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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Firebringer Press (February 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977385108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977385102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,583,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Taken Liberty" is the impressive and thoroughly enjoyable first novel by author Steve Wilson. In a style reminiscent of early Heinlein, it blends technology and characterization in a fascinating story that tackles such diverse themes as sexuality, spirituality, genetic manipulation, slavery and bigotry in a novel with characters it's a pleasure to get to know.

The central protagonist, a girl barely out of her teens, was raised as a sexual predator and pleasure slave on a planet where such practices are allowed and which are overlooked by the more enlightened races in the galaxy. She managed to escape, joined the intergalactic navy, and has risen to a position of authority on the fleet's flagship, Titan. When her past is uncovered, she and her friends and the ship's captain must prevent her from being returned to her homeworld and captivity. The characters are richly drawn and finely developed and include a not-so-androgynous telepath, a much-maligned Terran, and a Wiccan doctor who heals the soul as well as the body.

While this is a first novel, the author is no "stranger in a strange land." He is the latest product from that great training school of fan fiction, and he has also written about 13 radio plays which feature the same set of characters put forth in this novel. Some of the plays have been recorded on CD (available from the author) or performed as podcasts or at conventions as productions of Prometheus Radio Theatre. Familiarity with the earlier works is not essential, however, to enoying this novel.

While many of the characters are young, this is definitely not a book for children. The writing is sexually explicit and the themes are mature and profound. It's an admixture of social commentary, philosphy, and technology, which is what all good science fiction should be.

I look forward to more from this author, and predict that he has a bright future
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The first novel in what I hope will be an ongoing series, Steve Wilson has taken the characters from his successful audio theatre series "The Arbiter Chronicles" and given us some of

the background story we've craved. You will not be able to

put the book down - especially during Aer'la backstory.

I highly recommend "Taken Liberty..." and want more!
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I actually stumbled across a sample chapter from this book on the author's web page while I was searching the web for something else entirely. I glanced at it, started to read it, finished the chapter, and found I was hooked. I had to buy the book. I wasn't disappointed. Money well spent! I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
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I really enjoyed most of this story about a escaped sex slave. I a taking away a star because I really think the details of her upbringing were gratuitously graphic. I really felt uncomfortable or embarrased at parts and had to put it down. I just did not think those parts did anything to build sympathy for the main charcter. They felt kinda pornish.
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