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5.0 out of 5 starsYoung or old you will enjoy reading this series!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018
This is a wonderful series that tells a super hero story of a down to earth woman who is both athletically gifted and a genius level physicist and mathematician. Sounds boring said that way but the plots are very well thought out, the science is plausible and the characters are compelling. When reading these types of books I am ofter let down when the author doesn't have a cohesive story line or where they fail to keep the science or the character's "real". I've read 10 of the fourteen books in the series so far and have not been disappointed by any of them. GREAT READS!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book in an excellent series
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2021
This is my favorite series by my new favorite author. Very positive and upbeat. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I have now read 57 of 59 books by the author and am reviewing them at the same time. It is taking forever but it is worthwhile if it gets the word out and helps the author. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
These thoughts are to encompass the entire Ell Donsaii story series. I am an avid Sci-Fi reader and do not often find works that contain both challenging science and good human relational support. This series has captured my interest due to the characterization of Ell doing what is right and good. The bad boy infatuation of many to me seems pitiful. I'm taking the time to write in hope that the author might consider not using the name of God in vain fashion, as so many seem to do in these days. As an ex sailor I'm well aware of the concept of "spitting in the wind". Its not pleasant experience. This review may not be acceptable to some and it may be a lost cause. But I write hoping that the strong representation of good in the presentation of Ell might become an example to those authors who write of a future containing so many possibilities. Perhaps the possibility of what was written a long time ago might be true.....“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." Something to consider.
In every book some new technological advancement is made, and explored as it might affect reality. The author is very prolific putting new books every 2-3 months! This last one (Wanted) came out only 2 months after (Defiant), which is unheard of with normal publishing houses. For most of the series I follow like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, the Honorverse by David Weber, or the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, I have to wait a year or more to get another fix. This isn't true with Dahners, he's a machine, he must write 10k words a day to get new books out this fast. I'm reminded of Issac Asimov who wrote over 200 books in his career. It's clear that eventually we will see direct brain to computer interfaces with implants into the brain. I also expect to see the inflation of a metal asteroid, contact with a more advanced alien civilization, and hopefully something unexpected like happens in real life. I will be reading this series as long as the author keeps writing the books.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2014
Laurence Dahners, I love the stories about that little gal. I downloaded this book, started on it and read right through. I know I'll have to read it again more slowly and thoroughly in a week or so, but I just couldn't put it down.
"Wanted" is a continuation of the previous book where Ell Donsaii was declared an outlaw by a nutsoid president. In that book she has escaped from Gitmo and is back in the US. We also learned that she and Shan, her husband are expecting.
Now the president has had arrested 4 of Donsaii's bodyguards and 3 of the women who work for her with the idea of using them for bait to recapture her. Ell just has to rescue them even though all of them tell her she is too far along in her pregnancy to risk breaking them out. They agree to stay put until after the baby is born. Stubborn Ell won't wait. Well, read what happens. It's a great story that will keep you turning pages, or tapping to turn the pages.
All right, Dahners, get to work on the next installment.
5.0 out of 5 starsEll is smarter than bureaucrats and autocrats.
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
I thoroughly enjoy the way the author writes. While Ell is physically and mentally superior (wish I was, too...) the book is about more than her. Her leadership style is admirable: she gathers brilliant people interested in particular projects, and turns them loose to solve the problems and supports them achieving their goals with incentives. Imaginative, and well-researched to present the most advanced thinking in each area Ell's people are exploring. Keep writing - I'll keep enjoying the reading.
This particular episode once again has our heroine Ell outsmarting everyone in the world, all the way up to the president of good old USA. So yeah she is preggers, but still manages to bust 6 folks out of various prisons, invent new and interesting ways to tunnel through solid rock, which really is just an offshoot of her earlier tech. Oh yeah and she regains her girlish figure in 10 minutes after delivery? Really about all I have to grumble about is that this book is just as stupid as all the previous ones. Our absolutely perfect heroine does everything perfectly, all her people are just smart enough that she can out think them with most of her brain tied behind her back. So I made it this far through his series, and will not buy anymore. Slogging through this was quite difficult as I just wanted to toss it across the room and throw it in the trash. The base premises
I still maintain that Laurence plays the "Lets underestimate Ell" card to much, however the book is an improvement on the last one. This time is showed how all her preparation she made in the previous books worked for her rather than how stupid her opponents are.
It was a good read and I am very interested now how she will cope with what happened at the end of this book. You will have me buying at least one more :)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2014
The personal development of the characters is getting better. The world of Portals is being explored with the ramifications warts and all being exposed. The government response and the society being described is slightly from a UK point of view slightly weak therefore 4 stars. I would like more development of the portal technology in relation to exploration in the solar system, including the mood. Very good story I could not put it down .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2014
The 10th Ell Donsaii story Wanted is just as readable and as enjoyable as all the others .Eli as good and loveable a hero. Some of the action near the end of her pregnancy (I will not give away the baby's sex or name ) is in the category of do not try this at home. Like the other stories it is nice to switch off and go to sleep happy. Looking forward to the next episode. Just a guess l think we will be long from earth and the solar system.
I read all 11 novels in less than 2 weeks. So there must be something there but I just don't know what it is. It kind of like candy floss. I eat it enjoy it but its empty calories. There are really addictive. They have result in me having to drink lot of coffee to stay awake at work enough said.
4.0 out of 5 starsNot quite up to the usual standard.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2014
Usually, I _love_ Ell's exploits, but this time it was mostly focussed on the 'on the run' aspect rather than the 'advances in science' aspect that ran through the previous books. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it for what it was, and I'll still look forward to reading future books in the series.