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At Star's End

(The Phoenix Adventures #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother's dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star's End--the last known location of the masterpiece--she's shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasur ...more
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Published March 31st 2014 by Carina Press
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The first book in Anna Hackett's The Phoenix Adventures series. Dr. Eos Rai is searching for Star's End and the ancient relics and art and treasures contained there. She needs help and who better to help than the legendary treasure hunters, the Phoenix brothers. Dathan Phoenix is reluctant at first but when he realizes she may actually have the information to find the mythical place, he agrees.

Quite a nice little adventurous and sexy Science Fiction Romance novella. Just enough big science soun
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

Space pirates and the Mona Lisa. Now there’s a combination that doesn’t turn up everyday!

At Star’s End is a rollicking space piracy adventure wrapped around a hot romance between an archeologist and the pirate captain. Although the emphasis in the story is on the action/adventure and the romance, the science fiction aspects provide just the right sauce, along with a touch of pathos.

Star’s End is a place. A mythical place where the first Earth colon
Ancient treasures from long ago Earth are hidden in a mysterious place called Star’s End. Is this a place of fantasy or does it really exist? When a nuclear disaster forces Earth inhabitants to flee for their lives, it was said they took priceless pieces of their history with them to Star’s End, where they formed their own colony. Are treasures and works of art really still in existence? Could this mean the Mona Lisa still existed? Dr. Eos Rai’s late mother believed it and she is determined to f ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At Star’s End was the 2nd Phoenix Treasure Hunter novel I’ve read and I loved it - Great fun! (Among Galactic Ruins, is #1). At Star’s End moved quickly with plenty of action and obstacles. The main characters were believable and, importantly, I liked them and wanted them to succeed with their hunt and their HEA. I have purchased and look forward to the next book in the Phoenix series, a new favorite of mine. I recommend At Star’s End for readers of action-adventures-romance novels, light fantas ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: The Phoenix Adventures #1
Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable

I always love the action and adventure in Anna Hackett's books and AT STAR'S END was no different. I was already in love with Dathan when he was just a young and arrogant treasure hunter in AMOUNG GALACTIC RUINS and now that he's an older but still arrogant treasure hunter I really enjoyed watching him meet his match in Dr. Eos Rai. Dathan is strong, confident, and a total alpha while still being for the most part a really nice
Misa Buckley
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
At Star's End is a rip-roaring space opera from sci fi romance author Anna Hackett. First in The Phoenix Adventures series, this novella sets the scene for the rest by introducing us to the hunky Phoenix brothers - three men in the space salvage business. Dathan Phoenix takes the lead in At Star's End, clashing brilliantly with Doctor Eos Rai, who's dumped her Insitute friends in preference for the brothers, hoping to finish her mother's dream of finding the long-lost Star's End and the treasure ...more
Nas Dean
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
AT THE STAR’S END is a sci-fi fantasy novel by author Anna Hackett is a March 2013 release.

Eos was thrown out of the institution but she is determined to find the treasure her mum believed in. The treasure believed to be on Star’s End. She hires the famous but notorious treasure hunters of the outer galaxy, the Phoenix brothers. But would the brothers take this job?

At first Dathan, one of the brothers was skeptical about the truth of Eos claim. Then he decided to take it on to find the long lo
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandra by: Lara
Really 3.5 stars.

Three brothers & an archeologist go on a quest to find a lost colony of Earth, called Star's End.

Along the way Dr Eos Rai is kidnapped by space pirates and sold as a slave, kidnapped by a female rival treasure hunter twice, almost becomes lunch for a massive sand snake and survives a sand storm.

Dathan Phoenix, one of the brothers is there to save her or keep her company, depending on the emergency.

Nice fun shortie space opera and I can see a recurring theme with our rival tre
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2014
3 1/2 stars. I learned about this series today from a comment on the SBTB blog and picked up a copy. It really like an outer space Indiana Jones adventure if you had Han Solo with a bunch of brothers instead. While the relationship and romance are nothing new, the adventures are fun, as is the treasure hunting. One of the brothers clearly has something going with a competitor, and it looks like that may be a theme that runs through several books. Overall, I'm looking forward to reading more of t ...more
Romancing the Book
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the author
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

They say opposites attract and I guess that even holds true in the future. I have to say that although I am not normally a fan of anything Sci-Fi/Futuristic, I was pleasantly surprised with Ms. Hackett’s story. It was written in such a way that for someone like me I found myself drawn into the story looking forward to what was going to happen next.

When you need help in recovering some things that have been missing
Deanna from Deanna's World
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I grew up loving all things sci fi and fantasy, so I was particularly excited about this book. Thankfully, it did not disappoint.

I loved the world building in this story. It was not too fantastical that it was unbelievable and there were no weird, unpronounceable made up words. The worlds that were created in the space were believable and I could easily relate to them.

I also loved that the story and world building revolved around what they called "Old Earth" and uncovering Terran artifacts that
Lover of Romance
What did I love about this one? Well everything. This was just be a quickie thought...I enjoyed the plot and the characters had some fun chemistry and I enjoyed their bantering with each other. They face some challenges, and I enjoyed the unique "Mona Lisa" theme to the story. A exciting sci fi romance. Looking forward to read the rest of the series and soon. ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Writing was fine, but there were too many events crammed into this treasure hunting adventure. I never really connected with the characters as they were tossed about from scene to scene.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seeing as this is one of my favorite treasure hunters in space series, I have NO IDEA why it took me so long to read book 1 (yes, I read them out of order. I don't want to talk about it.). It could be in part because I felt like I already knew Dathan and Eos from the later books. (It could also be because I have a weird aversion to finishing series because I DON'T WANT IT ALL TO END. Which is a little odd in this case seeing as how it was the first book I skipped know what? This is get ...more
Kara Prem
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
At Star’s End is the first book in the Phoenix Adventures Series. This book follows Eos Rai, formerly employed by the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, as she works to finish her mother’s quest to find the only known remaining piece of the Mona Lisa, believed to have been evacuated from Terra before the final nuclear wars. Rumor said that there was a settlement called Star’s End, and that many Terran treasures were hidden away on this settlement. However, Star’s End seems to be a myth ...more
Frances Law
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lost masterpiece?

I wasn't as impressed with this book as I am with Ms Hackett's books in general. One thing that I do like is that each book in this series is able to be read as a stand alone! It helps to read them in order for the sake of the back story about the Phoenix brothers and their cousins.
In this book Dathan Phoenix is persuaded by Dr Eos Rai to search for the lost Mona Lisa. The search leads them into uncharted space to a lost colony while they find an unexpected attraction between
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Dathan Phoenix and his brothers find treasures of Earth's past to sell or place in museums. Dr. Eos Rai is an astro-archeologist who believes she's found her mother's life long dream as well as the biggest ancient terran find in centuries. Theses unlikely allies join forces to combat slavers, deserts, and worm like beasts to find diVinci's Mona Lisa and other ancient artifacts that are the priceless relics of their first ancestors. On this action packed adventure Dathan and Eos find mo
sharon e hochstetler
Very good

We meet Dathan Phoenix again. Years later he is reunited with his brothers Zayn and Niklas. Dathan Phoenix is trying too hard to be unlike his father. He is trying so hard he almost looses his greatest treasure. Eos is a independent and smart woman. She is trying to honor her mother while discovering some things are more important than proving to the world she is right.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a awesome adventure!

Nathan Phoenix makes you want to go on a treasure hunt. Dr. Eso wants to find the quadrant her mother was looking for when she died. Read this tale about treasure, danger and love to see if they reach their goals.
Romance, adventure on a planet far far away.

I love Ann's books, full of action, romance and humor. Her characters always seem to grow emotionally while finding the person to match them.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
2,5 stars ... I've read about 20 of Ms Hackett's books now and I have to say this is the first one I didn't really get into, which is sad because I liked Dathan in his first appearance in the Phoenix Adventure's, and there were moments where I did sort of get him. But it just got too "oh woe is me I have Daddy issues" and honestly I thought Eos lacked that wonderful Anna Hackett heroine moxie, he hurt her, he broke her heart and she shoots herself out into space to run after him?
I am very glad
Melissa Taylor
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What Took Me so Long?

Not too sure what took me so long to start reading this series but it is wonderful. Can't wait to read the rest now!
Jennifer Erwin
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indiana Jones meets sci-fi/romance. Love it!
Kathy L.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At Stars End

Really enjoyed reading this Phoenix Adventure. Hopefully Anne will write about the other Phoenix brothers. Love the treasure hunting. Good read.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3 stars.

A light, fun read with sci-fi adventures and a love story. Great for when you're not into anything heavy.
Connie Harris
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every minute of it!

Dathan and Eos is jam packed with action, adventure, trust, comedy,and love. Great storyline and wonderful addition to this series.
Heli - So Many Books - So Little Time
3.5 stars
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Treasure hunting across the galaxy, escaping space bandits, and finding true love. Tons of fun!
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