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Only Human (Targon Tales Book 2) Kindle Edition
Their pursuit of a ruthless rebel leader takes them through the worlds and dangers of the Commonwealth-dominated Targon sector where the line between their personal lives and their mission quickly begins to blur.
On their quest to recover a dangerous, living weapon in rebel hands it seems that the greatest opposition comes from among their own people and Nova must choose between duty to her command and loyalty to her friends.
Although the Targon Tales are numbered chronologically, each book is a complete adventure. The volumes describe common themes, settings and characters but can be read in any order.
"More adventures with the fiery redhead as she dazzles the universe. Chris You are headed to the top of my author list with this series. I know who I want as my co-pilot when I go to space."
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But when I look at the science fictionstories that have appealed to me the most, I see that they focus on thecharacters. Their plights, faults, idiosyncrasies are what give life to thebackdrop of planets and space ships. I suppose you could place Han, Leia, andLuke in a contemporary setting right here on planet Earth and it would work.It's still a fun story without the lightsabers. But without the characters' story,a big chunk of Star Wars would lackconsiderable luster.
So that is the route I've taken with mystories. The absolute freedom of escaping Earth's gravity and inventing things(always keeping within the realm of probability, of course) is why I lovescience fiction. I can make it rain mercury if I want to. I think I do,actually, somewhere.
But it's the people in these stories--nottoo alien, not too perfect, not always happy with their lot or each other--who givemeaning to the mercury rain and the space elevators. The people, for the mostpart likable people, are what turns science fiction into space opera. (Well, andspace guns. Must have space guns.)
- ASIN : B009QAIRT6
- Publication date : October 11, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 780 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 283 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #742,436 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is filled to the brim with action and adventure. There are incredibly descriptive fight scenes and rescue missions. Beneath this wonderful story of suspense and action and adventure and romance, Chris Reher also attempts to teach us a vital lesson about race and the awfulness of being judged / ostracized because of our heritage. This is done in an unobtrusive, non-preachy tone - often in an unconscious and/or witty remark or thought.
There are a few missed / transposed words, but the rest of the story is so well done that these tiny gaffes are inconsequential.
For me, I felt the romance developed too quickly. I'll be honest and admit that I like a `slow thaw' (long bits of Unresolved Sexual Tension) between my soon-to-be-couple, so perhaps my bias is clouding my judgment.
I didn't like the decision made at the very end of the book, and felt it was not the right one at all - judging from the background and training of the decision-maker. But in order for me to explain why I feel this way, I will be at risk of revealing spoilers. In any case, I believe the author wrote it this way probably with the intention to continue the story, so I'm not too worried.
All in all, Only Human is an amazing, gripping read. It promises to keep you hooked reading it at ungodly hours of the night (is 4am considered night???). You will become attached both to the story and to the characters, worrying for their safety, cheering for them in their successes, and eager to read on as to what they'll do next. Buy it, read it, and then come thank me for recommending a great book to read. :D
Opposing the Union is the Rebellion led by the evil Tharron. Tharron heard of the legend of a “Tughan Wai,” a weapon of immense power and will do anything to get his hands on it.
I liked that this universe was well populated by a variety of aliens with their own cultures and goals but found the romance between Tychon and Nova to be entirely predictable and not particularly interesting. The story was very good and the characters were interesting.
I note that this is book 2 of "Targon Tales" but I did not read the first book - yet. No knowledge of the first book is necessary to enjoy this one. I'd like to explore this universe some more.
In this third novel of the Targon Tales, Captain Nova Whiteside, a hotshot pilot who spends more time as a uniformed James Bond than flying (as some of her COs have complained in the past), is put into a new assignment which requires both sets of skills as part of the job description-- flying the fastest, best armed and stealthiest the Union Commonwealth's Air Command has, doing forward reconnaissance and special forces missions far behind rebel lines. Their primary mission will be the capture or killing of the head of the rebellion, and the saving of a six year old boy, one who holds the future of the Union in his childlike hands.
The book, like the first two in the series, is strongly character driven, and watching Nova Whiteside's growing disillusionment with some of the Union's policies-- policies she has spent a decade carrying out at gunpoint as a fighter pilot-- as well as her increasing recognition that the blind following of orders is not always in the best interests of those for whom she cares or for the Union itself-- is one of the strongest aspects of the series thus far. The growing love she shares with her senior pilot aboard the Eagle fighter is equally well written.
Since this review should contain some critique, there is one thing that grates-- the author has chosen to use all army/air force ranks for the Union fighters, and calls them 'soldiers' throughout. At least in the present day, cruisers and battleships aren't flown by soldiers, and the pilots who fly off carriers aren't in the army or even the air force. Naval ranks would have been more appropriate, perhaps with a complement of Marines as well. [Admission: I am a retired Naval Officer, and possibly biased...]