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The Fear Principle (Jaguar Addams #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Dr. Jaguar Addams knows about fear. On a satellite prison called Planetoid Three, she establishes a telepathic link to her subjects. She confronts their demons. And makes them her own . . . They were known as the Killing Times, when serial murder reached epidemic proportions. Victims of hard-edged crime demanded hard-wired punishment, and the new prisons were born. Now one ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published March 28th 2005 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 28, 2011 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I have ever fallen so quickly and completely in love with a world an author has created. The worlds, the backgrounds, are something we readers so often take for granted. And yet, when it’s done so well, we can’t help but notice and appreciate.

In a world of empaths and using fears to rehabilitate prisoners, Dr. Jaguar Addams comes across her most difficult prisoner yet. While I won’t give away why this particular prisoner is so difficult (I loved that reveal) and the other things wo
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Mar 18, 2011 Maxine Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me reading from start to finish. Fast paced, and the main character is a lot more complex than you'd imagine. I particularly like it that she has complex relationships with women as well as men. The plot is tight, and the language use is also really interesting, as the author explores what it's like to translate different levels of consciousness to language. This is first in a series, and I can't wait to read more.
The Fear Principle is science fiction thriller with moderate to heavy expletives and violence.

After the "Killing Times", a time in human history where serial killing became an epidemic and barely a soul came out of the period unscathed, the government created a program of rehabilitation off-planet, by using the fears of the individual as a control technique. Some corporations, such as DIE, work in the shadows, creating super toys for the elite at the cost of everyone around them.

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Oct 29, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It is a total mystery to me why this series has not yet been snapped up by television scouts. It's got it all: richly layered both main and minor characters, will-they-won't-they love story that only resolves quite late in the series, extremely compelling world-building complete with detailed, jarring flashbacks, gorgeous scenery, plots that actually vary greatly and explore the consistent world premises.

I've loved Jaguar Addams since I first discovered Chepaitis' first two volumes while a nerdy
Wendy Hines
Jun 29, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fear Principle is a science fiction fantasy with a splash of dystopian and creepiness.

The Killing Times, serial killers ran rampant and reached epidemic proportions. So the government decided they needed to be punished...elsewhere. They created Planetoids, small planets that orbited the earth, out of sight and mind.

On Planetoid Three, Dr. Jaguar Addams uses her gift of empathy to connect to the killers. She urges them to confront their own fears and takes them within herself, cleansing the c
Aug 02, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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B. A. Chepaitis wove together an intriguing tale of the search for justice, the survival of betrayal, and the principle fears of the main characters. Ever had a really good dark smoky whiskey? Yeah. That’s what this book was like. Sometimes I would sit for hours savoring this book, and sometimes I had way less time, yet each dip into this novel left me wanting more. I was fascinated with the main characters from the beginning because each of them had a past to unravel in relation to the current ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book off the shelf in the used books basement at Brookline Booksmith because I was in Coolidge Corner and expected some epic waiting-for-the-66-bus shenanigans to ensue. Which is sort of like saying "I bought this book because it was the only thing I could find at the airline terminal, when I knew my flight would be delayed ... by several days."

So standards were set low. And it was okay, but not great. Vaguely interesting premise (criminals are rehabilitated by social workers who
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was sent to me for a honest and fair review. This is the second book about Dr. Jaguar Addams who is a doctor on Planetoid Three who deals with criminals by making them see their fear. In the Fear Principle she gets handed a double case one investigating a con man, the other is the case of an assassin, who they are trying to figure out who hired her. What Jaguar learns is shocking. Also she mounts a rescue for her boss Alex who has been kidnapped. A great read and wonderful adventure
Couldn't really connect to the characters. Jaguar, though with a dark past, just seemed to be too perfect.
Also every villain she encountered was a little bit too easy to kill.

What's the difference between The Serials and the Killing Times??? Doesn't become clear at all.
Nov 06, 2014 Falbs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But science pays, and artists starve."
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