"A crash landing leads to true love with the enemy"
Mea is a pilot for Earthforce, fighting the Gaians in a war
her heart doesn't believe in. She had been impressed into
serving in the military after the destruction of her way of
life and family. Because she was allowed to fly, her life
wasn't horrible. However the ability to out fly and out
maneuver the enemy doesn't save her when the Gaians win the
battle with Earthforce and capture her starship. Unwilling
to be taken captive she flys into deep space planning on
finding a deserted planet to live on until she can get
Having a Gaian pilot follow her might change things a
little but when she can't take the shot to kill the enemy,
she strands him with her...
I was very impressed with BELOVED ENEMY. Janet Miller had
the hard task of writing almost the whole story around only
two characters and I really enjoyed the book. Not only did
she create a world on which our couple could survive, she
created a story where they came together out of necessity
to survive and loneliness rather than because there were
vicious animals that would kill them. So the story was fast-
paced, interesting and very enjoyable without being
The Gaians, to me seem like an almost idealistic society.
Even in battle they don't try to shoot to kill but to
paralyze all the Earthforce ships. Then they transplant all
the prisoners to unknown relocation planets. The men are
only attracted to women they can "attach" to, and the
women, while able to be with any male, when they "attach"
to a man it will be for life. Because of this, their ways
are considered strange and they must be absorbed into the
conglomerate of Earthforce. Actually, Earthforce really
reminds me of the evil empire from "Star Wars."
Mea loves to fly and the idea of being permanently grounded
made her fly into space rather than get captured with her
shipmates. She was raised as a Traveler (a futuristic
gypsy) and is also very creative with her hands even though
she is not very domestic.
Kavath, the Gaian shot down by Mea joined the military
because he was unattached. To prevent attaching, men
generally wear a mask so they don't smell the pheromones
given off by women. So he was really surprised to find out
that the enemy pilot was a woman and one he could attach
to. As a hero, I liked him, he is resourceful and
considerate and yet knows what he wants and is willing to
out wait Mea to get it.
Kavath won't settle for anything less than marriage before
he "bunks" with Mea so they actually get to know each other
first through a tentative truce and then as friends. The
sexual attraction is there because Kavath inadvertently
attaches to Mea (he is able to unattach through her
rejection). Because of her own history with Earthforce, I
was actually ready to smack her because she had such a hard
time believing his own story about what Earthforce had done
to his people. Thankfully that really didn't last to long.
BELOVED ENEMY is a great story that I think anyone who
loves futuristic tales will enjoy!
Posted April 20, 2006
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 8, 2007