Reddy definitely proves that Heroes Need a Captain, especially in a universe where corporations rule everything, including the life contracts of their "employees" (read: slaves). The story centers on the people who choose to end this abuse: Lura Lake, Captain of a small, independent ship, and her crew Doll Dolan and Tock Wain, men who had been in chains until she bought them free. They were a pair, two people given the gift of "slides" (wormhole technology) by the now-disappeared Selk. The gift lives in their genes, making them expensive commodities to the corps.
To describe the plot, I would have to write a paragraph per chapter, but the overall style of the novel is episodic, describing the places these characters go and especially the people they meet as they try to achieve their vision of freedom. Included along the way are lots of ranting against the evils of corporate slavery and several discussions of sex, though anything beyond kissing occurs off-screen. The scenes shift from Stranger in a Strange Land-like families to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", to the depravation of the corporations, and back again. The overall focus is strongly on the relationships and the psychological healing of the main characters. I truly enjoyed several of the episodes, but others did not interest me as much. These reactions are probably highly individualized and will vary widely from reader to reader. Your comfort level with the subject matter and style is most likely to determine whether you will like this book or not. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but it was in the style of the rest of the book.Reviewed by: Raven
I'd never read an e-book before I read Spinner's Heroes Need A Captain. After reading her novel, I have to say that I now think that e-books are the next best thing to cuddling with your mate on a cold winter's night.
Heroes Need a Captain is a wonderful, fast moving, speculative fiction novel that takes the reader through the rainbow slides. Captain Lura Lake's character immediately comes alive as relationships develop throughout and draws the reader to share Captain Lura Lake's experiences and lessons. Well written and entertaining, the story notches at top rate!
This is one novel that I wished had no end.
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Title: Heroes Need a Captain
Author: Sharon L Reddy
Line/Publisher: Crossroads Publishing
Release Date: Available Now
Heroes Need a Captain is listed as "speculative action/adventure written for women." That translates into: "Female science fiction readers who love a good fantasy." And boy, is fantasy a good word for it. What would you call a story about a woman with four gorgeous men in love with her and doesn't have to choose one (she gets them all)?
Out on the Frontier, far from the eyes and ears and courts of Earth, corporations have found a way to enslave humanity-through contracts. Captain Lura Lake works long and hard to keep out from under the corporate thumb, and she plans on keeping it that way. Unfortunately, she's on her last few credits. She has docking fees to pay, and if she doesn't come up with credits fast, she'll be locked out of her ship. Then she'll be in real trouble. The last thing she needs is to take on two employees. How can she say no to these two gorgeous guys when they tell her their contract is about to go to the highest bidder? Selkade pairs were rare and considered a commodity. The fact that Tock and Dollan are the only male pair in existence made them a novelty people would pay millions to own, contract or no. Lura had no idea that taking them on would change her whole life.
Ms. Reddy's society was intriguing, her technology interesting, her description vibrant, and her story so compelling that it stayed with me even in sleep. The fast pace, odd language, and quick shifting point of views meant that I had to read slowly or end up lost, but that didn't detract from the pleasure of reading this story. The only real problem I had with Heroes Need a Captain was that the characters were all perfect: gorgeous, brilliant, great personalities, and desired by all. The only character flaw I noticed was Dollan's insecurity about being bred for a pleasure slave. Incidentally, he was my favorite character. And, wow, what a character. Science Fiction written as a woman's fantasy come to life is a new experience for me-one I'm ready to repeat. Before I turn back to page one, I'll leave you with one piece of advice: Buy Sharon L. Reddy's Heroes Need a Captain.
Reviewed by: Lisa Ramaglia
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