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Games of Adversaries Paperback – December 4, 2012
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This debut novel from author Susan Elizabeth Curnow takes two men from vastly different worlds through shocking twists of loss, betrayal, and torture. Reeling from pain and enmity, they must ultimately realize that no one else has the power to save themselves and their worlds.
In a way that is deeply sympathetic to prisoners of war and soldiers exposed to terrible hardship everywhere, the author speaks to the heart of the reader with truth as well as compassion.
The author's grasp of the human condition is masterful and haunting.
About the Author
Born in UK, now living in Alberta, Canada, when not writing, Susan Curnow is wrangling horses walking her Irish Wolfhound or being owned by her cats. When folk wonder why most of her main characters are males, she just smiles politely and tells them go look at her house, count the sons, the husband, the menagerie, and see just how many of them are guys. Why science fiction or fantasy? Why not write of her epic journey with five suitcases and a dog to Calgary Airport, her hounds, her horses, her sons? No other genre offers to fulfill the scope of her imagination. One world is just too small.
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I have always enjoyed books where an author combines fantasy with sci-fi, and cultures at different stages of development. Curnow does this nicely and gives us glimpses inside their minds so we can experience the differences as we read. There were a few times when I felt the author dwelled too long on emotions, but that could be me, as I tend to favor very quick visits into self-reflection. I also felt we could have had a bit more depth in a couple of the secondary characters.
With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Games of Adversaries, and finished it in two nights, something I haven't done in far too long. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi/fantasy. Also, to note, the formatting and layout were done well and the book was very high quality. Too many books are riddled with mistakes. You won't find that in this book.
I have a system for my ratings and I rated this a 4.2, but it was such a refreshing read that I rounded that up to 5 stars.
Curnow does a superb job of storytelling as she explores a culture clash so immense there were times I wondered how she was going to overcome the gaps. One culture is advanced enough to move among the stars. The other so medieval that food and water are their primary concerns. Well, that and dealing with the threat of an unknown enemy possessing powers the like of which they've never seen and have no way to fight against.
The author moves seamlessly between voices, drawing her characters and their cultures with vivid, distinct, and fearless brush strokes. She pulls no punches, doesn't sugar-coat the imperfections of either group, and keeps tugging you along to the conclusion.
I only have one small gripe, which in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the book as a whole, but did cause it to lose a star: I felt the main character was a bit too accepting of some things.
Overall this is a fantastic read that I devoured in one day. Whether you stand in the SF camp or the Fantasy camp, I'd suggest giving this book a chance. The blend is handled with skill and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
That such vastly different groups find one another is a story as old as humankind and as new as the dawn of each day. Where the natural ills of the world have been mastered, only the evil intent of one's fellow beings presents danger. And that menace results in the prince of an unthinkably advanced kingdom being undone. So perfectly exiled that his survival, and that of the men he comes to know and rely upon, requires coming to terms with the serpent in Eden as well as the deficiencies ease of life has made in his character.
Games of Adversaries is much more than particle beam weapon meets poleax. It is an exploration of the fundamental meaning of humanity and how character is forged in the fires of adversity.
Read the book and you will understand.
This story deals with a coming together of cultures so different that it's amazing. I don't want to spoil anything for you but that is difficult. There are two main characters, one from each world, and they need to work out a mutual problem, but before they are ready to do that they first need to find a commonplace where they understand each other's background. This, of course, goes with plenty of problems.
The story flows well, moves along swiftly and yet brings enough information and background to understand the implications of most actions. I appreciated this book very much.
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