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Stardoc #1 [Mass Market Paperback]

S L Viehl
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD READ!!!!! July 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I read BLADE DANCER and loved it. I only bought STARDOC because I didn't think I would like the book. Instead I loved it. This book reminds me of the old Science Fiction Classics. It depends more on characters than it does on science.
As soon as I read it I rushed out and bought the rest of them. Five in all and each one better than the last.
If you like Elizabeth Moon I think you will love these books. The characters are well rounded and you have some to love and some to hate.
Escaping Earth is a must for Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil. The drama of the clinic and the response of aliens not only to humans, but to each other is well done.
This is an older book and there are lots of reviews. After you read them, make up your own mind. As for myself I really loved the series. Each book got better and better. I hope there will be a new one soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This author ROCKS! March 14 2003
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
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To escape her father on Terra (Earth) Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil (a brilliant surgeon) applied for a position on Kevarzangia Two at a FreeClinic. She had never worked on non-humans, but that area was desperate for any medical person able to hold a stethoscope, so she got the job. She must quickly learn to help over 200 different species (some were extremely dangerous just to LOOK at, much less help them when they are in pain)! Humans were looked down upon so that was a problem. Then there was her father. He found her.
Readers, I cannot tell you what was going on there. Only that when Cherijo found out secrets about her father, her choices were run or have guards to keep her in line with a possible mind swipe.
But when her father came to retrieve her, it took a large band of Jorenian Warriors to rescue/kidnap her from Kevarzangia Two AND broke treaties among planets! The secret was huge and could change the future for humanity. Daddy was a genious by Terran standards. Daddy was a monster by human standards though!
I saw in the back of the book that July 2000 will be another adventure of Dr. Veil's! YIPEE! I can hardly wait! I'm off to some book clubs to see if I can find a copy in hard back! I plan to keep a copy of this one! David Weber and Anne McCaffrey has competition big time! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE, READERS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars S.L. Viehl is destined for the big time! May 4 2000
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To escape her father on Terra (Earth) Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil (a brilliant surgeon) applied for a position on Kevarzangia Two at a FreeClinic. She had never worked on non-humans, but that area was desperate for any medical person able to hold a stethoscope, so she got the job. She must quickly learn to help over 200 different species (some were extremely dangerous just to LOOK at, much less help them when they are in pain)! Humans were looked down upon so that was a problem. Then there was her father. He found her.
Readers, I cannot tell you what was going on there. Only that when Cherijo found out secrets about her father, her choices were run or have guards to keep her in line with a possible mind swipe.
But when her father came to retrieve her, it took a large band of Jorenian Warriors to rescue/kidnap her from Kevarzangia Two AND broke treaties among planets! The secret was huge and could change the future for humanity. Daddy was a genious by Terran standards. Daddy was a monster by human standards though!
***I saw in the back of the book that July 2000 will be another adventure of Dr. Veil's! YIPEE! I can hardly wait! I'm off to some book clubs to see if I can find a copy in hard back! I plan to keep a copy of this one! David Weber and Anne McCaffrey has competition big time! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE, READERS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Trouble of Buying it Used Dec 4 2011
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Stardoc by S. Viehl

This is a series of 10 novels, and I hope we see more. Not all of the books are still in print or have yet been turned into e-books. That is a shame; but it is a series that is well worth the trouble of trying to find them through the other sellers option on Amazon. This is true Sci-Fi with an underlying theme of romance, but not cloying romance.
Dr Cherijo Grey Veil is a remarkable Doctor. She leaves Earth to use her talents in another world with many different species and to escape her smothering father. . But she also carries a secret, and this is one that is revealed fairly slowly over the course of several of the books.

The biggest question is, is she truly human and sentient?

Cherijo will fight many battles in the next few books, one of the biggest is proving her sentience and remaining far away from her `father' and creator. She has many problems with several men in her life and will prove that while brilliant, she is sadly lacking in the male/female aspects of life. Sometimes this is humorous and sometimes it is downright heartbreaking, as you will see if you read the series.

Each book continues to show us what a strong female protagonist she is, with a lovely sort of snarky attitude that absolutely works for her character. Sometimes she can come off as a "Mary-Sue" sort of character but Ms Viehl makes it work to be believable to the reader.

This is a highly enjoyable, very exciting series with a strong female protagonist and I recommend this series to those who enjoy SciFi with a small dose of romance.
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1.0 out of 5 stars General Hospital in Space
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Published on July 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Um . . . ick . . .
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Published on June 22 2004 by Jasper
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Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Jedidiah Palosaari
1.0 out of 5 stars Immature protagonist doing implausible medicine
I'm a SF reading veteran, and I especially like female heroines. That being said, this is possibly the worst female heroine book I've read in the last 5 years. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a pleasant mindless trip into a space/medical/thriller
I am actually a bit embarrassed to give this a five star rating, but cannot deny the fact that I tore through it in an un-put-downable frenzy, quickly picking up the sequel to... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun!
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Published on May 4 2003 by Arthur W. Jordin
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the Science Back into Science Fiction
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Published on April 15 2003 by Aimee
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh...
I'm an avid science fiction reader, and I was very disappointed with this novel. The main character seems very immature at times, and everyone hates her for no particular reason. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually pretty darn good
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