Double Life

Double Life

by S. Usher Evans


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ISBN-13: 9781499198607
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing.

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Double Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KBraetyllo 3 months ago
This book was amazing. I discovered this series after reading the first book in S.U.E's Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and quickly fell in love with her works. Razia is an epic female who leads a double life as planet-excavating scientist Dr. Lyssa Peate, and bad*ss pirate bounty hunter Razia. Her quick wit and sarcasm are endearing, and the fact that she's absolutely brilliant make her even more of a fantastic character. We see a good bit of character growth, which many authors seem to forget about. I won't give any spoilers here, but if you're into otherworldy space sagas, this is definitely worth the read. (Firefly fans- I'm calling you out!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is like an onion with it's layers. So many characters are deceiving themselves that when the truth comes out of the mouth of babes it is a shock and shakes her with it's impact. Deep.
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
Dr. Lyssandra Peate spends her days as a Deep Space Explorer, excavating planets and exploring the universe. Razia spends her free time as a bounty hunter, chasing down the most wanted pirates in the universe, while trying to avoid being captured herself. Lyssa comes from a large, prestigious family - full of people who hate her. Razia has no family. Lyssa leads a double life, and she is anxiously awaiting the day when she can become simply Razia. I have now read at least part of every series written by S. Usher Evans, and I find it a little funny that her debut novel is the last one that I read. I wish I had picked it up sooner, because Double Life was a really fun ride. Piracy is literally a game in Razia's universe, with four major pirate webs vying for the top spot. Razia is the first (and only) female pirate, and she has to prove her worth time and time again before she is taken seriously. I typically have a hard time connecting with a lot of female characters, but I did like Lyssa/Razia. Of course, there were times when she was stubborn and impulsive to the point of making very dumb decisions. Sometimes I wished she would just take a step back and think for a second before acting out whatever scheme she was cooking up. However, knowing what had happened to her throughout her life, I completely understood why she acted the way she did. The supporting characters were also amazing. I adored Vel and Sage and I really can't wait to see them more in the next book. While I really enjoyed the story and characters of Double Life, there were some things that I did not fully understand. I am still a bit confused about how the pirate web system works. It's a very cool concept, but I don't have a good grasp of all the rules and intricacies of it. I was able to understand more and more as the story progressed, so hopefully that means I will be able to learn more about the pirate webs as I continue with the series. I also don't understand why Lyssa's family hated her so much. I am assuming that I will learn why as I keep reading, but for right now, they just seem like incredibly cruel people. Overall, Double Life was a really fun ride that left me excited and wanting more. I can't wait to continue with the series and have all of my questions answered. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this story takes me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Lyssa and Razia and enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the dialog and the back and forth between characters. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one!
Theresajs More than 1 year ago
Pirate bounty hunter! This is what drew me to this book, then once I started, I couldn't put the book down! Razia/Lyssa is leading a double life - Razia is the bounty hunter, Lyssa is a scientist. Lyssa is doing what she needs to do to pay the bills, Razia is doing what she wants to do! Razia wants to be a bounty hunter in the worst way and is constantly trying to prove herself in a job that doesn't allow girls to be bounty hunters! (some things just don't change in the future!) I could relate to Razia and her self talk, the self-doubt, the struggle to be caught between what she wants and what she is expected to do. This book is non-stop action with witty comments!! S. Usher Evans style of writing ropes me in right at the beginning and doesn't let go until the end!! This is one of my favorites series!!!
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with Double Life! It's a is a pretty short sci-fi book with only the teeniest foreshadowing of romance and those are three things that can be a hit or miss for me. I get annoyed with a lot of shorter books because they tend to feel underdeveloped, but this one didn't feel short! It just felt like it moved quickly. I also can get bored with sci-fi, especially without a lot of romance. I'm so happy that I enjoyed reading this one so much! The World The world is really interesting. I mean, space pirates and bounty hunters?? Planet excavation and selling? An ominous black hole type thing that doubles as a religious icon? It was all really cool and creative. It was also refreshing because I haven't read many books with a world like this (that may be due to the fact that I'm not that into sci-fi). The most similar world I've seen was from Avalon by Mindee Arnett. I have to say that I didn't always get what was going on, especially in the beginning. It took me awhile to understand the pirate system and what its purpose was (I got a firm grip of the why while reading the sequel, but that's a different review). I started getting the hang of things after Lyssa/Razia and her little brother spent some time together. Characters Sage Teon - I loved him! He always popped up out of the blue when Razia didn't want to find him. (Well, I thought she did like it--deep down). He was a really good friend and I lied how he was always looking out for her. Lyssa/Razia - Ahh, what an interesting character. She sure was a cocky character--one that was definitely in over her head. She wanted to prove how capable she was--she was a great bounty hunter, damn it. I really liked how she struggled with the two parts of her life: Dr. Peate the planet excavator vs Razia the girl-who-was-trying-to-prove-she-was-a-great-bounty-hunter. Both sides were intelligent and capable (if a bit rash due to the fact that she was desperate to prove herself). Vel - He was full of surprises! He was definitely persistent. He nagged a bit, but in a good way (okay, okay--he had his annoying moments in the beginning) I really liked seeing Lyssa warm up to him. It was endearing! Final Thoughts? Double Life was a fun, creative sci-fi about an awesome heroine starting to come to terms with the two lives she's leading. It was fast paced and so easy to be swept away in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Science Fiction, but to anyone who needs to look in the mirror.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Meet 21-year-old Lyssa, who is fully licensed to discover, excavate, and sell planets. But being Razia, the pirate bounty hunter, is better than being Dr. Lyssandra Peate hands down, despite the fact that piracy is considered a man’s world and the unfair treatment that she receives from her pirate syndicate boss. Until Razia could make some money, Dr. Peate would have to foot the bill with yet another planet sale. Living a double life is risky but Lyssa/Razia is doing fine, until her superior at the Planetary and System Science Academy assigns her an intern – her own younger brother Vel. She didn’t even recognize him at first, which I found hilarious. Lyssa tries her hardest to dampen Vel’s irritating enthusiasm as her intern, and trying to do her bounty hunter job as Razia becomes difficult with Vel around. Double Life (Razia, Book 1) by S. Usher Evans takes me back to those late nights reading adventure novels as a kid. Even though the lead character Lyssa makes some questionable decisions and behaves inconveniently at times, I rooted for her every step of the way. The world building is good, although I found myself questioning the sexist culture in the futuristic piracy world. That said, it works for the plot. Evans has done a good job of making the story engaging and bringing the characters to life. Lyssa is a character who has more room to grow. With a familiar premise given a fresh spin through its storyline, Double Life is an enjoyable read.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
   I've been on such a space kick lately! Double Life was a book I was looking forward to, and S. Usher Evans definitely delivered. But this book wasn't just SciFi. It had a lot of depth to it that I appreciated. It added many extra layers to the story that made it stand out.   The one thing that stood out the most to me about the main character, Razia, was that she was relatable. Her story resonated so well with me and formed an instant bond between us. There is plenty of masterful character development to go around, and I was impressed with S. Usher Evans' handling of it. It was brilliant and so enriching to the story.   Double Life is an entertaining read that excels beyond its genre. Those who are not the biggest fans of SciFi will find something to love and latch onto in this wonderful story. YA readers will definitely be drawn to Razia and her world. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Mary_Waibel More than 1 year ago
OK, so let me start by saying, this book isn't my usual read. I really like to have a bit more romance in my stories, but...that doesn't mean I didn't like this book. Ms. Evans did a fantastic job of world building. And, while there was a lot of science things in there, I didn't feel it was overly complicated or difficult to follow.   I didn't really understand how a pirate could also be a bounty hunter, as those two things seem diametrically opposed to me. I also felt there were times that Razia wasn't as strong as she could be- that she acted more like Lyssa would (which may have been intentional, seeing they are the same person ;-)) Still, I'm looking forward to reading the Alliances, the second book in the series. My final rating: 3 1/2 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Double Life is a great book. Its very creative and has relatable content. The book was hard to put down and captured my attention within the first few pages. I hope to see more of Razia in the future!!