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Pathfinder: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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Laura's civilian jobs have run the gamut from research chemist to software development lead. She holds degrees in chemistry, systems analysis, and spent nine years as a US Air Force officer. She currently lives in Monument, Colorado with her husband, who is her scientific adviser.
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This is the third novel (after "Vigilante") to feature Ariane Kedros, reserve major in intel and "N space" pilot. It takes place just after the events in the second book and the author, with her military background, shows us how quickly the politicians (heavily dependent on their staffs) and the lawyers can make hash out of the neat quick strike Ariane had accomplished.
In addition to the lawyers, pols, and bureaucrats, the Terrans factionalize against each other, and like in any good thriller, there are plots and counterplots galore, the major scheme being thwarted by . . . well, wait and see. Read the author's descriptions of the Terrans carefully, please. She drops in several more hints that this universe is NOT ours.
While that hashup is going on, the mysterious alien tech, used only as the McGuffin in the first two books, now takes on substance when the alien Minoans hire her to pilot an exploration to the site of that tech, which requires Ariane to have some new biological additions to her already enhanced body before she can pilot the ship to the alien site. Furthermore, Ms. Reeve actually makes fresh that old "there's a mole on the expedition" plot.
Finally (and this may be the most impressive feat of all) Ms. Kedross manages to "grow" Ariane's character, even in the short amount of time in which the book takes place. Unfortunately, Matt doesn't grow. I'm still left with the sense that someone like Ariane would be fed up with him. But this is Ms. Reeves's series, not mine. No stars deducted.
Ariane Kedros has a self destructive personality that stems from a guilty conscience. She is essentially punishing herself for actions in her past by bingeing on alcohol and taking death defying risks. This has been developed throughout the series so you get used to it like it is just part of her character, however, this particular book focuses more on the drinking aspect.
She also seems to be punishing herself by not allowing a relationship to form with the man she loves, Matt Journey. I have to say that this is a point of frustration for me and is the only thing I would change about this series, or at least this latest book. I wish that Ariane and Matt were at least aware of each other's feelings even if it didn't go far beyond that point. I guess I am more of a romantic than I thought. On the positive side, the book's ending leaves room for many more books that I look forward to reading.
Thanks for another great story!
The Ariane Kedros series is a thrilling read fully loaded with espionage, double-crossing, and lots of dark secrets. The protagonist, Major Ariane Kedros, is a well developed character that exudes both admirable and flawed characteristics as she confronts her internal demons. Without giving anything away, the series winds its way around many political and social turmoils such as corruption, racial intolerance, and territorial conflicts while confronting intriguing ethical dilemmas such as war crime retribution and redemption. Reeve explores these many societal challenges that can be found in civilizations past, present, and future.
I thoroughly enjoyed the world in which Reeve has created full of fascinating cultures both alien and human alike!
These are just my quick attempts to provide my thumbs up for this book for anyone who loves Military Science fiction. For full story summary, see editorial review.