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The Royal Scam

(The Martian Alliance #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Things aren’t what they seem to be when Princess Olivia of Andromeda jumps aboard a spaceship to escape a loveless marriage.

Join the crew of the Hummingbird as they take on the rich, famous and sleazy of the galaxy. They're also on a long-term secret mission, so it's a good thing they're the best con artists, spacers, and roughnecks in the Milky Way, because they need all
Kindle Edition, 27 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Musa Publishing
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Carolyn F.
Short story

Although I had liked the author's other sci-fi series it started to grate on my nerves. But this looked different enough that I thought I'd give it a try. This was action-packed for such a short story, but was good. Not over the top. 3-1/2 stars.
Marty Shaw
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Royal Scam, the first book in the Martian Alliance series, follows the crew of the spaceship known as the Hummingbird. The crew, made up of Danielle Daniels (also known as DeeDee), Ciarissa, Doven, Bullfrog, Willy, Dr. Wufren, Tresia, Kyle, and Roy, the captain of the ship, are involved in a con they refer to as the royal scam. The scam consists of shape-shifter DeeDee impersonating a princess of the Royal Family from the planet Andromeda who then appears to die while attempting to escape he ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It was okay the plot is set, the rest should be interesting.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I owe Gini Koch a debt of gratitude. Before I read her Kitty Katt Series I really did like books with aliens in them all that much. Martini and gang changed all that, and I've been happily reading sci fi romance books ever since I read Touched By An Alien. When I heard that she had a new series coming out, I knew I had to read it. Now onto the review...

Gini Koch has done it again. She has created another series that I fell in love with with the Martian Chronicles. She has created a world filled
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I have two complaints about The Royal Scam. First and foremost it just was not long enough. It is listed as a short story and it is. Thankfully there are to be more to follow. My second is unusual. After I bought The Royal Scam from Musa and downloaded it to my computer I tried to side load to my Nook (the only way to get it there if I did not buy from Barnes and Noble) I was told I did not have permission to load the story to that location. It took me a long to read because I had to read on my ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
The crew of the Hummingbird really are the best of the best when it comes to pulling scams and making money. The Royal Scam focuses on a Princess that boards a spacecraft to get away so that she doesn't have to marry the Prince of another royal family. There is more than meets the eye and Gini Koch does a great job entertaining the reader with the storyline in the book. I felt I was a member of the crew as they embark on a mission of doing what they do best, making money.

I also enjoyed learning
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

The Royal Scam is a fairy tale set in space with a twist. A young princess betrothed to a scion of a neighboring planet is really in love with a member of her father’s household. A plot is hatched for the princess to escape into space but the groom gives chase. Will he catch his bride, or will she escape?

Don’t yawn and give up on this story thinking it’s an old tale. This is only the beginning. Various psychic entities are involved in
Blodeuedd Finland
Honestly I can't say much since it was really short. But I will try my best.

I would not say it was much like her other series about Kitty. No, the tone was different and the laughter, fun and sexiness was not here. It was just more sci-fi, which is a good thing.

The crew are con artist, and what their big con is in the end we do not get to know. But we learn what the smaller con is and it surprises me. I did like that. As for the crew, there are humans, not so human like beings, shapeshifters,, j
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A more than promising start of a new SciFi series.

Koch's writing is breezy, funny and witty as always and in this short story full of action, intrigue and cool aliens she shows once more she's a master at storytelling and world building. Although a perfect stand alone as well, this story is full of promise as to the upcoming stories in this series and I can't wait to learn more about all the cool characters that are introduced in this story.

As always with books by Gini Koch there's only one neg
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Meet the crew of the Hummingbird: Bullfrog, Ciarissa, Deedee, Doven, Kyle, Roy, Tresia, Willy, and Dr Wufren. This starts out with Princess Olivia fleeing an arranged marriage. But, it is really Olivia. You soon find out. There are a variety of alien species and abilities. There is an underlying story-line and end game- retribution. This was fun!
Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Too short, but an intriguing world. Hopefully a full length novel is in the works :)
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a fun short story involving a shapeshifter, a pair of exiled princes from Mars and a high-stakes kidnapping.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Good set up for a new series.
Kelvin Clements
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: g_koch
I started reading this and it was a pleasant read, the major surprise was how short it was, one and a quarter hours later I'd finished.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gini-koch
was a little short and a bit confusing
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Gini Koch lives in Phoenix, Arizona and writes the bestselling fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. Book 14, Alien Nation, won the ...more

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