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'SIKARAN SHIELD LORD' Hardcover – April 5, 2007

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Born in Port o'Spain, Trinidad, with Indian and Greek parentage, Joanna didn't settle in England until she was eight years old. She was educated at Broughton Hall Grammar School, Liverpool and then went on to London University where she received a BSc (Hons) in microbiology and an MA (Education), also training for the ministry. Joanna is now a hospital chaplain and priest and has settled in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411666445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411666443
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By Bettie Corbin Tucker VINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sikaran Shield Lord, by Reverend Joanna Ray, is a fascinating novel that relates the adventures of 22 alien Sikaran mercenaries who belonged to the Isithan--warriors who trained for the military early, had leadership qualities, displayed courage and were willing to live by a strict code. Passing the initiation and becoming a member of this "Brotherhood of the Sword" was a long, difficult challenge that many failed to meet.

The presentation of the storyline to readers is via the notes, diaries, and logs of the various characters. Ultimately, the individual writings reveal a sequence of events that link the present and past, a skilled approach that keeps readers turning the pages with questions and anticipation. The main plot involves the Sikaran aliens intermingling with humans as they travel across the galaxy to the Naiobi colonies in order to provide them with security. The Sikaran mercenaries spend ten months on the McBride, a grain vessel, adapted for war, where new friendships are formed between the aliens and humans; however, there are negative experiences as well as positive ones in which readers will see a wide range of emotions from both groups.

As the plot unravels, readers will be held captive by the colorful characters and the ability of the author to breathe life into them through vivid description and realistic dialog. My favorite character is definitely the alien called Shield Lord Marayshan, a strong, handsome warrior who speaks what he thinks and seems to be the best at whatever he is involved in--including the martial arts. All the alien mercenaries are experts in this field, but only Marayshan has the added ability to tell jokes that nearly everyone finds entertaining. He wins others over quickly by his display of both courage and humor.
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