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by Karin Lowachee

Pirate Protege At age four, Yuri Kirov watched his home colony destroyed by the alien enemy. By six, he was a wounded soul, fending for himself in a desolate refugee camp, and still a child when the pirates found him. Now twenty-two, Yuri is a killer, a spy, an arms dealer, and a pirate captain himself-doing life in prison. That is until EarthHub Black Ops agents

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Cagebird 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Rebekkah_N More than 1 year ago
The darkest of the three books, Cagebird gets into the mind of Yuri as he goes from an angry youth to a hardened criminal, as he's driven from the hungry life of a refugee camp to the not-so-tender embrace of the criminal world, and as he tries to reclaim his life and perhaps even rediscover his humanity. Yuri deals with devil, both those he can see and the one inside himself, and is an amazing portrayal of how the human psyche endures the worst. Not a book for children, and certainly the emotionally hardest to read and darkest of the series, but once again Lowachee writes a gripping story that shouldn't be missed.
sleo More than 1 year ago
Read from April 22 to 23, 2011 - I own a copy The last, the most intense, and the most interior of this trilogy by Karin Lowachee. It tells the story of the second victim of the pirate Falcone, who kidnaps kids and raises them to be pirates through seduction and power and horrific abuse. At the age of four Yuri Kirov's home is destroyed by an alien attack... or is it a pirate attack? At any rate, Yuri ends up on Falcone's ship at the age of nine. We follow his life, told in first person during the same time period as the stories of Jos and of Ryan Azarcon, the boy/young man stories of the previous two books. It's a time of political upheaval and chaos in the world of Earth, Earth Hub (the stations in the galaxy belonging to Earth) and the world of the alien Strits and their stations. Crooked politicians, crooked members of Black Ops, pirates, and the two flawed but honorable men - both the captains of warships. One, Cairo Azarcon, a former protege of Falcone, who escaped the life and became captain of a huge battleship, and the other, Warboy, a human Strit sympathizer who captains a Strit warship and who helps Jos when he escapes from Falcone. Yuri Kirov is the most damaged of the three boys and his story is gripping and filled with suspense, angst, tragedy, violence and love. Written with spare rich prose, integrity, and authenticity. Highly, highly recommended.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
When Yuri was four years old, the aliens who were at war with humanity, raided Plymouth Moon killing many colonists, and injuring a lot more. The survivors were relocated to the planet Grace, a half terraformed rock that was low on the basic things of life; food ,shelter and medicine. During the evacuation Yuri, his father and his siblings were separated from his mother and sister who were taken to another camp and it looked like the family would never be reunited.--- One day a visitor Bo-Sheng arrived on Grace and recruited Yuri to work on a merchant ship. When he signed up and was brought aboard, he learned he was on a pirate ship and he was Captain Falcone¿s new protégée. During his years on the ship he learned to be a geisha who spied on the competition, a killer and eventually a captain on his own ship. He was eventually captured by Black Ops and made a deal with them but when you deal with the devil, a heavy price is paid as Yuri learns to his cost.--- CAGEBIRD is not for the faint of heart. There are graphic scenes of violence and training to be a geisha, which includes explicit scenes of same sex and male-female sex. Making love is not a pleasure in this book but a tool that pirates use to disarm the enemy, get information and recruit young blood. Yuri never had a chance to be a child and when he is finally caught by the authorities, they want him to pimp for their cause. Karin Lowachee provides a thought provoking science fiction thriller that applies to the world today.--- Harriet Klausner