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Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.

"There's no way Independents did this," Christian said. "It looks like a whole battalion landed here."

Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they'd pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.

Sigrid knew she would kill them.

Synopsis:

Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret - a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.

But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.

©2011 Cary Caffrey (P)2016 Cary Caffrey

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a lot of twists and turns to the story

The Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey is the first novel in the series by the same name. In the 24th century on Earth, the world is controlled by corporations. Trying to escape financial ruin, many sell their children to mercenary companies, such as the Kimura Corporation. Sigrid is one such child. Her parents sold Sigrid to the Kimura Corporation for the money, but little do they know that Kimura sought Sigrid out because of her genetic make-up. This genetic make-up will allow them to alter her into an enhanced killing machine. Sigrid comes to Kimura scared and the runt of the group, leading to a lot of bullying. But as the girls at Alcyone develop and grow, they begin to realize that they are pawns in a greater war amongst the corporations. Sigrid and her friends must figure out a way to live as free women untethered to and unsought by any corporations.

This was an action filled story that followed the girls at Alcyone, the Kimura research facility, from the time they are girls to adulthood. Caffrey does a good job adding in parts throughout to highlight the relationships between the girls as they grow older. I especially liked the later parts of the story when Sigrid is on her own acting as a mercenary. That is the time that she is the most strong and smart and becomes her own self and a leader. There is a nice mix of getting to know more about the characters and action. However, even though the story had all the elements that I love in a story, somehow I didn’t love the character of Sigrid, I felt like there was still distance between the characters and the reader, and that I wasn’t completely engrossed in their lives. This might be because of how much time the novel covers. Additionally, the science aspect was glossed over considerably. Overall, there were a lot of twists and turns to the story and filled with adventure.

The narration by Kristin James was good. She was able to consistently capture the voices of the characters. There were some accents that I didn’t like, in that they felt a little off, but overall the characters were distinguishable and consistent. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes stories about rebelling against the controlling population and a story full of powerful women.

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Excellent

I enjoyed the characters and plot of the story. The interesting use of genetics to develop enhanced soldiers. Choosing young girls and the smallest girl to exhibit the best results, loved it-- great characters and an excellent choice for the narrator. I enjoyed her choice of voices to relay each character and several sounded the same way I thought they would when I read it the numerous times before purchasing the audios for all three books. I'm ready for another, or at least a novella to see what adventures the two have after book three.

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Good story

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Read previously, now is listening to.High frequency pitch background is so uncomfortable. Just want to let everyone know.Will listen to all of this series definitely.

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thrilling

absolutely love this book so exciting and enticing all the way through can't wait for more

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These Girls Rock

I was pleasantly surprised by this story. The narration was very well done and I could not stop listening till the book was finished. If you like science fiction you have like this.

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Great Book

I listened to all three books back to back and loved them. book 1 was an interesting book. the storyline was good and the girls where amazing.

I loved this series and can't wait for the next books in it.

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A Little Cyberpunk, A Lot Space Opera

THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE has wonderful elements of both cyberpunk and space opera all wrapped up in a sweet little package named Sigrid Novak.

On Sigrid's journey from the little girl who was sold by her parents to a genetically enhanced woman who is as much cybernetic weapon as human, I was right there with her. As she faced hazing and bullying, as she found her strength and confidence, as she fell in love, as she became the most skilled mercenary the universe has ever seen.

Author Cary Caffrey was careful with the feminist overtones, keeping them delicate and natural to the story. Caffrey's penchant for action scenes is matched only by his world-building, which includes vivid fashion and incredible settings.

As entertaining and engaging as an audiobook as it was in print--highly recommended!

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Space opera of growing into a trained mercenary

What made the experience of listening to The Girls from Alcyone the most enjoyable?

Like best: By the end of the book, it was exactly what I wanted from my space operas. I am curious to see if the next book keeps up the pace that this book ended on

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sigrid, It was a soft story as everything Sigrid comes across in troubles, she easily dominates and works through it

What about Kristin James’s performance did you like?

The narrator was really good. She had different voices for the characters with different backgrounds and it was easy to get absorbed into her narration

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

YES, Very much so

Any additional comments?

I was provided a free copy of this book from audiobook boom for an honest review

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I absolutely Love it, I need more!!! Seconds plz!!

If you could sum up The Girls from Alcyone in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, Intoxicating, and very addictive!!

What did you like best about this story?

I love how the author set the mood in the prologue... In that moment, you feel as if fate itself grabbed the young heroin... But, watching that grip slowly slip away was all the more riveting... Or should I say "Blown Away", one climax after the next.

What does Kristin James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does such an amazing job bringing this book to life with her array voices for the characters... I couldn't image if it were a monotone reading of this book. she played a big role in me enjoying this piece so much I believe... Like icing on an already delicious cake.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The Girls from Alcyone" - Breath Taking, not to mention Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Any additional comments?

The romance is nice and tastefully done. I really liked it to be honest, you get to actually watch or rather listen as a kindred bound grows between the two girls... First as an innocent love...eventually that love is re-discovered. I can't wait to read book 2 and 3, in fact I plan to read book 1 again. Why? I just feel as though I don't want to start any other novel untill I read book 2 and 3, In other words, "Hurry up, pay day" lol

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  • zenabuff
  • Hell sometimes called Kentucky
  • 06-29-16

The Best Science Fiction with Lesbians in Space

If you could sum up The Girls from Alcyone in three words, what would they be?

The Best Science Fiction with Lesbians in Space Novel you will ever listen too! I know there is no erotic, they barely kiss, mostly in book one they're even girls growing up and learning their roles in life; as that gets broken up by real life soldiers come after them to kill or capture them for not so nice reasons. But the Girls from Alcyone are not without there own powers to make it an even fight even though they are young.

What other book might you compare The Girls from Alcyone to and why?

Only comic books come to mind and those would be comicbooks about when Pardise Island was attacked and Wonder Woman and her sisters had to fight back. The lead in the story reminds of a Wonder Woman, Super Girl, or a female Superman. I think you get the idea.

Have you listened to any of Kristin James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only in the other two volumns of this series and I am just assuming that she does the other two. The three volume set are all awesome, and should be listened to, fairly close together, (Or at least in my case I have MS and my memory is not so very good)

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

I wish I had the time! As it was I listened to a few chapters each night, then moved on the to the last chapter I remember clearly before falling asleep the next night and so no until I finished the book. It was so very enjoyable and exciting to listen too.

Any additional comments?

This whole series of three book with the lead who's name I can't even begin to pronounce has been awesome. I wish they would write more, or more like it. I know Erik Scuback has the Valkyrie Chronicles that sort of close, I enjoy Mr. Scuback works a lot, including his Music of the Soul series, and his many folk lore series all of which are for young adults like the above and for lesbians, and the erotic ends mostly with hand holding and kissing like in this book. (Not that I don't like erotic too, It just has its time and place)

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  • j tracey
  • 06-19-16

Good narration by Kristin James

Would you listen to The Girls from Alcyone again? Why?

No, not that I hated the book or anything like that.

Would you be willing to try another book from Cary Caffrey? Why or why not?

Yes differently. At some point I will listen to book 2.

What does Kristin James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kristin uses a good variety of different voices and it makes the book more enjoyable.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This little girl is all grown up now.

Any additional comments?

After all her training, I would have liked Sigrid to have gone back to earth and maybe visited her family.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.