolate moon and without any hope of rescue, are they doomed to nothing but torture until they die? 

A desperate cry for help is sent out across space and time--and heard only by the Phoenix's chimpanzee mascot. Can a chimp rescue the crew and get everyone back to their own time? When they find out what awaits them in their own time, will they still want to go?

"Must-read Space Opera saga!"



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Book 1: Telepaths and Traitors
Book 2: Hard Time
Book 3: Politics, Love, and Live Bait
Book 4: Gynocracy
Book 5: Not on my Watch

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  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TR5WX0
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sci-Fi Horror Adventure October 26, 2012
By JHarvey
Format:Kindle Edition
Blaine has done it again, with another great story full of characters with arcs and stories so powerful it outweighed my usual avoidance to the horror genre. This story takes you from mystery, to horror, to sci-fi and back again on one powerful, crazy ride at the hands of a mad Frenchman. I would recommend this to everyone, with a slight warning of torture being present. A great novel either way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great prequel November 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
K.J. Blaine delivers another great read. I love memorable characters and after reading "Gynocracy" had to know more about the crew of the Phoenix and this book answers the questions I had. Space opera isn't my first genre choice, but this book (and series) is so well written that even the science stuff is interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling tale! October 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is written in the same vein of Blaine's other work, Gynocracy. I love that she uses the same characters, and I love that her stories encompass more than one genre. That means there's something for everyone. Again, we see the crew of the Phoenix pull together and try to maintain some sort of morale in what could essentially be a living nightmare. But with a little courage, camaraderie, and innovation, they manage to save the day...and ensure the future of mankind. There were thrills and chills around every corner, making this hard to put down! My only regret was that one of my favorite characters from her other story did not appear, although she was mentioned a few times. Other than that, I truly enjoyed it, and I would highly recommend it. I really don't think you'll be disappointed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The plot made very little sense to me. It seems that the author must have read somewhere that she should throw as much crap at her characters as possible in order to keep the reader's interest. It's just too much. I was overwhelmed and then I became numb and disinterested. So many times, hope is held out that they'll get out of the situation they're in, then that hope is snatched away.

The ending of the first half is anticlimactic; it seemed too easy to me after all the lead up and false hope. It's almost a deus ex machina.

The second half of the book is a completely separate story that reads like it should have been a whole other book. However, the story here is much stronger. Finally, the characters have some control over their own destinies; they are acting instead of being acted upon.

The writing is much better throughout than it was in Telepaths and Traitors. While I rolled my eyes at the time travel and the over-the-top torture scenes, it was still much more realistic. And the spelling and grammar was cleaner.

However, I couldn't feel for the characters as well as I did in the first book. There's just so much going on, and it's so overdone that I lost empathy for them. This is sad, as I loved the characters while I was reading the first book.

When I got this book, it was a free download on amazon.com. If it's still free, it's worth picking up if you like sci-fi.
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K.J. Blaine lives in California where she enjoys swimming with sharks without a cage, breeding fancy rats (with a cage), and eating carne asada burritos. Her favorite color is hunter green.

Her website is at http://KJBlaine.us

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