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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Rafa thinks he's safe in witness protection until a former FBI partner is murdered, and he's arrested for the crime. Has he been set up?

He can't divulge enough truth to get off--it would endanger his new family. Sentenced to life in prison and heartbroken by his wife's rejection, he trades cell time for a one-way ticket off-planet and becomes a disposable employee for a co
Paperback, 390 pages
Published December 2012 by CreateSpace
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Nathaniel Hardman
This was a thoroughly fun book. It felt a little like the older school of sci-fi, where space travel was just an excuse to have scenes where humans battled bizarre monsters in brightly-colored alien jungles - think Edgar Rice Burroughs or the original Star Trek - but it's smarter than old sci-fi in general, addressing things like the hazard of alien bacteria in food and water, and it has some good ideas at its heart. Specifically, the intriguing concept of disposable explorers broadcasting all o ...more
I found Hardman's most recently published Viking to be an absolutely riveting story. I enjoy the sci-fi elements, but the novel will find broad appeal outside the genre, too, given its compelling premise, taut pacing, and sympathetic cast of characters. Hardman reveals twists and turns at precisely the right moments to heighten the story's intensity. Plenty will enjoy how the book is sprinkled with generous amounts of hi-tech gadgetry like implants, skimmers, and bio-suits, but these play a supp ...more
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I started reading this book and was quickly sucked into it. Towards the middle it started dragging a little bit and the ending was a little bit rushed in what seemed like an effort to wrap everything up neatly. But, overall it was a nice mix of sci-fi, thriller, with a bit of FBI mystery thrown in.

Couple of things that I didn't care about:

There were a lot of names to keep track of and a few that were so close to another characters that it was
I debated between a 4 and a 5 for this book because you have to work a little at keeping track of who the minor characters are. I loved the story. I've been telling my husband, dad and brother they have to read it--we all enjoy sci fi. Very imaginative, great description, intelligent writing. Doubly fun because I get to claim the author as my cousin! I agree with Lon Young--whom I know also, small world--that I wanted to know more about the pufferbellies. With a courageous, honorable main charac ...more
Overall enjoyable but undoubtedly dull and lacking in some areas. The biggest detractor of Viking is that it feels like you're falling into a story that's already in progress and the details very much needed for the beginning to feel right don't come into existence until halfway through the book. And while we're still on the detail train - many portions of the book, particularly legal and FBI portions, are glossed over and feel like unfinished, detracting from the overall story.

So while it was o
Rafa, a university professor and family man is accused and convicted of a murder he possibly doesn't commit. At the opening of the book he has crash landed on a planet as part of a crew made up of "Vikings," convicts released from jail to carry out dangerous missions on other planets for corporations. This Scifi is well crafted and is full of wonderful extraterrestrials, and interesting scientific possibilities.
I really enjoy reading sci-fi for their unique story lines and futuristic settings. This novel is no different and has kept me wanting to read more and more. Interesting story and unique places.

I recommend reading this novel if you enjoy reading sci-fi.
An all-around good book, with character development being especially noteworthy. The only nit I would pick is that the main character was just a bit too much of a superman, with the plot starting to take on a bit of a "Mission Impossible" quality.
I was confused in the beginning of the story. Hard to keep characters straight , but once it started to make sense I really enjoyed it. I even dreamed about it, which I rarely do.
Tess Walsh
One of the few books I have read recently which kept my attention. It was well written, with a good plot and decent characters. Would read more from this author.
I quickly got into this book and couldn't put it down! It was a good story with an interesting mix of reality and sci fi. I enjoyed it very much!
I couldn't get into it. I just skipped a bunch so don't judge the book by my review. Just not the time to read it.
Michel Clasquin-Johnson
Moderately good sf story that comes to an unsatisfactory, over-the-top ending.
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The Christmas I was six, I snuck into a hallway to listen at the bannister as my parents discussed presents in the living room below.

When my parents heard me, they switched into German. That was when I fell in love with language.

I was already hooked on stories by this time. I have memories of Where the Wild Things Are and The Monster at the End of This Book from the dim years before kindergarten,
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