Title: Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)
Author: Rachel Bach
Narrator: Emily Durante
Publisher: Orbit (Hachette)
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Acquired Via: Personal Collection
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.
Sometimes I just need to take a break from reading books for review and for recommending to library patrons. You know how it is - you just have to have something to cleanse your palate. Well, Fortune's Pawn was just what I needed!
I was listening to an elaborate, epic fantasy that was boring the snot out of me on my last road trip. I pulled into a McDonald's for their WiFi to find something - anything - other than what I was listening to because I was going to fall asleep on the road. I've had Fortune's Pawn in my Audible library for a year or two, and I figured then was a good of a time as any to give it a shot. It was precisely what I needed to drive the empty road to South Louisiana on a dark and rainy night.
Fortune's Pawn hooked me immediately because I loved what a blunt, strong, and independent woman Deviana "Devi" Morris was. She's a stubborn, impulsive jackass, and she's definitely a character model I would like to see more of in literature. Devi is a blood-thirsty alien killer who has a healthier relationship with her guns and armor - who are all named, by the way - than she does with her family or fellow characters. She is also very comfortable with her sex life. Can I say how nice it was that she wasn't some broken woman waiting to be fixed?
Of course, to keep things interesting, there is a bit of a mystery surrounding her fellow shipmates: Captain Caldswell, the very sexy Rupert Charkov, Novascape Starchild, Mabel, Basil, and Hyrek. There are three different types of aliens - aeons, xith'cal, and lelgis - and two major groups of humans - Terrans and Paradoxians. There's also a smidge of romance, and I'm totally on board for it through most of the book. What I have a problem with, I'm sure Devi will have no problem taking care of.
Since I did listen to the audio version of Fortune's Pawn, I think it is very important to note that Emily Durante is an excellent narrator. She really brought Devi to life, and all of the other characters were distinctive from one another. When I finished listening to the book, I searched her as a voice actor to add her other books to my wishlist.
If you're looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and is plain old FUN, you should really pick up Fortune's Pawn. You won't regret it.
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