by Anna Butler

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One day, someday soon, Jeeze Madrid was going to wake up and realize just what he'd been passing up; he'd see what Cal Paxton was offering him so faithfully--"Faithfully, Jeeze! Even you can't deny that!"--and grab it. And they'd finally have what Cal wanted.

Cal Paxton and Jeeze Madrid are the top scouting team on the Pathfinder-class starship, the Carson, on the very outer edge of Earth's expansion across the galaxy. Cal and Jeeze find the uninhabited planets, the Carson evaluates them for colonization.

Cal and Jeeze are wingmen, best friends... and lovers. Cal wants more than a casual relationship but Jeeze, recently divorced, is wary of commitment. When Jeeze's scout ship is shot down over a planet inhabited by a race Earth has never before encountered, what will Cal find when the Carson can finally mount a rescue mission? Will he ever succeed in persuading Jeeze to take up his offer of hand and heart?

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BN ID: 2940157251482
Publisher: Anna Butler
Publication date: 05/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 98
Sales rank: 854,399
File size: 429 KB

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FlashWired 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Freddie_Mac More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of Anna’s amateur fiction for over a decade, and am delighted that she’s gone pro. FlashWired is a good solid debut piece, and features many characteristics of her work: sharp dialogue that makes me laugh out loud, richly defined characters, and an engrossing story. Ultimately, this is Cal’s story; a reflection on his hopes, dreams, and those unfortunate encounters with reality. Beneath Cal’s self-assured and (dare I say it?) flighty exterior, there’s a sense of desperation, a dread that he’s taken too long to speak up for what he wants, a fear that he might lose everything after all. I’ve read an earlier version of Taking Shield, and I thought the preview chapter would be like meeting up with an old friend. Boy was I wrong! This old friend, who’s always been sharp and stylish, has had a makeover (not that one was needed!), and now sharper and even more stylish than before. Taking Shield is an epic in the truest sense of the word: it encompasses a large cast, galactic events, and keeps the reader (at least me) on the edge of the seat desperate for more. The backstory in Chapter One helps to flesh out Bennet’s colleagues and his supporting cast more fully, giving a clearer sense of his mission and how he fits into the scheme of things. Important relationships are illustrated, giving a good sense of where Bennet came from, where he is now, and where he’s going. I’m eagerly anticipating the first Taking Shield novel – it will certainly be worth the wait!