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"If you liked Star Wars, if you like the Kate Daniels series, and if you are waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy to hit the theaters, this is your book."—Ilona Andrews

"This book kicked ass... I JUST LOVED IT!"—Felicia Day

"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

"Rollicking space opera starring a tough, sexy, armor-clad space chick...Lots of fun."—Kirkus

"Bach makes her SF debut with this series launch that introduces a strong female heroine whose mind is mostly on her career -- and her high-tech suit of armor -- yet who finds herself inexplicably drawn into a relationship that could damage her life and her honor. Fans of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series and David Weber's Honor Harrington novels should enjoy starting another potentially long-running SF military saga.—Library Journal

"Bach's space opera is a fantastic, action-packed and accessible exploration of deep space. Devi is hands down one of the best sci-fi heroines I've read in a long time...Fans of Douglas Adams, Scalzi and Fforde will absolutely devour Fortune's Pawn."—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

"Firefly-esque in its concept of a rogue-ish spaceship family... The narrative never quite goes where you expect it to, in a good way... Devi is a badass with a heart."—Locus on The Paradox series --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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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 just 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.


If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you'd get Deviana Morris -- a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.
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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : Orbit (6 février 2014)
  • Collection : Paradox
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 035650235X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356502359
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,8 x 2,4 x 19,7 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS sur 16 janvier 2014
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… mais quel brûlot féministe, l’auteur attaque fort en présentant l’héroïne au lit avec un super bon coup. Un coup du genre confortable, car tenez-le vous pour dit, Devi a une Carrière et pas le temps de s’encombrer d’amoureux ou, pire, de mari !
Vous la verrez donc écraser sans pitié les velléités de relation plus stable qu’envisage son partenaire.

Ça nous change des Apollons qui collectionnent les femmes, mais dans ce lointain futur les femmes ne sont pas toujours totalement égales. L’auteur nous fait donc plus tard sentir que cette attitude peut lui valoir des sobriquets peu élégants commençant par S.
Heureusement, dans son boulot, Devi est plutôt du genre alpha-femelle et elle a l’habitude de s’imposer, par la force si nécessaire …

Ah ! Me direz-vous, encore une de ces fictions qui nie les différences physiques homme/femme ! Que nenni, car voyez-vous Devi est une Mercenaire et de nos jours les Mercenaires se battent en Exo-squelette blindé.
Qu’importe votre propre physique, ce qui compte est la motivation et l’intelligence tactique. Et Devi en a à revendre, ce n’est pas pour rien qu’elle est parvenue à un age tendre au sommet de sa profession.

Il est donc temps de changer. Car Devi a de l’ambition à revendre et ce qu’elle veut est simplement faire partie des « Devastators », corps d’élite des mercenaires en armures et voués à la protection du Roi de la Nation spatiale de Paradox.

Mais pour cela il faut se faire encore plus remarquer, et pour cela rien ne vaut l’embauche sur le vaisseau du Capitaine Caldswell, un vaisseau légendaire pour la poisse qu’il semble attirer.
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"Kate Daniels meets Aliens with awesome armor" 5 novembre 2013
Par M. Wanchoo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
ANALYSIS: This was another awesome book from the mind that gave us the wonderful Legend Of Eli Monpress series. Rachel had mentioned this book in her previous interview with Fantasy Book Critic last year and after finishing it, I think can be best summed up as "Kate Daniels in space with armor". The author builds up an interesting universe that I'm sure will be explored in the sequel books. What this book is simply awesome and here's what it's about.

Deviana "Devi" Morris is a mercenary very much in the Kate Daniels mold, that is tough, extremely competent, headstrong & packing a lot more power than is apparent. Devi is a person who does things her own way, be it her personal or professional lives. Her aim is to be the best at her job so she can attract enough attention and commendations to be called to join the Devastator unit which serves the king directly. She is a citizen of Paradox which is ruled by a god-king. Democracy is heretical to them and violence is second nature. She is unapologetic and extremely focused on becoming a part of the Devastators [Royal Paradoxian unit] that gets to play by her own rules. Her path to becoming a devastator however goes through a year of guard duty on the Glorious Fool.

The Glorious Fool has a high mortality rate for its crew as well as the mercenaries that protect it. This ship's captain Brian Caldswell has a worse reputation than his ship when it comes to dangerous missions however his worth and ideals are admired throughout interstellar space. Devi will learn that the captain plays his own game and his crew is even more shrouded in ambiguity. The story then focuses on Devi and the journey she will take as a security team member of the Glorious Fool.

The author sets the book to be a rip-roaring ride full of action, intrigue, snarky talk and a very interesting universe that has four sentient races and many possibilities about what actually is happening. Firstly here's why I loved this book so much, the characterization is top notch. Devi Morris is an absolute kick-ass character who will keep the reader glued on to her antics as well as the overall plot twists. The author has to be commended for setting this story in first person and making it so enthralling. Devi constantly keeps the readers on her toes and the way she's goes about things (like giving her armor and weaponry, names such as Mia, Sasha & Lady Grey or having her way in relationships). Devi as a character is absolutely a riveting one and is one of my favorite narrators being written about.

Secondly the world or universe-building is absolutely engrossing, beginning with the four sentient races, or the curious split between Terran and Paradoxian humanity and all the secrets surrounding the crew of the Glorious Fool. The author makes it absolutely intriguing as she drops enough hints and peeks about what might be happening so as to grab the readers for the remaining books in the series. Thirdly the pace and plot twists are absolutely top-notch, they keep the reader hooked and with the way the book ends. The book wonderfully mixes action with romantic elements along with the Sci-fi aspect of the story.I can bet that the readers (like me) can't wait to read Honor's Knight to see what happens next with Devi and the Glorious Fool inhabitants.

I didn't find any things to nit-pick about this book, no issues at all and so I would like to simply say that this was one of my three top reads of this year irrespective of genre.

CONCLUSION: Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach (nee Aaron) is a wonderful read; it encompasses various different genre elements and yet makes itself original enough to stand out among various SF reads. Be sure to read Fortune's Pawn as otherwise you will be missing out on a fun book and a superb story.
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Fast-paced sci-fi with strong female protagonist 21 novembre 2013
Par fiction_fridaynirvana_com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Now, I’ve read sci-fi with a female protagonist before. Still, apart from Catherine of T.C.McCarthy’s Exogene (and she’s a genetically modified war machine, so not quite the same thing) I haven’t read a character quite like Devi’s. There are many sci-fi books with adrenalin-loving, gun-toting heroes but almost no sci-fi novels of any heft featuring a female equivalent. So Devi is kinda unique. She’s super aggressive, in-your-face, loves a good fight and names her guns (Sasha and Mia) and her Paradoxian armored suit (the Lady Gray) like they were her babies. She talks a big game but has the substance to back it up. And she doesn’t mince words; she’s a straight talking gal and says it like it is. I loved her character!

Fortune’s Pawn is narrated in the first person from Devi’s point of view. She spends quite a bit of time describing the Lady Gray – what it’s composed of, how it works and the expense and trouble Devi has taken to get it. She also describes Sasha and Mia lovingly, “my girls were no slouches”. There’s considerable space given to describing invasions and fights in great detail. Manouvres, strategies, fighting skills, weaponry and armor all feature heavily in this book, as does romance.

Bach builds up an interesting universe for this novel. This is of course many many years in the future, and in this world there are other life-forms besides the humans, namely the aeons, the xith’cal and the lelgis; Devi has an opportunity to encounter all of them. Besides the fact that I really liked the lead character I also appreciated the way the author narrates her story, divulging details along the way and building up her characters, and still keeps the momentum of a fast-moving space opera. There’s action and fights galore but there are also the quiet moments. Bach has managed to beautifully wedge together sci-fi and romance in the same interesting novel.

This is the first book of the Paradox series. The sequel “Honor’s Knight” comes out February 2014; I’m not sure I can wait that long.
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Bach has a lot of great ideas, I'm hoping for more thinking and less blasting in her future work. 9 décembre 2013
Par Taryntoo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I was ready to hate this in the first 25 pages, because of Devi's obliviousness to the Glorious Fool's obvious real purposes, the constant weapons porn, the macho posturing, and the lazy science. But I found myself reading on, and liking Devi, and her crewmates, and intrigued by the plot foreshadowing, even as I grew further annoyed with truly lazy science and really overblown adolescent crushing. But the end I was pulled in by the engaging plot, and banged through this book in a few hours, left wishing for more.

I'd like Rachel Bach's work a lot more if she eased up on the space opera elements and tedious battle scenes to focus on the interesting universe and plot elements she's developing. Bach has a lot of great ideas, and I think her work would be far better if she didn't cater so hard to a weapons and space piracy fixated audience. OTOH, I suppose that's a much larger audience than those who like their SF with more thinking and less blasting.
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Curl up by the fire and read this fun, science fantasy adventure 11 novembre 2013
Par Eric Christensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
FORTUNE'S PAWN by Rachel Bach, AKA Rachel Aaron (Twitter) is a fun, science fantasy tale of Devi Morris, a power-armored mercenary who tries to take a shortcut to her career goal by taking a contract on a cursed ship. It's the first book in the Paradox series, with the sequel, HONOR'S KNIGHT due out on February 2014.

Devi Morris is a badass, let's start there. She's very good at what she does, and she has risen quickly through elite combat units. Devi is brave, strong, and aggressive. She's earned a turn at a cushy desk job, but that's the last thing she wants. Instead, she wants to be a Devastator. The Devastators are the best of the best power armor units that serve the King directly, and she's willing to do just about anything to get that post, even taking a risky short cut.

And that's how Devi ends up taking a one-year guard duty contract on the Glorious Fool, a trading ship captained by Brian Caldswell, who has a reputation for landing his ship and crew in dangerous, deadly situations. It's not the most glamorous or glorious job, but the mercenaries who survive the year have been known to get slots with the Devastators. Devi thinks it's a risk worth taking, but might the secrets behind Caldswell's crew and missions conceal dangers even a badass like Devi can't handle? Along the way, there are also aliens, space pirates, battles, romance, psychic powers, snarky dialogue, and more. But I'll stop there before I spoil anything.

I was very eager to read this story. I am a fan of Bach's/Aaron's fantasy Eli Monpress series, so I was curious to see how she made the jump to science fiction. Want me to sum up her style in one word? Fun. She writes fast-paced, exciting, adventure tales that are a pleasure to read. Bach/Aaron recently wrote a blog post on Orbit's website stressing the importance of fun if you want to learn more.

But as I said above, this is more of a science fantasy tale. So if you are looking for hard science fiction, this is not for you. And if you are looking for epic, sweeping power-armor battles, this is also not the book for you. This is a smaller scale adventure tale that becomes more of a procedural as Devi tries to unravel the mysteries of her new contract (Justin Landon of Staffer's Book Review considers the book an urban fantasy). But this is not a bad thing by any means.

I particularly enjoyed the characterization in the books. In Devi Morris, Bach/Aaron has created a character I think just about everyone will enjoy reading. She's strong, driven, and passionate-about her weapons and her men. Bach/Aaron transitions nicely between action and romance (Yes, there is some sex in this book, so take that into consideration if you are thinking of giving this to a younger reader). Driven by multiple urges that don't always play nicely, Devi is also complex, which made her more realistic and believable.

As for the plot, Bach/Aaron lays out a handful of mysteries that hook readers and keep them turning the page. Just when you think you have it figured out, she surprises you. My one quibble though is that the big revelation happened quite quickly after a more slow-burn development. The ending also left me a little bit unsatisfied. It wasn't so much that mysteries were resolved or concluded, so much as they were expanded and then paused until the sequel. Sort of a "tune in next week to find out what happens to our hero" kind of thing. While a bit frustrating, I will admit that I'm sufficiently hooked to keep an eye out for HONOR'S KNIGHT.

Like the Monpress books, Bach/Aaron has put together another great read. I'd say it's a perfect summer read, but since it's winter, grab a mug of cider and a blanket, and curl up near the fireplace and get reading.
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Bad Space Fantasy 29 novembre 2013
Par Ryan Smith-Roberts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
It's never a good sign when the first-person main character introduces themselves by bragging about how awesome they are.

This is Bach's first stab at sci-fi after writing several fantasy novels (under an alias). It shows. The sci in this fi is complete crap, a trespass against the credulity of the reader. The people are unoriginal caricatures, the writing is packed with mindless counterproductive hyperbole, and the combat might as well have a running XP total in the margin.

I really wanted to like, or at least not hate, this book (partly because I mistakenly thought it was a first novel). There are occasional tiny flashes of competence buried in the dross. Sadly, however, one can withstand only so many groans and winces before setting something aside.

At the request of a commenter, here is some of the bad science (well, bad fictional science as I'm ok with non-hard scifi, when done well):

Most notable is an obsession with the word "plasma". As the man said, "I don't think that word means what you think it means." First we have invisible personal force shields made of "plasma", which very inconsistently have thickness or other active physical properties. The main character possesses a "plasma shotgun", which she fires with joyous abandon inside of a small-ish spaceship (along with her armor-piercing superpistol). This kind of thing is normally considered a really, really bad idea. A breach in the hull was repaired with some solidified "plasma". The jedi space hippie psionicists manipulate a universal energy field called "plasmex", which is just an awful name (not actually what I'd consider bad scifi as it's a pretty standard trope, but the name sounds like an industrial plastic or something).

During said hull breach, the cargo hold lost pressure, and the main character commented on how she didn't know why but artificial gravity is extremely difficult to generate in a vacuum, which was why the hold then went null-gee. Yeah, I don't know why either. Does the author? Law of contagion maybe? This particularly rank piece of cheese didn't even add anything to the scene, I am at a loss as to why it was included.

A planet they were landed on experienced global earthquakes, and cncurrently there was "magnetic interference" which blocked all personal communicators. Everyone was relatively OK about these glaring signs of imminent planetary apocalypse, and were happy to blame the RF interference on the earthquakes. I'm sure this happens all the time on planets that are not Earth.

The transdimensional super aliens or whatever are literally invisible, to the point that bullets lodged in their flesh hang mysteriously in the air, and can be invisibly stabbed and shot repeatedly and then bleed, invisibly. This is a rather unusual and probably pointless property for something so physical.

An asteroid belt is described as being two light-years across.

The king of Paradox is described literally as possessing magical powers. I guess that's why nobody knows that the jedi hippies, who do advertise, are psionicists, which normally would be kind of a big deal.
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