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Gabriel's Ghost

(Dock Five Universe #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,616 ratings  ·  356 reviews
Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair brings her special sizzle to science fiction with this action-packed blend of otherworldly adventure and sexy stellar romance. . . .

After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit-and shipped off to a rem
Paperback, 447 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Bantam (first published February 14th 2002)
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Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to new_user by: CJ
In Gabriel's Ghost Linnea Sinclair has fashioned a romantic but practical scifi adventure. I know, "practical" doesn't exactly sound enticing, but how else to describe Gabriel's Ghost? On the one hand, Sully and Chasidah do expose and explore more of their feelings than do most rough and tough scifi leads.

On the other hand, Chasidah "Chaz" Bergren springs from military stock, and she's written very true to character. She's practical, calm even when she panics, and she's passionate about her car
Lover of Romance
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Chasidah, was once highly respected as a ships pilot of the sixth fleet, but when someone spread lies about her, she was wrongfully convicted of crimes that she didn't commit, and sent to a prison world but she managed to escape with the help of a man that is a ghost to her: a man she thought she cared for deeply but yet was her enemy: Gabriel Sullivan. He offers to help her escape in return for her badass a
Beanbag Love
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I just never totally settled into this book. To be fair, I don't tend to like science fiction. I loved "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" but that's about the level I tend to go for, it seems. Regular people dealing with alien races.

I'm not even sure why this is. I can deal with the strange races and places: Takas, Stolorths, Moabar, when they're in fantasy -- I mean I have no problem with hobbits -- but somehow they seem inaccessible to me in sci fi. I can't really explain it except that fanta
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, dnf
I have read two other novel by Ms Linnea. I really liked Finders Keepers and liked enough Games of Command. Gabriel's Ghost had higher reviews, so I expected it to be better. This may have been my downfall. :)

While reading Gabriel's Ghost I kept feeling echos, like a sonar, of stories past by. I know genre fiction is often formulaic. Hell, all stories are formulaic at hearth. Love stories, whether comedies or tragedies, are built on the lines of girl meets boys, problems ensue, HEA or tragedy st
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I actually finished this a couple of nights ago, but didn't want to rate it yet because I wasn't sure it wouldn't be affected by my well publicised Sirantha Jax hangover. And, this book reads a whole bunch like fan fiction. According to GR, this book came before Grimspace - which would make Grimspace the fanfic. EGADS!

In my head though, Jax will always come first.

I plan to start book II tonight and may come back to this laters because I'm almost certain I'm not being fair. Surely I can't reall
The Flooze

Gabriel’s Ghost is absorbing, both in terms of its sci-fi elements and its romantic underpinnings. It’s not as gripping as my favorite of the genre, Grimspace, but it’s a solid read with characters to root for.

Within the first few lines, Linnea Sinclair establishes the narrator, Chasidah Bergren, as a strong-willed, level-headed heroine. Chaz is capable of taking care of herself. She assesses situations quickly, gathering facts and objectively analyzing them. However, she’s not the stereo
The first book in Linnea Sinclair's Dock Five Universe series. Chasidah Bergren, formerly Captain in the Sixth Fleet, is now stuck on a prison planet after a court-martial for crimes she didn't commit. Chasidah does what she must to survive and now she has just killed a guard who tried to rape her. Then a familiar face from the past appears. Gabriel Sullivan was supposed to be dead but it's not a ghost that Chaz sees. "Sully" has come to get Chaz off the planet and together they must work to fin ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves adventure with science fiction, outer space, and a love interest that is Hot.
Recommended to Susiq2 by: I found this book after reading Finders Keepers by Linnea Sincla
I have read this fabulous story a few times already, but the sequel is coming out soon, and I am re-reading it again for a smooth transition to Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair.(The Sequel).

This book is for anyone who adores SFR. The hero is welcome to move in here with me anytime he so wishes. Did I mention that he is drop dead gorgeous, has supernatural powers, and can help you get to sleep when he is not busy saving your life? The heroine is feisty, smart, brave, and pretty. I wish I were h
This book reminds me that need to read more science fiction. Well done, with just the right amount of romance. I have to get the rest of the series in my calendar..
I think I liked this more than Sinclair's Finders Keepers. There was a bit more depth, though still nothing extraordinary. The characters were well developed. I was beginning to think the characters would continue to develop throughout the book but I fear it ended up being more of a case of *in my game show voice* let's reveal the next thing someone can do! And always in the midst of an action sequence. Forbid that the characters would discover anything while sitting down and talking.

But this i
Jen Davis
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ll admit, it took me a little while to really get into this book. But I have read from this author before, and I enjoyed the other book so much, I really wanted to give this a chance. I’m so glad that I did because I totally ended up a fan of this one too.

The story centers on Chas, a pilot who was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to spend the rest of her life on a dangerous prison planet. But after just a few weeks there, she is rescued by an unlikely savior. Chas thought
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's hard to come by a decent romance with an actual plot. I started this book since it was already in my pile and I had little time to search for another book. My first Linnea Sinclair -- it turned into a really good, solid story, despite that grimace-inducing cover. I'm surprised it didn't rate higher. I'm surprised it rated lower than Grimspace (which did not live up to the reviews. at all.).

The Romance Plotline
Some reviewers marked this down to be insta-love. Really? That's surprising. At th
Incredible Sci-Fi that’ll take you for a ride!

Stripped of her post as Captain for the interstellar Sixth Fleet after being convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Chasidah “Chaz’ Bergren is sent to Moabar prison planet, with only her Grizni dagger to protect and defend herself.

Just when she defends herself and kills a Taka, she comes face-to-face with Gabriel “Sully” Ross Sullivan, the legendary mercenary and scoundrel, whom she’d met several times before. Chaz is sure Sully loved the chases the
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
What a fabulous read. "Gabriel's Ghost" by Linnea Sinclair is an amazing blend of romance, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. I broke down and picked up this book because its sequel "Shades of Dark" will hit the shelves on July 29, 2008 and I was curious as to whether or not to put it on my shopping list. I'm so glad I read this book and I already put the new one on my 'must buy' list!

Chaz is suspicious when she's 'rescued' from her unjust s
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Catherine Asaro fans
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Linnea Sinclair delivers it all yet again - futuristic, sci-fi romance, all-consuming love, angst, action, treachery and betrayal...

Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read but I admit that all the political players did get overwhelming at times. I really enjoyed the slow buildup of Chaz getting to know more about Sully. Plus I loved the world building. Excited to continue the series.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Linnea Sinclair takes your old fashion boy meets girl story and brings it into outerspace with incredible results. Fans of the sci-fi genre will enjoy this fresh story with a very strong heroine and a hero who almost puts Han Solo to shame. To be honest, Sully is beyond droolworthy. (Our hero even has an incredible sidekick also!)

Chasidah or Chaz as she goes by has been framed as a traitor. She use to be a captain of her own ship but now is a prisoner on a planet that would kill a lesser woman.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this for the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout book club, so I suppose I should review it somewhat. Though I usually enjoy sci-fi, and generally enjoy romance, this book was pretty lame. The female lead started out seemingly strong-willed, independent, fierce, everything you could want in a sci-fi/romance heroine. Halfway through the book she turns into this wishy-washy, muddled femme-bot without two brain cells to rub together and it felt like she was constantly turning to one male or another to s ...more
This is one of those books that's defying my classification purposes. Book two picks up with the same pov narrator, making this look like a tightly coupled series, but books 3 and 4 move on to the "couple per book" thing. Correspondingly, I'm not sure if I should call it sf or sf romance. At the moment, I'm leaning towards sf romance.

The book started off awkwardly. There was a bit of an info dump when it came to world building - specifically all the alien species that populate this universe. On
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I re-read this as the start of reading the three book series.
Gabriel's Ghost
Shades of the Dark
Hope's Folly

Linnea Sinclair writes excellent action-oriented science fiction. She also writes excellent romance. Luckily for us she blends the two together... Tight, page-turning plot, great characters [and her aliens are outstanding:] and dialog that grabs you - it is a must read.

As are her other books - all of which are stand-alones.
An Accidental Goddess
Finders Keepers
Games of Command
The Down Home Zom
I think this has to be my favorite Linnea Sinclair book I've read so far. It kept me glued to the pages and the ending left me dying to read the next book. I'd rant and rave more about how wonderful it was but I don't have the time. I'll just say that I'd definitely give Linnea Sinclair's books a shot if you haven't yet read anything by her, and I would recommend starting with this book.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Tanya Huff's "Valor" series, military-sci-fi fans, space romance fans
Recommended to CJ - It's only a Paper Moon by: discriminating fangirl had this on her list
Just really liked this book. Reminded me of Tanya Huff's "Valor" series if were romantic/sexual. Loved the characters, loved the tension and the dialogue. Though Sinclair became prosey and poetic at times, it completely worked.

Am about to start the sequel to this novel - "Shades of Dark"
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! Space opera mixed with romance! Good story line with a strong female lead! I disliked how many times Sully lied to Chaz by omission!
Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Linnea Sinclair got me hooked on romantic sci-fi with her last Bantam Dell release, FINDERS KEEPERS. Now, with GABRIEL'S GHOST, she's outdone herself once again, perfectly balancing the love story of her two main characters with her vivid descriptions of world-building that you're not soon to forget.

Pilot Chasidah Bergren was the one-time darling of the Imperial Sixth Fleet, a woman who could take the interstellar patrol ship she commanded in and out of places that no one else would ever dare.
Overall I really enjoyed it. It's always a bit difficult to review an audiobook, I'm never sure if my experience was similar to print readers. The audio experience emphasizes so many different things. For example, I thought the reader, actress Dina Pearlman, was terrific. Her husky voice was just perfect for Chaz. It added so much to the story, hearing the intelligent, thoughtful tones of her voice, especially with the first-person perspective. But she gave Sully a British accent that bugged the ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sci-Fi/Romance What a hero!

I love this story. I will admit, it had me worried in the beginning, too much going on, with all three or four alien races popping up at once, right near the beginning of the book. My advise, make a little cheat-sheet, or hi-light it with your kindle. I wish I had done that!

Nevertheless, I did make it through that section, and thank goodness I did, because this story has one of the best heroes I've ever come across. Sully is a complex, multi-layered character with an
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: good-uns, romance, scifi
I've heard good things about Linnea Sinclair for awhile but was never sure where to jump in and was waiting for the right mood. I've definitely had a sci-fi hankering lately, so I figured now (on the heels of Grimspace and The Host) was as good a time as any. Gabriel's Ghost is certainly a fast-paced book and it was kind of cool that it started after some pretty significant action had already happened. The reader is caught up along the way as Captain Chasidah Bergren, aka Chaz, attempts to su ...more
Carolyn F.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Re-read by audiobook I wasn't planning on re-reading any of her books, but this was on sale at Audible and from the sample it sounded pretty good. Another example of an audiobook making me enjoy the book more. Dina Pearlman is the narrator of this book. When I read it initially I didn't know what all the hoopla was about this book. It was just okay to me. But the narration was so wonderful that I ended up really liking the book and have upped my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. I just wish that G ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
When I read Gabriel's Ghost I was mentally comparing it with Finders Keepers, and it feels like it's a later novel. The romance is more complicated in this book, less predictable. Despite that, although the writing still pulled me in, I liked Gabriel's Ghost less than Finders Keepers. The first part of the book was very interesting, but then about halfway through, the story started to lag. I felt like the relationship should be all resolved by then and I' d like to see it build from there, but i ...more
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Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Sinclair’s current release is HOPE'S FOLLY and, schedule ...more

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She didn't understand, I hope to God she never understands what I do, what I am. To be dammed by the darkness that lives inside me.

To be saved by her love.

No more half-truths. No more omissions.”
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