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Heart of a Warrior Paperback – Large Print, April 24, 2001

3.0 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Ly-san-ter Series

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Setting: Seaview, USA, present day

Sensuality rating: 8

They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but according to perennial New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey, men, especially huge hunks like Dalden Ly-San-Ter, are from the planet Sha-Ka'an, and women, especially strong-minded, statuesque beauties like carpenter Brittany Callaghan, are from right here on Earth! Lindsey's latest offering is out of this world--literally. Brittany meets the first man she's ever had to look up to when she sees Dalden at a political rally... like she could avoid noticing a 7-foot tall Hercules clad in form-fitting leather pants. When he disappears without a trace, Brittany is unaccountably put out. But when Dalden just as mysteriously reappears in her apartment the next day, her already piqued interest--and libido--goes into overdrive. Brittany thinks Dalden is just visiting from another country, never guessing that his home is actually in a whole different solar system. Dalden is hunting an unscrupulous enemy who has stolen a shipment of mind-altering weapons, a situation with potentially cataclysmic results. But the virginal Brittany is a distraction Dalden didn't count on. Add a smart-mouthed computer, the burgeoning passion between the oh-so-different protagonists, and Heart of a Warrior offers a wild romp that only Lindsey could write. Fasten your seat belts and relish the ride! --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lindsey revisits alien worlds in her latest (after Warrior's Woman; You Belong to Me; etc.), and the result seems cobbled from Star Trek and bad sitcoms. Six-foot-tall construction worker Brittany Callaghan has had trouble finding a man who doesn't mind her height; nearly 30 and still a virgin, she's used to taking care of herself in the small town of Seaview, Calif. At the local mall, she meets Dalden Ly-San-Ter, a seven-foot barbarian alien stud who tells her he's pursuing a troublemaker from his "country" and asks for her help. Of course, the two are wildly attracted to each other, and Dalden's hokey, wisecracking supercomputer, Martha, has to remind him the mission comes first: his quarry is an alien king who's looking for subjects and planning to use a stolen device called an Altering Rod to take over Earth. The two giants quickly fall in love and succeed in capturing the errant king. Dalden declares his intention to make Brittany his "lifemate," and he and Martha reveal the truth about his origins when they take Brittany aboard their ship. Her stubborn disbelief which she clings to even as they arrive on Dalden's planet, Sha-Ka'an tests the patience of her warrior beau and any readers who should get that far. It takes a near-fatal incident to finally make her accept the truth, and she inadvertently introduces a peculiar version of feminism to her new, barbarian-run home. Despite the derivative plot and excruciating dialogue the aliens say things like "I love you to pieces" and "hold on to your socks" it's doubtful that Lindsey's legions of fans will mind the book's shortcomings in the least. Everyone else will be more entertained by Earth Girls Are Easy.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: WmMorrow; Lrg edition (April 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066209595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066209593
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,158,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had extremely high hopes when I heard that Dalden was getting his own story. Warrior's Woman and Keeper of the Heart are two of my favorite books by Johanna Lindsey. Though this book was good, I felt a bit disappointed. After experiencing the explosive passion of Tedra and Challen and Shanelle and Falon, these characters didn't strike the same spark..also I would highly recommend that anyone reading this book, read the first two beforehand, else some major confusion may set in.
Dalden heads to modern day earth in search of Jorran (a character from Keeper of the Heart) who has stolen mind altering rods from Sunder (also from Keeper of the Heart) in hopes that he can take over the planet. Brittany, a statuesque, construction working red head, first encounters Dalden at the local mall as he is attempting to speak with the mayor about Jorran's plan. His expression indicating that he is highly uncomfortable in the confined area, Brittany whisks him aside. Equally smitten, Dalden and Brittany converse with the help of his mother's Mock II computer, Martha (first introduced in (Warrior's Woman). Deciding that Brittany can be useful in the endeavor to capture Jorran, Dalden hires her to help him spot outsiders in her small town, while keeping his exact origins secert.
Jorran and his cronies are caught with little effort or time, and I am left wondering what I actually read that took up the first 200 pages. After the capture of Jorran, Martha transfers Brittany to the ship (as Dalden has claimed her for his lifemate earlier on). The next several chapters are of everyone, mainly Martha, doing their best to convince Brittany that the ship is real, Dalden is really from another planet, and everything isn't some elaborate hoax.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are a major Johanna Lindsey fan and have read Warrior's Woman & Keeper of the Heart, there is nothing I can say that will keep you from going out and spending your money & time on this book. I know, been there, done that!
The fact that the other reviews mostly agree that this book disappoints but then gives it three stars are more, will have you wondering if it just is not as good as the other two, but still a good read.
If this had not been a Johanna Lindsey book, this is one book most would have given no stars if possible. Save your money, save your time!
The begaining and ending of this book is it's only saving grace; however a Harlequin Romance could have done it better. Out of 368 pages, more than a 150 of them need to be rewritten. I found my self skipping pages just to get though it, and never did it occure to me to go back and pick some of thoes pages back up. I didn't miss a thing.
There are so many places she could have gone with this book but didn't, I just feel let down after years of waiting for Dalden's story. If you realy want to know how far she's come down read Warrior's Woman (5 stars) and Keeper of the Heart (4 stars) and cry for the waste she made out of this one.
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Format: Hardcover
Having waited years for the third installment in Lindsey's futuristic series, I was disappointed with this novel from start to finish. The successor to "Warrior's Woman" and "Keeper of the Heart" does not live up to the expectations of its predecessors.
To put a fine point on it, when a sci-fi fan opens up the third installment of an eagerly anticipated futuristic series, they expect it to actually take place in another time or dimension, they do not expect that the first 198 pages (of a 368 page novel) will happen on earth!
Another mark against the novel is the heroine herself. Brittany is, in a word, annoying. When the reader is finally transported from earth after 198 pages, their diligence for sticking with the book is then punished by a heroine who refuses to believe that she's on a spaceship (and then the planet Sha-Ka'an) for the next 150 pages. Instead, Brittany believes that everything around her is a great conspiracy and that her captors are merely trying to mess with her mind. And this for literally 150 pages!
As if that isn't bad enough, the freethinking computer Martha has more lines than either of the protagonists do. Martha does have her good moments and there are places in the novel where she is truly funny, but overall she is given far too much to say with Dalden being allocated not nearly enough.
The reason why Martha has too much to say in the first place brings me to yet another gripe with Heart of a Warrior, namely that in this installment Lindsey suffers from what I call "explanation-itis", or the need to over-explain things.
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By A Customer on June 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was, for the lack of a better term, ridiculous. It is with great hesitation that I pick up a Johanna Lindsey book these days. I'm not sure why HarperCollins felt this was appropriate for a hardback printing. Why didn't the editors or the powers that be demand some kind of rewrite? This was an insult to the fan base. Lindsey has a world full of fans, but a text such as this takes advantage of them; it takes advantage of their money and their valuable time. Publishers should not compromise the built-in fan base by (continually) printing mediocre stories such as Heart of a Warrior. This questionable business practice will eat away at the very thing that provides them profits. Huge challenges with the book: 1)The dialogue was primary, even dated. We are in 2001, where was the language relevant to the time? A setting in a disco? Are you kidding me? Discos went the way of velour shirts. 2)The amount of time it took to set-up the story was painful,it never flowed. Actually the whole book seemed disjointed, skimming forward to find interesting parts was a disappointing exercise. They never appeared. Finally, be wary of the quotes in the book jacket. Quotes from reviews should be viewed with a grain of salt, marketing people edit them very creatively to serve their purpose.
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