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Shockball (Stardoc Series #4)

Shockball (Stardoc Series #4)

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by S. L. Viehl

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Cherijo Grey Veil is searching for a place where she'll be safe from the demented man who created her. But she soon finds that she can't just run from her past-she must destroy it...


Cherijo Grey Veil is searching for a place where she'll be safe from the demented man who created her. But she soon finds that she can't just run from her past-she must destroy it...

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Fourth in the series of Stardoc SF medical thrillers, this novel finds our heroine Cherijo and her new husband, Duncan Reever, once again on the run from her creator. Cherijo was created in a lab and is considered not human but property. Joseph Gray Veil is determined to get Cherijo back so she can be his wife, and the law is on his side. Taking shelter with a renegade band of half-breed Indian/aliens, Cherijo and Duncan get caught up in a game that makes pro wrestling seem like child's play. Shockball is soccer and lacrosse combined, but penalties are administered by computer and involve electric shocks, hence the term shockball. The Indians recruit Cherijo due to her Cherokee heritage and her medical abilities. She is to help the players on the Indian team recover so they can continue to play and win the championship. When Duncan is called in to replace an injured player, the stakes get much higher for Cherijo. Complicating matters is the fact that Rico, the natives' chief, is Cherijo's clone brother. He wants revenge on Veil for not being his favorite as Cherijo was and is. He was infected with syphilis by Veil, and it has gone to his brain, giving him paranoia and delusions of persecution. The plot gets complicated, with other characters from previous books showing up to add spice or intrigue. I did enjoy this book, but think it would help if I had read the others before it. Recommended for libraries that have the previous books. This really is for adults or older teens, with its subplot about syphilis. (A StarDoc novel) Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students, and adults. 2001, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 410p.,$6.99. Ages 17 to adult. Reviewer: Stacey Conrad; Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)

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Penguin Group (USA)
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Stardoc Series , #4
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4.44(w) x 6.68(h) x 1.13(d)

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Shockball (Stardoc Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of the series. Cannot wait to be able to read next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this one alot and actuaaly read it second right after stardoc. Now i have to go back and find the title of the one where they were captured by the hstkhstk! I really wish at the end of one novel the author would give a preview or at least title of the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as great as the previous books in the series. However, still well written and very interesting. The main characters seem to still be having problems communicating with each other to keep their marriage happy, but they compliment each other. Not sure how, but they do.

Shockball is an amazing game that I hope will be mentioned, at least in cameos, in future books. (i.e. Conversations in a resturant around them or in passing, ad on some sort of space ship TV.)

All-in-all, I highly recommend this entire series! AWESOME!

Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ohhhhhhhhh, Ms. Viehl. What the heck took you so long? 'Shockball' was a . . . well, a shock. Almost from the start it went in a direction that I completely did not expect. And just when I was feeling smug about being able to predict where things were going. I like very much that Reever takes some nice abuse, though I don't quite understand the way his role in the story changes. Maybe it'll be explained in the next book. I'm hoping so. Viehl's inventiveness is wonderful. Her depiction of an underground society is very well done and that alone helps drive the story. It doesn't have to, but it's a bonus I won't complain about. As with 'Endurance', there's a dark side to this tale, but it's more subdued, not so relentless. In 'Endurance' Cherijo began to deepena and take on much hoped for new demensions. That continues in 'Shockball', though not at the same frantic pace. Is this Viehl's best story to date? My favorite is still 'Endurance', but I'm betting that many people, especially those who shirked away from the intensity of 'Endurance', will find that 'Shockball' is their hands down favorite. So why are you still here? Go buy the book, and be ready for several days of ignoring everyone and everything around you while you sit alone in a lighted corner or your home, with 'Shockball' glued to your fingers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As they travel through space, Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil and her spouse, Perpetua ship Captain Duncan Reever are pleased over her pregnancy. However, her joy turns to sadness when she learns her cloned body¿s immunity system is killing the baby. Before she informs her husband she has a miscarriage. Cherijo knows she can never birth a child with anyone except perhaps her demented creator Joseph Grey Veil.

While Cherijo recovers, a meteor shower disables the Perptua beyond repair. Transferring to their other ship Truman may mean that Cherijo¿s creator who gave her that spacecraft may be able to track them via some undetected device. Soon the duo is forced to go underground to live among half-breeds. Duncan has no choice but to participate in the local version of SHOCKBALL even as Cherijo now knows you can hide, but at some time you must fight especially when the cause is personal.

SHOCKBALL, the fourth Stardoc tale, is an exhilarating science fiction space adventure. The zestful story line stays at warp speed even when introducing new readers to the lead characters. Cherijo is as fresh as ever as she undergoes new heartaches while her spouse has his own problems. Fans of futuristic outer space novels will want to take off with this tale and the three previous Stardoc books as all four stories take the audience where they rarely have been before.

Harriet Klausner