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The Cold Steel Mind (Aneka Jansen Book 2)

The Cold Steel Mind (Aneka Jansen Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Niall Teasdale
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Born in 20th Century England, Aneka Jansen had a life and career working as a security consultant until she was kidnapped by the Xinti and ended up in a wrecked starship, in suspended animation, in deep space for a millennium. Woken up by a team archaeologists, she is about to help them study the Agroa Gar, the ship she slept the centuries away in.

But there are others interested in the secrets and technology to be found on the dead Xinti ship. Soon the crew find themselves under attack by an unseen enemy with their destruction in mind. And that is before they are pulled across space by a force everyone thought had died long, long ago.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJIQ85O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in the vicinity of Hadrian's Wall so perhaps a bit of history rubbed off. Ancient history obviously, and border history, right on the edge of the Empire. I always preferred the Dark Ages anyway; there's so much more room for imagination when people aren't writing down every last detail. So my idea of a good fantasy novel involved dirt and leather, not shining plate armour and Hollywood-medieval manners. The same applies to my sci-fi, really; I prefer gritty over shiny.

Oddly, then, one of the first fantasy novels I remember reading was The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper (later made into a terrible juvenile movie). These days we would call Cooper's series Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy and looking back on it, it influenced me a lot. It has that mix of modern day life, hidden history, and magic which failed to hit popular culture until the early days of Buffy and Anne Rice. Of course, Cooper's characters spend their time around places I could actually visit in Cornwall, and South East England, and mid-Wales. In fact, when I went to university in Aberystwyth, it was partially because some of Cooper's books were set a few miles to the north around Tywyn.

I got into writing through roleplaying, however, so my early work was related to the kind of roleplaying game I was interested in. I wrote "high fantasy" when I was playing Dungeons & Dragons. I wrote a lot of superhero fiction when I was playing City of Heroes. I still loved the idea of a modern world with magic in it and I've been trying to write a novel based on this for a long time. As with any form of expression, practice is the key and I can look back on all the aborted attempts at books, and the more successful short stories, as steps along the path to the Thaumatology Series.

Writing, sadly, is not my main source of income. By day, I'm a computer programmer. I work for a telecommunications company in Manchester, England. My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, and (recently) Kim Harrison. Kim's Hollows books were what finally spurred me to publish something, even if the trail to here came by way of Susan, back in school, several decades ago.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel 25 Nov 2013
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I originally posted this review on, but thought it deserved to be ported over to the U.K. site. These books deserve their 5 star ratings. I liked both of the Aneka Jansen books that much, and hope for more!

.... I have just finished reading `The Cold Steel Mind'. It is a worthy and imaginative sequel to `Steel Beneath the Skin'. Aneka Jansen, kidnapped by the alien Xinti in 2011 and reanimated in an android body twelve-hundred years later, has become an accepted member of the crew of the archaeological research ship Garnet Hyde. They have returned to the wreck of the Agroa Gar, the Xinti ship on which the android body into which her consciousness was downloaded was found in stasis. There are secrets to be had on the Agroa Gar, some of which someone doesn't seem to want known. But, there may be more players in this game than the crew of Garnet Hyde even imagine...
.... I found this book just as much fun to read as the first. There is a little less direct action and a little more characterization and world building in this adventure and I found it a nice balance that held my attention from beginning to end. Once again, I could not put it down. The sex scenes that some complained about in the first book are here too, but dialed back a bit as a more complicated plot takes over. Once again, the sex is treated with a generally light (if graphic), and humorous hand with the exception of the actions of one dark character who eventually draws Aneka's righteous ire. Again, good job, Niall. I am looking forward to the next one. This is shaping up to be a memorable series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Jan 2014
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Loved this book. Lots of angles. Would have loved a closer look at society in this future but needless to say i am definitely reading the next one
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4.0 out of 5 stars continuation of an interesting story 26 Oct 2013
By Eddie M
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While this isn't Iain banks, it is certainly entertaining. I'm comfortable enough with myself not to be bothered by the continual sex, in fact it can be quite funny sometimes, although one does wonder sometimes if a different filler could be used sometimes to fill the gaps between major events. The characters are developed well enough to continue to be interesting and overall for a piece of light hearted sci-fi it works well. I am looking forward to book three!
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4.0 out of 5 stars different, sf from a female angle 4 July 2014
By colin
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A very good standard maintained from first book on the series, and I now Looking forward to the third book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story 28 Feb 2014
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I have read all three story's in this series and can't wait for the next one (hoping there will be more). An unusual story line and wonderfully captivating. The only comment I would add is that I would have liked to have seen more story on the other characters with them being less in the background.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Porn 16 Feb 2014
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Sci-Fi porn. What more can I say. Stories are reasonable. Less sex and more story would be better and give the stories more reason for the sex.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and Fun 5 Feb 2014
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A quick read, fast paced and fun. The people of the future do shag around a lot but it did not put me off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another episode of Breasts in Space!
Another episode of Breasts in Space!

The story is great but the constant banging on about all the female character's breasts and sexual activities is far too much! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. N. J. Pettefar
3.0 out of 5 stars Inventive but too much sex
Too often feels like a wet dream fantasy dream of a pimply teenager! Frankly it got quite boring and I skipped over about a quarter of the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. A. Bailes
4.0 out of 5 stars Another for the holiday reader
Another in the series about this awesome young "lady", with an insatiable appetite for kickin' ass and comforting her girl friend in more ways than one! Read more
Published 7 months ago by DGR
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as enjoyable as Steel Beneath the Skin
This is the second Aneka Jansen book, and just as good as the first. The story is well told and is coherent, without the plot holes that spoil so many sci-fi books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the idea of sentient robots and this book fits ...
I love the idea of sentient robots and this book fits the bill, a very good storyline well thought out and well written, the second book in the series and as enjoyable as the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Brian Mounsher
5.0 out of 5 stars good sequel
I thought the second book was good, I did however prefer the first book. I will however continue to buy the series as I do like the main character.
Published 9 months ago by L. P. Woodley
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