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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    A THRILL RIDE!

    HOPE'S FOLLY is a story that starts off with a bang and just never lets go- I am glad it never did! The third book in Linnea Sinclair's Dock Five series, HOPE'S FOLLY can be read as a stand alone novel. It is the story of Philip Guthrie, the rebel Alliance's first Admiral and Rya Bennton, his Chief of Security and the daughter of his former mentor. Philip's mission is to get an old, de-commissioned Stryker-class ship, HOPE'S FOLLY, which has been used as a commercial freighter, re-fitted so it can become a working, viable part of the Alliance force. Philip has his work cut out for himself. He has a skeleton crew, a dilapidated ship, and a traitor or traitors onboard. And then there are his growing feelings of love for Rya which he struggles with because not only is she the daughter of his friend and mentor, but she is also under his command, and 16 years his junior. All of Linnea Sinclair's books are auto-buys for me, but not just because the world-building and the action are great. The part of Ms. Sinclair's writing I appreciate most is her ability to capture her character's personalities and bring them to life on paper. Philip Guthrie is a real human being in this book. He is strong-willed, funny, he cooks, he talks to the cat, he makes mistakes and he admits it. Rya Bennton is tough, competent, a trained assassin, an expert at what she does, and occasionally insecure. They connect and I felt as though I connected with them. The secondary characters are not lost in the story-telling in spite of the strength of the main characters and they, too, come to life in the book. I was in the Navy for a period of time and I found the story to be extraordinary in its ability to capture the essence of shipboard life during both the routine and the emergency situations. HOPE'S FOLLY is a book with a hero and a heroine to love and a roller-coaster ride of a story.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

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    A terrific romantic military science fiction thriller

    Rya Bennton lives for vengeance; her sole reason for breathing is to kill the persons responsible for the death of her father. This is why she signs on the rebel vessel Hope¿s Folly as she believes the junker will take her closer to achieving her goal. The only negative with a position on what was a fruit carrying cargo ship is her puppy love hero when she was a little girl Admiral Philip Guthrie who is in command.<BR/><BR/>Former Imperial Fleet Commander Admiral Guthrie hides some of his injuries still not healed (see SHADES OF DARK)and all of his concerns and doubts that his dilapidated converted vessel and motley crew are ready for combat against the overwhelming superior Imperial forces. Making matter complicated is someone with entrance to any part of the ship is sabotaging their preparation efforts. Even more complex to Guthrie is his adult feelings for Rya, whom he has known since she was a child as the daughter of his best friend who died under his command. <BR/><BR/>Although this terrific romantic military science fiction thriller can stand alone, fans will gain even more pleasure by reading the prequels GABRIEL¿S GHOST and especially SHADES OF DARK (Guthrie is a hero in his ex wife¿s tale). The story line is fast-paced from the onset as Guthrie struggles with a broken down ship and a crew not fit for war especially against a much more powerful foe. As he and Rya fall in love, he tries to keep his objectives in proper order as the safety of the crew and the mission come before his personal feelings while she struggles with love and his role in her dad¿s death. Fans will appreciate their extraordinary escapdes in scintillating Sinclair space.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Quite a lot of the books in the newish sub-genre of science fict

    Quite a lot of the books in the newish sub-genre of science fiction romance are aimed directly and solely at women. I have no idea whether Linnea Sinclair had that in mind with her ongoing tales of interstellar civil war, but this male reader has enjoyed every one of them to the hilt. Hope's Folly, one of the more recent elements in the series, is particularly good, owing to the fine development of protagonists Admiral Philip Guthrie and Sublieutenant Rya Bennton: the former an admiral straining to join the forces allied against the usurper Darius Tage; the latter a security specialist thrown together with Guthrie by chance.

    The pair endure one hazard-laden adventure after another as they contrive to bring Hope's Folly, Guthrie's warship, together with the rest of the Alliance fleet. Sinclair's plotting of their escapades is as sure as her steady development of their relationship. If you know Sinclair, you know the romance is coming...but you'll enjoy the story so much that the inevitability won't trouble you at all.

    Despite being one of the more recent books in this series, Hope's Folly is a fine introduction to Sinclair's spacefaring romances. Alternately, try her stand-alone adventure The Down Home Zombie Blues. Either way, you're in for a treat -- whether or not you have the dreaded Y chromosome!

    Francis W. Porretto
    Author of Which Art In Hope and the Realm of Essences series

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