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The Refugee (The Korvali Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1433 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: 5280 Press (May 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KGK8O9I
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C.A. Hartman specializes in writing science fiction. Recovering from her years as an academic scientist, she's refocused her overactive, analytical mind on creating thought-provoking stories with memorable characters. After the success of The Refugee and The Operative, Hartman is working on the final book of the Korvali Chronicles trilogy, which continues the story of the fallout that occurs when an alien scientist escapes his oppressive, xenophobic planet and comes to live among humans on a starship.

A graduate of the University of Colorado (CU), Hartman earned her PhD in Behavioral Genetics and worked as a scientist at CU for 11 years. Living in Denver with her husband, she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling to faraway places.

Check out Hartman's books, blog, and events at You can also find her on Twitter: @5280_SciFi.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick on June 13, 2014
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C.A. Hartman’s The Refugee
***** A No Spoilers Review *****
C.A. Hartman’s outstanding first novel, The Refugee, successfully blends myriad science fiction elements into a compelling and interesting story that recalls the genre’s early tales of exploration. There are multiple elements in the novel that that make it both a good read and great science fiction.

First, Hartman creates a world that is both engaging and interesting. It takes place far enough in the future that faster than light technology has been developed but near enough to contemporary time that many of the trappings of our society and culture remain. There is a shaky alliance that exists among four planetary systems including Earth. It is a very loose federation in which the interest of each system generally supersedes the alliance’s best interests. One of the elements in this alliance is Earth’s Starship Cornelia.

It is an USS Enterprise-like vessel; its mission a mixture of military security, exploration and scientific research. However this is where the comparisons end. As we quickly discover all is not “ship-shape” on the Cornelia or with the Alliance. The drama begins with they discover a refugee named Eshel from a nonaligned and extremely xenophobic planet called Korvalis. It is a world whose myopic focus is on researching and manipulating genes. When Eshel requests asylum and to become a crew member of the Cornelia the fun begins!

The second aspect of the story that draws us in is the sophisticated use of genetics as one of the most fascinating sub plots. The use and misuse of genetic research by a variety of people and planets plays a major role in how the story plays out. Of course the catalysts for this are Eshel and the novel’s protagonist, Catherine Finnegan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CE Cook on June 29, 2014
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First, let me start by saying, current political strife aside, I would love to live to live among the Korvali! The author has set an interplanetary stage that is familiar enough to relate to, but different and imaginative enough to still provide that entertaining escape that makes fiction so satisfying. It's a good first novel and I look forward to the next in the series.

I was a bit surprised to enjoy the book as much as I did given some past experiences with sci-fi novels. While I love the science (and this one has a good dose, including genetics, which has always fascinated me), I've found the characters in a lot of sci-fi novels to be caricaturish or wooden. The dialog is often stilted or unrealistic. The Refugee, on the other hand, was refreshing in that it introduces a slew of interesting characters and cultures who interact in believable ways. They are also quite clever at times and action oriented, which makes the story even more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on June 24, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It has a nice mix of action and plot development, and the characters are all well developed. The science fiction elements were unique, and it is clear the author knew what she was talking about. Many of the concepts discussed are higher level ideas, but they are explained in such a way that the reader can (at least mostly) understand what is happening. I would recommend this for anybody who enjoyed the Star Trek series (there is quite a bit of starship politics discussed) as well as anyone who enjoys reading about space-based science fiction in general. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, and am extremely glad I chose to purchase this book over my other potential buys at the Denver Comic Con this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on July 6, 2014
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C. A. Hartman's novel breathes a breathe of fresh air into the science fiction genre. The first pages immediately grab your attention and then you are unable to put the book down. The characters are quite engaging, the plot is excellent and is fast paced. I actually fell in love with the main character. Can't wait for the second novel to see where the Author takes us on this continuing journey!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiva Goddess on July 24, 2014
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The Refugee, C.A. Hartman’s first novel, is a breath of fresh air in the often obscure and overly entangled worlds of current science fiction. The story of the spaceship Cornelia is driven by her diverse crew, which includes military personnel from the five planets of the Alliance, scientists, and career Space Corps leaders. Like the Star Trek series, most of the action centers on the relationships and activities of these characters aboard ship and on the planets on which they land.

The Cornelia’s world is turned upside down when they take on Eshel, a refugee from the closed planet Korvalis, who mysteriously shows up still alive after a lengthy sojourn in space where the rest of his crewmembers died. As Eshel is found to be an expert genetics researcher from his own planet, where the Korvali have raised genetic manipulation to a high art, the leaders of the Alliance become involved in a search for the genetic secrets that Eshel possesses without harming their fragile relationship with the planet Korvalis. Catherine Finnegan, a geneticist on the ship, befriends Eshel, and much of the novel is about the progression of their relationship, as well as Eshel’s attemps to understand and fit in with alien cultures.

While this book has plenty of science in it – especially relating to genetics, the thing that I really liked about it was that it has multi-dimensional characters, realistic dialogue, and multiple female characters who seem like real human beings, not the caricatures of women we often see in sci-fi. I look forward to reading about the further adventures of the Cornelia’s crew in the next book.
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