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Darkship Thieves | [Sarah A. Hoyt]

Darkship Thieves

Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you dont ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father's space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room.
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Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don't ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father's space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room. In a short time, after taking out the strangerwho turned out to be one of her father's bodyguards up to no good, she was hurtling away from the ship in a lifeboat to get help. But what she got instead would be the adventure of a lifetime - if she managed to survive.

©2010 Sarah A Hoyt (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Richard 05-03-11
    Richard 05-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun original sci-fi"

    While not perfect, Dark Ship Thieves is a refreshing fun and original sci-fi with a charming female protagonist and great reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Wagga Wagga, Australia 10-20-10
    Danielle Wagga Wagga, Australia 10-20-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Darkship thieves"

    I absolutally loved it. Lots of excitement, action/adventure and I loved the ending - the story concluded well - though I could see where it was going ahead of time, there was still a surprise at the end that really made it moving (which I didn't see coming). I'm not going to say anymore on the end, so I don't spoil it. This book is for anyone who loves scifi's and adventure (and of course romance). It's something I would listen to again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 11-19-14
    David 11-19-14 Member Since 2010

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    "A Heinleinian woman"

    You have to love a heroine named Athena Hera Sinistra. By the end of the first chapter, we've learned that our 19-year-old protagonist is the terror of everyone she's ever crossed paths with, capable of beating up professional mercenaries singlehandedly, and has a rack that makes men stop to stare in the middle of a crisis. A little Mary Sue-ish? Well, some of her preternatural abilities are explained later in the book, but yes, we've got some serious Heinleinian wish fulfillment going on here.

    "Heinleinian" is not necessarily a bad thing. Darkship Thieves reads a lot like an homage to Heinlein's classic space operas, with hyper-competent, rather ruthless but ultimately moral protagonists sharing pithy words of wisdom and vaguely libertarian sentiments while kicking bad guys in the crotch.

    Athena Hera Sinistra is the daughter of a Patrician, one of the "Goodmen" who rule Earth as an oligarchy. Spoiled, tempestuous, brilliant, beautiful, and dangerous, and with some series Daddy Issues, she finds herself seemingly being kidnapped aboard her own father's space yacht by his mercenary goons. She escapes, doing plenty of damage in the process, and runs into the "Energy Tree" that someone centuries ago created to float beyond Earth orbit and grow "power pods" which are harvested for Earth's energy needs.

    Okay, the science is a little dodgy.

    Athena gets picked up by one of the legendary "Darkship Thieves," who steal power pods and flee back to their secret base in the outer solar system. Carried off by the superhuman genetically-enhanced cat-man, Athena begins what is of course an inevitable kiss-kiss-slap romance with our futuristic space highwayman. She learns about their advanced asteroid, "Eden," run along vaguely anarcho-libertarian principles, and begins to become integrated into their society. Then her boy gets captured while making another power pod run, and she has to go back to Earth for a confrontation with Daddy Dearest, in which we learn all kinds of deep dark secrets about Earth's real history and Daddy's sinister plans for his little girl, and an entire gang of space biker allies is introduced in the final act.

    Darkship Thieves was a fun romp. The writing is just okay and the story was, as I said, largely rehashed Heinlein, with a stronger romantic element, but if you like classic SF, this is a fairly well-executed tribute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George United States 01-08-13
    George United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I enjoyed the book"

    It was a good book, and enjoyed it. The main character had a lot of spice and was destructive in her thoughts, which I liked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fairview, OR, United States 01-30-13
    Amazon Customer Fairview, OR, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A Must For any SciFi Fan"
    What made the experience of listening to Darkship Thieves the most enjoyable?

    Exciting story Line and Kimberly Dakin Brought it to Life


    What other book might you compare Darkship Thieves to and why?

    Star Wars Good Story Telling


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I Loved It All


    Any additional comments?

    I Could not Stop Listening
    I was Up All Night

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Dallas, TX, United States 09-27-12
    Brian Dallas, TX, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good space opera."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any friend who is looking for a just plain fun story will love this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Athena. Her voyage of self-discovery that moves through the story is compelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It drove me nuts to have to pause the IPOD in order to go to work, but I had to go to work to buy more audiobooks


    Any additional comments?

    Dakin's reading is excellent. Just enough emotion carries through without trying to out-perform the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oleg 01-09-11
    Oleg 01-09-11
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    "Painfully boring and obvious"

    I barely finished this book despite some nice references to Henlein's work. I guess author wanted to re-make "Friday" but that did not go all too well. Nice ambiance, first half of the book goes OK, second half is very bland. All in all, I did not think it was time well spent.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan Houston, TX, United States 05-09-12
    Stefan Houston, TX, United States 05-09-12
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    "Two hours into it I had to give up"
    Would you try another book from Sarah A. Hoyt and/or Kymberly Dakin?

    No


    What could Sarah A. Hoyt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Move along the plot and make it seem less like a female soap opera fantasy in space.


    What didn’t you like about Kymberly Dakin’s performance?

    Her voice reminds me of every arrogant, swarmy socialite elitist I've ever met. Rubbed me the wrong way.


    What character would you cut from Darkship Thieves?

    I didn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty horrid.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    R Hornsby, Australia 09-29-10
    R Hornsby, Australia 09-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Horrible narration"

    I could not listen to this book, i managed to hang in there for 30mins but gave up due to the poor and almost inaudible narration. It's a shame because i've heard good things about this book. I can NOT recommend purchasing this audio book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Great Audio Book"

    I had not heard of this author before but as a long term Robert A Heinlein fan the comparisons to him attracted me.

    Not disappointed, a great audio book I would recommend to all who enjoy Robert Heinlein or John Ringo.

    Would certainly buy more from this author if they become available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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