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Pico's Crush

(Central Galactic Concordance #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground. A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter's college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial ...more
Published November 27th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published January 27th 2016)
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I'm really glad Jerzi's book was good!
I liked him in Overload Flux and I liked him here! His lady-love, Andra, is great too, even if calling her a lady is an exaggeration! LOL
Pico, his daugther is wonderful too and I didn't have a doubt that she'll fall in love with Sojaire who's Mairwen and Luka's assistant!
I hope Ms. Van Natta will write more books with Mairwen and Luka and their adventures!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pico's Crush is the latest in what has pretty much established itself as one of my favorite sci-fi romantic suspense series. A dad takes his vacation to visit his daughter at university, a pair of consulting detectives are tracking a serial killer, and a government worker heads to a lush tropical island planet for a vacation. Naturally, it doesn't take long for things to get dangerously exciting for them all.

As the third book in the Central Galactic Concordance futuristic sci-fi series, Pico's C
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pico's Crush is the exciting third book in the Central Galactic Concordance series. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and this book was just as good. One things I especially liked about this book is how it bring the plot lines and characters from the first two books together and also introduces us to some new characters.

At first I thought Pico's Crush would be about Pico and her crush. Then once I started reading I thought it would be Jerzi's story and romance, whom we already
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was great! Nonstop action! And old home week! We see Luka , Mairwen, Jerzi and Lieren Song again! Just a great story line!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
Originally reviewed at West Coast Book Reviews.

Pico's Crush is the third full novel in Carol Van Natta's Central Galactic Concordance series. I feel it can be read as a stand-alone even though it centers on some characters we've met in books one and two. As with book two, Minder Rising, Van Natta builds on the previous book to satisfy the world building needs of anyone following the series without overburdening us with back story. She balances her seamless continuity of the series with new place
Eva Millien
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world of Academia has went from merely cutthroat to downright deadly as a college campus becomes a battleground for sinister forces in this exciting space opera adventure.

Jerzi Adam is visiting his daughter at college when he runs into his former squadmate Andra DeLuna and that’s just the beginning of all the excitement as explosions and lab experiments run amok and readers are kept on the edge of their seat as things quickly turn in a more deadly direction with unexpected twists and hidden
Jon Abbott
I like the series, I like the concept.

In book one, Overload Flux, the author drew me into the adventures of the two MC and got me to care about what happened to them.

In book two, Minder Rising, the author introduces another set of main characters and the action took off slowly. After getting over my "what happened to the people I care about" snit, the novel picked up tempo and drew me in.

Here, all six main characters (there is a book 2.5 which should be labeled 1.5 IMHO Zero Flux), roll around i
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun, exciting, likable space opera from the Central Galactic Concordance. 3.5 stars

I've enjoyed all of Carol Van Natta's Central Galactic Concordance stories, and when I went to Goodreads to check that the brand-new latest, Jumper's Hope, #4, was in my To-Read list, I noticed that I hadn't posted a review for this one. I read it back in February, I believe -- i.e., several months, and many books, ago -- so this is going to be a little vague; I apologize.

Secondary character Jerzi Adams ge
2.5 Stars Rounded Up

This novel follows Pico who I s studying at school and Jerzi, her father who comes to visit. Andra, an old friend of Jerzi, and Sojaire get caught up in the mystery regarding the murder of numerous people on the campus.

I really wanted to love this novel as the concept of the universe and the culture in it was exciting. However, I only found this novel passable as it was very chaotic and disjointed.

There were far too many side plots to keep the concept of the novel straight
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
Nila Marbela – paradise planet. Destination of tourists from all over the Central Galactic Concordance. If you go, be sure to check the crime forecast. You don’t want to get caught up in a nasty downpour of villains, thieves, murderers, or general evil-doers. And maybe an explosion or two.

Jerzi Adams should have checked the forecast.

Jerzi went to Nila Marbela to visit his daughter Pico at Optimal Polytechnic and take a vacation. The first goal, visiting Pico, sets off a series of events that wil
Kara Prem
While there were some good scenes in this book, it was too messy for me. Supposedly the issue is a serial killer on the lose but the big battles in the book seem to involve other groups of people who are stealing (or stealing with permission of the dean) from the labs, I couldn't really keep track. There were too many sub plots, too many characters and seriously: "Hi Dad," she'd said "I'm desperately in love with Sojaire Celeyron and we had glorious sex last night." what young woman would ever s ...more
Alpha Witch Publishing
An engrossing sci-fi adventure with a sprinkle of romance. This is a well paced, carefully written, story, that will pull you into a world that you won't be able to get enough of. Leans more on the science fiction side than the romance side, but still comes off well rounded, and truly entertaining. There's an added bonus of being able to revisit characters from previous books in the series, and also an expansion of the series plot line that began in the first book.

Recommended for sci-fi fans th
Aaron Anderson
I'm done with this series and probably author after this book. The romance-focus of the series gets to me. My decision to stop also comes from the fact that book 4 doesn't look to have any of the characters we've met up until now.

The plot/action was kept moving ok, if not great. If you cut out all the awkward attraction crap, it was again ok. The fact that every character that isn't a total side character has to meet the love of their existance gets old. Also every romance is hetero, though the
Adena Lee
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the play on words in the title - Pico, the daughter of "Commander Crush" and Pico, student sighing after a certain oblivious medic. I also really like watching two romances unfold in the context of a high-conflict raid on an university campus and seeing how certain students of applied engineering techniques stepped up to defend those the university's less-than-stellar security could not. Young adult romance, mature adult romance, pirate raids, guerrila activity, bureaucratic infighting an ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked seeing more of Jerzi from overload flux. Enjoyed the story and very happy took have more of Mairwen & Luka. I really like these characters and enjoy stories about them more than other stories set in the same universe. I did feel like i had missed as story even tho I have read them all according to the series list at the back of the book. It really felt i like i had missed a story covering Pico's space camp adventure & the story of how Mairwen & Luka met & hired Sojaire.
Amy Shannon
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New book in a great series

This new book brings Pico to the main focus of the book. It's filled with twists and stunning storytelling that brings Pico out of the shadows. Jerzi is now visiting his daughter's college and all of a sudden things on campus take a horrific turn. Well written bringing secondary characters to the forefront, and creating a remarkable and intriguing story. well done.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Again, this book had a very different feel to the prior ones. But in this case, it didn't work for me, as the things that bothered me before were really magnified. In particular, I realty struggled with the worldbuilding.

It's a shame, as I really wanted to like it. But DNF'ed about half the way in :(
Rita C
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit confusing at time jumping between so many different points of view. However I liked the new characters and it was great to have most of the previous characters show up for this story, too. The plot was interesting and kept me turning the pages. Hard to put down.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read another book in this series, and as with the first book of the series, I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and the character development. A solid plot and fast pacing made this a wonderful read.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
audiobook review
superb narration !
these MCs are well fleshed out
we care about them.
good action and suspense
Leya Ruth
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun addition to the series. I liked getting to know Jerzi better. And I enjoyed how they brought in all the main characters from the previous books.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfr
Jerzi Adams goes to visit his daughter Pico at her university, Optimal Polytechnic. He finds out her favorite professor is a former Army buddy of his, Andra de Luna. Strange accidents involving explosions, evacs, and killer robots begin to befall the Materials Sciences and Chemistry departments. Jerzi’s colleagues Mairwen and Luka show up for a mission, and they get pulled into the mayhem as people start turning up dead. Campus becomes a dangerous place as several nefarious plots converge on the ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, hello Science Fiction Romance fans! Are you in for a captivating treat with Carol van Natta's latest book in her Central Galactic Concordance series! Pico's Crush is by far my favourite of the series so far, having however enjoyed the previous books immensely. A teensy note of caution about that: Pico's Crush can most definitely be read as a stand-alone story, but amazeballs will truly glitter and glow if the previous stories are read first. The enjoyment factor will shoot off the scale if ...more
Erin Penn
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third novel (with a side trip of a novellette as 2.5) in the Central Galactic Concordance has two romances - one older couple and one younger couple, plus both couples from the previous novels of the series. While this book could work as a standalone, I found the multiple story threads hard enough to follow knowing the complete background.

I think Ms. Van Natta bit off a little more than her present authorship skill set allowed her to work. The battle scene focuses in on each of our various
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful action filled story set in the Central Galactic Concordance series. This one includes quite a few new and interesting characters, as well as some favorites from previous stories. Jerzi Adams comes to Nila Marbela to visit his daughter Pico’s college where he runs into his former squadmate, Andra DeLuna, who is now teaching at the college. It’s a good thing he does because all sorts of emergencies, trouble and mayhem ensue. It was fun to see all of the inventive ways these two f ...more
So this is perhaps my favorite of this series now. Seriously. Every book is set (mainly) on a different planet. This planet is tropical and watery and has some very different sorts of things going on. The new characters are interesting and the old characters fit right in. There's lots of action, some of it bizarre, and there are children, college students, mercenaries, criminals, CPS, and all sorts of different folks involved.

Honestly, the funniest parts were the mentions of academia. As an acad
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
– This is book three of the Central Galactic Concordance. While the story is a stand alone it does feature characters from the first two books. Pico is a new character and while she is featured in the title she is one of several characters who drive the story. The story is full of danger and tension. Pico, Sojaire, Jerzi, her dad, and Andra, her college professor ,carry the story and there is a romance for all four. At the end we once again go back to the advice from the president of La Plata, a ...more
William Howe
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun with impromptu engineering

I like the universe. I like the writing. The characters are fun and the dialog is inventive. The college setting was a fun twist.

The end was a bit too easy. The good guys all go away happy. I would have liked to see an unresolved or partially resolved relationship amongst the primary characters.

The postscript added some unresolved issues.

Worth the price. Start with Overload Flux to get a real understanding of the characters, but this stands alone quite well.

I will p
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done. 3.5 stars by my very conservative rating system, rounded up to 4. This is a little different from other books by this author, even though it's part of a series. The main character is a young woman in the first year of college, and this viewpoint is well handled. Even though it's an action novel, the characters are well described. Not quite YA material, but only a little over, and a fun read.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is an auto buy for me. Science fiction, mystery and romance, my three favorite genre's rolled into one.
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Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any vio ...more

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