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Taken (Callisto Series - Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 128 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 3540 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Plutoid Press (November 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L35E3O
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,792 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Erica lives in New Zealand--otherwise known to the rest of the world as: that pretty scenic place where they made the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.  She spends most of her time writing (also procrastinating), reading, hanging with her long suffering husband and frolicking with the neighbour's cat. As a writer Erica delights in plotting evil and writing it all down for others to read and enjoy/despair-muahahahahahahahaha!

Oh, and she also likes LOLcats :)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2014
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It had it all interplanetary suspense, different "cultures", war between planets with a human being the peacemaker from earth (Viktor). I like the friendship between Viktor and Roger, the captain of the space ship/vehicle that brough Viktor to the planet for negotiations. I really found myself being drawn into liking S'rea's father pretty quickly too! There are unexpected sparks and misunderstanding between Viktor and S''rea (the daughter the Lyrissian representative). S'rea is also helping with the language differences on behalf of her father and her people. Although Viktor has some knowledge of their language, he isn't quite as fluent with their language yet and really not that good with their cutoms yet either. You can count on that getting him in a lot of trouble pretty quickly. I enjoyed it and there were a few surprises in the plot as the story unfolded. The story even caused a few chuckles to burst out of me a few times!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosita on September 18, 2014
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Really enjoyed - except the author did not physically described the characters - how tall were they ? What color skins ? What color hair ? Really enjoyed that Viktor was not a superhuman !!! Enjoyed the cultural misunderstandings - will buy next book in the series and will look out for more work by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie Ann Allen on October 28, 2014
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The book was funny all the way thru. The author has talent but it was just ok not great. I will read more from this author. If you would like a light read then you will enjoy this book, I do recommend it. Buy and have a little you time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David W Weyburne on August 6, 2014
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A nice take on the Sci Fi / Romance genre with a bit of humor mixed in. I enjoyed it enough that I am buying the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I read alot on August 31, 2014
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Implementing a human slash alien treaty is a rough way to start a series. The author did a superb job in that she used "human" based bodies. Even right now in the year 2014 our own earth treaties are rough to get started. However, the plot starts to drag when the author gets side tracked by the alien woman's need to be independent instead of finding a mate. When we the readers are involved in plots to destroy a possible treaty we get a bang up ending that was not expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 30, 2014
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It's just another book about a man trying to negotiate a shaky peace under dangerous circumstance with a strange and totally alien race. So why is it so good? Well, the aliens seem more real than the humans of most novels. There customs and bodies are understandable and attractive. You are not even surprised to find yourself hoping that Vik and his alien bride can survive the bigotry of her own people and an attack of a common enemy.
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By ?wazithinkin on August 29, 2015
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I don't generally read Science Fiction, but the beginning of this novella grabbed me. Viktor was having a rough start with his first Peacetalker mission trying to negotiate peace with the Lyrissian delegation aboard the Callisto. Peacetalker Tarn took offense when Viktor miscommunicated while trying to speak in the Lyrissian's own language. Luckily, S'rea, Tarn's daughter, was able to speak common so the Alliance of Worlds peace talks could move forward.

Viktor is confronted with several cultural differences as he learns more about the Lyrissian as the talks proceed. There are several humorous miscommunications between S'rea and Viktor dealing with mating rituals of the Lyrissian. S'rea has no intention to ever take a mate, she is a scientist and loves her profession. Viktor is recently divorced and has no intention of having any relationships right now.

Karo was the other Peacetalker dispatched by the Lyrissian to negotiate peace with the Orka in a neighboring galaxy. Karo has an agenda of his own which includes taking S'rea as a mate whether she agrees or not. The Orka are an aggressive and violent race who mutate their females into hideous monsters to use as warriors. They are a humanitarian nightmare.

This is an enjoyable story that moves at a nice pace. The reader will find humor, political intrigue, violent confrontations, and romance. I found it easy to become invested in the outcome from the humans on the Starship Callisto to the Lyrissian race as a whole. They had a fascinating hierarchy and culture.

The only thing I had a problem with was that S'rea was referred to as the eldest daughter of Tarn in the beginning of the story. However, at the end Ae'a is the eldest daughter. I understand why the birth order was changed.
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Human ambassador Viktor is assigned to meet with the Lyrissian delegation aboard the spaceship Callisto to negotiate an alliance between Earth and Lyrissia. This has everything in it that a science fiction fan could want without the story getting overly bogged down in technical detail. So many of the science fiction stories seem to just fill up their pages with endless technobabble, which just bores me to tears even though I do love science fiction for it’s flights of imagination in giving us new locales and cultures to explore. Taken certainly delivered all that and more.

Admittedly, my attention lagged at the beginning, trudging through the politics and constant dialogue confined solely within the unchanging steel walls of the ship, but by thirty percent (my usual decision point), action had picked up with an attempted assassination, and the entrance of S’rea, the Lyrissian ambassador’s daughter, who seemed eager to seek out the differences between the humans and the Lyrissians, along with her cultural differences and gaps in knowledge in mating overtures, and an attempted kidnapping and invasion by an alien party. S’rea was a joy to read about with her scientific curiosity, courage, brawn, and combat skills. While Victor has a good balance between intellectual man of action, and personal problems that he is running away from that makes him being aboard the Callisto believable. It was wonderful watching S’rea and Viktor tangle, to growing curious about their differences and similarities, to if there actually was love through it all or whether it was just politics. And it was a treat seeing the Lyrissian homeworld from their mating customs, to their scientific community, to their ruling body.

The only thing I didn’t understand and still question about the story is, I never did find out what the installment title “Taken” refers to. I would recommend this to fans of Star Trek and Babylon 5, who like their science fiction with a dose of romance and adventure.
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