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Vigilant [Format Kindle]

James Alan Gardner
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In the twenty-fifth century, under the leadership of the League of Peoples, war and crime are things of the past and life is held sacred. That is, as long as you are healthy and beautiful. But those who are deformed or flawed, or who appear to be misfits in any way, are destined—or is “doomed” a better word?—to become Explorers, crews assigned to probe worlds so hostile, the chances of returning are somewhere between slim and none.

In Vigilant, the third volume of the League of Peoples series, a deadly plague has struck planet Demoth, wiping out millions of the winged Ooloms. Humans, however, were left completely untouched. But before the Oolom population was utterly devastated, Dr. Henry Smallwood found a cure. He lived as a hero for only a year before dying in a mining accident. Having grown up without a father, Dr. Smallwood’s daughter Faye attempts to escape her troubled past by joining the Vigil, a planetary organization that monitors the government. But on her first assignment, things go terribly awry and she and her team are targeted by android assassins. Uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the fate of Demoth, Faye turns to the only person she can trust—Festina Ramos.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 738 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 384 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J90CBBS
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dans ce roman une épidémie dévaste un monde ... 29 avril 2014
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Dans ce roman une épidémie dévaste un monde ( Demoth ) et efface des millions d’extraterrestres ( Ooloms ) alors qu’elle épargne les humains et c’est d’un scientifique humain que viendra pourtant le salut .

Il semblerait qu’une conspiration menace le destin des habitants de ce monde menacé par les ravages de cette « peste « et par des assassinats stratégiques et ciblés .

C’est un roman qui tient de l’enquête en contexte quasi paramilitaire avec une coloration environnement Alien suffisamment fonctionnelle et plaisante pour satisfaire les amateurs .

L’ensemble est une distraction honnête qui repose sur un sens du suspens qui est vraiment au point , sur un univers qui est riche et qui possède d’autres fondements que des clichés faciles .
Comme c’est le cas dans cette suite de textes , il y a aussi de légères insuffisances assez récurrente , dans la caractérisation et dans les interactions des personnages entre eux , ainsi que dans certains dialogues qui viennent baisser régulièrement le niveau du texte de façons perceptibles même si ce n’est pas de façons criantes et tonitruantes .

Ceci confère à ce cycle une patine « light « , c’est dommage mais néanmoins , c’est malgré tout un univers fonctionnel et attractif .

C’est un roman de guerre en fait . Une guerre biologique qui se réfère à des modes d’action en rapport avec ceux qui sont employés dans les conflits de type asymétrique .
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable. 18 juin 2004
Par The Feisty Curmudgeon - Publié sur Amazon.com
James Alan Gardner is one of the few male authors I've read who does a good job when it comes to telling a story from a woman's point-of-view. I loved his first novel "Expendable", and was pleased to see the protagonist, Festina Ramos, show up in "Vigilant". Festina is more of a supporting character here; the first-person narrative is told by Faye Smallwood, a 40-something woman living on the planet Demoth in the 25th century. Faye becomes a member of "The Vigil", a watchdog organization that ferrets out government corruption, and the story takes off when Faye becomes a target of assassins who are killing off members of The Vigil.
I had a few minor problems with "Vigilant". Faye's first person narrative annoyed me in a few places. I found it odd that a 40ish-year-old woman living in the 25th century kept using 20th century slang. In several places, I felt the story was underdeveloped, particularly when it came to Faye's relationships with her family. It was interesting that Gardner didn't take the easy way out here and have Faye's "group marriage/commune" life-style fade away as she got older, but Faye's spouses were barely mentioned and when they were, I could never remember which one was which. I would have liked to have gotten to know them better.
I also would have liked more background on the how the human/alien Oolom relationship developed on Demoth. The Oolom settled on Demoth first and far outnumbered humans, and yet the Oolom had adapted many human mannerisms instead of the other way around.
Overall though, "Vigilant" was a fun read and quite a page-turner. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful SF escapism: Thoughtful What-Iffing, great storytelling, and laugh out loud funny 17 mai 2014
Par Esther Schindler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read the entire "League of Peoples" series by James Alan Gardner when it came out, several years ago. Bits of it have stayed with me ever since, and when a phrase from this story began to haunt me ("doomed to slog for every lumen of enlightenment") I pulled Vigilant off my bookshelf, and re-read the whole thing. I appreciated it all over again.

Nominally, this is the third book in Gardner's series, which started with Expendable, but you could read this novel first. Mind you, you _should_ read the first book before this one, but mainly because it's also wonderful, funny, thoughtful SF). Besides, if you enjoy this tale, you're likely to want to go back to read the earlier one, and Vigilant refers to some events that'd be plot spoilers for the initial novel. (Book 2, Commitment Hour, is also good -- a solid 4 stars -- but could be read out of order with no trouble at all.)

The heroine of Vigilant is Faye Smallwood, who like the other human settlers on the planet Demoth, survived a plague that decimated the alien-friend race Ooloms but left humans untouched. Faye's father became the savior of the Ooloms as he discovered the cure to the plague, but the experience left her (and most humans) somewhat emotionally scarred.

Anyway, eventually Faye joins The Vigil, which the back cover of my 1999 paperback describes as, "a band of fiercely independent monitors charged with rooting out government corruption. To help in this struggle, her mind is linked to the powerful datasphere that regulates the planet." Unfortunately, on her very first assignment, things go awry....

That all sounds heavy and depressing and maybe a little space-opera-y. But OH NO it is not. First, Faye is a marvelous, admirable character who is aware of her flaws and tries to cope with them; the people she interacts with are just as well fleshed-out (especially Tic, her Oolom partner in the Vigil). The SF premises underneath the story are VERY cool, the sort of world-building that we so often wish for and so rarely find ("What if alien races far beyond ours were able to implement a policy of 'no dangerous non-sentient creature will ever be able to leave its own planet;' how would that affect space exploration?" or "What would it be like to have a telepathic link to the world's databanks?"). It also explores philosophical issues, such as "What is redemption? Is forgiveness possible?"

But mostly, this is one heck of an enjoyable tale to read. Because there are several mysteries to hold you through the entire book, and because the writing is "damn I wish I wrote that" good, and because Faye is really, really funny.

For instance, when she first encounters Master Proctor Tic, who's so old that he's expected to be "zenned-out" ("In the normal life cycle of proctors," he tells her later, "I'm at a point where I should be One with the universe. Or at most 1.0001"), she wonders why this oh-so-senior member of the Vigil would show up in her poky little town, and if he'd been caught diddling the wrong person's wife: "Then again, you didn't blackball an exalted master just for being caught on the wrong side of a bedroom door. And your average master proctor wasn't interested in bed-hopping anyway -- they were supposedly so near sainted that you could use their peckers as night-lights."

If you want reliable SF reading that's good page-turning fun (suitable for a beach read) and that ALSO makes you think and care... yup, this is an easy book to recommend. Get it. Get the whole damned series, while you're at it. I'm sure you'll thank me.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Do you hear the thunder? 14 juillet 2015
Par M. Spray - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"Fe` leejemm...you hear the thunder...you do what decency requires, what's obviously right. It's a concept sadly lacking in modern society. Yet It's eloquently expressed in the first few pages of the book. Combined with the enforced inability to commit murder, either by intention or neglect, You'd think the universe would be a paradise...Not so much, mostly because people are people, whether they have pink skin, tow legs and two arms, or globular ears that make them look like mickey mouse, or six insectile legs, or space altering peacock fields. For all that it is technically the third in the series, it was actually the first I read...and it left a lasting impression. The most important thing I took away from this book is that we're all messed up in some way...learning how to move on, and striving to be more than just another messed up individual is what makes us sentient beings...what, for want of a better analogy, makes us both human and humane.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 join forces to prevent an even worse plague from breaking out on Demoth 20 septembre 2014
Par Omniread - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
While reading the first chapters, I could not help but think of the outbreak of ebola, except this outbreak takes place on the planet of Demoth, where humans peacefully coexist with Oolom, a fascinating species that glides through the canopy. The slack death, as the illness is called, kills Ooloms but spares humans. Although Faye, a human, is spared, she is as much haunted by her father's role in halting the epidemic as she is by the death around her. She is inspired by a plague victim to find her life work as a member of the Vigil, a global Inspector General. Unfortunately, her first inspection results in the death of her Oolom partner, leading into a manhunt for the killer. Soon, she and Festina Ramos, another formidable female character, join forces to prevent an even worse plague from breaking out on Demoth. Fast paced action interspersed with interesting descriptions of alien races and technology.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good once it gets going 23 décembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Enjoyable, light sci-fi. The characters felt real, if occasionally a bit too gritty, and the plot held together nicely. My only real complaint is the way the beginning of the book was handled. It's treated as almost a flashback, and it seemed a bit interminable, but the information there turns out to be highly relevant to the plot. I think it could have been incorporated better, so it didn't feel like a ridiculously long introduction.
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