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Bio Rescue Hardcover – July 6, 2004
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Peace may not rule the planets, but love does steer the stars, or at least the characters, in this earnest tale of space medical rescue. Viehl (Eternity Row, etc.) presents another strong female lead, Jadaira mu T'resa, a patrol commander who switches from combat to medevac work to save refugees fleeing an interstellar war, set in the author's StarDoc universe. Working to save lives, Jadaira still finds conflicts, as her people, the aquatic 'Zangians, are culturally accustomed to abandoning their wounded rather than staying nearby where predators will gather. To honor her terran heritage, the modified, half-human Jadaira takes on the task of ferrying doctors in and patients out of dangerous situations, all while struggling with bureaucratic plots, leftover space minefields and the amorous and envious interests of both her orphaned second-in-command, Onkar, and a refugee religious leader, Rushan Amariah, of the lupine Skartesh. Love, like war, crosses species boundaries, although the most explicit scenes do stay within kind. The focus remains on the interpersonal much more than the interstellar, and the book exudes an enthusiastic naïveté that forgives the occasional overly convenient asteroid belt. The strong romance elements, along with the general youth of the characters (Jadaira loses her virginity), will appeal to young adult SF fans.
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A military crew running planetary patrols rescues a ship of refugee lupine land-dwellers called the Skartesh. The refugees seem more than that, though, for there is evidence that their ship carried an explosive rigged to blow up if they landed. The rescue scotched that. The commander of the rescuers, Dair Mu T'resa, belongs to a basically aquatic race that disdains rescues, but she is basically altruistic. Dair tries to be friendly with the Skartesh, going so far as to teach one, Shan, to swim, which causes a number of problems, for Shan is supposedly a prophet whose destiny is to return the Skartesh to their desert world and restore its water through an ultimate sacrifice. Also, the Skartesh have a taboo against so much as talking to non-Skartesh. The book's strength lies in the aquatic nature of the main species in it (though they are slowly evolving toward amphibiousness) and the issues of interspecies interaction that it raises. Regina Schroeder
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Jadaira is a `Zangian, an aquatic species that lives in the vast oceans on the plant nicknamed K-2 (StarDoc fans will remember this planet), who was genetically altered after her birth in order to save her life. But because the Pod rejects deformed pups, Dr. Teresa Selmar used human DNA in order to save Jadaira as a pup when Jadaira's `Zangian mother died. So Jadaira is different from the rest of her Pod.
She is also a very skilled Pilot, and along with her fellow SEAL's, (Surgically Enhanced/Altered Life-Form) agrees to become part of the new Bio-Rescue program launched by Dr. William Mayer and Administrator Ana Hansen. Jadaira shows off her skills as a pilot right off the bat when she saves a transport full of Skartesh, a wolf-like race with bizarre habits that make them disliked by most other species.
In spite of their differences Jadaira befriends the leader of the Skartesh, Rushan Amariah, unwittingly stirring up the jealously of her second-in-command, Lieutenant Onkar. Viehl paints Onkar so typically male in this story that even though he is a `Zangian like Jadaira, you couldn't help but love his masculinity and disdain his arrogance.
Jadaira has her hands full with leading the Bio Rescue unit, teaching the Skartesh to be more accepting of other races, trying to pacify her human mother Teresa, and doing all she can to dodge the insistent Onkar.
Bio Rescue has a fast paced storyline with an incredible ending, so tuck away your StarDoc novels for now and give Jadaira and the `Zangians a whirl. Enjoy!
The only negative for me in Viehl's books, including Bio Rescue, is that, for some reason her strong, independent female leads always seem to get themselves into relationships with males who are domineering, repressive personalities who continually do things the women don't want done "for their own good" and in the name of love. For example, Dair, the female lead of Bio Rescue mates with someone who them immediately demands she resign her military position. He continues to undermine her authority as commander of their flight team, even escalating his efforts after they mate. He blackmails her when she's been kicked out of the military and exiled from her people, promising to restore both to her if she will agree to be his mate for life. And she agrees!!! WHAT'S UP WITH THAT!?!?!?! This patronizing, superior attitude rubs me the wrong way but what really throws me is that these women accept this behavior and allow it. They submit to it. I wish strong women could find partners who respected their strengths WITHOUT trying to diminish them. I've read all of Viehl's SF books, and this one facet reemerges over and over and it's frustrating. The funny thing is that most of these women start out with someone who is much more open minded and respectful, and willing to view them as equals, but something invariable happens to them...
Anyway, I still like these books and highly recommend them for an entertaining and engaging read.
BIO RESCUE is set in the same universe as STARDOC. Some of our favorite characters from STARDOC are in this one. The native species of K-2 are aquatic. But to tell you the truth I couldn't tell the difference from humans in their attitudes and ways.
That is one of the things I love about her books, these are people just like us. The way she writes reminds me of some of my favorite Andre Norton books.
Dair is a young female who has been augmented and changed in body sculpture so she can fly space fighters. In her case it was not a matter of choice, but one of life and death. Before she was born her mother's body and her's were severely damaged by the Core. A life form on this planet. Her mother died.
Onkar has lived as a rogue for most of his life. When he saves two young pups he is invited to join the Coastal Pod. He becomes second in command after Dair, of the pilot pod. You never forget that they are aquatic but you consider them friends and come to care very much for all the characters in this book.
NOt only are there dangers on their world, but even more dangers in the stars. This is such an intriging world and the politics and military plots are not subtle.
This is an adventure, I couldn't put it down. From complex relationships to the simple idea of death and renewal, we are caught in a story that touches your heart and mind. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good way to spend an afternoon.