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Silver Shark (Kinsmen Series Book 2) (English Edition) par [Andrews, Ilona]
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Claire Shannon is a killer. She uses no weapons, only her mind.

Born on a planet locked in a long war, Claire is a psycher, a woman with the ability to attack minds and infiltrate a biological computer network where psychers battle to the death. But when the war abruptly ends, Claire must hide her psycher's ability to survive. She is deported to a new planet, a vivid beautiful place, where she meets Venturo Escana, a powerful psycher, whose presence overwhelms both her mind and her body.

She thought she had left war and death behind, but now she must fight for her new life and this battle might just cost her everything...

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  • Editeur : NYLA (14 septembre 2011)
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This short novella is set in the same world as Silent Blade. Here we discover some new aspects of this world which get even more fantastic. I really appreciate the new characters and enjoy this story even more than the last one. It's a shame it's the last in the series.
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HASH(0x8d4a9a68) étoiles sur 5 Really Enjoyable Sci Fi Romance Short 15 septembre 2011
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Between 4 & 5 stars for this sci fi romance novella. It's set in the same world as Silent Blade, but you don't have to read one to understand the other. It was a treat getting an update on Meli and Celino, though.

Ilona Andrews referred to this one as a Billionaire and His Secretary romance, except that the secretary can kill you with her mind. This is my kind of romance.

For the sci fi fan, there are biologically enhanced psychic warriors (called psychers), bionet computers that psychers jack into and interact with, and the issues of refugees from one planet trying to assimilate to life on a new one. You also have a planet that while beautiful to look at, is ruled by mafia-type families whose feuding often leads to bloodshed. Only the strong survive and thrive here. I really liked the bionet scenes, there was a lot of action and imagery.

For the romance fan you have a smolderingly hot male lead, Ven, who can't seem to find the right girl to settle down with. You also have Claire, the ultra powerful psycher from a war-torn planet who must pretend to be normal to have a chance at a new life on a world that appears to be a paradise compared to her home. I like that although there were secrets and miscommunications, there was a really good reason for that - Claire is terrified of being deported or killed for her abilities.

The attention to the small details that I've come to expect from Andrews is here from the comparisons of the different planets, to the discovery of new enticing foods, to the interactions between the characters. There is also some subtle humor, especially in Claire's asides. A very fun romantic getaway, with a good dose of action too.

[I received a review copy of this novella.]
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HASH(0x8d4a9abc) étoiles sur 5 Accessible to Scifi fans and the wary alike 17 septembre 2011
Par Lexie - Publié sur
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Its not a secret I have read, enjoyed and recc'ed the Andrews Duo's books countless times. So its not hard to imagine my happy delight when I got a chance to read their newest novella "Silver Shark" ahead of time. This is set in the same universe as their futuristic romance "Silent Blade" published by Samhain a couple years back. The two stories can be read independent of each other, though "Silent Blade" is set in New Delphi and it wouldn't hurt to have read it since it explores a different track in the world ("Silent Blade" was all assassins and kinsmen battles, "Silver Shark" is more about the trained psychers). Also "Silver Shark" has a field day with science fiction-y stuff.

In a word: riveting. The world that Andrews built in "Silent Blade" is let loose and has a freedom to play. The novella begins at Uley, a world torn between two fractions building their military might to wage a three centuries and plus war against each other for planet and cause no longer viable. The story then moves to Rada, which is where "Silent Blade" takes place, and the stark differences between the two worlds is more than a little problematic for Claire who was raised to believe that attention to oneself is the worst possible situation.

The situation, at least as its presented to Claire upon arrival on Rada as a refugee, isn't strictly fair and it was a little convenient that her first job interview went so smoothly. This was more or less my one complaint with Claire--not that she's too good or too powerful, but that happenstance favors her a lot. Within her first day on Rada she lands herself an enviable job, with a boss she's attracted to (on multiple levels) in a job that comes easy to her with a firm that specializes in what she was trained to do for years. When a personal debt threatens the life she was building, that doesn't so much faze her as give her some hiccups and momentary panics.

This deeper look into the world of the psychers, as the psychic-powered bionet users are known as, was mesmerizing. I said in the "Silver Blade" review that the kinsmen set-up is nothing so much as Mafialand--I stand by that. The bionet evolves and changes for each user in response to their own perceptions--for one it might be a jungle filled with jungle animals and dangers, for another its an ocean with sharks and coral reefs. Claire's Bionet 101 about halfway through was more telling then showing, but within the confines of the mission it made sense.

"Silver Shark" focuses less on the romance angle (much of it reserved for the latter third) and more on the world/characters. We learn more about the kinsmen and their oddly archaic system of dealing with things (duels!), but also how it affects the civilians. The matter of fact way the Immigration Officer let Claire know that savage fights in the streets are pretty standard between kinsmen and she should basically just hide in a corner until its over with had me smiling a bit.

A regret I have though is I wish there had been more time for Venturo and Claire to play around in the bionet together. A confrontation that must have been pretty spectacular is briefly mentioned at the very end and I have to admit it was fun reading about how Claire outwitted folks. If anyone deserved to be able to swagger about because she's that good its Claire. A little too good at points; she makes a big deal about the different tests they use to find Psychers, but she manages to pass them all, rather easily. Its excused as part of her training--from a very young age she was taught discipline and control, but it couldn't have been mentally or physically healthy for her to constantly keep such tight shielding or to crack it occasionally.

The Andrews have made science fiction accessible to those who are wary of the science-babble, even with "Silver Shark" (which is more scifi focused then "Silent Blade") there wasn't a time when I had to step back and try to figure out what they were trying to explain with all the jargon. I'm crossing my virtual fingers that there will be more tales in the Kinsmen universe.
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HASH(0x8d4a9ef4) étoiles sur 5 Good story but ended too suddenly 16 septembre 2011
Par P. Sprehe - Publié sur
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I would have rated this a 4 or 5 right up until about 3/4 through the novella. It felt that everything suddenly sped up and rushed into an ending that was almost rudely abrupt. It's not just that I was left wanting more- that always happens after reading an Ilona Andrews novel- it's that I felt like the story was incomplete. I was actually worried that a pre-release copy had somehow been released on Amazon by mistake.

I certainly hope that the Andrews write a sequel of these two characters (and not just another novel/novella in the Kinsmen world).
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HASH(0x8d4a9edc) étoiles sur 5 Fast paced, entertaining read 1 janvier 2012
Par Marie - Publié sur
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This was a very entertaining read! Ilona Andrews' has such a way with words and it amazes me how evocative her writing is. I forget I'm reading because she draws me in so quickly.

Claire is what is known as a psycher, meaning she can psychically attack minds, killing people that way. Her planet is at war as the story starts and when her `side' is overtaken she manages to change her identity as a Captain and become a civilian. Forced to hide her true identity (and psychic capabilities), she's sent to New Dahlia where she ends up getting a job as an assistant to Ven Escana, a powerful kinsmen, who is also a psycher.

From there, the story is about corporate issues (much more violent than in our world) and Claire adjusting to her new life all while trying not to fantasize about her new boss too much because she thinks he doesn't view her romantically.

I wish there had been some scenes from his point of view but for the shorter length I understood why it was just told from Claire's. She undergoes such a huge transition and culture shock (going from living under the structure of the military & a very bleak planet to a bright, lively one with new customs and traditions where people actually smile) and it was often times funny to watch the way she adjusted. In one scene, Ven takes her to meet his friends because he wants her to like them and involve her in his life, but all she sees is this beautiful woman (his friend's wife, Meli from Silent Blade) who she doesn't think she can ever be like. I ached for her in that scene because I could feel her pain. Ven's pain was just as palpable because it's obvious he just wants to please her and didn't know what he was doing wrong. Watching their miscommunications was adorable.

There wasn't as much romance or the heart wrenching emotion in Silver Shark as in Silent Blade (which is the first story in the kinsmen books), but this was a very fast-paced, entertaining read that I didn't want to end. I should also note that the ending is a little abrupt because we don't get to see what would have been a great action scene, but it didn't take away from how great the story was. I just wish there had been a little more romance.
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HASH(0x8d4b82c4) étoiles sur 5 Even better than the first one (which was AWESOME) 28 juin 2014
Par Jessica@RabidReads - Publié sur
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We’re back in the world of the Kinsmen, only this time we aren’t dealing with two rival families.

The blurb (YAY, I actually read one this time) does an excellent job of summarizing the position Claire Shannon finds herself in on a new planet—she’s hiding her ability, she has a tenuous grasp on a new start, and she has 3 months to successfully find and keep gainful employment, or she’ll be sent back to her home planet, and presumably, KILLED.

So no pressure.

And the employment process is kind of like that of a temp agency. You only get so many opportunities, and refusing an interview is mightily frowned upon. Which puts Claire in a tight spot when her first interview is with a company that specializes in the very talent she is trying to keep hidden.

And it gets even better—bossman is HOT. And brilliant. And surly. And all good things. And HOT.

Yeah . . . this short story was a lot of fun. The sci-fi parts are way cool without being overly technical. Claire and Ven are great together, b/c once again, Andrews effortlessly creates immediately likable characters (which is good b/c short story). My only issue was that the ending was slightly abrupt, but then again, that could just be me not liking that it was ending at all. Even more highly recommended.
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