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Prey [Kindle Edition]

D.A. Boulter
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Book Description

Science Fiction short story. 6000 words

Krin Tlento,of the felid Tlartox, finds herself on the run from the bulls of the barendi herd she was hunting. Her radio sabotaged, she has but one option: to face death with honor, as befits one of the People of Tlar, with her fangs in the throat of a barendi bull. In the unlikely event she should survive, her second priority is to retake her ship from the mutineers who left her to die.

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  • File Size: 87 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KT1KOG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,686 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far everything of Boulter's is worth reading. September 11, 2011
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I don't care much for short stories. Avoid them most of the time. But since it was D A Boulter's I read it. And if Boulter writes another short story I will probably read it, but I would really like to see another full length story with intriguing plot and characters from Boulter. What can I say: This author can write.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars creative, well developed January 17, 2012
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Prey is cleverly written; we find out what Krin is by how she acts and interacts. The characters make sense from the beginning and our understanding of them grows through the story. I love the subtlety and parallel to a classical story (a very obscure parallel until the very end, so it doesn't ruin the ending) but even if I didn't pick up on it, I would think it is a well crafted story.

I can't resist sharing my favorite lines, "Her ears went back to the angle of disgust. Traitors: may they all go to Tlar with fur in disarry!"

There is one somewhat jarring note... WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER IN THE REST OF THIS REVIW............... I can believe Creslot learned a few words in Krin's language but not that they would include the ones he used later. I don't think a universal translator explains that. It doesn't make sense that it would give those words without giving others would have been as useful or more useful later and much easier to figure out from the available contexts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is? June 5, 2012
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This story starts off with the hunter becoming the prey of its prey. As the story unfolds you will learn the reasons for this occurance. The huntress then meets a human and this unfolds a new thread to the tale. The author does not disappoint in this story. He leaves your mind open to dreaming up side stories for his characters. There is at the end a sense for what is to happen. Well written.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good craft and concept! April 8, 2012
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Pay money for this story! A very refreshing quality of craft and an interesting plot and story concept. This story feels like a great prologue. Please write the novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well at least it was free April 2, 2012
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I must have missed something...I did not realize this was a 15 minute story....abet a very good one. Left me wanting more definitely....but also felt a bit cheated...would have preferred a full length novel that I paid for than a free tease....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can cats and humans co-exist? February 4, 2012
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When I was a teenager, I saw a movie with a similar theme: Two creatures from different parts of the universe determine that it is best to help each other to survive instead of killing each other. I think the movie was Enemy Mine that starred Louis Gossett Jr. But there are a few things about Prey that makes it more memorable than that movie.

I like how Boulter subtly presents the differences between Krin and the new species. And I also liked how Krin solves, at least temporarily, the little mutiny problem.

It would be nice to see more of Krin and how she deals with the new species.
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More About the Author

D.A. Boulter hates talking about himself in the 3rd person. Finds it annoying.

Since my early school days, Science Fiction and Fantasy have intrigued me, starting with Heinlein, whose Starship Troopers I read in the middle 60s, long before I knew about the social and political themes it carried. My seminal year, though, came in 1974 when I got my hands on a copy of Frank Herbert's "Dune", which fascinated me with its depth and breadth. At that moment I knew SF&F had hooked me.

However, it took another ten years before I seriously considered writing my own material and another ten after that before I began writing in earnest. Now, with the advent of e-readers, I find myself in the very strange position of being a published author, rather than someone who wrote for himself only. It gratifies me that many have read and enjoyed my works. Thank you.

I've worked as a cook, a first-aid attendant, weather observer, radar operator and tech. I've worked in the city, in the woods, and in the Arctic. Just now, I find myself on the West Coast of Canada, with my feline companion -- one of a line of cats who have shared my writing moments (and interrupted them as well).

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