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Delphi Promised (Targon Tales Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Reher

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By the author of Only Human and Rebel Alliances

An immense asteroid field is on its way to deliver a torrent of pathogens into this galactic sector, guaranteeing the destruction of any civilization in its path. Cyann, astrobiologist and Human-Delphian hybrid, is eager to join the research expedition dispatched to investigate.

Before they depart, she is called upon by the secretive members of a Delphian sect who believe that the elusive Tughan Wai, a supernatural creature of their own making, plays a part in this calamity. Her own genes hold the key to finding the Tughan and so she and her teammates are sent on a separate, secret mission to the outer rim.

She is not prepared when they are stranded among an alien species whose motivations are enigmatic at best. It seems that nothing can be done to stop the lethal asteroid as it barrels into a densely populated region. The mighty Tughan is not their salvation and so Cyann is forced to draw upon the mental aptitudes of her father's people and the intrepid resolve of the Humans to find her purpose in this fight for survival.

About the Author

I am a first generation Canadian currently and out of necessity residing on planet Earth (which, in the general and interplanetary scheme of things could REALLY use a catchier name, if you ask me. I mean, imagine heading past Proxima Centauri and someone asks you whence you came and you tell them "dirt". All theological implications aside, that just won't do.) My first full-length work of fiction, Flight To Exile, is a fantasy which, I just realized, takes place on a planet that doesn't have a name at all and blurs the line between sci-fi and fantasy in ways that are probably illegal. I then headed out far beyond Proxima Centauri and found a nifty story that soon turned into a Space Opera complete with wormholes and improbable laser guns. What fun. Laws of physics need not apply if you find a way to explain them away. The series stars Nova Whiteside as a space marine whose pesky humanity keeps getting in the way of her doing her job according to protocol. Currently, there are four books in the series, with two more planned. When not finding ways to torture my subjects or entice them with inter-species hanky-panky, I design web sites or write about designing web sites. I enjoy long walks on the beach or, given the local beach shortage, write about beaches far beyond Proxima Centauri.

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  • Print Length: 221 pages
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  • Language: English
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Living in Canada, it is inevitable that those who lack enthusiasm for snow-related activities tend to stay indoors for a good portion of the year.
Thank goodness for computers. I became a web developer and eventually authored some text books about HTML and CSS, pleasantly surprised when they were picked up at the college level.

But I've always loved fantasy worlds and writing about what might be possible, given a certain suspension of disbelief and a rude assault upon the laws of physics.
Since I've always suspected that there is far too much gravity on this planet, I tend to take my people to other worlds.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't you just love it when your favourite series continues? 28 Jun. 2013
By MsTee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thank you, very much, Reher, for answering my prayers....err...I mean hopes! You've written another great piece for this series, and like the ones before, it was an engrossing and pleasurable read.

Nova's no longer the star of this show - her daughter is. She's got the strength, the smarts, and even the stubbornness down pat, just like her mother. But Cyann is not without her flaws. A product of an interspecies union, she struggles with her identity to the point of feeling insecure and 'less-than' her peers. Thankfully, she's got an old friend - and adolescent crush - to show her differently.

Don't get me wrong, though. While the side-romance and family time is enjoyable, it does not detract from the real genre. This book is every bit the space opera/space exploration it's supposed to be. We're thrown into the story from the word go when Cyann and her team are warned by a strange visitor of an upcoming threat to their entire world. Plans are put in place to deal with this threat, and while doing so, new information comes to light about the Tughan Wai (first seen in Only Human - which, though you don't need to read first to enjoy this book, would certainly help if you did).

And now it's on. In true Reher fashion, everyone scrambles and fights to save what's most important to them. The mighty Tughan is not that mighty anymore, and Cyann finds herself struggling between sadly accepting this fact and doing her damnedest to restore him for the sake of their world. A new species is introduced into the culture-rich world of Trans-Targon and whether they're of an inclination to help or hurt is uncertain. Hard decisions as well as sacrifices are made, and through the pacing of this book, one can see that Reher has done their homework on space and biology.

I have rated this book five stars because the author has clearly (and successfully) done their best to provide a great and engaging read. For my own personal enjoyment, I would give this work four stars. I cannot pinpoint why or where, exactly, but for me, it did not have as much oomph as the previous works in the series. In any case, if you love space operas with a cup of adventure, a tablespoon of romance, and a dash of humour, I believe and recommend that you will enjoy this book, too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 4 Mar. 2014
By Mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this. It is a book you just can't put down once you have started reading it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fast read 26 Feb. 2014
By Dragonlady1126 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Kept me interested, and reading until I finished all 5 books. Good characters, enough information about location and people to give a good mental picture. Enjoyed it very much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Targon Novel 2 July 2013
By Andrea M. Brokaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In this entry to the Targon series, focus shifts from the space warrior Nova Whiteside to her now-grown daughter. Cyann is less of a guns-blazing type girl than her mom, but is every bit as intelligent, insightful, and plain old fun to pull for, so although I went in expecting to want more than the glimpses we get of Nova, I wound up being more than happy to read about Cy and hoping that we'll see more books starring her.

This is the fourth of the Targon books to be written and falls well after the other three in the timeline, but it stands alone very well. I would recommend reading _Only Human_ before this one for more background on the Tughan Wai but don't feel that it's strictly necessary to do so.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delphi Promised Delivered! 6 July 2013
By Dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of the Delphi series from the beginning. Sometimes the toughest thing to face is the story not going the way you think. That isn't so with this series or book. The author delivers what is, in my opinion, the best yet. The continuation of Nova's story through loving and supporting her daughter now that she is grown.

Summary: Cyann, is all grown up and a astrobiologist of some renown. She's never forgotten that she has a brother somewhere lost and alone, never stopped hoping for his return, Tughan or not, she loves him. One day they make first contact with a new (old) species and the clock starts ticking. She has to find her brother and save the Delphian system before a deadly pathogen can be introduced.

Impression: Cyann is a chip off of her mom's block with something extra. The characters meld beautifully, and live in your mind. The gamut of emotion is a wild ride through the story and the dialogue real. There were times I laughed and times I teared up. The book is well edited and the plot is tight. My favorite part of the book though? The science. Just enough reality seeped in to make it seem plausible and given just enough kick to make it futuristic and new. It didn't feel stilted or manual-like, just part of what was happening for an exciting read. I didn't put it down. I also liked that it could stand alone if you wished, but I do recommend reading the rest first just so you can experience the added emotional investment in the characters and resolutions.

Rating: 5 stars, hands down the best one yet.
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