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Sanctuary (Jezebel's Ladder Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Rhine

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Mercy Smith leads the team that is building the fastest space shuttle ever. Now her friend Red wants to steal the unstable Tetra-1 because Earth needs the information from an orbiting alien artifact. When Mercy volunteered to ride along to prevent the prototype from exploding, she didn’t count on Chinese and Muslim weapons of mass destruction or corporate spies. After landing on the artifact, she discovers there’s a new world inside, one they name Sanctuary. Although there are vast technological treasures, first the astronauts have to pass a complex test to see whether humanity is fit to enter its next phase—before the missiles arrive. No pressure.

This third book of the Jezebel’s Ladder series is an alien-encounter and coming-of-age story in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1291 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491037970
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DV7RODA
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Scott Rhine wanted to find a job that combined his love of reading with math problem solving, so he studied both short stories and computer languages. As a techno-gypsy, he worked on optimizing some of the fastest and largest supercomputers in the world. A couple of degrees, patents, and children later, at forty-eight, he still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. When his third publication, "Doors to Eternity," hit #16 on the Amazon epic fantasy list, he decided to become a full-time author. Since then, each book of his "Jezebel's Ladder" series has hit the high-tech science fiction top 100. His highest rated book is the contemporary fantasy "Foundation for the Lost."

Humor is a part of every story he writes because people are funny, even when they don't think so. In the real world, something always goes wrong and people have flaws. If you can't laugh at yourself, someone is probably doing it for you. Strong female characters also play a major role in his stories because he's married to a beautiful PhD who can edit, break boards, and use a chainsaw.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch the trigger warnings! Well-written book, caused visceral, physical reaction; great writing. 16 July 2013
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Science-fiction
Reading Level: New Adult
Recommended for: Fans of sci-fi, those who have been following the series, tech geeks
Trigger Warnings: rape, thoughts of rape, physical violence, war, theft, kidnapping, sexual slavery

My Thoughts: This book was a hard book to love. My rating of this one is based more on the technical merit of the book rather than any actual enjoyment on my part, because honestly... the one guy is just icky. I felt the need to shower frequently while editing this (and so, I have from a reliable source, did the author while writing it). Because I don't want to give any spoilers, I can't even say which character it is that turned me off, but you'll figure it out soon enough, trust me. To make matters worse, the guy is imploding, and no one even notices because they are under a constant need to solve the next problem, to prevent the next catastrophe because, of course, the rest of the world just can not stand that in order to have access to the alien artifact they must sign an ethical agreement to behave in a certain (read: civilized) fashion.

On top of that, there is the whole issue with the CEO's wife and what she does... but again, I can't say, as that would be a spoiler. But I was absolutely appalled that anyone would even think to do such a thing, and worse, to do such a thing for money! Horrible, horrible people.

Now, you would think I would hate this as a result, but just stop and consider for a moment the quality of writing that would make a reader feel so absolutely repulsed by certain characters. To create that visceral, physical reaction in the reader takes a great deal of writing acumen. As always Rhine brilliantly pulls the reader into the story and gives them a reason to react, provides moral dilemmas to solve, and has his characters change throughout the course of the book. Some grow. Some devolve. But none are the same at the end.

Take my trigger warnings very seriously. If any of these things are going to cause you mental distress, you'll probably want to avoid this book, or be around people who can provide you the support you need. However, it's a very good book. If you're a tech geek, you love sci-fi, or you want to know what happens next in the Jezebel's Ladder series, then this book is for you.

Series Information: Jezebel's Ladder series
Book 1: Jezebel's Ladder, I edited in August, 2011.
Book 2: Sirius Academy, I edited in May, 2012.
Book 3: Sanctuary, I edited in May and July, 2013.
More will be forthcoming in the future, but I'm not sure when or how many more.

Disclosure: I edited this book. I do not receive any remuneration based upon sales. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Mercy Smith leads the team that is building the fastest space shuttle ever. Now her friend Red wants to steal the unstable Tetra-1 because Earth needs the information from an orbiting alien artifact. When Mercy volunteered to ride along to prevent the prototype from exploding, she didn't count on Chinese and Muslim weapons of mass destruction or corporate spies. After landing on the artifact, she discovers there's a new world inside, one they name Sanctuary. Although there are vast technological treasures, first the astronauts have to pass a complex test to see whether humanity is fit to enter its next phase--before the missiles arrive. No pressure.

This third book of the Jezebel's Ladder series is an alien-encounter and coming-of-age story in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love geeked-out space action. 15 July 2013
By Weston A. Kincade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: I was not paid for this review. It is an honest assessment of the book I received and edited.

I loved the first book in the Jezebel's Ladder series and couldn't help but be excited when Scott sent Sanctuary my way. Reminiscent of Star Trek with space explosions, wars, and hi-tech gadgets with an added touch of super genius and pre-"we've explored tons of the galaxy," Sanctuary is a great story. It's characters are realistic and the combination of loss, tragedy, love, exploration, and enough unknown too keep you guessing, you will certainly enjoy Sanctuary. With political intrigue, manipulations, and even some violence that will make you twinge, hating some characters with a passion, this is a heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping ride you won't want to put down. Get your copy today.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Somewhat Boring 18 Sept. 2013
By I. S. Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a difficult book to review mostly because I found that after all the senseless destruction in the first half of the book, the second half was rather slow moving with very little plot.
Having read the other reviews, we all seem to agree that this book is not as good as the first in the series and a little disappointing so I only rate it as a 3-star. It would appear that the other reviewers gave some credit for the previous books so the rating is extremely generous. I kept reading it only because I felt that it had to get somewhere eventually but sorry to say, that it didn't.
It did set the scene for another book since it didn't really end at a point that gave closure. However, it didn't leave me with enough interest to puchase another episode so it doesn't matter whether this was the final book of a trilogy or not.
Sorry Scott, this just wasn't up to the same standard as the first book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Mix of Hard Science and Great Characters 30 July 2013
By Melinda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott Rhine has always had the ability to create amazing characters, which is one of the things that I have always loved about his books. This book is no exception. His bad guys make you want to take a shower, or run away, and everyone else is a shade of grey - just a regular human being, with your standard quirks and foibles that come with the territory. What Scott does is make each unique and interesting, then he makes their interactions on any level, emotional or otherwise quite a kick. He always makes you think as a reader, and that is fabulous. I hate it when an author thinks a reader is stupid and spells every last things out for you three times over.

Now in this book, you add a lot of hard science to that mixture and some power hungry executives and governments,some really bad people, war, and a very mentally messed up scientist, and the stage is set for some interesting things to happen, especially when most of the characters are living on an alien spacecraft with a job to do, and a world in chaos. Wow! As a fan of hard science books, I have no problem with the technology or the science, and I am sure some people will, but the human factor that Scott adds into the story turns this into a real human interest tale instead of just a geeky story about aliens and scientists. It is so much more than that - in fact in is in a completely new class by itself when it comes to these things.

There are some sensitive subjects here, including rape, that will put some people off - especially women. If you can get beyond that, and you have read the other books in the series, because it is worth it to read the other books, they are outstanding - then read this one too. Scott has done it again. He has created a new genre which wraps hard science and human interest into one. ( I could combine the titles but by combining the first words we come up with something obscene, so i won't name the new genre). Bravo Scott! I can't wait to read Oblivion. It is bound to be spectacular, and I am waiting to see what is going to happen with that alien spacecraft.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleh!.... 26 July 2013
By Tutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off I could not even finish the book. It was so slow in the middle that I almost fell asleep several times.
I was like having old married couples over for dinner and afterwards everyone sat around and talked, And talked. And talked. And not much else happening at all.
Watching paint dry never seemed so attractive an alternative as it did while reading this book.

Then why four stars?

I gave him four stars because of his previous books in the series, and the great writing applied to this book.

The guy can write and whether I liked the book or not, many others will. Different strokes. Good writing should be rewarded, and Scott Rhine wrote a very good book. Just not one that passes my personal taste test.

I know for a fact that I've read more than my share of crap that would make many of you wince even as you prayed for my immortal soul, so no, I'm no arbiter of all that is good in bookdom.
But I do know what I like when I read it.

Keep writing Mr. Rhine; I'm still a fan.
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