Wednesday Words: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

“I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later. My mind is evidently so constituted that I am subconsciously forced into the path of duty without recourse to tiresome mental processes. however that may be, I have never regretted that cowardice is not optional with me. ”

 

“Fear is a relative term and so I can only measure my feelings at that time by what I had experienced in previous positions of danger and by those that I have passed through since; but I can say without shame that if the sensations I endured during the next few minutes were fear, then may God help the coward, for cowardice is of a surety its own punishment. ”

 

“Few western wonders are more inspiring than the beauties of an Arizona moonlit landscape; the silvered mountains in the distance, the strange lights and shadows upon hog back and arroyo, and the grotesque details of the stiff, yet beautiful cacti form a picture at once enchanting and inspiring; as though one were catching for the first time a glimpse of some dead and forgotten world, so different is it from the aspect of any other spot upon our earth. ”

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Chain Reaction by Zoe Archer Review

Celene Jur wants to catch the man who disabled her space ship and led to her being put on the auction block as a slave before she was rescued. Chain Reaction by Zoe Archer begins with the intel coming through that a machine exists that can take out the controls of the fighter ships, Celene is determined to be the person who brings that machine in. Celene’s commanding officer is willing to let her go after the machine but only if she agrees to take a person from Nerdworks, the tech support side of the group. Celene doesn’t want to let an untrained non-warrior watch her back as they go after the machine.

Nils Calder realizes that the warriors view the techie works like himself as a fairly useless but Nils is determined to bring down the inventor of the machine and he realizes his special skills are needed to bring them down. In addition, Nils has found himself attracted to Celene in the past but warriors don’t mingle with Nerdworks.

I enjoyed Chain Reaction so much I immediately went out and bought Collision Course so I could get more details about Celene’s capture and rescue. The emotional complexity of the characters was well done and I loved how both main characters were strong individuals but how achieving your goals can also bring about problems. I have been on a space opera kick lately and Zoe Archer’s 8th Wing series is a great world. If you are a fan of either Star Wars or Farscape then you would enjoy Chain Reaction.

You can read an excerpt here.

8th Wing Reading Order:

Collision Course

Chain Reaction

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Title: Chain Reaction

Author: Zoe Archer

Format:  eBook

AISN: B006BVTC5G

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: January 9, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Unmasked by C.J. Barry Review

Torrie Masters has had to work hard to convince her family to let her captain one of the freighters in their space transport company but she could lose that right when space pirates capture her ship on her very first run. Unmasked  by C.J. Barry begins with Torrie about to go down with the ship after having sent her crew off in a escape pod, but then the computer malfunction corrects itself and she finds herself being boarded by space pirates. Torrie isn’t about to let some space pirate ruin her flight, she is determined to track it and deliver it no matter who gets in her way.

Qaade has never left a captain alive from one of his pirate raids but something about Torrie makes him decide to let her live. He never suspects that Torrie will track him down and almost cost him everything he holds dear. Qaade decides to teach Torrie a lesson but as they spend time together they both are forced to reevaluate their preconceived notions. As they are drawn together, will these differences keep them apart?!

Unmasked is the fourth book in the Unforgettable series. After three books in the series, I was a little nervous that Unmasked would be a bit too formulaic but this was not the case.  I was excited that Torrie got her own story after her initial appearance in Unleashed. Torrie is a strong female lead, which she has to be with so many older brothers, but she has a soft gooey center that makes her so loveable.  Qaade is the strong hero who takes on the sins of the world onto his own shoulders, never giving himself  a break and seeing the small picture instead of the big picture that could help relieve him of some of the responsibility resting on his shoulders. The interplay between the two characters was great and in a small way tied into Unleashed but not enough that if you haven’t read the book you would be lost.

You can read an excerpt here.

Unforgettable Series:

Unearthed

Unraveled

Unleashed

Unmasked

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Title: Unmasked

Author: C.J. Barry

Format: eBook

AISN: B005JSK21U

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.