“When Alex, the man she loved had gone off into space without her and died seven years ago, something inside Cora Daniels had died as well. Yes, she'd later followed him into space as the very successful pilot of her own space vessel Freedom, but when Freedom fails, only her incredible skills and...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Alright, there's some things guys should not publicly admit to doing, and reading this book is one of them. In defense of my fellow males I must confess and warn the world of this tale. I do, however in my defense, wish to point out I got suckered on this one but not too badly. The book was in...”see full review » see other reviews »
“321p When Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek what's a girl to do?
After recon pilot Cora Daniels crash lands on an alien planet she finds herself a prisoner of the Flock: a race of birdlike humanoids. Trapped in their zoo she discovers they intend her to mate. To breed. To be part of their human herd.
She's placed in a cage with a man - a powerful, virile man, but not just any man - Alexander. Was he her lost love, who'd disappeared so long ago? Here he was: naked, glistening, a warrior trained by the Flock to fight for their amusement. How could the brilliant man, the tender lover she remember have become this animal born to dominate and destroy? Was he a pawn of the Flock or would their flight to freedom be a long-sought reunion?
“Alright, there's some things guys should not publicly admit to doing, and reading this book is one of them. In defense of my fellow males I must confess and warn the world of this tale. I do, however in my defense, wish to point out I got suckered on this one but not too badly. The book was in the discount (2 for a dollar) section of a dollar store and labeled as "science fiction." The science fiction in this book is what the articles are to Playboy, an excuse.
The concept isn't too bad, years after loosing her husband to be in an accident the heroine, Cora, is off trying to loose herself in her work as an independent deep space researcher. One of those mysterious events that are always occurring out there messes up her ship and forces her to crash land on a planet populated by apparently the densest alien race in the universe since straight out talking to them has to be a trick and humans are just dumb animals. Yes, dumb animals, so we have the Planet of the Apes scenario going here where humans get treated like a rodent population, and some are used for pets, so there are kennels...more like "puppy mills" and guess where are heroine ends up?
Once there she's drugged up and chucked into a room for mating, and surprise, surprise it's the long lost lover boy, now super gladiator hunk extrordinaire and dumber than a box of rocks thanks to a shot to the head. From here on out we get one all out sex romp about every 12 pages. And I do mean sex romp, caged and watched by alien chicken things, let's get it on. You just nearly drowned? No better time for it than now. Chased by the evil aliens bent on using them as livestock? Why let's have sex! Negotiating a massive effort to end the conflict? Well let's take a break for sex. You get the idea. Now, in defense of the female character she is shot up early on with some stimulant to make her want it more so she'll get pregnant and produce good little babies for resale at the pet store, but still there's only so much of this before it gets really monotonous and you'll end up skipping 5 pages of orgy at a time wondering how the guy can actually keep up with her demands.
Now, the sad thing is there was a potentially interesting story buried underneath all the porn. A strong female lead who gets captured and subjected to dehumanizing treatment and endures it, until the man shows up. There's also some intriguing concepts that come up, like how would a woman deal with her man being used to produce a few hundred kids? Plus the world of the aliens with all their bizarre practices and culture gets interesting for about 3 pages and then is lost to prediplomatic negotiations sex. (Straight from the BIll Clinton negotiation book I think, let 'em wait outside while you get it on...have those priorities straight after all.) Those hidden points of interest are all that let me keep reading the book, but they are few and far between.
So in conclusion, this is verbal porn. The plot might as well be a pizza delivery boy deal as it is merely an excuse for lots of monotonous sex scenes that you'll end up skipping about halfway through in hopes of ending, if you don't just toss the book away in disgust first. Remember, I paid 50 cents for this book and I feel like I was ripped off. So let the reader beware.”
“When Alex, the man she loved had gone off into space without her and died seven years ago, something inside Cora Daniels had died as well. Yes, she'd later followed him into space as the very successful pilot of her own space vessel Freedom, but when Freedom fails, only her incredible skills and her intrepid ship keep her from sharing his fate -- or does it?
Cora has crash landed on a hitherto uncharted world that will quickly bring the reader to mind of Planet of the Apes for the planet is inhabited by intelligent, birdlike humanoids who regard homo sapiens as we would cattle or dogs as beasts of burden and breeding stock, at best pets - at worst expendable. Cora soon finds herself herded into a pen with other human woman by the beings she dubs "the Flock."
The federation to which Earth is merely a probationary member has very strict rules regarding first contact and Cora's translator chip appears to have been damaged in the crash. She has no way of indicating to her xenophobic captors that she and her fellow slaves are intelligent beings.
As Cora becomes familiar with the lay of the land she becomes aware that the compound she has found herself in makes it's livelihood from pit fights that pit the human males against each other in the arena. The winner lives to fight another day and is valued as breeding stock. The women's purpose is to labor and produce offspring. Though the other females appear to be content with their lot in life, to Cora this is tantamount to rape and she is prepared to fight to the death rather than submit when she finds herself alone in a pen with a savage male. But something about the brute seems very familiar.
Zan has experience with reluctant females and is certain he can coax this one into submission, not that he was above using force if necessary. But when the female speaks to him in a long forgotten language and claims to know him it triggers images that make his head ache. He doesn't know if she speaks the truth about his past but he does know that this is one woman he will not allow his handlers to take from him as they had all the others.
Now with her reason for living restored Cora's only goal is to escape this world and take Alex with her. She had always been the dominate person in their relationship until the day when he'd rebelled and left to follow his own dream, but Alex is no longer the awkward shy young man who had worshipped her and followed her lead. Though he loves Cora with all his heart the awareness she reawakens in him includes his sense of responsibility both as a First Contact agent and as a fellow captive. He has a stake in this world, sons and daughters and although he knows his destiny will cause them both heartache his place is on this world among the descendants of a long ago space crash. He must negotiate for his people with the Flock to restore their dignity or die in the effort.
If these star-crossed lovers are meant to be, who will be the one to bend? This is an excellent science fiction tale. Yes, it is definitely a romance novel but not for the faint of heart. If the reader goes into the story with this in mind I believe that they will truly enjoy the action, suspense and the true grit of the protagonists, I know that I did. I could not put this book down and hope the author will write more stories like this.
Reviewed for PNR Reviews