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Fortune's Pawn

Fortune's Pawn

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by Rachel Bach

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Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security


Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn't give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you'd get Deviana Morris -- a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.

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Library Journal
Determined to join the ranks of the elite Devastators, ambitious mercenary Deviana "Devi" Morris applies for a job as a security guard aboard the Glorious Fool, an aging space freighter with an intergalactic reputation for danger. Successful service will launch Devi to the pinnacle of an already stellar career—if she doesn't get herself killed in the process. However, not long after she signs on, Devi realizes her new captain and crew are not what they seem. Will she survive long enough to discover what's really going on? VERDICT A fast-paced, action-packed sf series opener starring a tough and resourceful space-faring heroine. (LJ 9/15/13)
From the Publisher
"If you liked Star Wars, if you like the Kate Daniels series, and if you are waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy to hit the theaters, this is your book."—Ilona Andrews"

This book kicked ass... I JUST LOVED IT!"—Felicia Day"

Rachel Bach's Fortune's Pawn is based on a fascinating premise and launches what looks to be a superb military science fiction series."—Eric Flint"

Rollicking space opera starring a tough, sexy, armor-clad space chick...Lots of fun."—Kirkus"

Bach makes her SF debut with this series launch that introduces a strong female heroine whose mind is mostly on her career — and her high-tech suit of armor — yet who finds herself inexplicably drawn into a relationship that could damage her life and her honor. Fans of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series and David Weber's Honor Harrington novels should enjoy starting another potentially long-running SF military saga.—Library Journal"

Bach's space opera is a fantastic, action-packed and accessible exploration of deep space. Devi is hands down one of the best sci-fi heroines I've read in a long time...Fans of Douglas Adams, Scalzi and Fforde will absolutely devour Fortune's Pawn."—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)"

Firefly-esque in its concept of a rogue-ish spaceship family... The narrative never quite goes where you expect it to, in a good way... Devi is a badass with a heart."—Locus on The Paradox series

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Paradox Series
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Meet the Author

Rachel Bach grew up wanting to be an author and a super villain. Unfortunately, super villainy proved surprisingly difficult to break into, so she stuck to writing and everything worked out great. She currently lives in Athens, GA with her perpetually energic toddler, extremely understanding husband, overflowing library, and obese wiener dog. You can find out more about Rachel and all her books at rachelbach.net.

Rachel also writes fantasy under the name Rachel Aaron. Learn more about her first series, The Legend of Eli Monpress, and read sample chapters for yourself at rachelaaron.net!

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Fortune's Pawn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
TimothyRook More than 1 year ago
Having just finished Fortune’s Pawn, I must admit the first thing I did was go pre-order the next book in the series. This book was amazing, but a few things you should probably know in advance: Do you like books like Warhammer 40k? You will like this book. Do you like Starcraft? In any form? You will like this book. What about books that have a kick ass heroine who is capable and emotionally complex? Yeah, you will like this book. Rachel Bach creates an exciting, interesting world; that I was enthralled with from the beginning. I was very sad to see the book end. It did have a good, complete ending; but I can’t imagine anyone reading to the book’s completion and not wondering what happens next. The book is well paced and never let’s the reader completely relax for too long. The characters are so interesting and mysterious that knowing about their back stories is as interesting as finding out more about the story. There is so much to love in Fortune’s Pawn and I would have to say that the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it ended. I could have easily read another thousand pages and been happy. I’ve read so many middle of the road or just plain terrible books lately that a book like this makes me remember why I love Science Fiction and why I started doing this in the first place. Now that I’m done gushing, go out and buy this book. You will be glad you did, in fact, pre-order the next book while your at it. Because you won’t be able to stop with just one.
attorneydavid More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining book. The main 1st person narrator character is a bit heavy on the mental chatter and seems to be considering both sides of everything all the time. Also a bit too focused on ridiculous crushes for a hardened mercenary and  a bit unrealistic in terms of a hot chic putting effort into picking guys up which a real hot chic would know is ridiculously easy.  The hard drinking also seemed very superficially handled kinda look at me I'm a drinker without any mental traits of a alcoholic. Also, the book eventually seemed very predictable in terms of action. The ending was also a bit of a typical series didn't really resolve anything type of ending but need to buy the next book type of thing(which if it's like a typical series won't resolve anything).  But still a very good space opera type book from a unique perspective of the red shirts. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story starts slow, but has interesting twist and a building mystery. This is a very sci-fi story with made up crestures, and has a love twist but the main character is a likeadle meathead, which is kind of fun. You typically don't see woman naming their weapons....
KMKibble More than 1 year ago
It started out as a great read, but forced romantic subplots and secretiveness toward the end dragged the entire piece down. It's unfortunate, because for the first two-thirds of the book, I was really enjoying it and could't wait to buy the sequels. Now, however, I've yet to do so. I would't avoid them, but I'm just taking time to read other things first.
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read Mil-SF. In fact, I actively avoid stories where HeMan goes out to save the galaxy with his loyal team of cloned sidekicks. Thankfully, this book is none of those stories. While Devi Morris is a mercenary woman soldier, complete with mercenary habits like drinking and sex, she is also smart and curious. Moreover, she's on a ship full to the brim of dangerous mysteries, each with that lovely SF sense of wonder about them. Pardon me while I race off to buy the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book but it committed two cardinal sins: 1) The author writes about combat and has never been in it. You are familiar with the blood and gore, but the linchpin that holds everything together is comradship, the bond between members of the group, what ever that group may be called. That bond, that tie will in some way meld people into a unit beyond anything found in civilian life. It's more than friendship. This girl "Devi" couldn't give a rats ass about her old unit, her old mates, but boy does she want to shine! She is interested in only herself, not the group. That's a sure ticket to a body bag. 2) Most stories raise questions: "What's going to happen next? Who did what to who?" I suffered along till the bitter end and not one damn question got answered! Now, they may be in the next book but I won't be there to see it; fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and can't wait 'til February brings #2 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this & was grateful and delighted, as there are just not enough female s/f writers out there! The main character was kick butt and yet still likable...i was sucked into the story easily and can't wait for the second book so that i can finally know what the heck is really going on!
GameKat More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, could hardly put it down, which is exactly what you want in a good book with a good story. Great Sy-FY.  Want more so buying next book, Honor's Knight (Paradox #2)!
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JenLS More than 1 year ago
LOVE!  I randomly got the first book in the series and loved it so much I had to get the next two books asap.  Read through them all in a week.  Highly recommend
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Lydiaolydia More than 1 year ago
This is very fun, fast-paced space adventure. (In fact, she doesn't let up EVER; just when we think the heroine has a minute to catch her breath, some new danger emerges.) but if you are looking for character development or anything other than a predictable adventure-and-love story, you won't find it.
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SquidSS More than 1 year ago
Liked the story itself, but not the ending. It is one in a series and the way it ended reflects that thought. All in all I did enjoy the read. I don't like series books where current story doesn't really end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving & light entertainment.
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