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Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax Series #3)
     

Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax Series #3)

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by Ann Aguirre
 

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View our feature on Ann Aguirre’s Doubleblind.As a “Jumper” who navigates ships through grimspace, Sirantha Jax is used to kicking ass. So why is she suddenly chosen as an ambassador of peace?

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Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
We start exactly where Wanderlust stops. Jax is heading down to the Ithtorian planet for the first time. Ithtorian's, once roamed the stars but recoiled to their home dissolving all trading and connections to be isolated by choice, now Jax's mission as ambassador is to open this connection once again. A mission to do her best and not fail at as it will affect the whole world. March is broken over what he did on Lachion and Jax doesn't want to, or bare the thought, of losing him. He remembers loving her but can't feel the love any longer. Vel is at Jax's side helping and translating as he can. But things always get complicated for Jax... both with the Ithtorians and March and her crew. I really liked the whole set up of the Ithtorian and their organic world. This is just as new to Jax as it is to us, and she adjusts well. With adjusting you see, in this book, just how much Jax has grown since the day March helped her escape from the hospital after her crash. She has become stronger mentally as a character and leader. She is coming to realize what she needs and wants, and what needs to be done for the larger good. She has come a LONG way from the star struck nav. I love that March is broken here. This is a way to show March is not the perfect man Jax thinks he is. And also to show that there is only one man for Jax alone with how she learns to cope with things. Seeing March broken this way brings March into a new light. And we get to learn more about his past. We even get to learn about the Mair who saved March from himself all those years ago, by way of journal files she kept. The writing style is pretty much the same, except we get little glimpses of the Syndicate through short clips. These clips are done through tv shows, people views of current and past happenings, news bulletins and etc. These are wonderful ways to share and get small indications of what is happening out in the universe while Jax is here working to try to get an ally for the Conglomerate. The beginning isn't even bogged down with the rehashing of past events. There is a quick paragraph on each character with a brief history. But this is done in a nice way as Jax is looking over her crew as she is descending to the potential hostile new world. This really is a wonderful science fiction read that does NOT get weighed down with the technical science technology things. Wonderful with always moving forward, action, and characters who are changing with it all. I WILL be moving on to the next book, Killbox.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I bought this book. Doubleblind, the third book in Aguirre's SF-romance series, isn't going to be my favorite book in the series. In this volume jumper (a special kind of person who can navigate the subspace area that makes deep space travel possible), ex-criminal and formerly broken Sirantha Jax lands on the infamously closed planet Ithiss-Tor, home of bounty hunter-turned-friend, Vel, on a mission to forge an alliance between humans and Ithtorians to save both from the savage cannibal Morgut who are raiding space ports and far planets, leaving occupants dead. With her mother (head of the criminal Syndicate) trying to make sure she fails, and lives depending on Jax's success, not to mention the Ithtorian repulsion of humans, disaster is not just possible, it's imminent. First the good, Aguirre maintains a full cast of characters, each with unique strengths and weaknesses and stories. Jax's struggle to shuck her selfish, party-girl past comes to odds with the responsibilities and expectations others unfairly put on her creating a tense, conflicted inner dialog as the story moves on. Jax's personal quest to rebuild the mind of March, once her lover, a psi forced to cut himself off from his emotions to mentally survive a war thrust on him by manipulations of his personal honor, is especially heart breaking. Aguirre spins a fascinating world in Ithiss-Tor, home world of a bug species that, true to type, communicate as much with body language and scent as with verbalized language. This is truly a reason to pick up this book, as the imagery is complex and solid, not to mention the Ithtorian characters are full developed despite being such a inhuman race. Aguirre's rich and descriptive world and characters are as solid as ever in Doubleblind, so already established fans will definitely want to continue with their story. And, finally the bad. Aguirre, with Doubleblind clearly comes down on the side of romance rather than maintaining a fine split between romance and science fiction as in the previous novels. A large amount of the drama and tension has to do with the personal relationships between the characters. In the end I was left with a feeling that conflicts were tied up too neatly, with very little actually conflict, just emotional strain. March's method of recovery is truly interesting, but easier than I expected. Add to that only one true fight scene in the whole book, which Jax largely avoids, and a climax with wired in tension, but no conflict after all is said and done and I was left with a bit of a dissatisfied feeling with this addition to the Jax world. I badly wanted to see Jax throwing down in some sort of ritual combat to prove her worth to the Ithtorians and earn at least some respect from them instead of primarily suffering emotionally and playing politics. She is such a contrary, stubborn and steel-souled character that all the politics, as Jax herself worries about in the book, neuters her too much for my tastes. I hope Aguirre finds a place between emotionality and action for the next book. Coupled with the vivid details, fine characterization and inspired writing it makes for excellent writing, which is what I've come to expect from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Sirantha is an amazing character. She's funny, smart and tough. She adapts to situations in the blink of an eye. I want to grow up and be just like her.
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