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Double Life

(Razia #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Piracy is a game. How much are you worth?

Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits t
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published June 12th 2014 by S. Usher Evans
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Cayt Landis
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
The aptly named Double Life is about Lyssa Peate, a respected scientist, and her bounty hunter alter-ego, Razia. As a young child Lyssa would accompany her father on his scientific journeys as he investigated the origins of the Great Creator. On one such journey Lyssa ventured too close to a sacred structure and found herself nearly destroyed by a lake of fire. After that Lyssa grew up knowing that the Great Creator deemed her soul to be foul, unworthy of salvation. With this in mind, Lyssa bega ...more
Wesley Fox
I couldn't finish this one, so the review is only on the first fourth of the book. The book wasn't for me anyway. After a few pages, it was clearly a YA science fiction book leaned heavily towards the youngest end of the young adult category, with a special appeal to girls. Since I am neither a teenager nor a girl, my opinion on the book doesn't carry much weight.

The best way I could describe the story is "Buffy in space." The book combined fairly serious adult elements (piracy, bounty hunters)
Intisar Khanani
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-authors
A quick and fun read, with both humor and depth. I really enjoyed Double Life. Our main character is Lyssa, and the more we get to know her and her back story, the more we understand her alter-identity Razia. Lyssa has been abandoned, betrayed, and rejected--emotionally, spiritually, in so many ways. Razia is so absurdly independent she won't let anyone help her at all because she is strong, she can do this, and she WILL do it, dang it. Clearly, there's a lot of history, and as the story progres ...more
Kristin Wallin
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may be a bit biased, as I have been waiting for the release of this book for years. However, I was certainly not disappointed. S. Usher Evans presents us with a female heroine at the beginning of her journey to balance two completely different lives and she needs to come to terms with her past in order to move forwards with any success. It is a journey that many women can relate to and the growth of Lyssa/Razia throughout the book is intriguing to read. However, all of this character developme ...more
S. Usher Evans
Dec 03, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Leaving a small note to say SURPRISE! The cover's been updated! Over the next few weeks, I'll be updating all four Razia books, so be sure to "update" your Kindles and iPads (sorry paperback peoples) to get the new cover. ...more
Chess Desalls
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Engaging start and a story that keeps getting better. Double Life is a creative adult read with adult language, but it has a breezy YA feel. The sci-fi was a lot of fun.
Eric Mesa
I met Ms. Usher Evans at Baltimore Comic-Con a year or two ago and she is a very prolific author. If any particular book of yours isn't your cup of tea, you can try another - she has magical school YA, fantasy, and SF as well as others. This book is one of her science fiction books.

I like the character Ms. Evans makes with Razia/Lyssa. By changing the context I'm used to, changed the way I look at dual identities in another medium - the superhero story. Her struggles are also quite relevant in
This is a tricky review to write because I loved Double Life a lot and I'm trying really hard to not ramble on about things nobody would understand. I wasn't expecting to love Double Life as much as I did. I was confident that it would be a 4 star read (partially because I'm not much of a sci-fi reader). I was pleasantly surprised when I was easily sucked into the world of bounty hunting and planet excavation.

My favourite part of Double Life was easily the whole bounty hunting aspect. I can't t
Meradeth Houston
Have you ever seen the show Cowboy Bebop? It's a really amazing anime that I'll admit to watching many times (and seeing as how I don't watch much anime at all, that's saying something :). Anyhow, Double Life really reminded me of this great show in all the best ways. I love a good piracy game, and in space just makes it more fun. Add in some characters who are wonderfully complex (though at times make you want to scream at them, *ahem* Razia...), this was a really fun read. I did find myself th ...more
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Time seemed to stand still in the center of Leveman's Vortex. (c)
J. Bralick
Double Life is a snappy sci-fi adventure that follows Lyssa/Razia, the sometimes-scholar, sometimes-pirate, to the far reaches of space as she tries to find balance and meaning in her life. It’s a wild and thrilling ride filled with pirates, bounty hunters, betrayal and trust, and at its core, a quest for self-knowledge that is more dangerous and uncertain than any of the planets and any of the pirates Lyssa/Razia encounters.

Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read and a solid debut. It’s no
Psychocat Reads Review of DOUBLE LIFE by S. Usher Evans

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

I'll start off by saying, I don't read sci-fi. It's just never been one of my genres of choice. Of course, when S. Usher Evans joined The Sassy Summer Book Party, I had to go be nosey and check out her book.

Hm, I may not read sci-fi, but PIRATES! Grant it, I haven't really read much pirate stuff either, but something about it just sounded fun. In the end, I decided to te
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Review also on the blog The Book Voyagers


I needed a space-opera book at the moment. Double Life came at the right time and S. Usher Evans wrote such a interesting universe to read about.

Things that I enjoyed hella lots:

✓ I love Razia. She's filled with spunk and so much passion in her heart. She reminded me a bit of Thora James from Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie. That when people tell her no and that why does she try to do stuff she won't get, she tells them to shut it and probe them
Xandra (Literary Legionnaire)
This review was originally posted on Literary Legionnaire

Lyssa Peate is living a double life. She juggles between selling planets as a Deep Space Explorer (DSE) and trying to hunt down intergalactic space pirates as Razia the Bounty Hunter, all while going through an identity crisis and dealing with her family that disowned her, her annoying younger brother who won't leave her alone, and Sage Teon, a guy from her past who just happens to show up whenever she's in trouble—whether she wants him to
Kate Rhoads
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Double Life by S Usher Evans
(I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
The story is set in a very small universe where pirating is a game of one-upmanship, seeing who can get the highest bounty on their head while staying clear of the U-Pol and their bounty hunting colleagues.
Young Dr. Lyssandra Peate, used and abused by her father and family in her tender, younger years, yearns to become Razia, a bounty-hunting pirate and earning the highest bounty in the universe.
Nina Lux
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Double Life (2014) introduces the reader to Lyssa, a space scientist with a dark secret. Officially, she pursues a career at the Academy, excavating and selling planets for a living, but what nobody knows is that she leads a double life as a pirate under the name of Razia. She is forever treading a dangerous line between her two aliases and as the bounty on her head rises, the stakes do as well. Together with Lyssa, we enter the criminal underworld where pirates and bounty hunters play a dangero ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
NetGalley! Thanks for the copy.

My feelings on books based in space is neutral. I hate some. I like some. I love some. (Must I give examples?). But I think that Double Life is more in the "I like some" area. It isn't bad, and it is good at some parts, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Want to dig with me? Let's get started.

Lyssa and Razia is the same person. Lyssa is a boring doctor who discovers planets and sells them to rich people who want to do whatever they want to those plane
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The original review was posted at Piplup's Shadowy Bookshelf

I'm a huge sucker for a good sci-fi adventure, so after immediately reading the sypnosis, I was hooked! Pirates? Bounty hunting? And a good internal identity crisis? I'm in! I read this book in the span of five days which is pretty good considering school has been overwhelming me. When I finished it in French class, I absolutely freaked out and needed the next one. And with that, I rate Double Life with an amazing 5/5 stars.

I was able
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lyssa Peate and Razia are the same person.

And they are representative of every woman on this planet (and, who knows, maybe others).

While Lyssa Peate excavates new planets and sells them to the highest bidder, Razia hunts pirates. While Lyssa Peate pretends to continue her father's research as an outcast from the rest of her family, Razia's trying to climb the ranks. Both of them are desperate for their freedom—Lyssa Peate wants to disappear for good, and Razia wants her pick of the pirate bounti
Caffee K.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
Recommended to K. by: S. Usher Evans
Shelves: s-usher-evans
A wonderful beginning to a new series. This is what science fiction should be all about - enough technical information to keep you interested, but enough "what if" to let your mind roam over new vistas, and strange encounters.

With an outstanding, strong female character, Ms. Evans takes you on a wonderful ride through the double life of her main character. The dichotomy is written well enough that the two parts do not blur into one another, yet flow seamlessly when you flip "hats".

The recipe us
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I started to follow this author on Twitter before reading any of her work...and after a while...I read the blurb about this book. It caught my interest. I've read a lot of Sci-Fi/Fantasy over the years, but the concept sounded fun. Pirates in space that bounty hunt each other for sport, a young female scientist who really wants to be a respected pirate, and a mixed up family life fraught with angst. Well, I was ready for light hearted, page turning, romping adventure and this book did not disapp ...more
Michelle Bryan
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 out of 5 stars for Double Life!
Lyssa Peate is a scientist by day and a pirate bounty hunter by night. Even though she is just as capable or more so than any of the male pirates she is not given to opportunity to prove herself until she becomes Razia, one of the most wanted pirates in the universe.
S. Usher Evans has created a wonderful sci fi world filled with bounty hunters and pirates and the moral question of a good vs evil soul. I was totally amazed at how much I became wrapped up in this w
Christina McMullen
It is always refreshing to see a kick-butt female lead, especially in science fiction. Razia is a butt kicker, but because she is a woman, the only female pirate for that matter, she doesn't get the same respect as her male colleagues, despite working twice as hard as any of them. Sadly, this may be fiction, but the real world parallels can be drawn without much of a stretch.
Razia (and Lyssa) can be a bit brusque. The biggest criticism that I see from other reviewers is that she can't accept he
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scientist by day, pirate bounty hunter by night. Double Life is the story of Lyssa/Razia, a young woman struggling to make her place in the world. The main character is one that many women, and men, can relate to. Razia knows the life she wants to lead and has to deal with people telling her on a daily basis that she can't or is not good enough to live her dream as a pirate bounty hunter. She is driven by a need to prove what she is capable of and prove her, many, critics wrong. There are many u ...more
Mary Waibel
OK, so let me start by saying, this book isn't my usual read. I really like to have a bit more romance in my stories, but...that doesn't mean I didn't like this book.

Ms. Evans did a fantastic job of world building. And, while there was a lot of science things in there, I didn't feel it was overly complicated or difficult to follow.

I didn't really understand how a pirate could also be a bounty hunter, as those two things seem diametrically opposed to me. I also felt there were times that Razia w
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have received this book via first reads giveaway.

The story of a young female scientist and bounty hunter named Lyssa, trying to make a career in a world in which she was refused by her own family. But being a woman makes it unreasonably difficult for Razia, her alter ego, to become a fellow pirate. The striking plot, happening in the future is full of twists and turns, and has interesting views on spirituality. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Lyssa's / Razia's adventures.
Paula Ackley
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Double Life was a good read. This was a new and refreshing take on science fiction. The characters were well developed, likeable, and easy to relate to even though they and the story line was different from anything that I have read before. The book is the first in a series, but it ends without cliffhanger. I look forward to the next book in the series not because I have to get unanswered questions answered, but because I want to see what happens next.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written tale of a PhD planet discoverer (Lyssa) who doubles as a space pirate ( Razzia). Lyssa is a brilliant research scientist and brave explorer who hates her life, and Razzia is a beginner pirate who can’t get any respect because she’s female. This could have been an awesome story but in my opinion it misses the mark by making Lyssa’s horrendous upbringing the focus of everything that happens. How depressing.
Leodel Barrio
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Since I'm so busy this week, I'm just gonna write a short review and edit it later.

I got this book through first-reads.

I really enjoyed this book. Even if I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, I must say I was really hooked. PIRATES! A Solid debut from the author.

The Characters are interesting. The book is refreshing. I highly recommend it.

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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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