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Fortune's Pawn: Paradox Series, Book 1 | [Rachel Bach]

Fortune's Pawn: Paradox Series, Book 1

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2013 Rachel Aaron (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Rachel Bach's Fortune's Pawn is based on a fascinating premise and launches what looks to be a superb military science fiction series." (Eric Flint)

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    Connor 02-02-14
    Connor 02-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Liked Part of the Book, But Not All"

    Got this book to hear the story of a hard fighting, hard drinking space mercenary. I was expecting the hero to be a tough talking woman who takes down aliens with her big guns. But “Fortune’s Pawn” is also the story of girl meets guy, girl gets guy, girl worries about losing guy. I do not care about the problems of dating in space.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 11-05-14
    Matthew 11-05-14
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    "Easily the worst narration I've heard in 90 books"

    The narration is distractingly bad. I didn't make it 5 minutes. It sounds as if the Comcast auto teller were a 12 year old female reading to a 3 year old.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    TorturedPoet 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun ride! Convincingly real!"

    Thoroughly entertaining, captivating, imaginative, tightly-wound. For a man (me), more than I ever wanted of naughty glimpses into how women think and what they want in men (according to this woman author). Fun ride that ended all too soon! Really amazed by the whole thing!! The armor was really cool too. Just displeased with taking God's name in vain so repeatedly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh 01-20-14
    Hugh 01-20-14

    Best Selling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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    "Crisp Space Opera, Sexy Female Protagonist"
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    This was a fresh book. There certainly have been female protagonists in Space Opera, take Kai Vatta, Herris Serrano and Honor Harrington. But I think this is the most feminine role yet. Sure she's tough, and kicks ass, but she's sexy, and feminine, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The book doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary description or prose, and is fast paced, and very satisfying!

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    Marc Phillips WENTZVILLE, MO, US 12-30-13
    Marc Phillips WENTZVILLE, MO, US 12-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting read"
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    The narrator was OK, but couldn't really do authoritative mail voices well. I look forward to the next in the series, though I could have done without the Monarchy drivel. Fortunately it wasn't key to the book.

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    Nicole Maggi 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great heroine"

    this was my first sci-fi book and I loved it. easy read, awesome characters. I'm getting ready to read the second one

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    Andrew 03-31-15
    Andrew 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a huge fan to be honest"

    SciFi isn't my typical bag so i feel somewhat bad reviewing it. I didn't really like the narrators voice really but she still did a good job. I really wasn't overly impressed with the story and don't really feel the need to continue with the series but i can definitely see how fans of the genre will really enjoy it.

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    Elizabeth 03-09-15
    Elizabeth 03-09-15 Member Since 2014

    Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D

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    "Good story, mediocre narrator."

    Narrator's pacing was off & needed more inflection variety. Fight scenes were delivered in much the same manner as conversation between characters.

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    chris 02-18-15
    chris 02-18-15 Member Since 2014

    nerfreader

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    "Loved it!"

    This book reads just like good Firefly fanfiction. It's about a group of people on a derelict spaceship with mysterious backstories. The main character is fabulous, a space mercenary who loves her guns and armor. And there's a sexy bartender.

    The reader is also great. She does the main character with a mild southern accent that emphasizes her origin from a backwater planet.

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