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Contract of Defiance

(Spectras Arise Trilogy #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  56 reviews
In a few hundred years, the Algol system becomes humanity's new home. The question is: Is it a better one? When a crew of arms smugglers botches their latest job, Corps-deserter and crewmember, Aly Erikson, is separated from her brother, the only person she can trust, and left behind to fight for her life. In the aftermath, as she tries to piece together what happened, a c ...more
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Published June 30th 2014 by Tammy Salyer (first published April 11th 2012)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
A freaking love triangle in book 2?! WTF is wrong with these SF series?! Bye bye Spectras Arise, I'm so glad I never got around to reading you.

Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
More space operas. MORE.

This one was gooooooood.

Yvonne Boag
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer

Four and a half stars.

The Admin believe that ‘everything exists purely for humanity to exploit.’ They control everything, raping planets and moons of minerals and ores leaving nothing left but barren wasted rock. They even decide who is human and who is not.

Aly Erikson is on Obal 3 separated by her crew and being shot at with her brother David. In a selfless gesture her brother surrenders himself leaving Aly with time to run. But the shuttle isn’t there, corne
G.S. Jennsen
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling Roller-Coaster Ride of Military Sci-Fi Adventure

I am generally cautious about novels written in first-person, especially first-person present narratives - but Contract of Defiance executes on it brilliantly. It took only paragraphs for me to stop "noticing" the POV and start being "in" the story. One of the most difficult aspects of first-person narratives is conveying details about the larger world, but Salyer somehow manages to pull this off and make it look easy.

Aly Erikson is one o
Masquerade Crew

When Rajcik and his crew raid an Admin station on Obal 3 to steal an holodisc, Aly and David Erikson get separated. David is captured by the Corps soldiers, Aly is kidnapped by a third party. This third party, Captain Vitruzzi and her crew, also wants the holodisc as it contains maps and coordinates for the Fortress, where some of their friends are kept prisoners. This is where the admin develop weapons, and Rajcik is after one of them. This is also where Aly's brother is likely to
Online Eccentric Librarian
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, sci-fi

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This book is highly reviewed but I am going to have to say with reluctance but honesty that I did not enjoy this book. Unlikeable cardboard characters, unbelievable science in the fiction, and odd logic holes mark this as too much a flawed indie fanfic attempt at a book rather than a diamond in the rough.

Story: Aly is a kick butt female mercenary working with her brother when a job goes wrong. He is captured by the autho
Steph Bennion
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-opera, sci-fi
Marvellous stuff. This is proper all-guns-blazing space opera in the vein of Firefly or Blake's 7, or maybe even Stars Wars, though thankfully it doesn't have the mystic silliness of George Lucas' offerings. The plot revolves around a bunch of renegades who all distrust one another but need to work together to pull off a rescue mission, all whilst trying to avoid another bunch of renegades led by a complete psycopath, not to mention 'the Admin' (insert evil government trope here). The first-pers ...more
R.P. McCabe
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most well written books I've read this year. I don't normally read sifi, but I must tell you, the writing in this novel should overcome any reticence to grab a copy of this great read and dig in. Salyer is a wizard with language and the depth and richness of her apparent knowledge simply makes this a riveting read. You want pure adventure? You want depth of character development and place? You want to be entertained non-stop? There is not enough wonderful to say about this wr ...more
Cassandra Davis
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Contract of Defiance" will appeal to lovers of science fiction and those who typically shy away from the genre. There's enough space-based science to keep geeks happy while the action ropes in those who love a wild ride. There's a good bit of mystery in the plot line and I don't want to give away any of the major points, but this is one book that will keep you reading. That there is a strong female protagonist who still manages to be relatable and very human, helps solidify "Contract of Defianc ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-owned
What a fun and enjoyable story. Lots of action and some real kick butt characters!!! I really love a book that keeps you involved and interested throughout the story and this one really lives up to that.

4.5 stars for a great story and I can't wait to continue on with this rest of the trilogy. Recommended for anyone who loves a good space opera/military sci-fi story!!!
Ceri London
This is a well-written book, clean, with fast-paced action that rarely stops for breath and great description that doesn't fear blood and gore. The military setting benefits from the author's military background and there are interesting science and medical details science fiction readers will appreciate. Told in the first person (a point of view I don't usually like) this one pulled me into the protagonist's mind. Aly Erikson is a hard-ass soldier-turned-criminal and a mixed up mess. When a job ...more
E.J. Fisch
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember exactly how I stumbled across this book and the rest of the Spectras Arise trilogy, but I thought to myself "If the story is half as good as the cover art, I'm in."

I made the mistake of starting the book at a bad time and didn't even get a chance to pick it up again until last week. That tripped me up a little and I spent a little time being confused because I couldn't remember what I'd already read, but the plot is structured in a way that it wasn't hard to get back up to speed
John Purvis
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Contract of Defiance” was published in 2013 and was written by Tammy Salyer ( Ms. Salyer has written three books. This book is the first of her “Spectras Arise Trilogy”.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Mature Language and Violence. The novel is written in the first person and is set in a far future. The primary character is Aly Erikson. The universe she lives in is dominated
Sezín Koehler
I'm really not a big fan of the sci-fi genre as in most of those narratives I find myself completely alienated in the worlds the author created, and frustrated to boot. But not this time. Tammy Salyer masterfully designed an elaborate world that is not only easy to understand with its place in the universe, but one that totally immerses the reader from the start by flinging you right into the action from the get-go. Not to mention, this book is so beautifully written and Salyer's attention to de ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A missing brother, a kidnapping and a prison break, all wrapped around excellent writing, fleshy characters and snappy dialogue? What's not to like?

I couldn't help but find small hints of my beloved Firefly characters among the rag-tag crew of the Sphynx. Although this would be a much more serious version of it. The stakes are high for main character Aly. Her brother is missing and he's all she has in the universe. She joins, albeit not quite willingly, a crew with like-minded goals and a simila
Stephanie Embry
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Edited for a more thorough review:
I’m not the biggest fan of either first person or present tense unless we’re talking about a noir detective novel. For the first few chapters, I had to tell my brain that that’s what I was reading, which may have put an interesting spin on this whole shebang that the author didn’t intend. If you look at this book like you are reading a noir detective set in space, Aly is a refreshing new voice in the world of slick PIs.

After a little while, though, the amazing c
Jeffrey Smith
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When this series is made into a movie, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they cast Milla Jovovich as the lead. Tammy takes us on a ride in this novel that is reminiscent of the action you'd find in Fifth Element or Resident Evil [minus any virus-distorted baddies]. The book starts out with a blast as Aly and her brother are on the run from Corps soldiers on a botched contract job and doesn't let up on the action until the ride comes to a stop. Tammy creates fantastic characters throughout the ...more
Andrea: BookStoreFinds
Contract of Defiance isn't my usual book type, while I love Sci-Fi I dont normally go towards military based books, but these had such good reviews that I thought I would give it a try.

COD revolves around Aly Erikson an ex corps officer who became a member of a weapons smuggling team. While on a job to receive a vital piece of equipment to use in their next big score, she gets separated from her brother and the rest of her team. ALy gets picked up by a group of military settlers (some ex-corp o
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was super fun! I haven't read any sci-fi/action in a while, so this was definitely a nice change of pace. The story is told from the point of view of Aly Erickson, a former Corps soldier, who got separated from the group of smugglers she was working for. She also got separated from her brother, David, who she is trying to find and rescue. Aly is pretty awesome. She's fearless and tough and full of love. The setting is a system of planets inhabited by humans and heavily controlled by th ...more
E.K. Carmel
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This novel started out with the main character, Aly, in the middle of a firefight and kept me hooked until the end. I found the characters realistic, the plot twisty enough to keep me guessing, and the pacing spot-on.

Of particular note are the strong female characters that aren't stereotypes. They're normal, decent, flawed individuals thrown into dangerous situations. They have backgrounds that are gradually revealed so we get to understand their actions. Ok, actually, that's true for all the c
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one. It was easy to read and was fast-paced with a lot of action. And I love how tough Aly is.

There are a lot of books I put down (published and indie) because the writing is awful. I am so absolutely excited to find an author who knows how to write. I don't think there was even one eye-roll moment throughout the entire story. The only thing it could've offered to make it better was a little romance (not the gushy kind)... 'cause I love me some boy/girl relationships.
John Abbott
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-opera
Tammy Salyer does a great job with this book. It's first person present narrative and it works well for what she is doing.

You can really get into the characters, and description of the characters within. The storytelling was spot on and quick.

I loved the action in this as well. No one was a super powerful human, yet their wills allowed them to accomplish an insane amount in a short time.

I can't wait to dig into the next book!
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is on the lower end of four stars. It's a solid story, but not original. It's like so many other sci-fi books where the book is like our world today, except they have spaceships. People still use guns and bombs, computers, biological weapons etc. the government is more totalitarian than ours, but the military is much the same. On the plus side, there is a lot of action and the plot is cohesive. The characters are reasonably well-developed.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story started in a manner i felt was a bit jarring, but I rapidly was caught up in the story where the main character was just as confused and lost as anyone. The story rapidly turned to a tale of self-discovery, Betrayal and non-stop action. This story never lets you pause for air as Aly rushes to save her brother from what is certain doom.
Brian Wilkerson
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tammy Salyer asked me to read her space opera, "Contract of Defiance". It's about two groups of criminals that try to break into a high security government facility for diametrically opposed goals. I will examine Plot, Character, and Polish before assigning a grade.


What we have here is a conspiracy by two groups of criminals to sneak into this giant fortress operated by an oppressive government in order to rescue friends or steal weapons for a payoff. It's very Star Wars-ish, if the attempt
Margaret Fisk
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

I’m all for the fun action movie, especially when it’s science fiction, but I generally look for more when I read. This book had me worried because it starts in the middle of the action and at a mad run, but I should have had more faith. Yes, there’s action a plenty, but there’s also strong characters and people discovering who they really are.

The story focuses around Aly, who is an arms smuggler not out of ambition but rather from a lack of choices. He
Adam O'Grady
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid scifi; mixing action and double-crosses with emotional turmoil and moral dilemma. Great characters, excellent setting description and a great, easy plot.
Blase Ciabaton
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
“No matter where you are, it's the people you're with that matter most." -

If you want to get hooked on a book right away, then start reading Tammy Salyer's Contact of Defiance. From the first page, this Military Science Fiction thriller drops you right into the action. Salyer skillfully thrusts protagonist, Aly Erickson, into chaotic action scenes that will keep your heart pumping.

To mix up things a bit relative to the standard Science Fiction story, Salyer develops two strong female characters
David Bruns
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer has been on my TBR list for awhile, so when I got the hankering for a good, old-fashioned Gunfight at Docking Bay 3-type story I picked it up.

And couldn’t put it down.

The story is filled with the sci-fi tropes that defined my generation. An evil Admin has spread across the galaxy using citizens and non-cits alike as fodder for its dastardly machine. The main character Aly Erickson is an ex-Corps soldier turned outlaw. (Side note: since I'm from Minnesota, I k
Scott Whitmore
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced and fun sci-fi space adventure with a great protagonist, Contract of Defiance by Tammy Salyer (@TammySalyer) starts with a running gun fight and doesn't let up until the explosive conclusion.

You know that "have to know what happens next?" feeling you get reading some books? The "just one more chapter" syndrome? Yup, I definitely felt that way about Contract, which I read over a two-day span on a rainy weekend.

Set in the future after humans have moved out into space, Contract opens
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