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Command Performance [Paperback]

Linnea Sinclair
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Novelbooks (Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591050898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591050896
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,151,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original version of "Games of Command" 16 Mar 2007
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the original version of the book which Linnea Sinclair rewrote and republished in 2007 as "Games of Command (Bantam Spectra Book)."

Command Performance/Games of Command is the same type of story as Sinclair's previous books, "Finders Keepers, "Gabriel's Ghost" and "An Accidental Goddess." It has elements of Sci-Fi, Romance, and Paranormal.

Background:

Two star nations which were often enemies in the past have formed an alliance in the face of a threat from a much more dangerous and aggressive neighbouring race.

The action of this book starts on the Triad Huntership "Vaxxar," flagship of the Triad First Fleet, which is tasked with watching a large section of a dangerous border. All four of the main characters on the ship have secrets from each other, secrets which could destroy them ...

Branden Kel-Paten, the Admiral commanding First Fleet, has a secret. Kel-Paten appears on the surface to be a brilliant but emotionless officer, partly because he has been put through a radical programme of biocybernetic enhancement. But he would be in danger of being removed from command if anyone realised that he is feeling a forbidden emotion - an obsessive passion for his flag captain ...

Captain Tasha Sebastian, who has been seconded to the Triad as Flag Captain of the Vaxxar, has a secret. The Triad know that she used to work for the intelligence services of their present Alliance partners during the previous cold war. What they don't know is that she used to be "Lady Sass" - a raider and smuggler who stole many cargoes from the Triad under the noses of Admiral Kel-Paten. To Branden and his compatriots, Lady Sass was a wanted criminal.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable piece of work! 23 Oct 2003
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The story began on the Triad Huntership Vaxxar. Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian had many secrets in her past. And that was where she wished them to remain! Her best friend just happened to be the ship's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eden Flynn. Stories abounded about the trouble the often found themselves, as well as, the unique ways they got out. Eden was an emplath with telepathic abilities which greatly helped her in her profession.
Admiral Branden Kel-Paten was referred to as the Tin Soldier. As a teen he had become bio-cybernetic, more computer than human. He was not supposed to feel emotions. So if anyone found out how he felt about Sass, he would be in for a "Section Forty-Six."
After surviving a vortex, they picked up the human pirate Jace Serafino, who was a rogue telepath with a deadly brain implant. Jace and Paten had known each other before. Neither like the other. However, after being attacked by Illithian fighters, they were thrown into an unknown section of space where they must put aside their differences if they intended to survive!
***** A remarkable piece of work! Sass and Eden each have a pet that resembles a cat with telepathy and intelligence. I especially loved those two fury creatures! Each character has their own quirks and personalities, that readers can easily come to care for. The only problem I have found with author Linnea Sinclair is that she cannot write fast enough for me. Highly recommended! *****
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from the talented pen of Linnea Sinclair! 4 Nov 2002
By Freelance Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Deep Space and Other Worlds
Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian and her best friend, Chief Medical Officer, Eden Fynn are in a quandary. The two women must find a cure for a lethal alien virus, but Admiral Branden Kel-Paten's actions are directly interfering with their work. Kel-Paten's biggest concern is capturing Jace Serafino, mercenary pirate turned informant. Adding to their aggravation is the fact that Kel-Paten is determined to keep Sass in his sights at all times, even when she's off duty. This does not make for amicable relations on all sides. When Serafino's ship blows up entering a vortex behind Kel-Paten's ship, they rescue the rebel and bring him on board. What ensues is a battle of wits and mutual hatred between Kel-Paten and Serafino that push both Sass and Eden to the edges of their limited patience with the two men.
While trying to determine what lies behind the enmity between their Admiral and Serafino, Sass and Eden run circles around them, hoping to drive the two to distraction and keep them from killing each other. And this is just the beginning.
Branden Kel-Paten is a biological cyborg, reminiscent of the Six-
Million Dollar Man. Kel-Paten's emotions run the gamut from
professional Admiral to lovesick cyborg. Afraid of rejection, he
refuses to let Sass see how deep his feelings for her have run for the past eleven years. Instead, he keeps her by his side as much as possible without raising suspicion. Sass gives Kel-Paten a run for his money, boldly going where nobody else dares, back-talking and taking risks in her dealings with him. When she does discover Branden's almost obsessive feelings for her, she can't reconcile whether those feelings are the real thing or something that's been programmed into his cyber self. Eden is an empath with telepathic abilities who becomes very aware of Jace's own extreme telepathic abilities when he visits her in their sleep. Mix all of these characters together, and what you get is an emotional rollercoaster ride of deadly conflicts laced with moments of humor.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE is another rollicking space opera from the
talented pen of Linnea Sinclair. She delivers her trademark superb characterization and dialogue with extraordinary skill and finesse. Ms. Sinclair also combines an original storyline and unexpected turn in the space lanes through a time travel vortex, culminating in an ending that will have you screaming for the sequel, COMMAND DECISION, due out in 2003.
I highly recommend COMMAND PERFORMANCE to readers of all genres.
Suspense, mystery, two romances, heart-stopping action and adventure with enough emotional punch to make your heart ache in sympathy for all of the characters, is enough to satisfy fans on all levels.
Brava, Ms. Sinclair on another incredible journey through deep space!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linnea Sinclair has done it again! 19 May 2002
By M. Draper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
COMMAND PERFORMANCE is another stellar performance from the pen of Linnea Sinclair (pun intended).
This story has it all - - humor, romance, rollicking space adventures, an evil force threatening the universe and two cute, furry cat-like creatures called furzels. I guarantee you'll want a furzel of your very own.
Captain Sasha "Sass" Sebastian, captain of the Triad Huntership Vaxxar, isn't quite sure what to make of her superior officer, the half-human Triad Admiral, Kel-Paten. Half the time, she suspects that he doesn't trust her, after all before the peace, they fought on opposite sides, and the other half she spends trying to jar him out of his cyborg stoicism. There's something there -- and you'll route for them to come to terms with the underlying attraction the two feel for one another.
The other romantic byplay is between space pirate, Jace Serafino, and the Vaxxar's Chief Medical Officer, the empathic healer Doc Eden Fynn. Jace is a known never-do-well, but his telephatic powers reach a hidden part of Eden, who is also telepathic and has kept it a secret from her new Triad superiors. She knows Jace although irritating at time is deep-down inside a good guy.
When the four main characters get tossed into the far reaches of the universe and are stranded on a planet which is not quite in the current century, the fun really begins. Trust becomes a must, because it may not be so coincidental that they have ended up on that particular planet and that point in time.
A sequel COMMAND DECISION is due out next year -- you'll be impatient to follow the further exploits of these attractive characters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous foray into a world of wonder... 4 Dec 2002
By Book Addict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to agree with the many other reviewers who found this story exciting, romantic and a can't-put-it-down read. I would also add that Ms. Sinclair has managed the difficult task of blending solid, 'hard' sci-fi with a wonderful romance, and sacrificed neither. A major accomplishment from a very talented writer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinclair needs to write faster! 24 May 2002
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The story began on the Triad Huntership Vaxxar. Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian had many secrets in her past. And that was where she wished them to remain! Her best friend just happened to be the ship's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eden Flynn. Stories abounded about the trouble the often found themselves, as well as, the unique ways they got out. Eden was an emplath with telepathic abilities which greatly helped her in her profession.
Admiral Branden Kel-Paten was referred to as the Tin Soldier. As a teen he had become bio-cybernetic, more computer than human. He was not supposed to feel emotions. So if anyone found out how he felt about Sass, he would be in for a "Section Forty-Six."
After surviving a vortex, they picked up the human pirate Jace Serafino, who was a rogue telepath with a deadly brain implant. Jace and Paten had known each other before. Neither like the other. However, after being attacked by Illithian fighters, they were thrown into an unknown section of space where they must put aside their differences if they intended to survive!
***** A remarkable piece of work! Sass and Eden each have a pet that resembles a cat with telepathy and intelligence. I especially loved those two fury creatures! Each character has their own quirks and personalities, that readers can easily come to care for. The only problem I have found with author Linnea Sinclair is that she cannot write fast enough for me. Highly recommended! *****
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