Gabriel's Ghost (Dock Five Universe, #1)
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Gabriel's Ghost (Dock Five Universe #1)

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Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair brings her special sizzle to science fiction with this action-packed blend of otherworldly adventure and sexy stellar romance.

After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit-nd shipped off to a remote pris...more
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Bantam (first published February 14th 2002)
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new_user
Jul 15, 2010 new_user rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to new_user by: CJ
In Gabriel's Ghost Linnea Sinclair has fashioned a romantic but practical scifi adventure. I know, "practical" doesn't exactly sound enticing, but how else to describe Gabriel's Ghost? On the one hand, Sully and Chasidah do expose and explore more of their feelings than do most rough and tough scifi leads.

On the other hand, Chasidah "Chaz" Bergren springs from military stock, and she's written very true to character. She's practical, calm even when she panics, and she's passionate about her car...more
Beanbag Love
I just never totally settled into this book. To be fair, I don't tend to like science fiction. I loved "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" but that's about the level I tend to go for, it seems. Regular people dealing with alien races.

I'm not even sure why this is. I can deal with the strange races and places: Takas, Stolorths, Moabar, when they're in fantasy -- I mean I have no problem with hobbits -- but somehow they seem inaccessible to me in sci fi. I can't really explain it except that fanta...more
Rachel
This is not a review intended to help someone decide if they should read this book. No one should read this book. This is a spoiler-laden rant about the godawfulness of this book. You have been warned. Also, I use the word 'rape' a lot (in the context of pointing out how awful a particular plot point is), so if you're sensitive to that, you've also been warned.

I do not recommend this book to anyone, except maybe abusive husbands. They might get a kick out of this book, and the time they spent r...more
Susiq2
May 04, 2008 Susiq2 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves adventure with science fiction, outer space, and a love interest that is Hot.
Recommended to Susiq2 by: I found this book after reading Finders Keepers by Linnea Sincla
I have read this fabulous story a few times already, but the sequel is coming out soon, and I am re-reading it again for a smooth transition to Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair.(The Sequel).

This book is for anyone who adores SFR. The hero is welcome to move in here with me anytime he so wishes. Did I mention that he is drop dead gorgeous, has supernatural powers, and can help you get to sleep when he is not busy saving your life? The heroine is feisty, smart, brave, and pretty. I wish I were h...more
Kathryn
I think I liked this more than Sinclair's Finders Keepers. There was a bit more depth, though still nothing extraordinary. The characters were well developed. I was beginning to think the characters would continue to develop throughout the book but I fear it ended up being more of a case of *in my game show voice* let's reveal the next thing someone can do! And always in the midst of an action sequence. Forbid that the characters would discover anything while sitting down and talking.

But this i...more
The Flooze
**3.5**

Gabriel’s Ghost is absorbing, both in terms of its sci-fi elements and its romantic underpinnings. It’s not as gripping as my favorite of the genre, Grimspace, but it’s a solid read with characters to root for.

Within the first few lines, Linnea Sinclair establishes the narrator, Chasidah Bergren, as a strong-willed, level-headed heroine. Chaz is capable of taking care of herself. She assesses situations quickly, gathering facts and objectively analyzing them. However, she’s not the stereo...more
Mara
I have read two other novel by Ms Linnea. I really liked Finders Keepers and liked enough Games of Command. Gabriel's Ghost had higher reviews, so I expected it to be better. This may have been my downfall. :)

While reading Gabriel's Ghost I kept feeling echos, like a sonar, of stories past by. I know genre fiction is often formulaic. Hell, all stories are formulaic at hearth. Love stories, whether comedies or tragedies, are built on the lines of girl meets boys, problems ensue, HEA or tragedy st...more
Gina
Incredible Sci-Fi that’ll take you for a ride!

Stripped of her post as Captain for the interstellar Sixth Fleet after being convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Chasidah “Chaz’ Bergren is sent to Moabar prison planet, with only her Grizni dagger to protect and defend herself.

Just when she defends herself and kills a Taka, she comes face-to-face with Gabriel “Sully” Ross Sullivan, the legendary mercenary and scoundrel, whom she’d met several times before. Chaz is sure Sully loved the chases the...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
What a fabulous read. "Gabriel's Ghost" by Linnea Sinclair is an amazing blend of romance, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. I broke down and picked up this book because its sequel "Shades of Dark" will hit the shelves on July 29, 2008 and I was curious as to whether or not to put it on my shopping list. I'm so glad I read this book and I already put the new one on my 'must buy' list!

Chaz is suspicious when she's 'rescued' from her unjust s...more
Yune
Mar 23, 2008 Yune rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Catherine Asaro fans
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Feminista
I. AM. IN. LOVE. WITH. THIS. BOOK...

Mindblowing...

Linnea Sinclair delivers it all yet again - futuristic, sci-fi romance, all-consuming love, angst, action, treachery and betrayal...

LiteraryLover
I think this has to be my favorite Linnea Sinclair book I've read so far. It kept me glued to the pages and the ending left me dying to read the next book. I'd rant and rave more about how wonderful it was but I don't have the time. I'll just say that I'd definitely give Linnea Sinclair's books a shot if you haven't yet read anything by her, and I would recommend starting with this book.
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Apr 15, 2010 CJ - Drop Dead Cute rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Tanya Huff's "Valor" series, military-sci-fi fans, space romance fans
Recommended to CJ - Drop Dead Cute by: discriminating fangirl had this on her list
Just really liked this book. Reminded me of Tanya Huff's "Valor" series if were romantic/sexual. Loved the characters, loved the tension and the dialogue. Though Sinclair became prosey and poetic at times, it completely worked.

Am about to start the sequel to this novel - "Shades of Dark"
Carolyn F.
Re-read by audiobook I wasn't planning on re-reading any of her books, but this was on sale at Audible and from the sample it sounded pretty good. Another example of an audiobook making me enjoy the book more. Dina Pearlman is the narrator of this book. When I read it initially I didn't know what all the hoopla was about this book. It was just okay to me. But the narration was so wonderful that I ended up really liking the book and have upped my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. I just wish that G...more
Cathy
Overall I really enjoyed it. It's always a bit difficult to review an audiobook, I'm never sure if my experience was similar to print readers. The audio experience emphasizes so many different things. For example, I thought the reader, actress Dina Pearlman, was terrific. Her husky voice was just perfect for Chaz. It added so much to the story, hearing the intelligent, thoughtful tones of her voice, especially with the first-person perspective. But she gave Sully a British accent that bugged the...more
mlady_rebecca
This is one of those books that's defying my classification purposes. Book two picks up with the same pov narrator, making this look like a tightly coupled series, but books 3 and 4 move on to the "couple per book" thing. Correspondingly, I'm not sure if I should call it sf or sf romance. At the moment, I'm leaning towards sf romance.

The book started off awkwardly. There was a bit of an info dump when it came to world building - specifically all the alien species that populate this universe. On...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Linnea Sinclair got me hooked on romantic sci-fi with her last Bantam Dell release, FINDERS KEEPERS. Now, with GABRIEL'S GHOST, she's outdone herself once again, perfectly balancing the love story of her two main characters with her vivid descriptions of world-building that you're not soon to forget.

Pilot Chasidah Bergren was the one-time darling of the Imperial Sixth Fleet, a woman who could take the interstellar patrol ship she commanded in and out of places that no one else would ever dare....more
Candy
I read this for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout book club, so I suppose I should review it somewhat. Though I usually enjoy sci-fi, and generally enjoy romance, this book was pretty lame. The female lead started out seemingly strong-willed, independent, fierce, everything you could want in a sci-fi/romance heroine. Halfway through the book she turns into this wishy-washy, muddled femme-bot without two brain cells to rub together and it felt like she was constantly turning to one male or another to s...more
Janice (Janicu)
When I read Gabriel's Ghost I was mentally comparing it with Finders Keepers, and it feels like it's a later novel. The romance is more complicated in this book, less predictable. Despite that, although the writing still pulled me in, I liked Gabriel's Ghost less than Finders Keepers. The first part of the book was very interesting, but then about halfway through, the story started to lag. I felt like the relationship should be all resolved by then and I' d like to see it build from there, but i...more
Katie(babs)
Linnea Sinclair takes your old fashion boy meets girl story and brings it into outerspace with incredible results. Fans of the sci-fi genre will enjoy this fresh story with a very strong heroine and a hero who almost puts Han Solo to shame. To be honest, Sully is beyond droolworthy. (Our hero even has an incredible sidekick also!)

Chasidah or Chaz as she goes by has been framed as a traitor. She use to be a captain of her own ship but now is a prisoner on a planet that would kill a lesser woman....more
Cindy
I re-read this as the start of reading the three book series.
Gabriel's Ghost
Shades of the Dark
Hope's Folly

Linnea Sinclair writes excellent action-oriented science fiction. She also writes excellent romance. Luckily for us she blends the two together... Tight, page-turning plot, great characters [and her aliens are outstanding:] and dialog that grabs you - it is a must read.

As are her other books - all of which are stand-alones.
An Accidental Goddess
Finders Keepers
Games of Command
The Down Home Zom...more
Vered
Jan 15, 2011 Vered rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vered by: CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Shelves: fantasy-cfi, rsci-fi
I have a very dysfunctional relationship with this book. It annoyed me yet allured me at the same time, It’s quite seductive. Not for a moment did it leave me indifferent.
Heather Campbell
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Nicole
Sep 16, 2008 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who think Lois McMaster Bujold is too plotty
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~Leslie~
4.5 stars This book was my first introduction to Linnea Sinclair and I am so happy that it occurred. Science fiction fantasy is not my favorite genre but this one makes a convert of me! Chasida is a Captain who's been unjustly convicted and sent to a prison planet. She is rescued by Sully, who is a privateer that she chased in her previous job. They had a serious flirtation but nothing had ever come of it. What a mistake on her part! I fell in love with Sully, who was the perfect mix of tender...more
Allan Dyen-shapiro
This is not the type of book I'd generally pick up. I have disliked virtually all military science fiction I've ever read, and haven't read much romance I liked either. However, what I don't like about military science fiction--propagandistic glorification of the military with neo-fascist overtones--is absent from this book. By contrast, it reminds me quite a bit of Star Trek--the fleet commander seeming very Captain Kirk-like. As for the romance, it is subordinated to the story. These aspects r...more
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Genre (sci fi) romance can either go good or really, really, bad. In this case, we have a solidly written plot, surprises aplenty, a decent heroine with intelligence and logic, and a hero that doesn't have to save her all the time/has his own issues to deal with.

When I read a sci fi romance novel, I always hope the sci fi is the emphasis and has some romance thrown in. That's exactly the balance I found with Gabriel's Gho...more
Angie
I've heard good things about Linnea Sinclair for awhile but was never sure where to jump in and was waiting for the right mood. I've definitely had a sci-fi hankering lately, so I figured now (on the heels of Grimspace and The Host) was as good a time as any. Gabriel's Ghost is certainly a fast-paced book and it was kind of cool that it started after some pretty significant action had already happened. The reader is caught up along the way as Captain Chasidah Bergren, aka Chaz, attempts to su...more
Robyn Swords
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T00zday
Good pure futuristic/sci-fi read. Not really my preferred cup of tea but not bad. I was able to put it down a lot.
Chaz is a framed Alliance captain sent to a prison planet. No powers or special. Sully is a space pirate who breaks Chaz out of jail. Then epic long adventure.
Sex but not erotica.
Dark themes due to bad guys.
HFN ending as big-bad-guy conglomerate is still at large.
Recommended as filler.
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She didn't understand, I hope to God she never understands what I do, what I am. To be dammed by the darkness that lives inside me.

To be saved by her love.


No more half-truths. No more omissions.”
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