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Queen of Arlin (The Cyber Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

T C Southwell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Queen Tassin Alrade of Arlin is forced to flee her kingdom on the backwater planet of Omega Five, she has no idea that the strange warrior who helps her is a cyborg; the deadliest hi-tech killing machine ever created. Her world has forgotten the technology that almost destroyed it, but then a freak accident damages the micro-supercomputer that controls Sabre, and he is free to take charge of his destiny.

The cyber-bio combat unit has metal-plated bones and internal body armour, and is virtually indestructible. He is trained in every art of combat, able to use any weapon, speak every language and operate any craft, and the data stored in his brain, intended for the supercomputer’s use, is even updated at regular intervals.

Sabre agrees to help Tassin escape the kings who pursue her with the intention of annexing her kingdom through marriage, by right of capture. Tassin, however, has never known hardship, and finds Sabre’s lack of courtly manners annoying, while he finds the high-spirited and spoilt young queen a trial. Yet he cannot abandon her, for she needs his help, although her high-handed ways always seem to land her, and, by association, Sabre, in trouble.

After she foils several of his attempts to rescue her from the enemy kings’ plotting allies and keep her safe, Sabre is left with only one option: to flee into the Badlands, a radioactive desert that was created by a nuclear war centuries ago, at the centre of which lies the most dangerous and dreaded area on Omega Five: the Death Zone.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050VH9VW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,151 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising hit 10 Jun. 2011
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When I first started to read this I was not immediately drawn into the plot but 20 minutes in I was hooked.
The book is well written and keeps its secrets close to the chest, every time you think you know where the author is taking you there is a new tantalising glimpse of what lies ahead.
The character of Cyber/Sabre is very one sided and monotonous and just when you think you have his type, there's an interesting twist that keeps the book storming forward and adds a whole new attitude. This is also where the well timed laughs started coming.
Intriguingly, you only find out at the very end some information that makes you think the next book will be worth it and I will be downloading that asap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 13 Oct. 2011
By krafty
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I downloaded this because it is free, bad move.
I love sci fi and some fantasy, but for me this was a poor read, thin (non existent really) plot, characters that you really couldn't care less about, inane dialogue I could go on. I forced myself to finish this waiting for the humour mentioned in the previous review I wish I had not.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Would have benefited from serious editing 26 July 2012
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It's a lot easier to say what is wrong with this novel than to say what is right with it. Despite the fact that it's an easy enough read, and compelling in its own way, it annoys rather than entertains.
When Princess Tassin's father dies, she becomes heir to the Throne of Arlin, and therefore prey to any of the kings of the surrounding kingdoms who wish to take her hand, and control of her kingdom.
However, her father has made a deal with a wizard, who has promised a weapon to deal with any trouble with neighbouring kingdoms and destroy the Death Zone from which monsters are emerging to rampage around the kingdom.
The weapon turns out to be a man in a casket, who has a circlet of glowing lights bound around his head. Tassin, being a rather stupid princess, sneers at the idea of this being a weapon, and is in any case engaged in defending her castle and honour against King Torrian, a notorious rapist who wishes to marry her. Luckily, her advisor has a bit more sense (most of the kingdom seems to have more sense, to be honest) and orders the weapon (a cyber-bio combat unit) to defend her at all costs and obey her orders, as long as they don't conflict with the primary orders.
Thus, the cyber (which the stupid princess interprets as 'Sabre') leaps into action with lasers, grenades, martial arts techniques.
Sabre has explained, in his cyber voice, that he is a clone, and is controlled via the Cyber - an AI situated in the circlet round his head - which has controlled his body since the age of four. Later, Sabre falls from a cliff, the circlet gets cracked, and 'Voila!', a fully formed personality emerges, completely sane, having been trapped within his own brain for the last twenty-odd years. Hoorah. It's a miracle. He even makes jokes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 22 Mar. 2012
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To be quite honest I don't see how you cannot engage with the charaters in this book, sure at start I wanted to smack some heads and possibly shove them off a bridge. But the truth is the characters developed, and while parts of it might be a bit cliché, they are really good in my opinion.
Though there are aspects made to appeal to the more.. girly.. amongst us, I found that for once I enjoyed that. I've found that many fantasy/sci fi series given away for free here tend to have either terrible writing styles or a story with more holes than an orc's underpants. But these books, and T.C. Southwell's other series are an exception. In fact I enjoyed them so much I ended up spending 10 days reading nothing but her series, when I was supposed to be doing an assignment on stress. Which is why I'm stressed now, but it was well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Arlin(cyber chronicles) 6 Aug. 2012
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In my opinion this was a good story well worth the price i paid for it (free) but would have paid for this as the story is really good,I enjoyed this book and found it moved at a good speed,the story line is a little weak, Tassin Queen of Arlin is being forced to marry against her will, she tries to run away but keeps getting captured, then she gets some help from Sabre a cyber - bio combat unit, he is normally controlled by a chip in his head but an accident damages the chip and he can think and act with his own thoughts and desires, he saves Tassin more than once as she is a head strong woman who acts before she thinks, eventually they escape into the waste lands, this is an area that was destroyed by nuclear war many years ago, I found the story a change from the norm and enjoyed this book as a light hearted read 4 STARS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Terminator 16 April 2012
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Having been severely disappointed by some of my recent free downloads for kindle, I was pleasantly surprised to find this an engaging yarn which has succeeded in making me want to buy the sequel. I very much liked the idea of the terminator-like character dropped into the middle of a sword and sorcery setting. My only significant quibble was with Sabre's apparently fully developed personality surfacing when the cyber component began to loosen its grip on him... Shouldn't Sabre be a basket case after years of being dominated so utterly by the cyber? The MS could do with a slight re-edit - there are a few formatting blips with this version and one or two typos; nothing that can't be set right fairly easily. Four stars!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Junior reading
I found this book written as though aimed at persons aged 8 - 10 years old. The supposed warrior queen was totally unbelievable without any semblance of common sense which one... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 months ago by darran lister
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Published 8 months ago by Ryan Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This book kept me interested from start to finish,it is so well written with a great storyline..I would recommend to fellow readers
Published 12 months ago by sinita
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read if your a sci fi fan
First book in the series and I am just hooked with the twists and turns, definitely worth reading on. The story become believable as more detail evolves. Read more
Published 15 months ago by SP
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to usual standard
I usually like this author's work - but not this one I'm afraid. The plot's OK but the main character has nothing going for her at all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by South West Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I downloaded this for three reasons. 1: It was a different type of book to what I normally read. 2: It was free and 3: I liked the product description. Read more
Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by D'eBook Sharing
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant author- can't recommend her enough. Try her other series and you won't be disappointed. She has a new way with Fantasy where the Hero is- not going to tell you as it will... Read more
Published on 17 Sept. 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I'm really loving this series. Am on book 5 at present and reading this when I can throughout the day is really something to look forward to. Read more
Published on 14 Oct. 2011 by Meowbabe
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