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The Outback Stars by [McDonald, Sandra]
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Length: 417 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

Former naval officer McDonald makes an auspicious debut with a military SF novel that through her heroine proves the maxim "amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics." Lt. Jodenny Scott, who's suffering from survivor's guilt after the destruction of her spaceship in an unexplained accident, pulls some strings to get a berth on a new ship, the Aral Sea, which turns out to have a dysfunctional chain of command. Inventory discrepancies, missing robots and officers who either disappear or experience unusual accidents suggest that all is not well. Meanwhile, a troubled petty officer begins to experience visions of the aliens who created the system humans are using for interstellar exploration and commerce. The author captures the flavor of day-to-day life in a military organization and neatly ties the alien mystery with other plot threads at the end, though some of the romantic elements are a bit out of place and the mystery angle may remind cartoon fans of a Scooby-Doo episode. (Apr.)
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In a fast-paced debut, McDonald introduces Team Space and the alien-built Alcheringa, which allows huge freighters to travel between worlds. Lieutenant Jodenny Scott, freshly recovered from the destruction of her previous ship, Yangtze, ostensibly by colonial separatists, wangles a berth on Aral Sea. She is put in charge of Underway Stores, which is staffed by the rejects of an already shaky crew that she thinks she can handle; but between interpersonal conflicts and strange accidents involving equipment, it's a bit of a challenge. She must deal with shipboard politics again, but while she's on Mary River, she and Sergeant Myell accidentally stumble upon another mysterious alien creation that could change everything, on top of which, she starts falling in love. Conspiracies abound, everyone has secrets, and the web of politics involving the accident on board the Yangtze and the bizarre series of events on the Aral Sea comes together in a most satisfying manner. McDonald's characters are surprisingly interesting, and their culture, based on native Australian elements, is well-imagined, full of intrigue. Regina Schroeder
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Product details

  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765316439
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CK5ATCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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