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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    A great futuristic, even if you don't read futuristic!

    Unearthed is a wonderful book to start with if you're just picking up C.J. Barry. It is the first book in a series, but can stand perfectly well alone. I usually read paranormals, but recieved a book from C.J. & absolutely love it! The imagry in this book is wonderful! Everything is very visual and well described, you really get the 'fly on the wall' sensation. The author makes good analogies that not only help you understand what is going on, but also provide clues later on in the book. My FAVORITE aspect of Unearthed was that I believed everything could actually happen. All the futuristic aspects are well thought out and explained in detail which makes everything believable. Unearthed is a wonderful story that will keep you turning pages all night until the amazing ending. Every chapter a new twist comes that you weren't expecting. There are amazing battle scenes and hot romance scenes. Even if you don't enjoy futuristic, Unearthed is well worth the time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    The one that started it all.

    Tess MacKenzie and her band were finally becoming well known. Their CD would soon hit the shelves. By the weekend, Tess should no longer have a money problem. But Tess wonders if she will live until then. She is rescued from a mugger only to be kidnapped by the man who rescued her. Could things possibly get worse? The answer is YES! The man who kidnapped her is an alien named Cohl, an extremely handsome alien at that. Even though Tess hates him for abducting her from Earth, she can't help but be attracted to him and understand why he did it. ...................... Cohlman 'Cohl' Trae Salle's home planet, Yre Gault, is in another quadrant of the galaxy. His father, Montral, has been kidnapped by a group called the Traka-Nor. They live on the northern hemisphere of the planet Trakas. The Traka-Sou reside on the southern hemisphere. The two hemispheres are ruled by brothers and are at war. Rommol, the leader of the north, holds Montral ransom. Cohl must locate and collect the Demisian Amulet to be exchanged for his father. Legend states that the amulet gives the possessor the ability to control their enemy. It is hidden in a secret chamber somewhere on Demisie, a planet that supposedly did not exist. Tess's voice is needed to unlock the amulet from its chamber. Only her voice has the exact range, pitch, and quality needed for success. ................... It all sounds bad, right? It gets worse, much worse. Cohl has yet to tell Tess who he really is and what dangers they must go through simply to reach the amulet's chamber. ........................... ***** The more I read from this author, the more I love her. Barry has an astounding talent for sucking in her readers and holding onto them tighter than Super Glue. And this is the first of the 'Un' series. I've been reading them out of order, so I can tell you that you honestly do not have to read these in order to understand or enjoy them. Each one is a stand-alone tale. I can hardly wait to dive into the next. *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Sizzling hot romance and super SCI FI!

    Life is moving along rather bumpily for Tess Mackenzie. She does not have very high hopes. Plans for a singing career is heading in the right direction, she has her Darth-Vader in fur tomcat to love, her car is still running - barely - and she just was paid. Then Mr. Ugly-Mugger steps in her path demanding her money, and suddenly, life spins out of control. Fortunately, just as things are starting to get distressing, Tess is rescued. He is tall - very tall - dark and handsome. Oh, boy is he handsome! He is everything a woman could dream about - only one draw back: he is alien and he just kidnapped her! Tess knew with her luck there HAD to be something wrong with him! Now hurtling through space, Tess awakens to a new sense of reality. Aliens DO exist - great they are Hunks in Space instead of ET or the Worm Men from Men in Black. Still, Tess is not too thrilled with the adventure. She has a cat to feed and a career on the edge of taking off, and while sexy space aliens bring to mind all sorts of questions, she would just as soon be returned to terra asap! Cohl Travers, the sexy alien in question, has no intention of doing as Tess asks. He explains he abducted her for a reason - to save his father's life. He is a seeker, a finder of lost treasures (sort an Indiana Jones in space!). On a planet near to his, two brothers rule and war for control. One faction asked Cohl to find an amulet famed to bring peace and power to a ruler. He refused, so they kidnapped his father and are holding him hostage until Cohl delivers the lost treasure. Only, finding the amulet is just half the problem. He must have a singer with a precise pitch and quality of voice to sing a song to release the amulet from where it is magically held. And Tess is that singer, the only one in the whole universe with the perfect voice. Grudgingly, Tess finally agrees to help with fetching the amulet, but without Cohl telling her how dangerous the trek could be or that if she fails to sing the song precisely it will result in her death. Oh, well, leave it to a male to neglect 'small details' such as your life hanging by the thread. Nice to know some things do not change even though you are flying through space. However, Tess soon comes to realize the biggest threat is to her heart! Tess is so charming, so 'down to earth'. She does not want much, just to get back to her cat and her singing career, but she cannot stop herself from being drawn to Cohl. Budding hopes of a romance are nearly dashed when she learns Cohl is a runaway prince from the planet near the warring one. But the heart does not listen. Cohl regrets he is forcing Tess to help, but has little choice with his father's life in the balance. But kidnapping Tess brings a lot of complications. The opposition has found out he is going for the amulet and will do anything to stop him, including kidnapping and killing Tess. Worse, he is feeling really guilty for taking Tess from her life. And despite growing attraction, an attraction he fears is love, he will not stop until his father is freed, risking his life and Tess' in the quest. Tess' and Cohl's adventure is so charming, so steamy, one of those that linger in the mind and heart long after the book has been put down. Ms. Barry shows a brilliance for humour and timing, an uncanny ability to add that touch to a tense situation without it slipping over into farce. She creates strong characters that leap off the page and takes your hand, pulling you into a super adventure, fraught with space aliens, personal robots with an attitude, tense battles, and a quest that rivals the search for the Holy Grail. Barry, a first time author, shows control, a strong voice and the magical ability to conjure marvelous characters. She 'sees' her alien worlds so she is able to make the readers see them, experience them as well. Unearthed is first class romance, but it is also first class SCI-FI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    UNforgettable space adventure and romance.

    UNEARTHED is a wonderful futuristic romance from a great new author. Being a writer of futuristic romances myself, I¿m delighted to see more authors in the genre, especially when they¿re as talented as Ms. Barry is. UNEARTHED is packed with action and adventure, steamy sensuality, and pure fun, yet Ms. Barry manages to delve into the deeper emotions of her characters. Tess McKenzie is a spunky earth woman who is kidnapped and spirited away to distant planets, all because her voice is the perfect match as a key to free up a magical amulet. Cohl Travers, the man who abducts her, is sinfully handsome and sexy, but also a man of honor and duty. Together, Tess and Cohl blaze a trail across the stars, battling the evil Traka-Sous and Traka-Nors, in a race to save Cohl¿s father and his home planet. Laced with wondrous adventures, intriguing new worlds, and beautiful love scenes, UNEARTHED is UNforgettable. Buy it now, read and savor it, then put it on your keeper shelf so you can read it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    Highly recommended

    CJ Barry is a refreshing, new author! I can't wait to read other books from her. Unearthed is fast-paced with lots of twists and turns with a good plot. Thanks CJ!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciing sci-fi romance

    Songwriter and wannabe singer Tess MacKenzie is heading home having just been paid when some street punk accosts her demanding she give him her money. Refusing, she sprays her mugger with hair spray before running for her life. In her haste to escape Tess barrels into another person Cohl Travers.<P> Talk about jumping from the pan into the fire, Cohl abducts Tess. However, this is not your simple kidnapping as this is a real alien abduction. Cohl believes that Tess contains the voice that will save his world Speculator. Though she cannot accept that she is no longer on earth and that she has the singing talent to save a world, Tess aggress to perform, but of course there are a few preliminary steps like risking one¿s life to find the amulet that her song will activate. However, kidnapping is becoming away of life for her, as thugs on Speculator abduct her. For the good of his world as much as for his heart, Cohl follows in hot pursuit.<P> Living up to her homonymic last name, C.J. Barry provides an exhilarating science fiction romance that readers from both genres will enjoy. The story line is loaded with action, plenty of humor and romance, and makes Speculator seem like an unearthly but genuine orb. The lead couple is the ultimate star-crossed lovers and Tess is an intrepid Pauline, as peril seems to be her middle name. Though at times the tale turns cartoonish, fans will savor this delightful novel.<P> Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 9, 2014

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