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  • Series: Theirs Not to Reason Why (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256503
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Reminiscent of both Starship Troopers and Dune…Successfully balances its military and science fiction elements.”—Publishers Weekly

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Jean Johnson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, where she is busy struggling to unbury herself from the mountain of plot-bunnies swarming her office.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Artemio C. on August 29, 2013
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This series has always been largely satisfying only to a particular group of people. The first one read like a moderately competent fan fiction, the second made leaps and bounds but still had our protagonist bulling over armies on her way to the market, and this entry built on the successes of its immediate predecessor to become a pretty darn good read in its own right.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Ia is a MASSIVE precog the likes of which I've never seen in fiction. The only thing keeping her from being omniscient is a finite amount of time. Yes, she's that powerful. Almost any information she could possibly need is at her fingertips. She's so powerful, she can read the past, present, and future of ALTERNATE REALITIES, in addition to her own.

In addition to her frankly overpowered precognition, Ia is a highly accomplished electrokinetic, which basically means she can manipulate electricity at will. Opening locked doors? Cake. Typing precognitive missives as fast as a thought? More cake. Piloting an alien vessel without touching the controls? Cake, cake everywhere!

She has telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and even telepathy thrown in for good measure. Her final super power is being from a very heavy world; the heaviest heavy world, on the backside of Terran space (as she's often wont to remind us). This means that despite the fact that she's a woman, she's at least twice as strong as Arnold Schwarzenegger. All packed in a svelte, attractive figure.

In terms of combat, there is virtually nothing she cannot do. In a classical sense, this drains away a lot of the potential for dramatic tension from the series. A lot of what writers use to create tension is the uncertainty of success. Ia isn't bound by such trivialities.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gaden on July 30, 2013
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I love this book. As much as I love the whole series. Each release in the series (to me) is a top highlight of my scifi book reading year.That is extremely high (to me) especially since I read about 2~4 books a week.

Anyone that loves the Honorverse Series, Vorkosigan adventures, etc would find little to complain about this series.

Ms Johnson drives this series and books like a pro. Never once was it dull. Never once was it too rushed. Never once did it break immersion for me (well as least until it ended in which I was going NOOOOOOOOOO!)

It was a beautiful story from start to end. A true scifi work of art by a talented and experienced writer.

Ms Johnson if you ever read this. Please give up your romance works (sorry I am a guy). You write scifi too well and I eagerly await for more books in the Ia series as well as any more of other scifi works you release.

Waiting eagerly for DAMNATION.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry Dean on August 13, 2013
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Third in the series Theirs Not To Reason Why.

Ia, AKA Bloody Mary, is a powerful precog who has foreseen the destruction of all life in the Galaxy in just 300 years. After an exhaustive search of the timelines, she found one slim chance, a set of choices that lead to one person able to save us under certain circumstances. Now, it is up to her to make sure this path is followed by everyone else during the next 300 years, even after her death. To do this, she must become recognized as "The Prophet of a Thousand Years".

Now as Captain of TUPSF Hellfire, the most powerful warship in the Terran United Planets Space Force, she must guide her crew in shaping the future path to salvation. The Second Salik War is just a step in this path. Some must live and some must die, worlds will survive or perish, but she is the one who must decide and bear the regrets that not everyone can be saved. And even seeing the choices does not mean the necessary actions will take place.

Ms Johnson seems to write in four book blocks, so there is at least one more book involving Ia, possibly more. Hopefully, she will return to this universe that she has created after that. She has left a multitude of strings to pick up in other series, including the Sanctuary civil war, the Fire Girl, and the final confrontation with the Zida"ya in 300 years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Bowen on September 28, 2013
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First off I must say if your going to read this book. .. To fully understand the story, the first two in this series must be read. A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why) and An Officer's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why).

For those not familiar with this series: Yes, it is science fiction. No it is not romance. It is not an action packed edge of your seat type of futuristic adventure. Nope. What we do have is the progression in the life of Ia who serves in the military and the steps taken to prepare for war. And in this book she fights for a few years in command of her own ship. Further details on what type of war and just what type of person Ia is can be found in other reviews. Suffice to say, she is a strong woman who gives every minute to make sure the universe survives. The series is watching her growth and in this book we see her reaching a plateau as a half breed while spending a few years fighting.

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With all that was said about the cannon which the ship was built around. .. I expected more about it once battles were fought. There was so much put into that thing and it did so much, was such a big impact on the war. The first time it fired I think the results were in a paragraph. No action. No fight scenes. Just a summary. Now I understand the book covered a few years and not everything could be said. But again, this cannon and all the impact it had and it was the main reason Ia got her command and this ship.

Some wandering thoughts:

Who was Harper cozying up to on a possible timeline?
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