Series: The Sectors #7
on August 21, 2016
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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When a Sectors Special Forces soldier and his team crash land on an alien planet, they're taken captive and given a challenge--win at the violent ball game of sapiche and live. Lose, and they die, sending a mysterious, alien beauty to an even uglier fate. To survive, these soldiers must win the game and find a way to free the dangerous prisoner from her locked chamber.
Nate Reilly and his team are in deep trouble. Prisoners on a backward alien planet, they're brought before an alien 'goddess', sleeping in her high tech seclusion. Nate is astonished when she awakes and establishes a psychic link with him. But her news is not good--he and his men must win a brutal challenge set by their captors, or they will die. She'll give her aid, but in the end their courage and strength must win the contest.
Returning from a mission, they crash land on a world with a primitive alien culture and find themselves tributes to a death god and warriors to a sleeping ancient alien thought of as a goddess and oracle by the natives. Special Forces leader, Nate Reilly, and his team are all about survival let alone escape until the alien sleeping beauty links with his mind and he has no plans to leave her behind.
Trapped on Talonque is the seventh of The Sectors series and is a standalone sci-fi romance featuring the accidental goddess and sci-fi tech meets native cunning.
As with previous books in the series, this one harkened back to recognizable historical earth cultural roots. When the primitive alien society was described, particularly their worship of a death god who demanded human sacrifice and some of the god’s tributes came through a game, my mind turned immediately to the Mayan civilization. And, that was interesting for a sci-fi backdrop.
Nate and his friends are taken to a fortress city to the king and his evil queen where they are made aware of their perilous situation. They are alien to these superstitious people so the rulers who are trying to hold their throne against another group battling to end their death cult despotism, decide that Nate and his guys plus another captive who believes in the goddess and not their death god, are thought to be powerful sacrifices. They have to escape and hope their ship is still flyable, but first, Nate is determined to save the other captive, Bithia, who has become over time while she slumbered a goddess of legend. She has been in forced sleep for centuries and Nate isn’t sure she will want to be rescued to a time that calls her people ancients and long gone and looks so different from her own.
I enjoyed learning the mysterious past of Bithia as they put together her history even as they work to escape. It got exciting and had some good twists so just when it seems they’ve made it, they encounter more trouble. My only gripe was the abrupt ending. Readers are told earlier what their plans are, but there was a suggestion to it all that there would be difficulties even if they got off the planet. Perhaps there will be follow up news later.
After laying the ground work for what was going on and filling in the background for how it came to be, the story got up and moving which I was relieved to see happen. Like others in the series, this one feels like a blend of sci-fi with fantasy (even though Trapped on Talonque is more legend than magic) and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a blend of no-tech and high tech backdrop.
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