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Conditioned Response (Phoenician Series)

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A fast-paced, Classic SciFi that reads more like a mystery with a Romantic SF thread woven in. Set in the far-future on an alien world, humanity's last remnants are trying to save the species from extinction. Huxley-ian eugenics in a Classic Dystopian caste system are artfully blended with an Asimov-ian "machine-turned-man" story by first-time Author Marjorie F. Baldwin.

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Published April 20th 2012 by Phoenician Books (first published April 2012)
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Jonathan
May 31, 2012 Jonathan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like a gritty sci-fi novel
Recommended to Jonathan by: Marjorie F. Baldwin
A gritty science fiction novel of this calibre is normally not my type of reading. I cannot normally bring myself to enjoy them, let alone read them. But for Conditioned Response, the second ebook in a planned series, I can make an exception.

Despite the sexuality of the book (which thankfully was not forced and too explicit like some authors) I found I could like this novel enough by the end. However the reason I cannot give this four stars goes beyond the simple sexuality and swearing. I can i
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Cassie McCown
Apr 19, 2012 Cassie McCown rated it it was amazing
I have had the immense pleasure of working with Friday on this lovely novel. She swears it is cursed, but I say great things come to those who… toil… endure… a lot… I know she has been looking forward to the release of Conditioned Response for a very, very long time, and I am happy to be a part of the process.

I’m not much for reading the same book more than once. I do it occasionally for some of my favorites, and I obviously have to read what I edit or proofread more than once, but Conditioned R
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Tricia Kristufek
There's always a Plan.

The World Council is corrupt, but Shayla has a plan for that. After 13 years living with the humans as the only Phoenician in the Outside, Shayla is making her own plans, instead of defaulting to the Seven Chiefs - who got her into this mess to begin with! At least she has Raif with her, ever caring for and guiding her along. But things are set in motion that she can't control, Shayla must finish what she started - before it's too late.

The story is told by several of the ch
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Paul Dube
Apr 20, 2012 Paul Dube rated it it was amazing
There is only one other author who has left me left me wanting more when I finished a book. Tom Clancy.
I did not want to stop reading this story. I can hardly wait for the prequel & sequel.
Quite often, a novel has too little, or too much action. The pace of CR is perfect... enough to keep you in its grip without overwhelming the reader.
In addition, Friday's sex scene writing is another fine balancing act of titilation without being vulgar.

I have never re-read any other author. period. But th
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Darlene
Jul 20, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ralph, Cheryl in CC NV, Yvensong, Chris, sci-fi fanatics everywhere
Recommended to Darlene by: Friday
This felt Heinleinish! I love this kind of speculative science. Other worldly, alien beings=Earthlings, not the indigenous. The problems of two brains in one head. And Ms. Baldwin is brave enough to show love comes in many ways. There is intrigue which made this a bad book for bedtime as I couldn't put it down. I must admit it was slow starting but the set-up was needed. As opposed to other second books, this one could be a read alone, or out of order, as everything is explained without being bo ...more
Jane Doe
May 11, 2012 Jane Doe rated it really liked it
Amazing story! Characters are wonderfully fleshed out, you get a feeling of really knowing them or wanting to know more, because they are so interesting.

This is a super fast paced story with everything falling into place in a well thought out way, drawing you in from start to finsh.
Can't wait to learn more about the history of the Phoenicians.

So glad to have found this author/story on one of the threads I follow. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

There's always a plan...many with
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Stephen St. Onge
May 17, 2012 Stephen St. Onge rated it really liked it
Middle books of series frequently drag. Marjorie F. Baldwin has overcome that problem the way the way George Lucas did in my Star Wars: start in the middle and work out in all directions. But Baldwin is doing it more effectively than Lucas did.

Conditioned Response, the second book of the Phoenician series (Book 1 is forthcoming), throws us into the world of Shayla, a non-human woman living among the human colonists of the planet Altair . . . or is she non-human? One of the main features of this
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Kelly
Apr 17, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Three Stars

For me, "Conditioned Response" was a read that was probably hyped up beyond reasonable expectations. Somehow, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the hype, but I also didn't expect to be so underwhelmed. For an 850 page piece, it is a surprisingly fast read. Perhaps Baldwin's greatest achievement came in one of the least emphasized areas--her creation of the Phoenicians. They were thoroughly original and well thought-out. I would be interested in learning more about their history,
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Vered
May 14, 2012 Vered rated it really liked it
Earthlings have abandoned Earth and settled on a planet inhabited by a humanoid species, the Phoenicians. The two species generally do not interact; the results are usually tragic when they do. There is one exception: Shayla has lived with the humans for half her life, and it hasn’t been the happy part either. Human society has developed a rigid caste system, one that Shayla abhors. Her closest assistant, Raif, is part of a group who are viewed as disposable lesser being, to be used as their emp ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Jul 02, 2012 Sadie Forsythe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, just Awesome. I stayed up way too late on multiple night to read it and still would have been happy for more. I just loved the characters' personalities and their interactions. They all had their own little bit of wit that was distinctly different from one another. I did wonder how it was that the bad guys continued to get away with their depravities, since everyone seemed to know about them. But not enough to get huffy about it.

What I loved the most about the story is that Baldwin was
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Kerry
Jun 02, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Conditioned Response is a wonderful story. Baldwin develops a unique world with new and interesting characters. This book as an introduction to this new world leaves me satisfied with the story outcome, but hungry to learn more. As Baldwin unfolds this storyline, I am looking forward to understand how human came to this planet and why there is tension between the indigenous population and the colonists. I also want to see how the story conflicts resolve, (view spoiler) ...more
Mei
May 25, 2012 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
WOW!!!!
What an incredible book!
It's been a while that I've read such an intresting SF. Everything inside will stimulate your brain: the culture is intriguing, the characters are great, the idea is fantastic. Also the writing is good - you'll follow and live everything through the characters action and thoughts.
The main(s) character(s) is a girl, Shayla (and I use "girl" on purpose) even if she's 26 years old. Then there're the male characters: Raif, Brennan, Kyree, Joshua, the Seven Chiefs... y
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Ellie Hall
May 18, 2012 Ellie Hall rated it really liked it
REVIEW: Conditioned Response (Phoenician #2)
by Marjorie F. Baldwin

Shayla didn't ask to be a Councillor. As a Phoenician, she shouldn't have to live among the humans, let alone take part in their world. But the Seven Chiefs ordered her to go with Raif, a Proctor from the world Outside. They said they had a Plan. Well, the Seven Chiefs always had a Plan, and Shayla had plans of her own after suffering 13 years as a member of the humans' World Council.

Raif had never intended for things to go this
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Joshua Jacobs
May 26, 2012 Joshua Jacobs rated it really liked it
From page one, the tension mounts as we follow Shayla, a Phoenician woman forced to live amongst the unreasonable human race, through a web of deceit and mystery. Despite this novel’s length, Baldwin will have readers gripping their seats as the story unfolds. There’s plenty of mystery to keep the pages turning, and just when one issue appears resolved, another one pops up. The twists and turns will leave readers guessing until the last page.

Within just a few pages, Baldwin creates a vivid, comp
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Mary
Jul 18, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
Phoenicians co-existing with humans

The relationship between the Phoenicians and humans for 400 years is the story behind Conditioned Response. The Phoenicians, or humanoids, obtained power to store and project energy and used that to control life on their planet. When humans left Earth and lived on the Phoenicians planet, it wasn’t the best of circumstances to say the least.

The main character, Shayla, is a Phoenician who lived against her will with humans for thirteen years. She and fellow membe
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Bonnie Hobcroft
Jul 11, 2012 Bonnie Hobcroft rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Almost everyone
Shelves: scifi

I have never considered myself a fan of SciFi but if Conditioned Response is an example, then I'm a believer. Each of the characters was carefully developed so that a level of emotional bond was formed. Some of the characters made immediate connections while others developed much more slowly throughout the book.

I understood why Shayla behaved the way she did. (view spoiler)
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Chris
Jul 06, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
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Ottilie
Apr 24, 2012 Ottilie rated it liked it
Where does the human rights line end? In Conditioned Response by Marjorie Baldwin was an interesting read on several factors. For me it took longer then it normally would for me to read a story because in general when I read on a kindle it takes me longer to read, and also I was working crazy amount, plus student teaching so basically I had a long going on. I know the author so I was already warned that it was pretty much 2 books in one, and considering I normally don't read SciFi that threw me ...more
R. Scott
Apr 22, 2012 R. Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
An amazing first read by a new author to me, Marjorie (Friday) Baldwin. The book is hard to categorize, the enjoyment is not. A mix of futuristic Sci-Fi, romance with a touch of straight, bi, gay, trans-species lovin, political thriller, bio-engineering...you name it, there are threads in there!

Two things that endear me to authors are books that have multiple plots and books with characters I relate to that are deeply developed. Having deep generational relationships integral to the plot, Condit
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Laz the Sailor
Apr 12, 2012 Laz the Sailor rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
There is a lot going on in this book, which keeps it very interesting. Unfortunately, it also creates a situation where there are too many balls in the air, and some of them get dropped. There is cloning/reincarnation, artificial intelligence, mystical old men, first contact, telepathy/mindlinks, nasty politics with creepy politicians, and an unresolved romance or two.
The writing is solid and most of the characters were well defined. Most of the book switches between two characters, though when
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Julie
May 03, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!

This is my first time reading a sci-fi book and I cannot wait to read book #1! I was hesitant to read the book because I'm not a sci-fi kinda girl, but, I loved leaving mother earth and envisioning life on a alien planet. It was suspenseful, romantic, funny, and sad all at the same time! I couldn't get the characters out of my dreams! I Stayed up late and couldn't wait to get home to finish the book.

Well done Friday!

If you are a sci-fi lover you'd be crazy NOT to read this book!
Xdyj
Jun 05, 2012 Xdyj rated it really liked it
Shelves: o, q, fa, rtw, us
A sf/romance book I got from author giveaway. The author has a good grasp of character emotions imo & her MCs are likable or at least compassionable, among which Raif is probably my favorite. The world-building reminds me of some classic sf a few decades ago. There are times I find the description of sexual tension repetitive but probably it's just a matter of personal taste. I also find the story a bit slow in the beginning, only pick up the pace after (view spoiler) ...more
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“The past only exists in the minds of those who choose to recall it.” 4 likes
“Brennan didn’t look exactly like Raif to Shayla’s eyes, but for someone who didn’t know either man particularly well, they probably looked like twins, separated at birth by twenty or so years.” 1 likes
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