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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,404 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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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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I must say this was a pretty lighthearted and at times really amusing story. It has some rather interesting characters who are funny and a bit on the whimsical side. I loved the cultural differences between Viktor the Uman Peace Talker (that would earth man to the uninformed) and S'rea, the Scientist/translator, of the Lyrissian tongue for her father the diplomat from Lyrissian.

I thought the many intricate twists and turns of the Lyrissian mating rituals were at times very funny. Viktor was really out of his element in that sea of uncanny and difficult steps to getting is girl. I could help but fall in love with both of them as they tried to come to terms with a love that neither of them wanted mentally, but were loath to divert when the heart came into play.

I think you will like this one, if only for the fact, that is different and very amusing. The author did a nice job in taking us to a place where most of us have never gone before with any other author. Read and Enjoy.
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