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Contract of Betrayal

(Spectras Arise Trilogy #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In a bid to free the settlers of Agate Beach from their dependence on picking at Admin scraps, Corps-deserter Aly Erikson's crew is willing to make a few deals, even with the devil. When Aly learns her friends have deceived her, she has to decide which is stronger: her sense of having been betrayed or her allegiance to the rebel cause. After an old ally offers her a conven ...more
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Published February 11th 2013 by Smashwords Edition
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Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Dear Authors,

The introduction of a love triangle in an otherwise pleasing series will not enrich the overall plot. It will be annoying. And, fucking unnecessary.

Okay, thanks. Bye.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm really loving this series so far. Lots of action and a feisty main character. I like how Aly just takes everything on and jumps in without thinking sometimes. She comes off as young and impulsive and a definite fighter (although she doesn't seem to win many battles!). There's a lot of room for her character to grow and develop but I'm not sure if there will be any further books after the third one. I'm eagerly awaiting the third one however and I really hope this author decides to write more ...more
Yvonne Boag
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Contract of Betrayal by Tammy Salyer

Four stars

Aly Erickson is now living on Spectra 6 making a new life for herself. She taken by a surprise when a transport ship lands on the planet close to Agate beach. On board is Rob Cross, a man she hasn’t seen in eight years and a former lover. Now a smuggler, Rob is friends with the people who live there and often delivers materials that they need. The news he brings isn’t good, the Admin are determined to find out who blew up the Fortress. They are refus
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, this installment didn't really do it for me. By 50% I knew I wasn't going to be happy with it, and by 75% I was rushing to finish.

I wasn't very impressed with Aly's character. She was naïve, and unwilling to even look at the truth if it produced a less than desirable outcome. And she was weak. She got hit a lot and didn't seem to hit back much. She felt more like a tag-along, or a secondary character in CoB, not offering much input but to disagree or bitch or deny. I've grown ti
Scott Whitmore
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When your first novel earns widespread critical praise, the stakes are immediately raised for the second, especially when both books are part of a planned trilogy. A writer less comfortable with themself may be tempted to “go bigger” in the follow-up, thinking that by doubling everything (more romance! more explosions! more danger!) the second novel must by default be even more better!

I’m pleased to report with the second book of the Spectras Arise Trilogy, Contract of Betrayal, author Tammy Sal
Blase Ciabaton
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction, own
-The devil you know or the devil you don't--sometimes they're both worse than you can imagine.

You know the feeling you get when you’re on a rollercoaster and your stomach drops out when you first start heading down a big hill? Well, if you enjoy that sensation, you’re going to love reading Contract of Betrayal by Tammy Salyer.

As a reviewer, I try to avoid spoilers, but please take my word that there are plenty of major plot twists and fun surprises tucked into Contract of Betrayal. If you’re a f
E.M. McDowell
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aly Erickson is back and better than ever!

Contract of Betrayal is the second book in Tammy Salyer's Sprectras Arise Trilogy. The first book, Contract of Defiance, created a universe populated with a variety of exciting and well-rounded characters. The adventure that begins in Contract of Defiance transitions smoothly to Contract of Betrayal, and the characters continue to naturally develop as they face new challenges.

Salyer introduces several new characters in this book and seamlessly weaves the
E.J. Fisch
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, flawless cover art. I love how it's unique but still maintains continuity with the first book. I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but when I see a book with awesome cover art, I expect that book to be good.

And it was good. But I'm not sure if I enjoyed it as much as Book 1, hence the 4 star rating. I wasn't a huge fan of the whole love triangle thing, even though I had a sneaking suspicion it wouldn't last. It just added some unnecessary drama, in my opinion, even th
Sezín Koehler
Such a fantastic follow-up to the thrilling "Contract of Defiance". Continuing in Salyer's style of incredibly visual writing, I kept being reminded of the "Alien" series of films, how often the plot was driven by interstellar couriers and warriors of all stripes having to deal with the unexpected of space travel. Except in this novel you get to see the travelers for once at rest in a makeshift home on ground on an actual planet, instead of only up in space. I'd always wondered about that while ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This second installment in the Spectras Arise Trilogy picks up a bit after Contract of Defiance leaves off. Aly, David, Karl, Vitruzzi, and the rest are settled on Agate Beach, a mining settlement on one of the Spectras. They are visited by a ship manned by a few suspicious people, including someone from both Aly & David's past. Then, all the fun begins, and I will say no more about the plot! I really liked how it didn't take long at all for the shitstorms to really begin. This book is actio ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I shouldn't have been surprised by how good this book was. Honestly, I expected the sophomore effort to be a little off of the brash freshness of the first. I was wrong. From the opening page to the hanging conclusion this book was a romp at many levels. For a first person POV Salyer weaves many threads and deep character development. You feel you know these people by the end of the book. And they are people, flawed and broken, you want to know. Pace and imagery are the key to moving this kind o ...more
Steph Bennion
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is an action-packed blast of a sequel which pretty much carries on in the same vein as the first. It's a good, solid sci-fi thriller. What I didn't like was that the plot was far too similar to that of the preceding book; also, the ending seemed rushed, with the main driver of the plot (view spoiler) ending up being resolved away from the main narrative. The love triangle also irritated me, especially as the book's title pretty much gave aw ...more
Dylan Hearn
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows on directly from the first of the series, Contract of Defiance. In it we follow Aly and the crew as they look to establish a life on Spectra 6 only to find out that the Admin has other plans.
I really enjoyed this sequel, which blends new elements into an already absorbing universe, adding depth to the characters you have grown to love from the first book without losing the fast-paced action and gripping storyline that made it so special. I can't wait to read the third and final
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned
The followup novel to Contract of Defiance. This story continues with the mostly the same cast of characters we found in the first novel along with a few new ones to spice up the story. Lots of action throughout this one and it was a fun read as well. I was a little disappointed in the main character who was very impulsive in this part and did not seem to show much thought before action. I hope to see her grow more in the last part.

4 stars for a fun read. Recommended for fans of this series as w
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the first one and was impressed by the general feel of the story and felt that we were missing some of the facts. In the second book any doubts about the author and her storytelling were long forgotten... This story provided a wild ride filled with betrayal and action from beginning to end. I can't wait for the next part of this story.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good second book

I would recommend this book. Tammy continues to develop the characters and keeps the plot going. Some of them die and some live to fight another day. I am looking forward to the next book.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Better than book 1, though Aly is really irritating me. I hope she find her ability to communicate with Karl in book 3!
Chris Matteini
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong sequel. As with the first book, really good action, characters you can get behind and characters you hate. I just bought the third book, and I'm looking forward to digging in.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing style and characterisation, however the story line took a while to develop and ended slightly inconclusively. A bit of a space opera. Written by a female author, it shows, because the male characters tend to be two dimensional and/or villains, whereas the women's roles are more developed. Good technical ideas that weren't developed to the point of being too hard to swallow. Worth reading.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. I wish the plot could've been advanced without all the romantic angst though.
Mark Gardner
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Contract of Betrayal wasn’t as good as Contract of Defiance. They’re both excellent space operas, and feel like a mashup between Firefly and maybe Old Man’s War. Unfortunately, the big reveal near the end of the story was quite predictable, but since it had been about six months since I read book one, reading Betrayal was new to me. I can’t specifically put my finger on why I liked Betrayal over Defiance, but Betrayal is easily a 4-star read. I already have Contract of War, and look forward to r ...more
Familiar Future

This novel takes place in a crumbling galactic empire. The plot is pretty good and the character development is quite good. My criticism is that almost everything in the book is very much like today, except for spaceships. They still use guns and bombs for weapons, vehicles don't drive themselves, AI doesn't seem to exist. It seems like a world with FTL spaceships shouldn't be so much like today's world. Still, it's a good book if you like this kind of science fiction ( which I do
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book - 2 of 3 - continues the adventures of Aly and is a great read. I'm about to start the third book in the series and am looking forward to a slam/bang conclusion to the trilogy. If you like a space thriller give this series a shot.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This book was well written and the characters are well developed. The book is action filled with some twists and space action too. Definitely worth the time to read. Nice job Tammy.
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Tammy is an inveterate verbarian who spends her day surrounded by the written word, both hers and others’. As an ex-paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, her stories are often as gritty as a grunt’s pile of three-week-old field gear. Her military science fiction novel Contract of Defiance is the first book in the Spectras Arise trilogy and debuted to acclaim in Spring 2012. Contract of Betr ...more

Other books in the series

Spectras Arise Trilogy (4 books)
  • Contract of Defiance (Spectras Arise Trilogy, #1)
  • Contract of War (Spectras Arise Trilogy, #3)
  • Spectras Arise Trilogy: Omnibus Edition