Gladiator by Anna Hackett

32738657Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…

When Earth space marine Harper Adams finds herself abducted by alien slavers off a space station, her life turns into a battle for survival. Dumped into an arena on a desert planet on the outer rim, she finds herself face to face with a big, tattooed alien gladiator…the champion of the Kor Magna Arena.

A former prince abandoned to the arena as a teen, Raiden Tiago has long ago earned his freedom. Now he rules the arena, but he doesn’t fight for the glory, but instead for his own dark purpose—revenge against the Thraxian aliens who destroyed his planet. Then his existence is rocked by one small, fierce female fighter from an unknown planet called Earth.

Harper is determined to find a way home, but when she spots her best friend in the arena—a slave of the evil Thraxian aliens—she’ll do anything to save her friend…even join forces with the tough, alpha male who sets her body on fire. But as Harper and Raiden step foot onto the blood-soaked sands of the arena, Harper worries that Raiden has his own dangerous agenda…

 

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3 stars

Harper is kidnapped by an alien race, she is sold to a Gladiator house where she is further trained. It is there that she meets and falls in love with Raiden – another gladiator. A prince no less who has a sad backstory – queue sad music – but he is turning that frown upside down and is now rescuing other gladiators and setting them free! Awe!

Raiden can’t let Harper go. No matter how bad Harper wants to get back to Earth, he won’t let her go. She is HIS! She is a good fighter and can match him in the arena. At the end when he risks losing her, he realizes that she is worth more than revenge for his family, people, and a planet that were all destroyed!

It’s a Roman gladiator story set on another planet with some other creatures. The world was okay, the aliens were okay, the story was just okay. I wanted more sci-fi world building. I craved more. I did learn about some pretty cool animals on the other planet – but not the aliens.

The Last Feast by Zeb Haradon

40615088Jim, the only human still alive in the universe, lives his life on a small escape pod orbiting a black hole, where he survives by replicating himself and eating his clones. Before eating one of his duplicates, he entertains his meal by recounting the story of how he got here and how he managed to survive.

It began when he had decided to travel to an interstellar colony where he could sell some museum pieces he owned. En route, the ship he is on gets momentarily caught in the powerful gravity of a black hole and is flung trillions and trillions of years into the future. The passengers find themselves in a time of maximum entropy, where all life is extinct, all the stars have burned out, and there is nothing left in the universe except a black hole and a complete vacuum extending in all directions.

As the original crew of seven is slowly reduced through suicide, murder, and accident, two factions form. One group believes, against all evidence, that somehow, somewhere, there exists intelligent life in this universe that can rescue them from this hell, and they devote their energies to sending out more and more powerful distress calls. The other group simply wants to preserve the ship’s power, so that they can live comfortably in this hopeless universe as long as possible.

 

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5 Stars

Ah, the last supper.  A meal to be relished and enjoyed.  A hearty meal, after all, you are what you eat.

But what is supper without entertainment?

A story perhaps before you go.

Jim is 1000+ years old.  He keeps himself alive by cloning himself.  This last time, the clone wins.  So before he departs, he decides to share a story.  Dinner and a story.  Yum.

The story isn’t pretty or easy.  It’s a story of survival.  Of his survival.  His will to live and to hope.  How things came crashing down and yet through it all, he just couldn’t expire and kept himself going.  Yet, now here he is, singing for his supper again.  Dancing like a monkey to his clone.   It’s through this story that you learn about Jim and the crew on the fated space shuttle.   How they divide into two groups – those believing there was no hope and those who believed there is hope.

OMG!  This book is twisted in a good way.  I couldn’t put it down.  I started it last night and finished it before going to bed.   Jim’s story is both fascinating and heartbreaking.  You learn so much about his life and what has happened to shape into what he is today.  I’m not a science person by any means, but I understood everything that Mr. Haradon wrote about space travel and cloning.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, scare the hell out of you, and make you question what you are living your life for.  This is the book.  You will enjoy it.