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(Donovan #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The third book in the thrilling Donovan series, a sci-fi action adventure set on a treacherous alien planet where corporate threats and dangerous creatures imperil the lives of the colonists.

Corporate assassin Tamarland Benteen's last hope is the survey ship Vixen. With a load of scientists aboard under the supervision of Dr. Dortmund Weisbacher, Vixen is tasked with the
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by DAW
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
3.5 stars

This was entertaining, but not as much as the first two books, Outpost and Abandoned. The story in this third book felt a bit recycled at times, with Benteen's storyline a bit of a rehash of Wirth's in Outpost. Talina's mystical Maya journey as her body and mind cope with the integration of quetzal TriNA was a bit muddled, but on the whole I did like the direction things are going with the quetzals.

Although Pariah is the weakest of the books so far, I do generally like the ongoing story
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

What a fun return to Donovan in this third and final volume of W. Michael Gear’s sci-fi adventure series about the trials and tribulations of settling an untamed new world! That the planet was named for the first person to die on its surface just moments after stepping off the original colonization ship seems apt somehow, for Donovan is home to innumerous species of native flora and fauna that can kill you in more ways
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


This... this series cannot actually beover, right? RIGHT!? Straight up this is one of theonly series I have started and finished in the last few years- because I couldn'tnot finish it, which has to say something. And it was absolutely worth it.

But if itdoes have to be over, this is the way you end a series. With permanently high stakes, incredible character development and growth,
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting a new rotten character to show up on Donovan. While the Scorpion was a deadly character, he was definitely in a different league than Dan. Dan is pond scum, still wanted him to die, but the other was just deadly and you can say rash. He never took the time to learn about the culture he was in living in. Appreciated the comeuppance in the end though. Once again, the character development of the annoying, arrogant, and stupid Doctor Weisbacher was beautiful.

May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: The action and intrigue continue with another winning entry in one of my favorite SF series.

Warning: mild spoilers ahead for the first two books in the series.

This series is so much fun, and I’m happy to report that the third book does a great job of moving things along plot-wise, while allowing the characters to change and
Michel Meijer
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brilliant! Halfway Pariah it looked like we had a typical add-on in the series. First book was all about Dan Wirth entering Port Authority, then Supervisor Kalico, and now Tam as the new evil protagonist of change in the little human settlements on Donovan
But then the story changed fo rme. Gear added layer upon layer and reaped carefully planted groundwork. We had the trance of Talina, the short uprising, the development in quetzal understanding, Trish, and the mutual understanding between old
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pariah (Donovan Trilogy #3)
by W. Michael Gear
Again I must claim bias before I place this review. I was amazingly fortune to be honored with my fan site group to have this book dedicated to myself and my group. We support these authors with great love and admiration. Having read all their books I know I have a bias when I read each book.

With great anticipation I waited patiently for this book to come into my hands. Funny story, the copy I read was sent as a giveaway for the Gear Facebook fan
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Pariah is about the intense struggle between humans and all their adversaries – the hazards of space travel, alien flora and fauna, and of course, other humans. The colonization of the planet Donovan (named for the first man that was eaten by a quetzal upon landing) serves as the foundation to the gripping illustration of these human struggles. Spoiler — humanity doesn’t always win.

Throughout the series, there has been a deplorable lack of characters to empathize with. The exceptions for me are
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good news, the Donovan Trilogy is expecting . . . book four. I'm all for keeping the series going. The story is strong. The characters are top notch. The science interesting and there's even a mini-lesson in book three about the ancient Maya and Xibalba, the underworld ruled by their death gods, thrown in for good measure.

The story is both simple and complex. The ship, Vixen, thinks it just left Solar System and is wondering how it managed to arrive instantly at Donovan. On Donovan they're
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Complicated. Tam Benteen is on the run from deadly political elements back on Earth. He intends to hide out on the Capella III, aka Donovan’s planet for a few years until he can return and get his revenge. But what was supposed to be a 3 year trip becomes instantaneous. As they approach Capella III, they find a ship in orbit they don’t recognize. Meanwhile the colonists on Donovan are finally settling in and some are starting to have contact with the quetzals. Hopefully they can start to find ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Another enjoyable visit to the planet Donovan, with it's miserable human colony, scarily unreliable interstellar travel, and frightening flora and fauna. Talina goes even deeper into her quetzal-influence (triDNA) changes, using her Mayan cosmology and childhood among the ruins to give her some grasp of reality as her ever-expanding quetzal menagerie grows within her body. Kylee returns as a spunky and terrified crossover as well, helping Talina somewhat and eventually finding another way to ...more
Katrina Marie
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
#FINISHED #REVIEW Can I be honest and say I really don’t want to give a review on this? See, I absolutely LOVED the first two books in this series. #loved them!!! And then this book... happened. #insertfrownyface The first books made me cry and laugh and feel with the characters. This third one had me pretty darn confused and it was too ‘#political’ to be a #scifi. #notafan Here’s to hoping the next installment of the series will be worth the read. (But, yes, I will still read it! ) #pariah ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This definitely doesn't seem like the last book of the series, so I suspect that this is not a trilogy at all. I guess it could be the end of this particular story arc, but there certainly feels like there's more to come from this. The big crescendo ending that I was waiting for never happened, but left off with hints of more to come, just like the earlier two books did.

At the expense of being a bit familiar and "samey", this book continues the excellent storytelling from the first two books
Nadja Miller
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all I love this series. That being said this is the 3rd book and it was a bit of a transition book. One of the main characters, Talina, is going through some physical/mental changes that may allow her to understand the native lifeforms. This put her out of commission for most of the book. It also seemed to be setting up for things coming up in the 4th book ( spring 2020).

As always the author is great in character development. Bad guys are usually portrayed in shades of grey ( we
Vinay Badri
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Weakest of the series so far esp after a brilliant 2nd book. Tal is off-book for most of it, Trish is particularly whiny and irritating while the greater threat of the corporate assassin falls a bit flat. Shig's philosophy regarding society provides an interesting viewpoint in light of the corporate assassin's actions while supervisor Aguila is the real fav character of this. Donovan, the planet as a character doesnt offer as much surprise as previous books while the queztal angle is kind of ...more
Michelle McPherson
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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous!!!!! This is the third book in this series continuing the live of the colony on Donovan a planet in an inverted time away from the solar system we know. In this book a third ship arrives, one that has taken 50 years to get there, the original survey ship that was supposed to do planet surveys and establish protocols for the new planet Cabella III. They are shocked to find a thriving colony on the planet and not at all prepared for the challenges and the plant and animal life they find ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I read so many mediocre "Kindle Unlimited" books that I forget that some people know how to tell a story.

From book 1 this series has been a wonderful blend of good and bad people doing good and bad things irrespective of good only doing good and bad only doing bad.

Characters depth grows with each book. Story depth as well.

If you love karmic stuff justice you may love this story.

FWIW, the only good karma is no karma. You can not horde "good karma" it goes against balance.
Tina Osterman
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Exceptional beyond words, I'm still living it...
Is it science fiction? History? Biting-my-nails-tense-thriller?

Everyone of them and more.

I'm keeping it general, NO SPOILERS
Mike, you hit every single emotional note. Some at the same time. For the last hour, I almost couldn't breathe. I will write a more detailed review, when others, in the group,have had a chance to catch up!!
DAW, please publish as many books, about this jaw-dropping world of DONOVAN, as Michael
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
a lot of the mystique of this book was the suspense of what the author had done on the previous two books: it was all on the table. The suspense made me read it in short bursts, waiting for something horrible to happen. Do to this I would not enjoy it as much with a rereading.
In the end this book really kind of fell apart. the drama and excitement was there in the reading but it never really came.
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best yet

A fantastic continuation of the Donovan series. I can’t wait for book 4! Exciting from beginning to end. You never know in which direction the plot will twist. My favorite quote, “I hate really famous people. Especially professors of great renown. Takes too long to educate them about the realities of life in the real world.”
So true!
Mark Bennett
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm liking this series more with each book being better than the last. This one was very good. Too bad if this is indeed the last book of the series. I think the stage is set for some interesting plots going forward!

Could have been a major aspect to this 3rd volume!

Instead? Poof. Gone.


Also, found a typo on page 288 (you figure out where).
Andy Zimmerman
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Loved the story. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Four and a half stars, for a few too many overly wordy passages. Still a fine “lost colony” story, with an uncommonly complex and nuanced alien ecology/biology and a rock’em sock’em central cast.
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W. Michael Gear was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the twentieth of May, 1955. A fourth generation Colorado native, his family had been involved in hard-rock mining, cattle ranching, and journalism. After his father's death in 1959, Michael's mother received her Master's degree in journalism and began teaching. In 1962 she married Joseph J. Cook, who taught tool and die making, and the ...more

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  • Outpost (Donovan Trilogy #1)
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