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"Fantastic flight through the stars!"

Captain Chazidah "Chaz" Bergren is on Moabar, the penal planet. She ended up here after being accused of refusing to follow an order, an order she never received. Unfortunately, the result of all this was the death of her entire crew with Chaz herself being the only survivor. At least she managed to hang onto her Grizni, a dagger that wraps around her wrist. Night has fallen and Chaz finds herself being attacked by a Taka, something unheard of. Helping her out of this situation is someone Chaz is well acquainted with, Gabriel Sullivan, poet and smuggler, the man she played tag with for years. Gabriel gives Chaz a chance to leave Moabar, but she must agree to help him. Without knowing what she's agreeing to, Chaz agrees. On their way to safety, they're attacked by nothing less than a Jukor, a nightmare bred by the Empire and later deemed a bad mistake. According to official channels, all Jukors were destroyed. How could there be one alive on Moabar?

Gabriel's "safety" turns out to be an Englarian Temple, and the first of Gabriel's crew Chaz is introduced to turns out to be a Stolorth, the beings capable of killing people through their telepathic abilities. Well, it turns out this particular Stolorth, Ren as he likes to be called, is blind and doesn't have telepathic abilities at all. Finally deciding to let Chaz in on why he needs her assistance as a military brat, Sullivan tells her of the breeding program of Jukors. It turns out someone high up in the Empire is using Takan females to breed Jukors. Of course, the offspring kill their mothers. Chaz also discovers Gabriel is more than he appears to be.

Will Chaz and Gabriel be able to stop the death of more Takan females by exposing the plot? Exactly what abilities does Gabriel have, and does Chaz have a reason to be worried? How does Thad, Chaz's older brother, fit into this plot? What of the growing attraction between Chaz and Gabriel?

GABRIEL'S GHOST is a thrilling ride through space! Linnea Sinclair does a wonderful job of writing a science fiction story. Not so much science to make me feel totally lost, but just enough to make the story totally believable. Every time you turn a page, there is an adventure and more danger facing Chaz and Gabriel. This story has enough plots and subplots to keep anyone turning pages, but not so many, a reader will get lost trying to keep track of them all. The character of Chaz is an incredibly strong woman, capable of handling anything thrown at her, while not losing her femininity. Gabriel is strong enough to keep up with her without being threatened by her. All in all, this is a wonderful science fiction tale I highly recommend!

Posted September 4, 2005

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 16, 2006

SUMMARY

A life-and-death battle where giving up the ghost has a whole new meaning...

After a decade of cruising interstellar patrol ships, former Captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime Pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit -- and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows.

Gabriel Sullivan -- alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue -- is supposed to be dead. Yet now this seductive ghost from Chaz's past is offering her a ticket to freedom -- for a price. Someone in the Empire is secretly breeding jukors: vicious and uncontrollable killing machines that have long been outlawed. Gabriel needs Chaz to help him stop the practice before it decimates imperial space. For Chaz, it's a matter of survival. For Sully it means facing the truth about who -- and what -- he really is. The mission means putting their lives on the line -- but the tensions that heat up between them may be the riskiest part of all.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Futuristic, Sci-Fi

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Gabriel's Ghost
(Dock 5 Universe: Book 1)
by Linnea Sinclair

Bantam
October 1, 2005
Available: October 25, 2005
ISBN #0553587978
EAN #9780553587975
314 pages
Paperback
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