Shockball: A Stardoc Novel

Shockball: A Stardoc Novel

by S. L. Viehl
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Overview

Shockball: A Stardoc Novel by S. L. Viehl

S. L. Viehl’s smart, savvy surgeon Cherijo Torin has ventured across the universe in and out of danger and love, driven by two great forces—her sworn duty to heal the sick, and her constant fear of the demented man who created her…
 
Having freed themselves from the Hsktskt slave traders, Cherijo and her husband Duncan wanted to start looking for a nice, quiet part of the universe where Cherijo’s Creator, Joseph Grey Veil, wouldn’t find them. But Joseph Grey Veil never gives up...
 
Now the newlyweds are living underground with the help of a renegade band of alien-human half-breeds. But when Duncan is forced into their deadly shockball games, and Cherijo is used to keep the players healthy, safety becomes its own kind of imprisonment, and Cherijo learns that she cannot merely run from her past—she must destroy it…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101563427
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Series: Stardoc Series , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 251,913
File size: 609 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

S. L. Viehl is the author of several novels including the Stardoc series, the Bio Rescue series, as well as Paradise Island, and Blade Dancer. She lives in Florida with her family.

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Shockball (Stardoc Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Some of the worst writing I've ever read. Poor plot, typos, ridiculous, inconsistent characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of the series. Cannot wait to be able to read next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this one alot and actuaaly read it second right after stardoc. Now i have to go back and find the title of the one where they were captured by the hstkhstk! I really wish at the end of one novel the author would give a preview or at least title of the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as great as the previous books in the series. However, still well written and very interesting. The main characters seem to still be having problems communicating with each other to keep their marriage happy, but they compliment each other. Not sure how, but they do.

Shockball is an amazing game that I hope will be mentioned, at least in cameos, in future books. (i.e. Conversations in a resturant around them or in passing, ad on some sort of space ship TV.)

All-in-all, I highly recommend this entire series! AWESOME!

Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ohhhhhhhhh, Ms. Viehl. What the heck took you so long? 'Shockball' was a . . . well, a shock. Almost from the start it went in a direction that I completely did not expect. And just when I was feeling smug about being able to predict where things were going. I like very much that Reever takes some nice abuse, though I don't quite understand the way his role in the story changes. Maybe it'll be explained in the next book. I'm hoping so. Viehl's inventiveness is wonderful. Her depiction of an underground society is very well done and that alone helps drive the story. It doesn't have to, but it's a bonus I won't complain about. As with 'Endurance', there's a dark side to this tale, but it's more subdued, not so relentless. In 'Endurance' Cherijo began to deepena and take on much hoped for new demensions. That continues in 'Shockball', though not at the same frantic pace. Is this Viehl's best story to date? My favorite is still 'Endurance', but I'm betting that many people, especially those who shirked away from the intensity of 'Endurance', will find that 'Shockball' is their hands down favorite. So why are you still here? Go buy the book, and be ready for several days of ignoring everyone and everything around you while you sit alone in a lighted corner or your home, with 'Shockball' glued to your fingers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As they travel through space, Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil and her spouse, Perpetua ship Captain Duncan Reever are pleased over her pregnancy. However, her joy turns to sadness when she learns her cloned body¿s immunity system is killing the baby. Before she informs her husband she has a miscarriage. Cherijo knows she can never birth a child with anyone except perhaps her demented creator Joseph Grey Veil.

While Cherijo recovers, a meteor shower disables the Perptua beyond repair. Transferring to their other ship Truman may mean that Cherijo¿s creator who gave her that spacecraft may be able to track them via some undetected device. Soon the duo is forced to go underground to live among half-breeds. Duncan has no choice but to participate in the local version of SHOCKBALL even as Cherijo now knows you can hide, but at some time you must fight especially when the cause is personal.

SHOCKBALL, the fourth Stardoc tale, is an exhilarating science fiction space adventure. The zestful story line stays at warp speed even when introducing new readers to the lead characters. Cherijo is as fresh as ever as she undergoes new heartaches while her spouse has his own problems. Fans of futuristic outer space novels will want to take off with this tale and the three previous Stardoc books as all four stories take the audience where they rarely have been before.

Harriet Klausner