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Sci-Fi Review: Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach (Paradox #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn't give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you'd get Deviana Morris -- a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.

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Now I know why this series is so often compared to Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews! While it's not urban fantasy, and there are absolutely no similarities in the plot, there is the same spirit of wild excitement and an extreme flair of badassery coming off the main heroine, Deviana Morris.

Devi is a very talented and ruthless career focused mercenary who wants to get into the ranks of the elite guards of the current ruler of her planet. However she is too young and needs at least another 5-7 years of stellar service before she can apply for the job unless... she makes through a year as a security guard on an infamous trade ship, The Glorious Fool.

For Devi it's a no brainer, so she applies for a position on the ship and gets it. 

What happens after is absolutely extraordinary. Be ready for a non-stop action alien slaughter, sadness, suspicion and paranoia, and an incredible, undeniable attraction between Devi and the ship's cook, - Rupert.

Rupert is a dream, my dear ladies. *sighs* He is this enigmatic, unemotional, cold machine, but in those rare moments when his facade crumbles... oh my! I had goosebumps, him and Devi were so mesmerising together.

Of course, you can guess, that The Glorious Fool is not simply cursed with bad luck, and Devi can not resist digging into its secrets. The revelations are mind-blowing, and the consequences for her are irreversible. This book is like walking on a razor sharp edge - suicidal, dangerous and exhilarating, and I'd recommend it to any fan of urban fantasy and sci-fi akin to Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews or Theirs Not To Reason Why by Jean Johnson. READ IT!

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Шикарнейшая вышла у Рэйчел Аарон (Рэйчел Бах) научная фантастика, дамы и господа, и, прочтя Пешку Судьбы, я легко поняла, почему эту серию так часто сравнивают с серией Кейт Дэниэлс от Илоны Эндрюс, несмотря на то, что это совершенно иной жанр и у той или иной книги нет никакой схожести по сюжету.

Всё дело в главной героине, Деви Моррис, которая своей крутостью и лихим талантом попадать в самую гущу неприятностей так напоминает нам Кейт. Всё дело в чувстве дикого восторга, которое появляется у каждого поклонника сильных героинь типа Сигурни Уивер в Чужом, когда начинаешь читать эту книгу. Всё дело в сюжете, который всё усложняется, чем дальше мы в нём увязаем...

Девиана Моррис - молодой, амбициозный и очень талантливый наёмник, которая стремиться попасть в ряды элитной охраны короля её планеты. Однако для того, чтобы её резюме приняли для рассмотрения, ей нужно как минимум ещё 5-7 лет блестящей службы... или год работы на знаменитом своей проклятой неудачей торговом корабле, Бесславный Дурак, в качестве охранника. 

Для Деви выбор очевиден, и с её резюме, работу на корабле она получает с лёгкостью. Всё, что следует за этим, это какая-то безостановочная бойня пришельцев, копание в тайнах Бесславного Дурака, где каждый член экипажа - не тот, за кого они себя выдают, печаль, паранойя, гнев, шок, безумие... и Руперт.

Влечение между загадочным, холодным, непроницаемым шефом корабля, Рупертом, и Деви настолько густое, что иногда не продохнуть, однако внешне реагируют они на него очень скупо. И ах! в те редкие моменты, когда фасад Руперта рушится, и между ним и Деви что-то происходит,  - это "что-то" абсолютно эпично.

В общем, поклонники, Илоны Эндрюс и научно-фантастической серии от Джин Джонсон, - вам сюда. От этой серии просто дух захватывает!
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