Unmasked [NOOK Book]

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A Wanted Man

Torrie Masters had heard whispers of the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone, but never expected to come face-to-face with the legendary space pirate. When Qaade Deter seizes her ship, Torrie has no choice but to surrender her cargo. Ignoring the dangers—including her intense attraction to the masked man—Torrie tracks him across the galaxy.

A criminal in the eyes of sector law enforcement, Qaade is ...

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Overview


A Wanted Man

Torrie Masters had heard whispers of the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone, but never expected to come face-to-face with the legendary space pirate. When Qaade Deter seizes her ship, Torrie has no choice but to surrender her cargo. Ignoring the dangers—including her intense attraction to the masked man—Torrie tracks him across the galaxy.

A criminal in the eyes of sector law enforcement, Qaade is haunted by the past. He won't let anything get in his way, not even an enticing but infuriating redheaded captain with ties to his enemies.

When Torrie finds Qaade, she also stumbles upon a disturbing truth. Now, she's torn between family loyalty, and falling for the most wanted man in the universe.

Book 4 of 4.

Previously published.

80,000 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892363
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Series: Unforgettable
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 223,757
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

C.J. Barry grew up reading science fiction novels, comic books and her brother's Cracked magazines. In high school, a creative writing teacher told her she should be a writer, but she decided to go to college instead. In college, a writing professor told her she should be a writer, but she decided to be a computer programmer instead. A husband, two cats and two kids later, an adult education teacher told her she should be a writer. She finally gave in, and after selling the first novel she ever wrote, decided that all those teachers were right. Eight books later, she continues to bring her unique blend of high adventure, witty humor and sizzling romance to her work.

C.J. has won numerous awards for her novels, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. By day, she works as a web developer. By night, she dreams up adventures and pens the books she was destined to write.

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"Engine core meltdown in thirty-two minutes," the ship's computer said in a synthesized female voice.

"Words every captain wants to hear first thing in the morning," Torrie muttered. Lying on her back, she yanked open the panel door above her. The primary circuits flashed furiously inside the cabinet. No wonder it wasn't responding: the entire system was overloaded. She'd never be able to circumvent the problem from here.

Swinging out from under the engine banks, she hit the deck running. As she sped through the empty corridors of her dying ship, she pressed her personal comm unit. "Howser, where are you?"

Her first mate responded, "In the shuttle bay, loading the crew into the transport ship. When are you getting here?"

"I'm not." Torrie leaped onto the third rung of the gangway ladder and climbed to the upper level.

"What? The ship is going to blow up in—"

"Thirty minutes, I know," she finished, pulling herself up to the main deck. She ran past the flashing alarm lights toward the bridge. "You take the crew and get the hell out of here."

"If you're staying, so am I," Howser replied. "Your brother didn't put me on your maiden voyage to skip out when things got bad."

Torrie jumped through the bridge hatchway. "And Carmon didn't make you captain on this freighter, either. So get your ass in that ship and take care of my crew, or I'll jettison the lot of you whether you're inside or out. And don't even think about staying behind. I already sealed the air lock."

"Damn it, Torrie."

She shimmied into the command chair. "You better move before you lose the force-field barrier. I don't need to tell you what happens to an unprotected body in deep space."

She punched up the systems, but they responded sluggishly. For some unknown reason, the engine core temperature was still rising steadily into the red zone, and nothing she'd tried so far could stop its slow march to detonation.

"We are launched," Howser said over her comm. The shuttle bay holocam confirmed that the small transport carrying Howser and the rest of her five-man crew was pulling away from Ventura2. She closed the shuttle bay doors in case Howser decided to play hero.

"Jump to hyperspace now. I want you as far away as possible."

He grumbled something that she didn't quite catch and probably didn't want to hear anyway, but her scanners verified the transport's jump—out of visual, and out of danger if she failed. Then she remembered something and glanced around the bridge. "Do you have Nod with you?"

"Yes, of course," Howser griped. "He's flying around here, asking everyone if he can help. Really, can we reprogram him? Doesn't he have another line?"

Despite the dire situation, Torrie smiled. "If we ever get out of this mess, I'll try again." Then she added a heartfelt, "Thank you, Howser."

"Don't thank me. I'm the one who's going to have to tell your mother and the rest of the family that you went down with the ship for no good reason."

The lights on the bridge flickered off, leaving only the control console lit. Wonderful. Torrie decided not to tell Howser.

"I don't plan on letting my ship explode. There has to be a way to cool the core." She tried manual shutdown of the engine drives, but they wouldn't obey. She tried rerouting all activity through the primary channel so she could cram a shutdown command through the secondary systems. No go.

Frustrated, she repeated an earlier order, hoping it would get through this time. "Computer, Priority One command: shut down engines immediately."

"Unable to comply," it responded, as it had to all her previous requests.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    The smutty ingredients for an awesome read

    The overall rating for the series is 4 butterflies. I had a great time reading these books, I had fun, I got a healthy dose of smutty galore, and I was very, very glad I got a chance to read them. If I were to say what genre they'd go in, since people are always big on tags and stuff like that, I'd think these are romance with a sci-fi-ish twist, and not the other way around. There is a lot going on in each book, and there's a whole universe weaved for them, but I feel the main element is the romance. So I'd disagree with some reviews I read up on Goodreads, that slightly bash them for not being solidly sci-fi. I don't think they were meant to be; and I don't think I would have liked them more if they would have been, honestly. Buuut then again I'm not a sci-fi buff, I just like the occasional sci-fi because the book was very well written and the writer is very talented, not because of that genre. Anyways. Unmasked (UN-Forgettable #4) Aaaand my least favorite one - this one was a 3 butterflies. As I've mentioned before, a part of it may very well be the fact that I'd sort of started to detach from the series, knowing full well this one was the last book. And because they're 'related', one character being introduced by the previous book, but they can very well stand on their own, separately, without any issue really, there wasn't a bunch of tension carrying over from the previous twists and turns in the series. Plus it came after a book I had a lot of fun reading, so without my intending to, it surely got compared and lost some points that way. I attribute my slightly less enthusiastic reaction to this read to Torrie, really. I mean, Qaade didn't exactly outshine the other male characters of the series, in my opinion, but Torrie was decidedly less fun then she seemed to be when she was introduced in book #3. I mean, I thought she'd be more fun, and for some reason, she wasn't quite as much as I thought. Of course, another factor is all the slaves thing, and the tone of the book in general is more sober, the characters deal with some disturbing issues. I dunno. But I still enjoyed reading it, and if we're talking series, I say read all the books. There are some patterns, like the uber-hot-stud male character, and the perky female character, and the outrageous attraction between then, you know, the smutty ingredients for an awesome read.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    The Unforgettable Series by C.J. Barry began with UNEARTHED, followed in short order by UNRAVELED and UNLEASHED. With UNMASKED, the author has brought us the most delectable hero of all-Qaade Deter. A man of many faces, he's at once a plunderer known only as the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To law enforcement officials on a number of planets, he's a pirate wanted dead or alive. For the men and women forced into slavery and set free by an unknown hero, he's laghato, the savior. To Torrie Masters, a freight captain on a maiden voyage for her family's business, the man in the mask is nothing but trouble with a capital T. <BR/><BR/>When the Ghost Rider and his gang of roughshod, yet lovable pirates capture the Ventura2, Torrie refuses to bail. This is her ship, by God, and if the engine core is going to melt down, it will just have to take her with it. Fortunately-or not, depending on your point of view-the inevitable breakdown doesn't happen. Instead, her ship is overrun by pirates, and Torrie is taken captive. <BR/><BR/>In what could have been the end of a very short-lived life as a Captain, the leader of the Ghost Riders sets her free-then turns around and demands her help in return. The pirates are intent on setting free those in slavery, and Qaade expects a grateful Torrie to assist him. Torrie, who had a hand in the rescue of her brother Zain from just such a fate, admires Qaade and his gangly band of merry men in their endeavors. But Torrie isn't sure that joining forces with a man both feared and admired the solar system over is someone to go into league with. <BR/><BR/>As passions ignite, tempers flare, and forces unite in a bid to save the universe, both Torrie and Qaade are thrown into more and more desperate-and dangerous-circumstances. They'll have to trust each other to survive, and dealing with the emotions of their hearts seems to be the least of their worries. <BR/><BR/>UNMASKED, although the fourth in the series, is a stand-alone book that lovers of action-adventure, science fiction, and futuristic romances can all enjoy. The story is almost like a ragtag Robin Hood, with the bad guys as good guys in disguise, and a heroine that makes Maid Marian look like a wimp. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and happily anticipate the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Originally Posted on Romance Junkies

    The UNFORGETTABLE series by C.J. Barry began with UNEARTHED, followed in short order by UNRAVELED and UNLEASHED. With UNMASKED, the author has brought us the most delectable hero of all-Qaade Deter. A man of many faces, he's at once a plunderer known only as the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To law enforcement officials on a number of planets, he's a pirate wanted dead or alive. For the men and women forced into slavery and set free by an unknown hero, he's laghato, the savior. To Torrie Masters, a freight captain on a maiden voyage for her family's business, the man in the mask is nothing but trouble with a capital T. When the Ghost Rider and his gang of roughshod, yet lovable pirates capture the Ventura2, Torrie refuses to bail. This is her ship, by God, and if the engine core is going to melt down, it will just have to take her with it. Fortunately-or not, depending on your point of view-the inevitable breakdown doesn't happen. Instead, her ship is overrun by pirates, and Torrie is taken captive. In what could have been the end of a very short-lived life as a Captain, the leader of the Ghost Riders sets her free-then turns around and demands her help in return. The pirates are intent on setting free those in slavery, and Qaade expects a grateful Torrie to assist him. Torrie, who had a hand in the rescue of her brother Zain from just such a fate, admires Qaade and his gangly band of merry men in their endeavors. But Torrie isn't sure that joining forces with a man both feared and admired the solar system over is someone to go into league with. As passions ignite, tempers flare, and forces unite in a bid to save the universe, both Torrie and Qaade are thrown into more and more desperate-and dangerous-circumstances. They'll have to trust each other to survive, and dealing with the emotions of their hearts seems to be the least of their worries. UNMASKED, although the fourth in the series, is a stand-alone book that lovers of action-adventure, science fiction, and futuristic romances can all enjoy. The story is almost like a ragtag Robin Hood, with the bad guys as good guys in disguise, and a heroine that makes Maid Marian look like a wimp. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and happily anticipate the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Read the first page!

    This is the first CJ Barry book I read. I honestly wasn't sure I'd like it because I usually read paranormal, not futuristic, but I thought I'd give it a try. I was sucked in on the very first page and could not put this book down until I was finished the next day! Even if you don't read futuristic, you should give this book a try. Everything in this book is believable and well explained so you aren't getting lost in space (excuse pun). CJ has managed to make secondary characters as compelling as her main characters and woven them all together in a wonderful story of tenacity, and of course love. The action is powerful, the scene and characters believable, and the romance is hot. I highly recommend reading this, or any of CJ's other books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Unmasked

    Masters Shipping is the wealthiest shipping company in the galaxy. The main headquarters is on the planet called Dun Gali. Torie Masters is the youngest member of the family and the only daughter. She has grown up with more than half a dozen older brothers. ................... As the story opens, Torrie is on her maiden voyage as captain of the ship Ventura2. The crew is evacuating. Core melt down is due shortly. Torrie stays behind, sure she can save the ship. She is wrong. However, the ship was never in danger. Pirates board. .............. Qaade Deter lets Torie live. He is known as the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. All he steals from Torrie's ship are some special medical supplies. InterGlax, the law enforcement, may call him and his crew pirates, but to the slaves he rescues he is called a savior. If Torrie had not found a way to track her stolen shipment, she and Qaade would probably have never met again. But, of course, she did. .................... Qaade and Torrie must come to an understanding and learn to trust each other ... and FAST! .................... Qaade has a traitor somewhere in his crew. Someone Qaade trusts has given all information on the 'Slipstream' operation (the name for his operation of freeing slaves) to a dangerous man named Chauvet. Chauvet knows every single thing about the operation and even has detailed maps on each ship, port of calls, and people. Chauvet has created a cold game in the name of vengeance. .................................................................... ...................... ***** Both genders will enjoy this sci-fi flick. It is like watching Han Solo and Princess Leia go head-to-head. Both stubborn, both used to leadership, and both filled with honor. I read the entire book in a single sitting, unable to stop. To be honest, I did not even try to resist. I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. And what a ride this one is! There are a few hot scenes, but not like a 'romance' book where it begins toward the beginning and steams all the way through the book. No, most of the time is spent on the plot. Again, think Han and Leia. The attraction and passion is between them, but the Rebellion is first and foremost. ..................................... Author C.J. Barry has a best seller here. No doubt! I can't wait to see what Barry releases next. *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    A must read!!

    Some characters are meant to have their stories told. This is the case with freight captain, Torrie Masters, and space pirate, Qaade Deter. Two strong personalities come together, learn to trust and love as they fight injustice. A truly wonderful futuristic romance! A book to go on my keeper shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Unmasked

    Captured by pirates, Torrie Masters is quickly released, her only harm being the loss of her cargo. The slavers who next capture her are less merciful, but her rescue comes quickly from the least likely source, Qaade, the pirate who previously stole her cargo. In the process of saving her, Qaade loses the cargo, and demands she help him steal it back again. These medications are the only thing between freed slaves and zombie-hood. Torrie is horrified to find out that her family has some involvement in less than savory pursuits. Even more shocking, she realizes she is in love with a pirate. ......................** Unmasked reads like an Errol Flynn or Orlando Bloom movie, set in space rather than the high seas. The basic plot is good, but it suffers if the reader has not read the first three books. **

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific outer space action thriller

    She knows she earned this first run as a freight captain when she helped rescue her brother Zain from slavery (see UNLEASHED), but Torrie Masters is nervous yet confident. However, when the computer reports the engine is melting down, Torrie sends her crew away hoping to save the day and not go down with the ship. Instead of dying, the meltdown proves false, but the Dead Zone Ghost Rider pirates led by Qaade Deter capture her ship................. Surprisingly, Qaade sets Torrie free returning her vessel to her, but keeping her cargo. Later when he learns that slavers have kidnapped her, he comes to rescue her, but at the cost of his precious hijacked cargo. Once he frees her Qaade demands she help him recover the cargo he stole from her because his piracy assists the Slipstream rescue people from slavery although he wonders who will save his heart enslaved to the feisty captain................. The fourth 'Un...ed' science fiction romance is a terrific outer space action thriller that stands alone even with a Masters as a protagonist as in previous tales. The story line feels somewhat like swashbucklers in outer space, but with the test that the pirates, believing slavery is an abomination, free the slaves at every opportunity. C.J. Barry provides a fast-paced action-packed thriller starring two wonderful characters that make believers of the audience that piracy in space exist. Fans of speculative fictions will appreciate Ms. Barry¿s latest stellar story and seek the previous three 'Un' novels that are well worth reading.......... Harriet Klausner

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