Tales of Telenia: STRANDEDby Lorraine Bartlett
When her interplanetary shuttle encounters a spatial rift and crash lands on god-forsaken Telenia, the clever and adventurous Amanda Sheldon is held captive by Prince Paxdon. Forcing her to learn their language, Paxdon wants nothing more than to exploit her knowledge, advancing
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One crash landing. One strange planet. And the chauvinists who inhabit it.
When her interplanetary shuttle encounters a spatial rift and crash lands on god-forsaken Telenia, the clever and adventurous Amanda Sheldon is held captive by Prince Paxdon. Forcing her to learn their language, Paxdon wants nothing more than to exploit her knowledge, advancing Telenia's technological needs and to use it against his enemies.
Stifled by the male-dominated society and their condescending viewpoints, Amanda sets out to prove that women should be heard and honored--not dismissed. Although she possesses the knowledge they need to usurp a sinister enemy and save countless innocent lives, the Telenians refuse to accept her intelligence and leadership. Will Amanda find a way to convince a planet of chauvinistic men to cross the threshold and put their trust in a woman?
(Book #1 in the Tales of Telenia series. Formerly titled Tales of Telenia THRESHOLD.)
Meet the Author
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent -- whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett -- that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, and now the Tales of Telenia saga, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here:
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Amanda Shelton is smart, strong and intelligent. She is an emergency medical technician on Minot 4, a space shuttle. When her shuttle is pulled through a spatial anomaly and crashes, all three of her comrades died, along with the patient they were transporting. Amanda survives, but is severely injured. She awakes in a dungeon with a bandage on her head and cast on her broken arm. Her attempts to talk to her captors are useless. Although Amanda speaks several languages, the language of her captors is unfamiliar. Luckily for her, the woman at her bedside, Madam Dutten, tried to communicate with her and brought books like the ones used to teach a child to read. Through these efforts, Amanda learned to speak with the people of this new land. When Amanda is finally allowed outside the confines of the dungeons, she sees a world very different from the one she left. Even the food is different. She wonders if her captors ever eat protein. The bread is course and oddly colored and the fruits and vegetables are strange looking, oddly flavored, and most often served raw! Will Amanda ever get out of this place? Will she understand what caused the spatial anomaly that pulled her ship in? Will this world, dominated by men, ever believe that women are intelligent and capable of more than preparing food and caring for children? After reading this book, I wanted to recommend it to others through this review. This is a wonderful story plot with lots of twists, turns, interesting and unexpected characters and events. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
"Stranded" is Delightful...I Don't Want to Go Home! “I received a free audio copy of this book and have voluntarily chose to review it.” As med tech on Minot IV, a shuttle craft making runs between the Moon and Mars, Amanda Shelton is counting the months until she can leave this behind and return to her home in Minnesota. But as fate would have it, her plans are greatly altered. A space anomaly causes the ship to veer off course and crash land on a mysterious planet. Injured and kept like a prisoner, Amanda learns that in the province of Telenia women are not held in high regard or in high position. Her difficulty resigning herself to this situation causes serious conflicts with Paxdon, the crown prince. She does make friends with Brennan, Captain of the Guard, who finds her intelligent and useful as the need to improve their army is imperative with an impending battle looming. She also is befriended by a witch, Wren, whose own discrimination makes her and Amanda sisters-in-arms. But despite her unique ideas and efforts to cooperate, she makes an attempt to run away with nearly fatal results, and learning the truth about her crew, she decides she can’t stand it any longer. However, how and where will she go? The story begins six years in the future on the anniversary of her crash landing, so you are immediately aware that Amanda has survived and has become uniquely tied to Telenia. “Tales of Telenia: Stranded,” originally titled “Threshold,” is a flashback of her struggles to survive and ensuing conflicts. The narrator, Steven Barnett, was a surprising delight as he performed the female voices well, and after a bit, I was hooked. The story was engaging, and although it tales place on another planet, it didn’t seem like a true science fiction. There were recognizable characters and true-to-life storyline. The end leaves several issues unresolved…I wasn’t expecting that. So Book 2 “Tales of Telenia: Journey” is a ‘must get my hands on’ deal. This audio version does provide a short teaser about book 2 which may address some of the loose ends, but it puts Amanda in the middle of what might be described as a cultural revolution.
I'm not a science fiction fan. I thought it just wasn't my style. But then I read this book. Was captivated. Something about this book touched the inner part of me. It's beautifully written. The main character Amanda Shelton's spacecraft crashed on a strange planet. Her crew members died, and she is left feeling very alone. She responds by rebelling against a somewhat backwards culture, and trying to decide whether to trust those around her. I like that Amanda is a strong person. She's not one of those weak, wimpy characters. All I could think was what would I do in her position, and I couldn't help but admire her. Even if you don't consider yourself a science fiction fan, you should consider trying this book. You may be pleasantly surprised like I was.
Review Amanda Shelton was part of a space crew on an interplanetary shuttle when their ship encounters a spatial rift and crash lands on an unknown planet. The only survivor, she finds herself a captive of Prince Paxton and soon discovers he is interested in her technological knowledge to aid him in his country's current war effort. Forced to learn their language, Amanda quickly realizes that this society has no respect for women and can only dream of returning home. The story opens and closes six years into the future with a small boy begging Amanda, his mother, to tell him the story, a style reminiscent of The Princess Bride. As a fan of this author's cozy mystery series, I was hesitant to try this fantasy/sci fi tale, but I absolutely loved the story of this modern woman coping in a strange universe...a universe filled with poverty, strange food and animals, different customs and male chauvinists. I already downloaded the next book in this series and can't wait to learn more about Amanda and her adventures in Telenia. Disclosure: I read this when the book was originally titled Threshold.