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Only Human (Targon Tales Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Reher
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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Book Description

By the author of The Catalyst and Rebel Alliances

Captain Nova Whiteside is assigned to the elite Vanguard task force assembled to combat an increasingly dangerous rebel force. Her no-nonsense new commander is of an enigmatic and reclusive species that soon figures most decisively in the balance of power.

Their pursuit of a ruthless rebel leader takes them through the worlds and dangers of the Commonwealth-dominated Targon sector where the line between their personal lives and their mission quickly begins to blur.

On their quest to recover a dangerous, living weapon in rebel hands it seems that the greatest opposition comes from among their own people and Nova must choose between duty to her command and loyalty to her friends.

Although the Targon Tales are numbered chronologically, each book is a complete adventure. The volumes describe common themes, settings and characters but can be read in any order.

"More adventures with the fiery redhead as she dazzles the universe. Chris You are headed to the top of my author list with this series. I know who I want as my co-pilot when I go to space."

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About the Author

Space opera has fabulous space ships, fantastic planets, laser weapons and epic battles. We've discarded the idea that future astronauts wear spandex suits and silver lipstick, and now our heroes get to wear real clothes. They have adventures and super technology and they meet aliens and save the galaxy again and again.
But when I look at the science fiction stories that have appealed to me the most, I see that they focus on the characters. Their plights, faults, idiosyncrasies are what give life to the backdrop of planets and space ships. I suppose you could place Han, Leia, and Luke in a contemporary setting right here on planet Earth and it would work. It's still a fun story without the lightsabers. But without the characters' story, a big chunk of Star Wars would lack considerable luster.
So that is the route I've taken with my stories. The absolute freedom of escaping Earth's gravity and inventing things (always keeping within the realm of probability, of course) is why I love science fiction. I can make it rain mercury if I want to. I think I do, actually, somewhere.
But it's the people in these stories--not too alien, not too perfect, not always happy with their lot or each other--who give meaning to the mercury rain and the space elevators. The people, for the most part likable people, are what turns science fiction into space opera. (Well, and space guns. Must have space guns.)

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  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QAIRT6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping October 21, 2012
By MsTee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What impressed me the most about Only Human was the world within it that Chris Reher created. So many different people, languages, and cultures to the point that I was amazed the author was able to maintain continuity of it all! I also greatly enjoyed the strong characterization. We are allowed into almost everyone's heads to hear their thoughts, and in a seamless way that does not jar or confuse. Most importantly, I loved the main characters. I loved Nova's fiery, stubborn, determined attitude. She is strong and `gets the job done' in a way that's not bossy or annoying. I enjoyed Tychon's calmness, his wittiness and his propensity for teasing Nova.

The book is filled to the brim with action and adventure. There are incredibly descriptive fight scenes and rescue missions. Beneath this wonderful story of suspense and action and adventure and romance, Chris Reher also attempts to teach us a vital lesson about race and the awfulness of being judged / ostracized because of our heritage. This is done in an unobtrusive, non-preachy tone - often in an unconscious and/or witty remark or thought.

There are a few missed / transposed words, but the rest of the story is so well done that these tiny gaffes are inconsequential.

For me, I felt the romance developed too quickly. I'll be honest and admit that I like a `slow thaw' (long bits of Unresolved Sexual Tension) between my soon-to-be-couple, so perhaps my bias is clouding my judgment.

I didn't like the decision made at the very end of the book, and felt it was not the right one at all - judging from the background and training of the decision-maker. But in order for me to explain why I feel this way, I will be at risk of revealing spoilers.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi/Romance romp! October 27, 2012
By Jay T
Format:Kindle Edition
Only Human was an absolute delight to read. Personally, I wish there were more books like this available. Here's a breakdown about why I loved it.


I have always adored science fiction. This book definitely satiates that need. At first, I was a little worried that the author was glazing over the technical aspects of the plot, but she soon proved me wrong. However, this being said, if you are one of those people who want a book which delves into the minutiae of every little thing...this is probably not the book for you. If you like a great adventure though space, then it is.


Romance is my favorite genre, and this book satisfied my need for that as well. However, this is by no means the driving factor. There is just enough there to keep things interesting.

Great Story:

This is just one of those books that sucks you in without you ever realizing it happened. Before you know it, you will become so embroiled in Nova's and Tychon's adventure that you are biting your fingernails waiting to see how it all turns out. I was reading this until 4:30am when I had to wake up at 8...what does that tell you?

My one complaint:

It ended. Don't worry, the story is complete and amazingly satisfying. But, like others have said, if feels like there should be a sequel, and I hope there is.

So, overall, one of my favorite books this year.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Witty, and Grand Adventure. October 24, 2012
By Dee
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I enjoyed reading this story immensely. The plot was sound all the way through, and Chris's world comes alive. Her characters have you invested in them. She provides depth and complexity, and humanity in each. Things aren't always what they seem in this sci-fi adventure but one never regrets the ride. There are a few minor editing issues which I'm sure will be easily updated and they don't detract from the overall experience. By the end of the book, I cried having become so engaged. The reader will find themselves running the full gamut of emotions, from grinning to crying to out right furious. A good, solid read. I can only hope there will be more of this story and the characters soon!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Sci Fi Romance December 13, 2012
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What makes a good sci fi romance is what makes any book a good read -- a good author. In fact it's probably harder to write a romance in the futuristic genre than in the present day genre. It takes imagination and thinking outside the box. I bought this book and I'm glad I did. It's well written and well plotted. I hope to see more of Chris Reher's work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Romance Novel! December 25, 2012
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Ok, I have to say I did enjoy this book, but its not great - in the way I define great anyway. But I would recommend it for a fun read and I definitely wanted to finish the story! And the blue guy is just way too sexy!! ;-). If you like a good love story set in space with lots of flying about the galaxy, warring with aliens and power hungry rebels, and two charming, attractive lead characters, then by all means read Almost Human!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!! December 19, 2012
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The book was really good! At times it was hard to follow. I wish there was a sequel as im curious to find out what happened to everyone!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this, but... July 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wanted to love this, but I had tons of trouble with the plot and the grammar. Here's a sentence from the book, "An odd mood surrounded Tychon like an aura of fever when it was time to begin their descent." What does a mood have to do with a fever with a descent? Also, the character development was uneven. First he hates her, and she chews him out for it. Then suddenly he finds that he likes her. Then his race chews him out for partnering with her. And suddenly he loves her. There's no intermediate steps. Also, his race is super smart, so why does his BIL hire a pilot and race straight into the hands of the evil overlord?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Space, aliens space battles, a little romance in between. This is the first book I've read from this author. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Wanda Binz
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Excellent military Sci-fi read! Kept you engaged throuout the entire book with an impactful ending! Capt Whiteside keeps things interesting! Highly recommend!
Published 1 day ago by JOSEPH MATER
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Space Opera
Although the author's notes in the back indicate this is book 3 in the series, Only Human is my second Nova Whiteside novel. Read more
Published 2 days ago by P. Motes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and an addictive series.
I am now on my 5th book in the series. I have really enjoyed all of them. I especially like the characters Chris has created and the way he brings in new ones as the series goes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Randy M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Human (Targon Tales)
An excellent science fiction story filled with incredible species of humanoid types of creatures with descriptions that you can picture in your mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nana
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
A pretty good sci fi novel that's a bit like reading an episode of Star Trek, including a race with developed mental abilities and a super-advanced threat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Gunnar Grey
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Human
Good book. Great storyline, however, in this book I had some confusion following the narrative because the POV kept changing from one paragraph to the next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great trilogy
Published 3 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Well thought out and written story of action and suspense. Will Nova be able to keep her eyes on the objective, or will she get sidetracked . Can,t wait to find out.
Published 3 months ago by David L Coffing
5.0 out of 5 stars some really good stuff
Love this series. I have read the first 3 books and just purchased the 4th. Good characters and such interesting plots. Keeps me interested. Read more
Published 3 months ago by readmaster
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More About the Author

Living in Canada, it is inevitable that those who lack enthusiasm for snow-related activities tend to stay indoors for a good portion of the year.
Thank goodness for computers. And sci-fi. And eBooks!

I've always loved fantasy worlds and writing about what might be possible, given a certain suspension of disbelief and a rude assault upon the laws of physics.
Since I've always suspected that there is far too much gravity on this planet, I tend to take my people to other worlds.

Please visit my web site at for info about my books and some of the (non-fiction) science behind some of the concepts used in the stories.

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