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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.

©2014 James Greenwood (P)2016 James Greenwood

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  • Desmond
  • Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
  • 08-13-16

Decent story, but not as good as the first

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.

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Listen to this!

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.

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This is Horrible, (Book 1 was Good)

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.

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Easy listening

Short story with easy listening. Narrator easily understood and story easy to follow. Fast paced. 2nd book in the series and moving on to the next one!

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An ok side story.

This was an ok story. The performance could have been better. Sounds like it was narrated by a computer

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Good tie in

Great story, that ties in with the first book. hopefully the others are as good!

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Seems like a bait and switch

This picks up where Book 1 ended but is from the point of view of the slave girl who was freed by the heros. If I didn't know subsequent books in the series gets back on track with the Loose Nuts team I would have considered this a bait and switch and never bother with another book from the author.

Also I think the author missed an opportunity to write a full novel. The first half should have been her capture and life as a slave and then the events of Book 1 from her point of view (which wouldn't have been much). Someone in Book 1 (I think Liam) wondered how she could have become so hard and this would have been a perfect opportunity to explain that.

As it is, it is an ok story albeit a bit predictable. The bad guys are overly bad. Celina is a saint for not killing them.

I do wonder how Celina lucked out to find Kathryne. If I was an escaped slave looking for my sister, I would never have that kind of luck. Without finding Kathryne nothing else would have fallen into place and she either would have never found her sister or would have ended up back as a slave or more likely both her and her sister killed.

And also maybe I fell asleep or something, but what happened to the drunk guy who gave Celina his number? Either the author never heard of Chekhov's gun or doesn't believe in that concept. Of course this is the same author who in Book 1 gave us two hours of excruciating detail of cleaning the spaceship's sewer system.

Finally the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life. In fact I think if I had read the book instead of listening to it, I wouldn't have finished it. She didn't have a lot to work with but she did wonders with it.

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DISAPPOINTING

Her sister is in a life or death situation but she stops to shop for clothes and get her hair done.
Is this seriously what the author thinks of girls?
Tally, a secondary character, seems more like the type of personality a strong female protagonist should be based on but sadly, this book focused more on what Celina is wearing than saving her sister from slavery. As a female, I was rather offended. This was a truly disappointing story.

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great!

love how it connects to the set. one to the next one
hope they all are on audio

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Short but sufficient

Nice little aside. Shows how even those that don't get many breaks can still have some integrity.

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  • Alison Laura Goodman
  • 08-24-16

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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