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"Ms. Waddell has again taken readers into another original world"

The Directorate alliance of the League of Planets and Korcian Empire (from TRUE BLOOD) have a special need and have recruited a special agent to discover what the Conglomerate and their pirates plan on Hachyn. Aedon Rawn is a Korcian whose family was murdered in a pirate ambush and he lives for revenge. He is to meet Jein, the rebel leader and learn what he can. The first step is a meeting with Kala Char'ari, Jein's second in command.

They are betrayed and Jein sets off an explosion allowing Kala and Aedon to escape. Kala is a strong woman, raised on the streets before she joined the rebel warriors and has just realized she's been groomed by Jein to lead the rebellion upon his death. Aedon is a warrior who finds his emotions coming to life while he guides Kala in the tactics she will need to win this war, clearly more than his original assignment.

Aedon may be the only one she can trust, but she knows he has his own agenda. Kala works for the freedom of her planet and Aedon for the Directorate and downfall of the Conglomerate pirates. Aedon has the knowledge of tactics needed and Kala has the rebels willing to fight for freedom of their planet. Can they work together and reach both their goals?

Ms. Waddell has again taken readers into another original world different from those of her other futuristic stories. Hachyn is a planet where settlers were lured with promises and then enslaved by the Conglomerate whose appointed dictator rules by terror. Kala and Aedon know sharing their growing love can only be a temporary as their futures will be on different planets. Although they fluctuate in their personal life between living for the moment and looking toward a future that may not come, they never take their focus off the goal. Aedon finds himself the strength behind the leader and is secure enough to find pleasure in her success even though it leads them to separate futures. Their multi- faceted relationship brings the characters to life and their emotions bring depth to the adventure.

This book stands alone as the story is entirely set on Hachyn. You meet those from TRUE BLOOD who form the Directorate briefly in the first and last chapters; so you can enjoy this book without reading the series in order.

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 23, 2007

SUMMARY

Embedded in the outer regions of the galaxy, The Conglomerate is a cartel of powerbrokers and assassins whose sole objective is to achieve galactic supremacy.

TRUE DECEPTION . . .

When things aren’t what they seem When people aren’t who they seem . . .

Aedon Rawn’s world died the day his wife and child were murdered by Conglomerate pirates. Now, his only reason for living is to avenge their deaths. The Directorate gives him that opportunity when he’d selected to become their first undercover agent. His mission——infiltrate and destroy the oppressive government of an outer region colony.

Kala Char’ari is a woman in need of a miracle. She’s dedicated her life to freeing her people, but now that freedom is on the edge of extinction. Risking everything, she dares to trust a dark stranger with the hardened-heart of a warrior.

A man who lives for revenge, a woman who clings to hope, together they fight a common enemy . . . and discover a passion neither one dreamed could exist.

 

True Deception
(True: Book 2)
by Patricia Waddell

Tor Books
October 1, 2007
Available: October 30, 2007
ISBN #0765354659
EAN #9780765354655
304 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Patricia Waddell

The Alliance
True Blood
He Said Never
He Said Now
He Said No
He Said Yes
Whispers in the Stars


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