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Shades of Treason: An Anomaly Novel by [Williams, Sandy]
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"Sandy Williams has given us another wonderful heroine in Ash, and a romance that we hope will continue to grow." - The Reading Cafe

"I can't wait to see what Ash has in store for us in the next installment of the Anomaly series. Until then, I highly recommend SHADES OF TREASON, this is a book I intend to reread many times." - All Things Urban Fantasy

"Conspiracies, treason, and intrigue oh my! Shades of Treason includes all of that and more (like a pretty hot relationship build-up)." - Kindle reviewer

"A wonderful scifi romance, with two fantastic, complex characters stuck in a seemingly hopeless position." - Kindle reviewer

"It was adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping action from start to finish and I loved the original, unpredictable plot." - Kindle reviewer

About the Author

Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn't suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn't sneak in novels there, but her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into novels. Sandy writes books with high-octane action adventure infused with a strong shot of romance. She is best known for The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a college student who becomes caught up in a fae civil war. When she’s not reading or corralling her twin boys, she enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, Castles of Burgundy, and Caverna. For deleted scenes and exclusive content, subscribe to Sandy’s newsletter: http://bit.ly/1tPjxGE

Product Details

  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sandy Williams (July 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WGY2IC6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I know it's a great story when I don't want to put the book down and read past my bedtime, and Shades of Treason was just that. A wonderful scifi romance, with two fantastic, complex characters stuck in a seemingly hopeless position – Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is charged with treason and the murder of her teammates and a telepath has made it physically and mentally impossible for her to defend herself. Commander Rhys Rykus is sent in by the Coalition to make her talk, since he’s the man who trained her and because of her loyalty training has been imprinted on her mind as her commander, which should compel her to obey him and give him the cipher for a file that the Coalition needs. Of course Ash doesn’t just take things lying down, she’s determined to escape and prove her innocence, and Rhys is determined to get the cipher, despite his feelings for her, so he has to pursue her. I love lots of action and this story doesn’t disappoint, but along with the action there is plenty of character development and back story, making me eager to see how they find a way to solve all the problems they’re both facing. It seems that this is the first book in a new series, and I’m really looking forward to reading more.
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The writing was very clean. No or very few misplaced or misused words. Easy to keep track of who is talking, etc. Good copy editing. So the material is sound. But

Everything is immediate. There is only one instance of true foreshadowing and it plays little role in the fundamental plot. It makes the book flow well, but it also means that characters simply appear when they are needed. There are no moments where you see an object or action from earlier taking greater importance. If Rip or Ash had spent even a moment considering whether Kalver was stationed nearby before he suddenly shows up in the forest...
There are also some concepts either the author did not fully consider in her universe or doesn't fully understand in ours. The rank structure appears to be: admiral, commander, XO, lieutenant, crew. The ground force is called the "Fighting Corps"...I wish I was making that up. Ships or vehicles are vaguely described and then act contrary to the description (how did a shuttle break apart on re-entry but a repair vehicle that lacks structure and shields makes it to the ground?). The interstellar drive works, sort of, but the actions of various naval forces is off kilter. Semi sentient warships that are vulnerable to hacking?!?!? Naval crew who don't know how to escape a compartment in an emergency? The compartment where they work and live? That is a stunning level of incompetence for a space faring military.

And finally, the romance. The loyalty programming issue made it a bit off-putting. There wasn't much growth or development in the characters to justify the sudden change and they virtually ignored that they had sex almost immediately after it happened.

The whole thing ends up being a patchwork quilt with missing or mismatched pieces. The sewing is sound, but the quilt doesn't keep anything warm.
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**Reviews courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

Though SHADES OF TREASON is science fiction, it really felt a lot like an urban fantasy story just in a sci-fi setting. The main character, Ash, is an anomaly. Though just what an anomaly is was never explained, anomalies are stronger, faster, and in some ways smarter than other humans. All those extra abilities made Ash feel a lot like your standard supernatural urban fantasy heroine.

SHADES OF TREASON is filled with intense battles, political intrigue, and a solid romantic subplot. Though, what really made this book shine for me were the characters. The two main characters really came to life on the page. Sandy did a wonderful job of creating realistic characters that worked well together, and were very likeable. Even the side characters were well fleshed out, and I wish I could’ve gotten to know some of them better.

This book is a five bat book with one scene that makes me take it down to a four bat book. While the characters are on the run from an enemy that has dropped bombs near their location, then sent soldiers after them, that are potentially only minutes away from finding them, and with both characters suffering injuries from broken fingers to bullet wounds, the two main characters stop running and have sex. While the scene itself is well written and even fits with the characters personalities a little bit, I just couldn't get over how dumb it was for the characters to be having sex while running for their lives. That being said I do feel that scene was necessary to create a stronger bond between the characters, I just wish there'd been a better time and place for it.

SHADES OF TREASON has a very solid ending, so I assumed that it was a stand alone book.
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This is my favorite genre so I was really looking forward to reading this one and I was not disappointed. Ash was definitely a badass and Rykus or RIP as she called him was the chief badass. RIP was so conflicted on what was going on with Ash and couldn't quite believe that she was innocent but also he couldn't believe her guilty. He sort of flip flopped back and forth but he was determined to keep her alive. When he was convinced of her innocence he was all in and the romance between them was hot. I had a couple of issues with this story. I didn't get why just being an anomaly was so bad. It was not explained to my satisfaction and it also bothered me that RIP was her failsafe and that she was sort of conditioned to please him even though she had fought it. But all in all give this book a 3 1/2 stars and am definitely going to read this authors other series.. I was given this book by the author for a fair and honest review
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