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Silver Shark (Kinsmen Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: NYLA (September 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N9FPOO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Ilona Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series, Innkeeper Chronicles.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kindle-aholic on September 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Between 4 & 5 stars for this sci fi romance novella. It's set in the same world as Silent Blade, but you don't have to read one to understand the other. It was a treat getting an update on Meli and Celino, though.

Ilona Andrews referred to this one as a Billionaire and His Secretary romance, except that the secretary can kill you with her mind. This is my kind of romance.

For the sci fi fan, there are biologically enhanced psychic warriors (called psychers), bionet computers that psychers jack into and interact with, and the issues of refugees from one planet trying to assimilate to life on a new one. You also have a planet that while beautiful to look at, is ruled by mafia-type families whose feuding often leads to bloodshed. Only the strong survive and thrive here. I really liked the bionet scenes, there was a lot of action and imagery.

For the romance fan you have a smolderingly hot male lead, Ven, who can't seem to find the right girl to settle down with. You also have Claire, the ultra powerful psycher from a war-torn planet who must pretend to be normal to have a chance at a new life on a world that appears to be a paradise compared to her home. I like that although there were secrets and miscommunications, there was a really good reason for that - Claire is terrified of being deported or killed for her abilities.

The attention to the small details that I've come to expect from Andrews is here from the comparisons of the different planets, to the discovery of new enticing foods, to the interactions between the characters. There is also some subtle humor, especially in Claire's asides. A very fun romantic getaway, with a good dose of action too.

[I received a review copy of this novella.]
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lexie VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
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Its not a secret I have read, enjoyed and recc'ed the Andrews Duo's books countless times. So its not hard to imagine my happy delight when I got a chance to read their newest novella "Silver Shark" ahead of time. This is set in the same universe as their futuristic romance "Silent Blade" published by Samhain a couple years back. The two stories can be read independent of each other, though "Silent Blade" is set in New Delphi and it wouldn't hurt to have read it since it explores a different track in the world ("Silent Blade" was all assassins and kinsmen battles, "Silver Shark" is more about the trained psychers). Also "Silver Shark" has a field day with science fiction-y stuff.

In a word: riveting. The world that Andrews built in "Silent Blade" is let loose and has a freedom to play. The novella begins at Uley, a world torn between two fractions building their military might to wage a three centuries and plus war against each other for planet and cause no longer viable. The story then moves to Rada, which is where "Silent Blade" takes place, and the stark differences between the two worlds is more than a little problematic for Claire who was raised to believe that attention to oneself is the worst possible situation.

The situation, at least as its presented to Claire upon arrival on Rada as a refugee, isn't strictly fair and it was a little convenient that her first job interview went so smoothly. This was more or less my one complaint with Claire--not that she's too good or too powerful, but that happenstance favors her a lot. Within her first day on Rada she lands herself an enviable job, with a boss she's attracted to (on multiple levels) in a job that comes easy to her with a firm that specializes in what she was trained to do for years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marie on December 31, 2011
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This was a very entertaining read! Ilona Andrews' has such a way with words and it amazes me how evocative her writing is. I forget I'm reading because she draws me in so quickly.

Claire is what is known as a psycher, meaning she can psychically attack minds, killing people that way. Her planet is at war as the story starts and when her `side' is overtaken she manages to change her identity as a Captain and become a civilian. Forced to hide her true identity (and psychic capabilities), she's sent to New Dahlia where she ends up getting a job as an assistant to Ven Escana, a powerful kinsmen, who is also a psycher.

From there, the story is about corporate issues (much more violent than in our world) and Claire adjusting to her new life all while trying not to fantasize about her new boss too much because she thinks he doesn't view her romantically.

I wish there had been some scenes from his point of view but for the shorter length I understood why it was just told from Claire's. She undergoes such a huge transition and culture shock (going from living under the structure of the military & a very bleak planet to a bright, lively one with new customs and traditions where people actually smile) and it was often times funny to watch the way she adjusted. In one scene, Ven takes her to meet his friends because he wants her to like them and involve her in his life, but all she sees is this beautiful woman (his friend's wife, Meli from Silent Blade) who she doesn't think she can ever be like. I ached for her in that scene because I could feel her pain. Ven's pain was just as palpable because it's obvious he just wants to please her and didn't know what he was doing wrong. Watching their miscommunications was adorable.
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