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Dakiti: Ziva Payvan Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

EJ Fisch

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Book Description

The distant world of Haphez is located on the edge of populated space. The planet's native superhuman race is feared and respected by neighboring civilizations. Their military and police forces are unmatched.

Lieutenant Aroska Tarbic is an agent with the revered Haphezian Special Police. He’s lost a lot in a short period of time; the other members of his squad were killed in a tragic accident, and his younger brother was wrongfully convicted and executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Just when Aroska thinks he’s starting to piece his life back together, he’s assigned to a joint task force with a special operations team. It seems like a unique opportunity, at least until he learns that his new commander is none other than Ziva Payvan, HSP’s finest operative… and the assassin who killed his brother.

Ziva is good at her job, a business that requires her to ignore her feelings and carry out her missions without question. She’s confident in her own abilities to complete the assignment, but Aroska is a wildcard. When their team stumbles across a young human during a routine investigation, they soon realize that the situation isn't what it seems. The boy has unwittingly uncovered an age-old plot, one that could put the entire Haphezian race in jeopardy.

Now the lines between friend and foe have become blurred, and no one can be trusted. United by the imminent threat, Ziva and Aroska must set their differences aside in order to save their people… and maybe even each other.

All roads lead to… DAKITI

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About the Author

EJ Fisch is a long-time fan of the science fiction genre. She has a vivid imagination, and has been writing as a hobby since junior high. When she's not busy working toward her degree in information technology, she enjoys listening to music, drawing her own concept art, playing video games, and spending time with her animals. She currently resides in southern Oregon with her family. Stay up to date on the progress of the Ziva Payvan series and other works by EJ Fisch. Catch the occasional writing excerpt, view concept art, and more! Questions? Comments? Leave a note on the official Facebook page or email at: Your thoughts about the characters and storylines are always welcome and appreciated!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Transcendence Publishing; 1 edition (29 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KNK11AU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome start to a new series! 30 May 2014
By Amanda Skye - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
As with any new series you worry that it won’t pull you in right from the start. Well rest assured that is not a problem with this story! The story draws you right in and keeps you hooked until the last page. The characters are well developed, as is the world that they live in. The descriptions in the book provide a vivid and detailed image of both the characters and their surroundings. The plot is a fun action and suspense packed ride. There are many plot twists in the book that left even a veteran science fiction reader like me surprised All in all a wonderful start to a new series that leaves you looking forward to the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addicting 19 Jun. 2014
By Heather Rice - Published on
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This book was amazing. I received the book Monday afternoon and was able to complete it by Thursday morning. I literally could not put the book down. It was nonstop action from the moment I opened the cover. Normally science fiction is not my type of read but a friend suggested this book and I am really glad I took their advice. I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 12 Jun. 2014
By Tandi Meyjes - Published on
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I love sci-fi/fantasy and EJ Fisch did a fantastic job! I'm looking forward to additional adventures of Ziva, Aroska, Zinni and Skeet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 29 Dec. 2014
By James Scouller - Published on
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I picked this book up after reading the first two books in G. S. Jennen’s Aurora Rising series looking for something similar. Dakiti was similar in how it featured two main characters, a futuristic sci-fi setting and a mystery/suspense element to the plot. It also had an excellent cast of main characters with lots of layers to them. Unfortunately for me I have to say while I enjoyed Dakiti, I like the Aurora Rising series better. There was a lot more detail and world development than what was featured in Dakiti and I found it a lot easier to get caught up in the world the author created. In Dakiti you are exposed to the Haphezians, a super-charged human-like alien race which both main characters are a part of, and the Sardonians, a serpent-like alien race and the resident bad guys, and along the way you also pick up a few tid-bits about the Nosti, a feared group of telekinetics, the Federation, and the Talian existing human civilization. However, aside from this there isn’t much detail about the different races or the political state of the galaxy. You are just thrown right into the main story and left to find your way around. While this was a good thing in some ways (ie. allowing you to focus solely on the characters rather than being distracted by fancy technology, aliens and superpowers) it also left me feeling like I was playing catch-up for most of the story. Aside from this I found it to be an enjoyable and excellent read. Ziva and Aroska are both complex and intriguing main characters. I could understand Ziva’s detached and impersonal nature given the kind of work she does; however by the end of the story I became pretty sure there is a heart lurking in the depths of her personality somewhere. I could also understand Aroska’s struggle to let go of his need for revenge work with her despite his grief and anger over his brother’s death. I was a bit disappointed we never really found out what the story was behind that but I hold out hope that it is a loose end which will be tied up in the next book.

Overall this was an excellent read and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a sci-fi read that is different from the rest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest Review! 1 Dec. 2014
By Umbeke - Published on
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Full disclosure: this is an honest review from a neutral party.

This was an entertaining book to read. The action is fast-paced and the dialogue flows well. Unlike other books with female protagonists, "Dakiti" incorporates other characters into the story and allows for their development, as well. It's less a book about a female character, and more a book whose main character happens to be female.

One major problem I find with science fiction stories is the apparent need for an elaborate back story. In my opinion, this makes the books unnecessarily long, or confusing, or both. This story finds the happy balance between too much and too little back story. There are a couple of "flashback" passages, but they are worked well into the framework of the rest of the plot.

The reason I didn't give 5 stars was for 2 reasons. One, I felt that the use of American idioms and colloquialisms was not appropriate for a futuristic, alien society. It was probably done to help the reader connect with the characters, but I found it a little distracting. Two, I felt there were parts of the plot that were a little predictable. When I know what's coming next, the pace of the plot seems to drag on, and I get impatient and frustrated.

That being said, it was still one of the best books I've read this year. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, action, or just a good, entertaining book.
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