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Length: 437 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Teen mercenary Durango’s adventures continue as Gill ramps up the cinematic action for a final showdown between our hero and his military dictator father. The complex plot won’t stand alone, but readers who have enjoyed the first two titles (Black Hole Sun, 2010; Invisible Sun, 2012) will happily revisit Mars, where martial law reigns, outlaws abound, and monks train orphans to become warriors. Durango’s implanted artificial intelligence remains a highlight, and her razor-sharp wit is conveyed in both natural language and computer code. Fellow mercenary and love interest Vienne returns for a side adventure with a Russian biker gang en route to rejoining Durango. With nonstop action and clever dialogue, Gill’s latest will draw new fans. Grades 8-11. --Debbie Carton


"A refreshingly nondystopic sci-fi adventure" --Kirkus Review

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  • File Size: 1443 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOFQC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Believer on January 25, 2014
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"Shadow on the Sun" is a fast-paced, heart-stopping science fiction novel that opens in Fisher 4 where Sturmnacht troops have been deployed to overrun the mines. Fuse, a former Regulator is forced to hide his pregnant wife and her mother while he goes for help.

The story then shifts to Christchurch where Vienne a disgraced Regulator recuperating from life threatening wounds is seeking penance in service to a monastery while she waits for her partner Durango to return. She doesn't know that he's been captured and tortured by his tyrannical father General Lyme. Experimenting on his son the General has duplicated the AI (artificial intelligence) flash-cloned to Durango's brain and has called it Dolly. With this latest weapon he will stop at nothing to gain dominance in the war, even to sacrificing the son who despises him. Can Durango deter this maniac from his plans which could mean the destruction of the planet?

The action in this well-written plot never stops, its energy only lightened by the wit and humour of Durango's interaction with Mimi, the sarcastic AI who has begun to show signs of self-sufficiency. Into this creative and riveting story the writer has infused imaginative weaponry like the armalite, the Crucible and symbiarmour (indestructible body armour).

The core characters are well-developed, and realistic with their multi-dimensional personalities; like Durango, the former Regulator Chief who's tough, brave and sometimes cocky as well as Vienne, a woman haunted by the past who's pragmatic and blunt-spoken, masking a tender heart. Mimi, the AI is amusing with her droll and clever wisecracks. The brothers Khoumanov with their good-natured insensitivity, determination and loyalty are as entertaining as Mimi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2013
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I really don't have a ton of time, so sorry.
But this book is really good and you should read it.
If you like futuristic, lots of technology, super soldier-rebels sort of vibe, read this.
If you like a male teenage narrator with a lot of amusing remarks, read this.
If you like strained family relationships in a tough world, read this.
Just give it a shot okay?
It won't be the absolutely best book you ever read but it is funny and interesting and an adventure. There is a romance, chicas, if you look for that too.
**This is a series so make sure to read in order!
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This book is hands down the best one in the series – from the rocket fueled pacing to the witty, spot on banter to the tender moments of true love.

The heart and soul of this book (the series) are the characters. Each one has a strong voice that instantly connects with the reader and draws them in.

<b>Durango (a.k.a. Jacob Stringfellow) –</b> The Alpha Dog hero. The heartthrob. The good guy who wants to do the right thing even if it puts himself in harm’s way. Total badass. My “badass” point is proved many times in the book; however my favorite scene happens in the Port of Kazah when Durango is leading the Alpha Team on a mission to retrieve a crucial element to tip the war. Read it and you’ll see why.

<i>Is it wrong that the first thing I noticed about him was his haircut???<i/>

<b>Mimi –</b> Durango’s AI. This whip smart mother figure is arguably the unsung hero of the book. She saved Durango’s back (and Mars) so many times in this one book that I lost count.

<b>Vienne –</b> Anytime I’m asked “if you could be a character from any book who would you be” my answer every time is Vienne. It’s her confidence, her mad fighting skills, her selflessness and her way of flicking off those that bother her that I admire. Her theme song in this book should be Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys, because this girl is on fire.

<b>Fuse –</b> Fuse is back and you’ll be surprised at how domesticated his life has become, but have no fear he can still detonate a bomb and fight off the Sturmnacht with the best of them. Him and his missing teeth make me smile.

<b>Jenkins –</b> He’s back too, I mean what would the gang be without trigger happy Jenkins? And can you say comic relief?

<b>Lyme (a.k.a. Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By linda slade on October 3, 2013
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i loved these books. david writing sucked me and just couldn't put thhese books down till i finshed the whole series.
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