Love love love this book. I wish it was part of an ongoing series.
This book is actually a re-write of an earlier book. Good job, great characters. An exceptional hero. Two of the best animal side kick/companion characters I've ever read.
Wow, the books by this author are addictive. I read one and three weeks later I was halfway through her backlist. As with the rest of the books, there's a lot of action, space fights, and cool technology bandied about. I always enjoy the world building. I also have noted that each of the books so far seem to be in their own universe (or part of the universe) - I haven't seen overlapping names of governments, religions, or races yet. Unless I missed one. There are common things in terms of characters using coding skill to hack into computers or ship mainframes, or being brilliant at fixing a dying spaceship on the fly. I love reading those bits. In this book we also see more than one romance - it's two parallel romances. The center one was Sass and Kel-paten's, and I prefered that one out of the two. Probably because of the comparison of Kel-paten's experience in his worklife compared to the utter lack of experience he has with personal matters. It made his personality strangely vunerable and endeering to read. At times I felt like *wincing* because he was so out of his element trying to deal with Sass and his feelings. The author's website says Games of Command starts of in a similar way to her book Command Performance (part one of a series, but the rest was never published), but most of it is new. And out of all the three books read so far (this, Gabriel's Ghost and Finder's Keepers), this is my favorite.
I love Linnea Sinclair's books - all of them - but this is one of my very favorites. It's one I have to keep getting new copies of because I keep giving mine away to friends, acquaintances, perfect strangers [well, not really PERFECT strangers]. But when you have a book you love you just want to share...
Our heroine is Tasha Sebastian who lives in interesting times. She is currently the captain of a U-Cee huntership and a veteran of the recent war between the United Coalition and the Triad. But before that she had other names and other lives...
Our hero is Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, brilliant strategist, military leader and a human who has been altered physically, mentally and most of all cybernetically. He can interface directly with his ship and there are those who say "Tin Soldier" is more 'cybe than human. But they're wrong...
As part of the treaty, 'mixed' ships are being established and Kel-Paten has specifically requested Tasha for his first officer. Thus begin the games of command; why did he ask for her, what does he want?
Enter a second plot starring the empathic best friend of Tasha, Doctor Eden Fynn, and Jace Serafino, renegade Nasyry priest, telepath, and all round rogue. Kel-Paten would like to squeeze every drop of information out of Serafino personally.
And then there are the furzels, Tank and Reilly. They are rather cat-like in nature with some VERY special abilities. Even more special than their humans, Tasha and Eden, know because they can identify the truly evil creatures which they simply call 'Bad Things'. They know the Bad Things are watching their people and resolve to protect them...
Her world building is consistently outstanding and the world of Games of Command is no exception. The poignancy of Kel-Paten's love and the utter wrongness of what was done to him grab your heart. Tight, page-turning plot, great characters [and her aliens are outstanding] and dialog that grabs you - it is a must read.
Associated short stories:
Seven Months of Forever from The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance
Mission: Nam Selan from Tales From the SFR Brigade
Sci-Fi/ Futuristic romance by Linnea Sinclair. Tasha is a former mercenary who has gone official, and become an Officer in the Military. Kel-Patten is part human/ part cyborg Admiral for a different Military. There is an Alliance between their governments/ Military. Kel isn't supposed to have emotions, but he as them for Tasha, and has her made Captain of his Ship. I love the characters, their romance, and the secondary characters. The plot is complicated, and pretty good. My complaint has to do with the politics that set up the story. Very complicated, and in my opinion not explained well enough. After I stopped trying to keep track of the politics, I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters, and the story. Pretty good.
Love Linnea Sinclair! Can't go wrong with any of her books. Only person I've read who can perfectly blend romance with sci-fi. Just awesome :)