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Saints Astray
     

Saints Astray

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by Jacqueline Carey
 

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Fellow orphans, amateur vigilantes, and members of the Santitos, Loup Garron-the fugitive daughter of a genetically engineered "wolf man"-and Pilar Ecchevarria grew up in the military zone of Outpost 12, formerly known as Santa Olivia. But now they're free, and they want to help the rest of the Santitos escape. During a series of escapades, they discover that

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Saints Astray 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different premise - easy to read without insulting your intelligence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Santa Olivia, I was pretty excited for this book. I am a fan of Carey's Kushiel series and liked Santa Olivia well enough. But this book was horrible. So much potential lost to some overused, lame excuse for a love story. Loup is a super soldier, bred to not feel fear and has super human reflexes and strength. And the author puts her on a plane to....be a bodyguard for some British punk band. And every destination they go to is filled with Loup and Pilar having sex, having the same cinversation over and over and over again. It was so boring and the end so anti-climactic that it really left me wanting those hours back that were wasted trying to see when Loup would show us what she's really made of instead if pining over Uber Insecure and Whiny Pilar, or the author to go more into the flu pandemic backstory. In conclusion, I now know that Jacqueline Carey should stick to alternate reality adventure love stories and steer clear of science fiction.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
In “Saints Astray,” Jacqueline Carey returns to the near future world she created in her previous book, “Santa Olivia,” and to its fascinating heroine, Loup Garron. Loup’s mother was a resident of Outpost 12—once called Santa Olivia—that was created during a pandemic when the military set up a fifty-mile wide cordon between the U.S. and Mexico. Her father was born from a top-secret super soldier program as a genetically engineered organism (Geemo for short). Loup looks like a normal eighteen-year-old girl, but she’s inherited her father’s super strength and incredible speed. She has no concept of fear. “Saints Astray” begins where “Santa Olivia” left off with Loup and her lover, Pilar, escaping from Outpost 12 and crossing into Mexico. They’re helped by Christophe who, in a way, is Loup’s “cousin” since his father was also a Geemo. While the original Geemos have died, burned out by their raging metabolisms, their children have a chance for somewhat normal lives. In the thirty years since the pandemic, life outside the border cordon has returned to the normalcy of the pre-illness days. In Mexico City, Loup and Pilar meet with a reform-minded US Senator who wants to blow open the story of Outpost 12. They also receive a business proposition from the head of a Security Firm to become bodyguards. While the position is a natural fit for Loup, Pilar struggles with the training, until she discovers her own special talent: she’s a crack shot with a pistol. Their assignments take them around the world, including a tour with a British pop band. While they travel far, Loup and Pilar can’t forget the people they left behind. When a former Outpost resident disappears just before testifying for the senator’s committee, Loup and Pilar must risk all they have to finally shine a spotlight on the black hole of Outpost 12. Carey delivers a fast-paced story, filled with action and leavened with humor and the delightful interplay of her characters. When saints stray, we get a devil of a good story. Reviewed by David Ingram for Suspense Magazine
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Rashkae More than 1 year ago
The story of Loup basically degenerates into a series of vingnettes about Loup and Pillar travelling to some exotic location and having sex. Over and over again. This might sound itneresting, but keep in mind that the camera fades to black quickly, and the lead-up dialogue is terribly boring. There is very little effort at all to exploring changes to the world from the population decimating flu pandemic, so the 'exotic' locations becomes just one of our own travel brochures.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Santitos orphans Loup Garron and Pilar Ecchevarria grew up in Santa Olivia, a locked down town in the buffer zone between Mexico and Texas; a place forgotten by the Americans who prefer not to know about genetic engineering. Both understand the military at this Outpost 12 are hunting them with a kill order. Still, the pair would like to liberate the incarcerated Santitos left behind. Loup's former sparring partner at Santa Olivia, Miguel Garza also escaped from the prison-town. He has gone to the American authorities to testify for the freedom of those he left behind. Supposedly placed in protective custody, Miguel vanishes before he can testify. Though they know crossing the border to the States is illegal and dangerous to life, liberty and one day pursuit of happiness, Loup and Pilar decide they must rescue Miguel before they can do anything for those left behind. The sequel to Santa Olivia is a great action futuristic thriller starring two kick butt females who are on a quest to do what they believe is the right thing for their compatriots. Although over the top of Guadalupe Peak, fans will not be able to put down this fast-paced tale starring two dynamic heroines. Harriet Klausner