Celina Dontal just escaped 18 months of captivity at the hands of Alexander Boyarov and his crew, members of the brutal Red Houzi Clan. That should have been the hard part. It was only the beginning.
When she tried to contact her younger sister, Jenny, Celina received shocking news. The one person in the universe that Celina loved and lived for was missing, and no one could tell her what happened. A vague mention of passage booked to the metropolis of Puskar Stellar on Mars was the only clue Celina unearthed, but Jenny hasn't responded to any of Celina's messages.
Celina has no friends on Mars and to make things worse, Boyarov is skating on thin ice with the Red Houzi. He lost their ship and prisoner. Retrieving both as quickly as possible is the only hope he has of preserving his own life. He's on the hunt.
If there is to be any help for Celina and Jenny, it will have to come from strangers. Puskar Stellar is a big city and finding someone who is trustworthy can be a slippery quest.
Fool Me Once, a standalone novella, is the second story in Jamie McFarlane's Privateer Tales.
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Decent story, but not as good as the first in the series. I was hoping for a lot more science in teh science fiction. Still, a decent story though.
Another amazing installment in an enthralling adventure series! Laurel Schroeder gave a stellar performance that really enhanced my experience. Having already read the book, this performance added texture and a liveliness that made me forget I'd already lived in this story. Keep up the great work Jamie McFarlane and please keep recording your books.
In contrast to book one, this was characterized by cardboard characters speaking lines from a 1950s TV show, a heroine too stupid to live, a plot moved along by one miraculous coincidence after another, all of which was narrated by a voice that sounded inappropriate 60% of the time. A very sad development. The first book, Rookie Privateer, was very good.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Nice little aside. Shows how even those that don't get many breaks can still have some integrity.
I like the series and the characters.
This continuation of the series was enjoyable but was way too short for any feeling of satisfaction. I just assumed it was a normal book when I spent the credit on it via my phone. Now I regret wasting a credit on it.
I really don't appreciate short stories tossed into the midst of a series of full novels without it being better called out. Purchasing the next book via my phone app I didn't notice it was so short and not worth the credit. There should be some warning that you are about to spend a credit worth over twice the value of the title so I could save the credit and pay cash instead.
I was really glad to get a follow up story about Celine Dontal and her path forward after being rescued from slavery by Liam and crew in book one. Really interesting following her in the quest to find her sister and meeting Talia and her mom. This is the 2nd book in a great series and while it doesn't have the series main characters in this story, it is very important development for the stories to come. Very much worth a listen. I enjoyed Laurel Schroeder's narration as well.
First, the reasons for the four stars.
Jamie McFarlane needs to learn how to end a story. The ending was too abrupt. That's why I gave it 4 stars. Ms. Schroeder well-done performance wasn't enough to bring the overall rating to a 5.
I recommend Jamie (as well as everyone else on Earth) read Lois McMaster Bujold's awesomely outstanding Vorkosigan series. Ms. B. knows how to end a story.
Also, it's not like Jamie's written an actual novel. The story would have to be fleshed out in order to make a movie. It would be a fun movie series.
I loved Laurel Schroeder's performance. There are several David Weber novels she who rock.
I loved the story, too, except for the ending. I would really like to see the characters from Fool Me Once integrate with the good guys from Rookie Privateer.
McFarlane did very well handling the sexual parts of both novels. One knows what is going on without having to read about in excruciating detail.
Im actually Christines husband piggybacking n her Amazon account. That said, I am a bit of a geek, and work in the engineering field.
This series was obviously written for a younger audience. This is usually a source of extreme annoyance for me. However, The story is so well written, that it was hard to put down. I plan to continue the series.
book number two is definitely worth the read does not have a lot to do with book number 3 you can skip it but it still worth a listen it has characters that appear in book 3 skipping it will miss their development
"What would you do If set free from slavery."
A Intresting tale of of Celina struggling to survive and rebuild her family after Liam set her free from a life of slavery.
I felt the narrator spoke a bit fast in a couple of places but it was clear and understandable all through the book.
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