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Ghost In The Machine (Corwint Central Agent Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B009UFHA0O
- Publisher : Tracing The Stars; 3rd edition (April 30, 2014)
- Publication date : April 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2079 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 327 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,107 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cons: SPOILER ALERT: This trust and accompanying ecstasy did not occur until 91% of the book. For this reader, it was one step forward and two steps back the entire book. Ethan's mistrust of Orynn, his seemingly Organic feeling for Orynn and his mistrust of himself on this plane. Orynn's mistrust of Ethan's motives, her inability to break with the Sisterhood's tenants in general, and especially regarding giving oneself to another and her unfortunate history with Hank's ancestors. As a reader, I felt as though I was drug over the coals (which in other circumstances I don't mind, when there is a happy outcome). This book terminated in a weird way: The eight year old Jarren whom Orynn had saved had hunted her down for twenty years and came to claim her. I read the epilogue, only to feel "uncomfortable" about the feelings that Jarren harbored for Orynn. They seemed to border on incest, i.e., him making her a willing slave to him. I have not read book two, so I don't know if these feelings were what I read into the last chapter, as evidenced by, "The solid line of his jaw softened and the muscles of his arms flexed with their desire to hold her", however, I do not care to explore such love.
I enjoyed this, though there were a few aspects of the plotting and storytelling style that didn't quite catch me. The world is pretty thoroughly realized, and it's almost a shame that those elements take a backseat to the romantic focus. The romance itself is still quite sweet though, and it would have been a shame to omit or restructure it to allow more space for the worlds to be experienced differently. It's not heavy in the theoretical science end of scifi. The banter was well done, though there were some characters who felt less realized than others, and there were spots where it felt like the external plot (missions outside the ship, strategic movements of empires, etc.) got a bit lost behind the internal plot (Character development, budding romance, on-ship banter). At any rate, it's a fun read. The light tone and intimate focus make for fast and enjoyable reading. I finished book one in about a day, and one of my lighter reading days at that.
I really appreciate that Kilgore was willing to explore the concept of the consequences of actions, including inaction. I would almost call this the theme of the book. Orynn was forced to face this again and again and there were some real tragedies here. They were some of the most realistic element of the book, which is something I think some authors are afraid to allow. I'm glad Kilgore was willing to go there. I also thought it countered all the sappy, happy-happy-joy-joy of the romance.
The crew of the Zera reminded me a lot of the crew of the Firefly . Yes, the book lacked the steampunk element, but the basic way the crew interacted, the young female engineer, their tendency to fight the good fight while functioning outside the proper legal confines all seemed very, very familiar to me. Now, I loved Firefly. I adored the characters and the way they loved to hate one another, how they ragged on each-other constantly and teased each-other good naturedly. All those elements were here to love in this book too.
I was a little disappointed to find the all to frequently used female lead who has extremely strong abilities, but is hampered by her fragile heart. I really hate this trope, hate it. Orynn was forever berating herself or falling apart for using her natural born skills--for being who she is essentially. What's more, she frequently compromised herself in the process, resulting in the classic damsel in emotional distress syndrome. Yep, I hate that too. Don't get me wrong. I didn't dislike Orynn as a character. I just found myself groaning at some of her antics. She could have been a strong female lead. She should have been really. Instead she was a an emotional basket case that made me want to kick her. At 200+ year old she should have figured some of this stuff out already.
I also had a moderate problem with Ethan. I loved him as a character. He was kind, considerate, and willing to examine himself and his own motives. But he was just too human for a mecha (android), both emotionally and physically. I gather he was designed to evolve and was something of an anomaly among mecha, but he really rose above his subroutines on more than one occasion. Then there was the minor detail of sex. I can accept him being anatomically correct. His designer was aiming for realistic human form after all. I can even accept that he was able to activate that organ as any other. I was with the author up to this point. But once we reach his ability to climax, including a deposit (for lack of a less offensive description), I was lost. I couldn't help but wonder what function that option played. It's not like he had any genetic material to pass on for the purpose of procreation. Not to mention what was it made of...hydrolic fluid?
The writing was pretty good, especially in the second half--once the author passed the need to break up each passage to explain every new species, planet, space station, etc. (That really disrupted the flow of the first half of the book). I only have two small criticism. One, the book could do with a little more editing. Two, the POV is all over the place. Luckily, the cast is pretty small so when you head-hop you can't go too far. But the reader does leap from person to person a lot, often in a short space of time and with no warning.
Despite my complaints, I enjoyed the book and would be more than willing to continue the series. I look forward to seeing how the other characters evolve, especially Merek. He was my favourite. I recommend the book more for romance fans than sci-fi fans though.
Top reviews from other countries
This is primarily a romance, and it's a very well written one at that so I would highly recommend it to fans of the romantic genre, even if they wouldn't normally read something that could be considered sci-fi, as it's very accessible, with the focus on the characters rather than anything technical. Kilgore's world building is excellent and her characters believable and likeable. I enjoyed their interactions throughout. I would have liked for the android character to have some limitations, but to me he came across as a typical human male. He is programmed to evolve which was cool, but there was still one physical thing he was able to do that I didn't totally understand when it happened.
Overall this is a well-built world containing an interesting romance and a cast of very likeable characters. Highly recommended to fans of romance!
I realise a space opera isn't complete without a little letching and the occasional coming together but there is a limit. I'm sure there is a market for this but it would be nice if the blurb made clear what was coming, so curmudgeons like me can pass by.
Life is short so I'm afraid I deleted it before I finished it - a rare thing for me.
Strongly detailed world building, with many races and planets lovingly described in rich detail!
The characters and their interactions are developed perfectly as this wonderful tale unfolds!
Warning: cliff hanger!
Read it and become curious about this space crew forever