Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Paradise Drift [NOOK Book]


R and R Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Dylan Hunt and the Crew of the Andromeda Ascendant have been fighting the good fight to re-establish the Systems Commonwealth. They need some serious rest and relaxation. Fortunately, they arrive at Paradise Drift, an ideal spot for a quick vacation. In the drift, the crew can play at pirates, medieval knights, gladiators--almost ...
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Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Paradise Drift

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R and R Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Dylan Hunt and the Crew of the Andromeda Ascendant have been fighting the good fight to re-establish the Systems Commonwealth. They need some serious rest and relaxation. Fortunately, they arrive at Paradise Drift, an ideal spot for a quick vacation. In the drift, the crew can play at pirates, medieval knights, gladiators--almost anything imaginable--in the virtual gaming scenarios concocted for visitors' pleasure.

Since the drift wishes to join the New Systems Commonwealth, the crew is given carte blanche to enjoy all of the drift's facilities for free. This is a welcome gift for the weary crew, but it doesn't take long for complications to arise. First, Trance Gemini vanishes without a trace. Then their tech-wizard Seamus Harper visits a harem, only to be confronted by a woman from his past who has a knife and a score to settle. Even worse, Pilot Beka Valentine is relentlessly pursued by a bounty hunter who desperately wants to claim the price on her head. And Captain Dylan Hunt hasn't been worrying about his losing streak at a glamorous gambling parlor, until he discovers that gambling debts on the drift are anything but virtual. Little does Dylan know, he could end up paying for his debts with his head!

Meanwhile, back on the ship, warrior Tyr Anasazi and ship's AI Rommie are forced to defend the Andromeda Ascendant against aggression from an unlikely source. What follows is an exciting, suspenseful deep-space adventure that will surely satisfy viewers of the TV series and readers with a taste for space opera.

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Kirkus Reviews
Tie-in novel based on the television show Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. Captain Dylan Hunt, Tyr, Beka, Harper, Trance and the rest of the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant travel to a recreational asteroid called Paradise Drift so that the captain can evaluate the Drift's proposal to join the Systems Commonwealth. Once there, Hunt gets mired in the slog of interplanetary political affairs, takes a romantic interest in the woman who is director of the Drift and gets in trouble gambling. Meanwhile, Tyr guards the ship as the rest of the crew sample the Drift's entertainments, then get involved in side-trip adventures: Harper is captured by an old acquaintance with thoughts of revenge, Beka is trailed by a bounty hunter, Trance investigates the Drift's mysterious "nanobot bees." Harper is just as annoying as ever, and one can practically hear Kevin Sorbo's voice when reading Hunt's dialogue. However, the novel cannot escape its humble and derivative origins-it will likely please fans of the series, but it's not going to attract any new ones. Smith (Inda, 2005, etc.) delivers a mindless-but-fun TV episode in book form.
From the Publisher
"The Broken Places explores the wildest realms of Gene Roddenberry's imagination with the rich depth and texture that only a novel can aspire to."

—Carleton Eastlake, Executive Consultant, Farscape

"The Broken Places is a fast-dance of a magically imagined space trip—true to the playful energy and open-ended adventurous spirit of the legacy. Ethlie has once again given us lots of fun—and it's wonderful to spend some quality time with this great cast of beloved characters."

—Majel Roddenberry

"Set in a complicated universe full of difficult challenges, screenwriter McDonald's franchise tie-in with the popular TV show is sure to please its target audience. The author weaves the plot threads together ingeniously."

Publishers Weekly on Waystation

"Each and every character and event in Destruction of Illusions is keenly and skillfully portrayed allowing the reader to lose themselves in the story right up until you turn the last page."

—Jacqueline Bundy, Sci-Fi Pulse

"DeCandido proves an expert at capturing the feel and dialog of the Andromeda series and its characters. Snappy dialog and strong storytelling make this title a good choice for sf or popular culture collections."

Library Journal on Destruction of Illusions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429980937
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 749,564
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sherwood Smith is the author of the Crown and Court Duel fantasy series and the young adult Wren novels, and has collaborated on works with Science Fiction Grand Master Andre Norton, and with David Trowbridge. She also has written novels based on Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict. She resides in Anaheim, CA.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Working long and hard hours to re-link the Systems Commonwealth, the crew of the Andromeda Ascendant deserves some R&R. While Tyr is stuck watching the ship, most of the crew transfer to Paradise Drift, a place where the squad can unwind and have some harmless fun playing in a vast variety of virtual games. Adding to the pleasure is that everything is gratis as the leaders of Paradise Drift want to be become members of the revised Systems Commonwealth.................. However the bone weary crew quickly learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch as sh** happens. Harper is attacked by a woman who believes she owes him from a past transgression and a bounty hunter Steeleblade stalks Beka. However, Captain Hunt wants Director Vandat, but worries about political repercussions cause by his desires and to make things even worse, he loses a fortune in real money at the gambling tables while unbeknownst to him the ship is under attack. R&R is proving more harrowing than any operational mission.............................. The sixth entry, as with the previous Andromeda tales, is a fine science fiction tale that is clearly for fans of the series. The action-packed story line focuses on several members of the ensemble cast as each expects to unwind with a little fun, but instead ends up in some harrowing scenario. This will elate the Andromeda audience, but the multitude of subplots will drive new fans elsewhere. Still Sherwood Smith does a wonderful job with the familiar players as readers will appreciate R&R on Paradise Drift................... Harriet Klausner

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