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Torin Mardak came to Zarhab Groht to hunt. Some idiot's been selling Callidum weapons on the black market, and he's been tasked with finding the traitor.  

The illegal trading station isn't exactly Torin's favorite place in the Nine Galaxies. It's dirty, chaotic, and full of thieves and murderers, but as an elite Kordolian First Division warrior, he's the most dangerous thing on this floating cesspit, and he won't let anything stand in his way.  

But when he encounters a group of humans who really, really shouldn't be here, his priorities might just have to change, because one of them is about to get betrayed in the worst possible way....  

And she just so happens to be exactly his type.  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Anna Carven (P)2019 Tantor

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Another great romance!

I really have enjoyed listening to the books Anna Carven has written! This new series, which is a spin-off of the earlier series, was very well written with great characters. The heroine is an Earth alien culture specialist who accompanies some soldiers to a dangerous space station to try to obtain plasma weapons for Earth’s military. The hero is a Cordolian warrior who is now a mercenary for General Arcadian (the prime character in the first book of the last series). He sees the humans and is intrigued by the woman in their midst. When the arms sellers double cross the humans and demand she be handed over as part of the deal, the military agrees and against her will she’s taken. The hero tries to intervene and when he’s unsuccessful he latches onto the ship she’s in to rescue her. The narration was well done.

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***This is NOT book 1***

This book comes AFTER the Dark Planet Warriors series!

You can read it alone, but it often refers to events that happened in the past/other books. It’d probably make more sense if the other books were read first.

Otherwise, the story was ok. A bit unrealistic in how they’re totally in love after only knowing each other for one day, but that’s frequent in this genre. Detailed battles, complex politics in the background. Sometimes their emotions are written in a bit of a cliche tone, but it’s ok. Narration is fine.

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Cordolians

This is another one of the Cordolians. He of course has a healthy respect for the General. I am glad this story has continued with a new series. Thought the story had ended but those guys with cool suits are still around. I will enjoy reading about the new characters and hopefully their connection to the old ones.

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Excellent book, Excellent Narrator

I love Anna Carven books.
It is an Alien-Human love story but especially this one makes you think that everybody needs an Alien like this in their lives :-)
J. F. Harding's narration made it even better <3

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Brings you back to the universe - barely

It is a nice fun book - not as deep as her previous series. Not as much story as skating on the dark and dangerous motif of the past series. Still fun for a cold afternoon read. I will probably give the next book a try when Im bored. Not a must buy now need as before.

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Meh. Too attached to previous narrator

This new Dark Star series is built off the Dark Planet Warrior series. Narrator T McLaren, from the previous series, set the bar high for this universe of alpha aliens with voices just oozing masculinity. The new narrator, Harding, isn’t terrible ... he’s just bland compared to McLaren. I think I would have liked the story much better with a darker, gravelly voice befitting a large, dangerous, fanged silver warrior. The narration was too tame for me to feel any chemistry or passion.
By now, this whole series feels too familiar, with not enough to truly separate each female and male mc.
Even getting this book at a discount, I’ll be returning it.

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Insanely intense action, fantastic story

Darkstar Mercenaries series sets off with a fiery BANG in Taming Chaos. Set in deep space, this new series builds on the Dark Planet Warrior series. One first division Kordolian warrior-now-turned-mercenary finds his mate in the last place he would have ever imagined. This story is intense with action, showcasing the brutal feral fierceness of the Kordolians, as well as their deep love and intense mate bond. Our heroine is strong, super smart, and generously curvy. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book, and totally fell in love with these strong characters. The Audible version is great if you want to enrich your reading pleasure. The emotions leap off the page and each character has their own unfaltering voice.

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Another great Carven series novel

Once again I'm glad I purchased this series. This one was exciting and full of twist and turns. I truly became completely immersed in the story. I can't wait for book 2.

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Fantastic story and being getting to hear it read…..HELL YES!

If you’ve read the Dark Planet Warriors series by Anna Carven this book is the first of the spin off series Dark Star Mercenaries. This story is told from the point of view of another of the Fist Division Warriors after the fall of Kythia and is just as engaging and enjoyable as the Warriors series. J.F. Harding has the perfect voice and reading style and brings this book to sexy life!

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pleasantly surprised and will get the series

Update - I had no idea this series was a sequel to the Dark Planet series. This 1st book is good as a stand alone, but the 2nd book has a lot of reference to the events that happened in the Dark Planet series so I would suggest listening to those books before starting this series.

I had this book sitting in my wish list for awhile and decided to finally give it a listen so I was very happy to have it be more than I expected. I was invested from the start and enjoyed the scifi world building and HEA story. Overall this is very light on the erotica side and more in-line with typical romance, however the intimate scenes are still very steamy

J.F. Harding did a great job with the narration and I never lost track of the different characters. Really look forward to his narration now.

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  • Eurydice
  • 04-14-20

Caricaturally protective

What a boring BORING book. Characters with no depth. 6 hours an alien dude killing, killing and more killing to prove his "love" for a human female who is "just his type". At some point I hope the story would go somewhere... anywhere ? But no. It just went on. Killing and killing. Yawn. Could it be any more caricatural of a princess in distress and love at first sight or almost of a deadly and difficult alien warrior in "the universe". The Universe ?!? That's a pretty big place. Makes me wonder if the author did ANY sort of research on human speculation regarding the size of the universe. That was a big bummer and that fact that these Kordolians have a very human-like anatomy. Pff. So unoriginal !
Oh! ANd JF Harding is TERRIBLE at female voices.

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  • karen grave
  • 04-24-21

A scholar and a beast all rolled into one

this was quite different to what I expected. it was great to hear Tarak come into the story.
Ms Carven wrote this book with a unique twist. we got an insight into Torin in the last book of the dark planet series, but it developed nicely in this spin off/ almost continuation .... nice to have a heroine a little different in persona and body. but she matched Torin perfectly. lots of action and hot lovin, as the story spreads to other kordolians.
JF Harding did a good job of narrating....his voice change for different characters was really well done as well as the softer tone for the heroine.

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  • Anwar
  • 07-03-20

Brilliant

This story is about Torin Mardak and Persephone Winters. They meet on Zarhab Groht, Torin there to hunt some idiot whose been selling Callidum weapons on the black market, and he's been tasked with finding the traitor, Perspehone is there on a misguided mission for the humans and she is about to get betrayed in the worst possible way... This results in Torin changing his priorities because she just so happens to be exactly his type and this results in a wild ride full of action and passion between the two of them as they come together in a flurry of sparks of passion and violence. I highly recommend this book as it follows on from the fantastic series called Dark Planet Warriors and is equally as appealing as that series was.

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  • A. J. Bergman
  • 08-09-19

I love my Kordolians

I was thrilled to see this came out in audio. As a single narrator, I much prefer M voice to F voice, as you can pretend his yummy voice is talking to you. It was a while since I’d read this so I got to enjoy the story all over again. I love that the heroines are never tstl and the H was so deliciously protective and possessive with the conflict outside the relationship. Perfect.