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Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,274 ratings  ·  254 reviews
It’s not easy to tread lightly wearing steel-toed boots.

Sirantha Jax isn’t known for diplomatic finesse. As a “Jumper” who navigates ships through grimspace, she’s used to kicking ass first and taking names later—much later. Not exactly the obvious choice to sell the Conglomerate to the Ithtorians, a people whose opinions of humans are as hard as their exoskeletons.

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Paperback, 302 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ace (first published August 29th 2009)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This is an incredible addition to the series, probably the best one yet. Even though I loved the action in Wanderlust, the relationship angst really bothered me. That's why I waited a month or so before daring to read Doubleblind. I'm happy to say that it brings a nice equilibrium to everything that's been grating on my nerves. In Grimspace, and especially in Wanderlust, March seemed to suffer from multiple personality disorder. He was a perfect lover, Jax's punching bag/doormat and Universal So ...more
Well, all I have to say is, if you’ve stopped reading this series after book two (Wanderlust), then please give it another chance! This was the best installment so far. With the first two books my reviews were a bit like, “I loved it…except for…” and “if it weren’t for this then I would have loved it.” But this book needs no qualifiers. I loved it all the way through!

Sirantha has just arrived on Ithiss-Tor (finally), in an attempt to gain an alliance against the brutal, gluttonous Morgut. Everyo
I really do LOVE the world that has been built here by the author. It very much feels like a Mass Effect game in a book. The key to everything is the relationships, and this author definitely excels in interesting character types and conflicts. Jax is awesome, and this book definitely matured up her impetuousness and self-destruction in a real way I really enjoyed.

I had some issues with the ending and how it wrapped up, because I felt like it came a bit from nowhere, the end culprit of it all, b
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
With Morgut attacks on space stations and planetary settlements escalating, the ousted Farwan Corporation's supporters pirating space ships, and the Syndicate coming out in the open to offer protection from the Morgut - for the right price, the success of Sirantha Jax's mission as the Conglomerate's ambassador to Ithiss-Tor has never been more important. She needs to broker an alliance with the one species who successfully drove off the Morguta couple of centuries before, but there's a big probl ...more
It probably comes as a surprise that prior to picking up this novel, I was very nearly finished with this series. Wanderlust was a sorry companion to the kick-ass series that Grimspace promised and I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to continue - especially when the path ahead seemed to be littered with angst, drama, and unnecessary situations. Thankfully, though, I took a gamble on Doublebind and am so glad I did. Unsurprisingly, this installment will not be a favorite among all readers, mostly be ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer

Well now I’m disappointed. I was expecting something great like the rest of the books from this series and what did I get? Politics. Lots and lots of politics. I didn’t like the story at all, not even the ending. I’m not happy with this book and I’m not really looking forward to reading the next one. There are many little things that irritated me besides this whole politics crap. Most of them are related to the characters, which I used to love. Not I don’t anymore!

I find myself rating this entire series 5 stars, even though there are flaws in the story. But the books are so enjoyable, especially for someone who is not a huge fan of heavy-handed science fiction. These are light, quick reads and a whole lot of fun.

My major complaint - I wish these were longer and I wish Aguirre would go into further detail with her characters, alien worlds, and cultures.

More than anything, I loved reading about the friendship between two of the main characters, one a human
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OH!!!! Superb! I thought I was going to be a little bored with this because Sirantha acts as an ambassador, and there's a lot of political talk and cultural discussions but I found it to be fascinating. Aguirre created an entire people with all of these customs, and made it so believable. I found Sirantha to be so vulnerable in this book, in the others she was strong and impulsive but she was so sad here. All she wanted was to help create peace, and to ensure that a huge, destructive war wouldn' ...more
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The Flooze
I've just closed the cover on Doubleblind, the third Jax novel, and all I can think is: when will enough be enough?

Ambassador Jax finally arrives on Ithiss-Tor to broker an alliance with the Bugs. It's a mission of paramount importance; success could mean the salvation of humanity. At the very least, having the Ithtorians join the Conglomerate will lessen the threat on one of multitudinous hostile fronts. Or so they hope. But how much of herself will Jax have to relinquish to get the job done?

Yaaay! While this book is certainly an emotional read, it wasn't as dark a book as the previous in the series. At the end of the previous book Sirantha finally made it to the alien planet she was assigned to delegate negotiations for an alliance. The beginning of this book starts right where it left off. Things are much more complicated than they seem and Sirantha has to rely more on her crew than usual. She especially has to rely Vel, whom I love, since March is still in a state from events at ...more
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Mandi Schreiner
Let me just put it out there that I am an Ann Aguirre fan girl. I have only recently discovered the Sirantha Jax series and have been quite spoiled that I have gotten to read all three quite close together. The latest installment, Doubleblind, only furthers my enjoyment of this series.

Sirantha Jax is an ambassador on a mission to try to get Ithiss-Tor to join the Conglomerate. The Morgut, hideous almost unstoppable creatures are on the rise, literally eating their way through space. The Ithtoria
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
This is a 4.75 simply because I feel that there was a step that could've been elongated.

I really want to go into details but I won't. Instead I will focus on a few things.

My heart broke so many times during this book. So. many. times. Between the breakdown of men, the breakdown and shattering courage to rebuild relationships, dangers, plots and betrayals this book did a number on me. I would almost call it toxic but I enjoyed it way too much!

The action was a little slower as this book focused mo
This third book of the Grimspace series takes place entirely on the xenophobic planet of Ithiss-Tor. Jax has finally arrived to act as Ambassador to the "Bugs" who are desperately needed to strengthen the Conglomerate's position against the Morgut. There is danger every step of the way as Jax navigates the treacherous waters of diplomacy with a mostly hostile species. Intrigue, betrayal, and the nuances of cross-cultural communication make this a fascinating read - a definite change of pace from ...more
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Feb 18, 2010 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jax Fans
Shelves: good-uns, scifi
I know what you're gonna say. "Um, Angie? DOUBLEBLIND came out like five months ago. What are you doing reviewing it in February? And you call yourself a fan..." Before you judge me too harshly, I thought I'd lost it. I've been ransacking my house for months trying to find it and hadn't replaced it because I knew it just had to be there somewhere. But it was starting to get a bit ridiculous and just when I was about to go buy another copy, I found it! I won't tell you where because it's embarras ...more
Hot on the heels of finishing Wanderlust and feeling the love big time for Jax I was eager and excited to start Doubleblind however I have to say that I was a little disappointed with it. Don't get me wrong I still really enjoyed this book but it just wasn't Wanderlust. This book picks up immeadiately where book 2 ended with Jax, who is now an Ambassador, landing on Ithiss-Tor, Vel's home planet, and it is here on Ithiss-Tor that we stay for the whole of the book. Ms Aguirre does an excellent jo ...more
Sirantha Jax is tasked with going to Ithtor to try to convince the insect-like race to ally with the Conglomerate against the Morgut, who are attacking Conglomerate outposts and murdering everyone. The Ithtorians have isolated themselves against everyone, but agreed to the visit by Jax and her party (who include Ithtorian Vel- Jax's good friend, Marsh- Jax's boyfriend, and Dina, Hit and Jael. The Ithtorians are split- some want to maintain isolation, but others feel they are stagnating and need ...more
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After all that... wow.
Warning : Spoilers for the first two books, but not for Doubleblind.

The Sirantha Jax series runs through the gamut of all possible elements in science fiction/ fantasy. Grimspace was a jaunty, action-filled adventure with romance. Wanderlust had horror, separation from love interest, a thrilling escape from war-torn, Teras-infested planet, and the added stress of Jax's health issues. Now, Doubleblind features political intrigue, psychological post-war issues, expansion of artificial intelligence
This book was ok; I mostly liked it, but it definitely had some flaws.

The things I liked:

1. I quite enjoyed seeing the customs, culture and world of the Ithtorians. The world was nicely built, and Vel was a character that I really liked among that world.

2. I continue to like Jax. She is a very likeable character, and her inner thoughts are realistic and understandable. She's an awesome main character.

3. I still love the idea of Dina and Hit. Hit is one of my favorite characters even though the
Jax has really managed to grow up and become responsible in this book. With her team she sets out to broker an alliance with the "Bugs". With Vel at her side she manages to do justice to their culture as she navigates her new diplomatic role.

I really like how Jax and Vel's relationship has changed to one where they are each other's closets friends even thought they are so different from the way they thing to even the species they are. They seem to constantly surprise each other with the accepta
I loved seeing some growth in Sirantha, as she figured out how to navigate the political world, make alliances, and curb her impulsive instincts. But I have to admit that Jax still irritates me with the way she nearly always thinks in cost/benefit ratio to herself. It's not so much just that, but then she tries to say things like "I'd walk through fire for him," and her internal thoughts just don't match. It makes me not believe her when she says stuff like that.

My heart was breaking for March.
Emma Rosloff
In 'Doubleblind' we find our hero, Sirantha Jax, coming full circle -- once upon a time, she spent her life in the limelight, renown for exploring the farthest reaches of space and discovering several new species and planets. But now, having come through a harrowing accident that changed the course of history and nearly destroyed her ('Grimspace'), and having witnessed the escalation of events in the wake of the Farwan Corporation's demise ('Wanderlust'), her skills are put to the ultimate test. ...more
Melissa Hayden
We start exactly where Wanderlust stops. Jax is heading down to the Ithtorian planet for the first time. Ithtorian's, once roamed the stars but recoiled to their home dissolving all trading and connections to be isolated by choice, now Jax's mission as ambassador is to open this connection once again. A mission to do her best and not fail at as it will affect the whole world. March is broken over what he did on Lachion and Jax doesn't want to, or bare the thought, of losing him. He remembers lov ...more
Doubleblind picks up right where Wanderlust left off. Still stressful. I imagine Jax' blood pressure is sky high. She tries so hard now to avoid the drama, but it just isn't in her cards, poor girl.

Most of this book was focused on politics. Jax is responsible for winning over Ithiss-Tor and we spend the whole time on the planet. If I read the ebook version, I'd count how many times Jax executed a "wa" greetings, but that's not a complaint. I was honestly interested in the complexities of the Ith
Oct 15, 2009 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds ...more
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Sirantha Jax (6 books)
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