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A mean, backwater mining planet where the alien Q'rin rule. Taking the wrong side can get you killed and humans have little hope for escape.

LARISSA
A young woman with a talent for sports...and knives. She's beating the aliens at their own particularly harsh game until someone dies. Novy she must flee Hook.

OFF-PLANET
The stakes are higher, the competition even deadlier. H
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Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published 1993 by Penguin
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Sam
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi, r-roc
Almost gave it 4 stars, but irked by (another) ROC Publishing disingenuous cover. It is a well written and paced story and I enjoyed it. Larissa is a great character, written as a woman of African lineage and short cropped hair, who is also physically very well endowed. She is not the skinny, flat chested white chick on the cover and I thought the true Larissa deserved better!
branewurms
I bought this book when I was 11? 12? years old and I recall my confusion when the main character was described as a dark-skinned black woman. I kept flipping back to the cover, wondering if I'd misinterpreted the picture, or the text, but no. I couldn't figure out why they'd gotten that so wrong. Oh, child me. So innocent. Anyway, yes, this cover is whitewashed.

I remember very little about this book, except that it freaked me right the hell out and I didn't like it and I never finished it. I th
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Roger Scanlon
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable tale of a female human who fights professionally and personally on a planet ruled by human-hating aliens . The main character Larissa is funny, tough and smart and the writing is fast-paced and engaging. Nothing taxing about it, it would be a good beach read. My main criticism is that Ms. Devenport gives slight glimpses of an obviously very intricate alien culture and I would have enjoyed having Larissa (and the reader) learn anything about this culture, but that never happe ...more
Mia
This had a well developed world with interesting alien characters. It reminded me a little of TOTAL RECALL (violence, thrilling-action scenes, sexscapades, political tensions, romance, etc...). The lead was a physically and emotionally strong black woman named Larissa, who fights to overcome the gruesome murder of her mother, the poverty and viciousness of her home plant, and political corruption.

I really enjoyed reading this. It was gritty, raw, and contained characters that were morally ambigu
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Ralph McEwen
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
The story in OK but never really gets you involved. I never felt one way or the other towards any of the characters.
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Look for my new book out from Tor in May: MEDUSA UPLOADED, available in paper, ebook, and audio.

I've been published under three pen names: as Emily Devenport, I wrote SHADE, LARISSA, SCORPIANNE, EGGHEADS, THE KRONOS CONDITION, and GODHEADS. As Maggy Thomas, I wrote BROKEN TIME, which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. As Lee Hogan I wrote BELARUS and ENEMIES. My books have been published
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