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Legend Beyond The Stars (Legends of the Seven Galaxies Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S E Gilchrist
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Seeking redemption from a mission gone terribly wrong, Captain Alana Knight volunteers to aid a dangerous operation to transport colonists between Earth and alien traders. But on board the spaceship, she learns of a galactic war raging for power. A power that can be transformed into a terrible weapon.
When the colonists are betrayed and sold, Alana’s mission is re-defined. Nothing will stop her from keeping those in her care safe and finding a passage home. But her new captor is nothing like she expects…
Commander Tarak El Rajan is human, male and equally determined to retain his payload. With his race on the brink of extinction he is under strict orders to transport all females to the planet Isla for research purposes.
In a world of uncertainty, where the wrong decision could mean the death of an entire race, the last thing either of these two soldiers expects or needs is to fall in love.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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S.E. Gilchrist can't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Now she dreams up stories where her favourite words are...'what if' and 'where'? SE lives in the Hunter Valley, Australia with her family and is the author of over eleven books. Her stories are set in the exciting worlds of science fiction, ancient worlds, apocalyptic settings and contemporary small towns. SE takes a keen interest in the environment and animal welfare and loves bushwalking and Zumba.
SE is published with Escape Publishing and Momentum Books and is an indie author.

Her latest releases are: Don't Look Back & Stranded. Coming soon: Cosmic Fire and Bargain with the Enemy


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 Jun. 2013
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I cannot wait for the sequel. Ok it may not be highbrow but it had sex, action, great characters and a good plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 12 Aug. 2013
By Chez42
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Loved these books, just a shame there isn't more of them. I normally like to wait until a series of books has been released because I hate the wait in between books of the same series. So had I realised that there was only two released in this series, I would've waited a while. But the book was great and if you're not pedantic , as I am, they give them a read, I really couldn't put them down
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. 21 Mar. 2014
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I really liked this. A band of women destined for a new life, tricked and duped right from the off, not knowing who to trust or believe. They get into one scrape after another, and more or less go from the fat to the frying pan in quick succession.

I liked Alana. No wimpy, screaming, ouch I've broken a finger nail attitude for her. She's military, with a painful past, but she's all woman when it comes to what she wants, and she seriously wants her new alien captor.

Tarak, a Darkon Warlord, comes over as a typical male arrogant leader, but he's not quite that either, and Alana slowly shows him how to bend tradition a little, making him a better leader and person.

I liked their banter, their communication (not a lot of talking going on there at times, but a fair amount of physical communicating). I suppose they could have both been more honest with their feelings, but where would be the fun in that. The up's and the down's are what I enjoyed. The camp was bleak, and well described. I got caught up in the characters and I'll admit to having moist eyes by the time I got to the end
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 13 Sept. 2014
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Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoy reading this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent 22 Feb. 2013
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I like science fiction romance - usually those heavy on the romance, but with a good science fiction world surrounding the characters. This book lacked in both areas. The plot as described in the teaser was appealing. However, the narrative jumped around a lot. I found myself re-reading or wondering if text got lost in the download. After a while, I assumed it was just the author's style, mixing stream of consciousness somewhat carelessly with dialogue or description. Copious one-sentence paragraphs that are the heroine's sarcastic or self-flagulating internal observations infiltrate the narrative.

Characters: Alana is the heroine. She is supposed to be a captain in the military, used to command and combat. She came off as whiny and self-centered. Her stream of consciousness tends heavily toward the guilt category. She meets the hero and takes pleasure in him, but then is guilty over her need to "protect" her charges. We also hear guilt over how she feels about Tarak, her past boyfriend and a significant event there, her family, leaving Earth, her actions when her attempts at heroism don't work out, and on and on it goes. She also came off as incredibly incompetent and rash, showing bravado at odd times and places and not being mature enough to keep her mouth shut when she should. There was virtually no assessment of situations, which constantly got her into trouble. I expected more from a military leader in her 30s.

Tarak is the hero. He was a little easier to take because his actions related better to his prototype character. Stoic, uncommunicative, strong fighter, handsome, virile, blah blah blah. It would have been nice to see some originality in the character. At no time did his actions or statements surprise me. He was completely predictable.

I think what disappointed me the most was the lack of growing trust between Alana and Tarak. A good romance will take the characters to a place of personal discomfort and discovery. These two responded to each other with the same mistrust and arrogance 10 pages from the end of the book as they did the first time they met. Romance should be a journey.

The Darkon World: There are a few primary settings as the plot develops. I found the descriptions uneven. The description of Isla was terrifying and well done. The Ark was an interesting spaceship although lighter on original sci-fi innovation than I would have hoped. Other locales in the story were deserving of more description and some sidetrips felt so superfluous to the plot that I'm still not sure why they were there other than to add page length.

If you are interested in science fiction romance where declining races of men are seeking alien women for the species to survive, take a look at Janet Miller's Gaian series. Start with Promises to Keep. Or try Monette Michaels' Prime Obsession.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictably 19 Feb. 2013
By TDB - Published on
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I don't like to be a spoiler alert but there is nothing to spoil of this book. This book can be told in a form of a wanted news paper add
An all tall,sexy,long hair, overly protective,alien male race looking for the universal human female baby donor to be the salvation of a nation. If this sounds interesting to you please hit the buy now button on your kindle
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a long but basically good read 22 May 2013
By Love2Read - Published on
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I had issues with some situations in this story. Mostly with the slave value and treatment of slaves, as well as the sex slave idea. Minor issues. More confusing was the wishy washy fight/ flight/ like situation. If the lead girl was military disciplined, I would expect her to make a decision and stick with it.

It's sci fi so I won't get into the suspension of disbelief aspects.

It was VERY well edited. There were a few instances of missing words in a sentence. One instance of a mis spelling (author meant to write 'hard' but used 'had').

I think the length of the story could have been cut down by taking out a few rambling scenes and repetitions of beliefs already stated by the characters.

It was a good story line, with well drawn out characters. I debated giving 3 stars but I have to admit that all elements of a good story were here. Action, emotion, action... And a nice ending that was not rushed. It was not a twists and turns story either. Sci fi lovers should enjoy it.

It does have sex scenes, but nothing graphic or erotica.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book 5 April 2014
By Ms Christine Wu - Published on
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This is a very good book and I would recommend it to everyone to read. This author is a very good story teller.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY 14 Nov. 2013
By Winn - Published on
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It's ok -- someone will enjoy this story. I didn't like the female choices in this book "either marry or be a slave". I love alien love stories but this one I had to go back and read a little bit just to rate it. It's ok.
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