Yana, the main character is a battle stricken veteran who is sent to Peta ...more
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
So, why did I knock off half a point? I think the relationship between Sean and Yana is a little rushed. I guess with everything else that goes on in the story that both characters are involved in that it just feels like they don’t have time to try to be a couple.
However, this book is incredible! If I had a physical edition of this book it would go on my special bookshelf. One day, I will own ...more
After you get comfortable with the scenery (not a difficult task), the plot really takes over. You're pulling for the characters the whole time. I loved it.
While the story is science fiction with a little fantasy, there's almost a spiritual aspect to it. It presents us with a planet that ...more
Case in point:
"Then you do want the baby? You don't mind that I sometimes... change into a seal?"
An injured Yanaba Maddock is sent to Petaybee for recuperation. In this fairly fluffy SF book, think Northern Exposure meets Ireland, she find a bit of adventure, romance, Innuit culture, and the usual cast of McCaffrey idiot villains. In stock SF form, the natives are right, the intruders are idiots, and nobody can talk to each other to actually work out what's goi ...more
The mostly inoffensive story begins on the frozen ice world of Hoth - er, Petaybee, that is - where our hero, Major Yana Maddock, has just been transferred. Maddock is on a forced medical retirement, having been seriously injured, as well as the lone survivor, of some pr ...more
A frontier society outwits a big, uncaring parent company in this appealing joint venture by McCaffrey ( Damia's Children ) and Scarborough ( The Healer's War ), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning representatives of two generations of science fiction writers. Major Yanaba Maddock, medically retired with severely damaged lungs after military action aboard a space station, is pressured into acting as a spy by her employer, the sinister Intergal corporation. Colonel Giancarlo
I read the book at a time when I was very into all things green - and as such, and being younger, the heavy-handedness of the preservation message didn't quite register as such. I read the book, agreed with the message, a ...more
The book is a little preachy in the pro-environment sense, which doesn't bother me that much since I do feel that most corporations exploit the environment and their employees. But if that part of the writing doesn't bother you, then enjoy.
Mostly, it is a good story told in ...more
Plotline: Doesn't really make sense if you think too much about it, but a good little plot, with some romance thrown in.
Premise: Some weaknesses here, and though we get to know alot about the planet, not much about the universe.
Writing: Clear and precise, very readable
Ending: Good climax
Pace: pretty good, steady rather than fast.
This is one of my families favorite books. Maj. Yana has been deposited onto this ice ball of a planet with only one year to live after she is damaged during an uprising on another planet. She has to work through all the company and service big wigs to get to health, love, and protection of the living planet. Well-written with well-developed characterization that you will love. With the violence and sexual content, I would recommend this book to thos ...more
I have read all the pern books more than once and thought it was not just Pern but the tantalizing mix of dragons,riders, telepathy and music that held me. It is really grand descriptive storytelling with all those elements making the created planet and characters jump to life which holds me. All the best of Mccafrey and Scarborough storytelling alive and thriving onPetaybee. Off to buy book 2 and recommend it to you.
Instead of a government being in charge, it is the profit-seeking heartless corporate entity that is the Powers That Be of the title.
A great adventure story with a love story in the background.
Now I want to read more of the ...more
A light novel that was quick to read and more interesting for the unique (at least to me) plot line.
Rated 7/10, or 3.5 stars if you like.
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Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.
Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho ...more