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Games of Command

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,655 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The universe isn’t what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten–and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship’s sick bay–and in the hands of her best friend, Dr. Eden Fynn– ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Alternate cover to ISBN 9780553589634, 525 pages
Published March 2007 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Yes, "Accidental Goddess". Gillaine is a different race to the majority of this book's cast.
"Down Home Zombie Blues" Set on this Earth with a non…more
Yes, "Accidental Goddess". Gillaine is a different race to the majority of this book's cast.
"Down Home Zombie Blues" Set on this Earth with a non earth but human heroine.
Both women are human, not humanoid.
"Gabriel's Ghost" has some major humanoid characters, but they are male.
I hope that helps.
IMO Games of Command is Sinclair's best book.(less)

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Reading this book, I kept on saying, sometimes out-loud, "haha whut." The entire thing is really so ludicrously over the top, and the main conflict feels like something that might have come from a Saturday morning cartoon produced in the eighties. I enjoyed it a lot, when I wasn't writhing in sympathetic embarrassment at the display of authorial id.

Captain Tasha 'Sass' Sebastian is serving under (not like that!) Admiral Brendon Kel-Paten. Their respective empires were once at war, but are now al
This was the fourth space opera that I have read by Linnea Sinclair. She is known by her fans for following a formula in most, if not all, of her books: alpha male, strong smart heroine and at least part of the setting is held in space. Like in most sci-fi stories there is a familiar jargon unique to the plot that the reader must learn. Tel-Tal, biocybe, U-Cee, Psy-Serv, Novalis, characters with the last name of Kel-_, Galaxus, Definator and so on. And it took me roughly a third of the story to ...more
Tasha "Sass" Sebastian, former Merc known as Lady Sass, gets assigned to the ship commandeered by one time enemy, Admiral Branden Kel-Paten. Now part of an alliance between their two factions, Sass must do her best to hide her past while serving under the enigmatic Kel-paten.

The Admiral has his own secrets. He has loved Sass since he first laid eyes on her- long before she was assigned to his ship. But there's a major problem- he's part cyber man and he isn't supposed to have "feelings" at all,

So, there was one part of this book I liked, and a whole lot that I didn't.

The romance between Sass and Kel-Paten had everything I love - two highly intelligent people on opposing sides moving toward a relationship. There was tension, there was hotness, and okay, maybe Kel-Paten was a little too swoony over Sass in his unsent letters to her, but that's OK!

There was a political backstory that I found intriguing. What was going on? Why? Who knew what?

And then there were the bits I didn't like.
I'm really glad I read a few of the books in Sinclair's Dock 5 series before reading this. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't awful. The characters are very strong and likable and the storytelling is generally good. The author is excellent in every book I've read of hers, this one included, at setting the spaceship scene, making it feel extremely real without going on and on about the technology and creating a barrier for fans who are more interested in the romance or adventure.

But it was not the po
What an amazing ride!!! At 525 pages, Games of Command isn't a short and sweet read. Plus, one has to contend with all the information about alien races, sci-fi terminology, politics and alliances flying left,right and center. The time spent is so well worth it; I was completely hooked onto this space adventure and the pages just flew by.

The pace and tone of this story was just spot on. Although the real action takes off at the start, the characters' backgrounds are much more intertwined. I fee
I decided to follow up my first Linnea Sinclair book ( Gabriel's Ghost) with Games of Command and I am so glad I did. What a fun, fun book this is. I inhaled it over the weekend and wished there was a sequel lying around somewhere when I was done. Games of Command follows main characters Captain Tasha Sebastian and Admiral Branden Kel-Paten as well as secondary characters Dr. Eden Fynn and Captain Jace Serafino. As in Gabriel's Ghost, the two main characters have a history from the get-go and ...more
Linnea Sinclair has found her true calling when it comes to writing sci-fi/ space travel fiction. There is a touch of everything in this book. A great hero and heroine, action packed space travel and also some interesting little creatures as side kicks that are so adorable.

Tasha Sebastian is a hardnosed space captain who has a shady past but tries to let it go as she looks forward to the future. She is assigned to go on a mission with a man who has been the bain of her existence for years. Admi
It’s so hard to write a review about a book we really loved and I’ve been struggling for days to write only a few lines.

After reading The Accidental Goddess and Gabriel’s Ghost, Linnea Sinclair quickly went to my auto-buy list. When I finally got my hands in Games of Command, I knew this was going to be an adventurous journey!

"The universe isn’t what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian finds herself serving under her f
In light of discussion about reviews and bad reviews and online interaction happening today, let me first say that I picked this book up because another of Sinclair's books got a terrible review on SBTB. Given the passion of the review and the discussion that followed, I thought I HAVE to read something by this author and one of her books may end up being a book club book. Book club folks be warned!


This book was wonderful. The characters were so well drawn and believable. I LOVED the vi
GUYS, well I've delved into the genre of "romantic Sci-Fi" and its a mixed bag. This author is at the top of the heap for the genre and I've read several books by her in the past week or so (as well as one I loved a while ago). I liked this one the least, although it came highly recommended.

I dunno why, the main dude just was too weird for me. Kal-Paten is a name I couldn't read without giggling a lot, and I just kept trying to figure out how he was a cyborg, what he'd look like naked, and if t
Games of Command is a mix of adventure, suspense and two love affairs. Despite the good plot, it was a slow read in the beginning, as I was somewhat confused by the all the information thrown in: the unique jargon to the plot that the reader must learn as he reads on: biocybe, Tel-Tal, U-Cee, Psy-Serv, Novalis, etc.

The main protagonists, well developed and easy to understand, are biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten and Captain Tasha Sebastian, aka Lady Sass, old enemies from the days before the T
Originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.

I’ve been meaning to try Linnea Sinclair’s books for a while now and I’m glad I was finally able to do so when I picked up Games of Command. There was a time when I felt that sci-fi isn’t really my thing because the worldbuilding tends to be more complicated that what I usually like. But then I loved Silent Blade and Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews and the Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K. Host so I’ve been wanting to explore the genre a bit more. Linnea
Once in a while, I will pick up a Space Opera for all the fun elements of Sci-Fi blended with romance. I've had my eye on this one since I read a follow-up short story in the SFR Brigade antho referencing this one. I was eager for a strong capable hero and heroine on a swashbuckling space adventure and that's what I got. But I also got an intriguing thriller to make things even more interesting.

I loved the writing style, the pace and the tone of the book so much that I didn't even feel all those
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I was hesitant about this sub-genre (science fiction romance a la Star Trek instead of my prefered contemporary fantasy vampires/werewolves), but this author is a regular participant on the paranormal romance goodreads group, and this book won an award, so I wanted to give it a try.

I'm glad I did! The writing was witty and fun. The plot suspenseful and well-woven, without resorting to horror/gore. (Many urban fantasy writers go the horr
Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian isn't whom she claims to be. Her past is a lot more colorful than her records claim but no one but her closest friend knows that. After fighting in a war for several years that's finally come to an end, she's started to feel comfortable. Until as a gesture of goodwill, both sides decide to integrate their people. And Tasha has been chosen to be one of those people. Specifically chosen to be integrated into Admiral Branden Kel-Paten ship. Tasha and the Admiral were ...more
This book and I have a love-hate relationship. I adore Kel-Paten. I'm just a little in love with this figment of imagination and that is rare for me. There are maybe 3-5 romance novels I reread because I love the story or characters so much and this is one of them. It's also the only one that pisses me off to no end. I gave it 4 starts because what it gets right, it really gets right and I really do like it a lot.

What it got right. Kel-Paten and Sass. More notably Kel-Paten. This guy is not only
Rebecca Huston
I bailed about a quarter of the way through this novel. I just could not take it any more. This rather silly, overblown blend of science fiction and romance managed to call up the biggest mistakes of both genres. Two couples form the relationship tangles, one being the captain of a starship, Tasha (or Sass), and her boss, Admiral Kel-Paten, a biocybe, half-human, half-machine, and the other the ship's CMO Eden Flynn and a renegade pirate with 'hidden' psychic powers. Oh, yeah, and the furzels -- ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Wow, the books by this author are addictive. I read one and three weeks later I was halfway through her backlist. As with the rest of the books, there's a lot of action, space fights, and cool technology bandied about. I always enjoy the world building. I also have noted that each of the books so far seem to be in their own universe (or part of the universe) - I haven't seen overlapping names of governments, religions, or races yet. Unless I missed one. There are common things in terms of charac ...more
Two and a half stars.

The book was approximately 40% about a second couple that's not even mentioned at all on the back cover blurb, which was suprising. In any event, the story was solid enough but neither romance really lit my fire or captured my rapt attention. Some of the things one of the male love interest does came across as a bit too obssessive to me and I personally would have felt suffocated in the relationship. So that was a turn off.
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair is a fun space romp which was an entertaining read with many good parts and some that made me round down my initial 3.5 rating.

The good - the space setting was interesting and I enjoyed Tasha's interactions with her best friend and CMO Eden. Their solid friendship felt real. I also liked their furtzel pets, which were more comic relief than anything else at first but actually turned out to be pretty awesome.

The not so good - two major issues. My first issue is
This was my first book by Linnea Sinclair, and I'm hunting all the rest down now. It was delicious. I'm pretty sure a whole lot of that deliciousness comes from my adoration of Branden Kel-Paten, since there were some things that bugged me. But days later I'm still completely psyched over the book, so I think the characters overcame the story hurdles.

Kel-Paten is a biocybe (I think the only one) and a famous Triad Admiral. Because of his cyborg programmation he's not allowed to feel emotion - an
I really liked the character Kel-Paten. Maybe I should say I like the idea of the character Kel, because he really didn't get a whole lot of face time. Not as much as you would think seeing the book is marked "Romance" on it's spine. This is more like Sci-fi with one scene of some shenanigans.
Back to Kel-Paten, a biocybe, how cool is that! It would've been great to have a book before this one that was all about him becoming one and his life up to this point.
Over all this was more Sci-fi then Spa
My feelings are mixed now that I finished reading this book. I disliked the multiple POVs, even the cat-thingys got a say. The characters were definitely seen-it-before molds, I didn't mind the Kel-Paten mold, because virgin men who desperately hide their feelings of love are fricken entertaining! Sass was the typical feisty heroine, but she didn't grate on my nerves, so she was fine...I guess. But Eden, the sexy and extremely curvy doc w/ image issues, was annoying. And that rogue that is Jace ...more
2.5 A solid read for those who enjoy space adventure without the science of hard SF, or SF's typical exploration of intriguing intellectual "what ifs." When the Triad and the United Coalition sign a treaty, UCee commander Tasha Sebastian finds herself second in command to Triad biocyborg Admiral Branden Kel-Paten. Kel-Paten has been nursing a crush on wily enemy Sass for years, and the new alliance's officer exchange program has finally given him the chance to spend time with her in person. But ...more
4.5 stars - I loved this book! It was completely mental but I really enjoyed it.

I also liked the way there was a drawn out romance rather than falling in love within a matter of days. There was also a lot of sexual tension throughout and whilst it was frustrating it also added to the book so I think it was necessary.

Oh and I loved the furzels! It was a pretty unbelievable storyline, but in a good way...if that makes sense. The characters were pretty well developed and I cared about what happened
Mystique Reviews
Once again author Linnea Sinclair has amazed me. GAMES OF COMMAND kept me in my seat from first page to last. Quite simply, it was stellar. Cosmic in the best of senses. GAMES OF COMMAND reminded me of Blade Runner, with Branden Kel-Paton as the tragically human “Roy.” And as for Captain Tasha Sebastian? What can I say but: “Sassy!”

As is her trademark style, Linnea starts out with Life as Usual. Admiral Kel-Paton, Captain Sebastian, and Chief Medical Officer Eden Flynn are going about their norm
Despite the description, this really is a science-fiction book. I thought it was going to be a romance in a science-fiction setting, but this is a romantic science-fiction book, with some sex scenes and an implied happily ever after ending.

There were two relatively well-developed unique alien races and telepathy playing a major role. I wouldn't call it hard science fiction... the rules were rather ill-defined and there was no attempt at scientific explanation, it was something more in the style
Sasha Summers
It took me a while to get into this book but once I did - I loved it. Each of the four main characters were well developed and independent from one another. I loved the interplay between the four, the different tone each of the relationships carried and each characters strength. These are funny, capable people that totally thrive in extreme situations - meaning pretty much the whole book.
The world building was amazing.
Sometimes, it was a little distracting. Not detracting from the story in any
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
A very sweet read but also very confusing. This book is actually rated 3.5 for me as I fell in love with the characters. In fact there were a lot of elements in this book that reminded me of some of the elements in Gabriel's Ghost. It was a confusing book though as there were a lot of references to things that seemingly happened before this book, as luck would have it.... that was sort of the case:

Readers often email about my out-of-print Alliance Command series, and want to know how Games of C
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