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Ghost In The Machine (Corwint Central Agent Files Book 1) by [Kilgore, C.E.]
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Ghost In The Machine is a mature space opera romance with strong language, some violence, a good heaping of romance, some steamy bits, a few crazy aliens, one very confused android, an empathic girl with emotional issues who tends to trip herself up, and a crew of space agents who seem to enjoy making their Central Director yank out her hair.

Love is like a wormhole. You stumble on to it blindly, it sucks you in and takes you somewhere completely unexpected. You can't fight it, because that would tear your ship apart. You can't control it, either. All you can do is set your thrusters on glide and let it take you where it's going to take you."

Going against the rules of her Vesparian Sisterhood, which seeks to keep its entire existence a secret, Orynn is thrown into the open by a request for help that she could not refuse. Seeking to reconcile past mistakes and gain a forgiveness she feels she does not deserve, the fragile control over her empathic abilities is put to the test. The darkness that lives within her spirit has grown impatient and threatens to once again destroy any piece of happiness that she allows herself to find.

As a Mechatronic Automaton, Ethan navigates his world through a set of logically defined values and understandings. Encountering Orynn throws his system off balance as he tries to decide if he should trust the feelings he is developing, or if he should follow the logic telling him that she is trying to control him for some unknown purpose. As his understanding of her develops, he begins to question all of his preconceived notions about both himself and the universe around him.

In his attempts to capture the Vesparian prey he has been hunting after for two decades, the First Commander of the Xen'dari fleet will stop at nothing and track Orynn to the ends of the universe. On a path of vengeance for a past he can't let go of, he will do everything in his power to burn her world down around her feet until nothing is left but ash and the bitter taste of regret.

Ghosts of the past clash with hopes for the future in this first book of the series, set in a universe where nothing is as it seems at first glance and trust is a highly priced commodity.

*This book is intended for mature readers and contains mild violence, coarse language and romantic scenes of intimacy.

About The Series: Corwint Central Agent Files
Corwint Central Agent Files is set in a galaxy far, far away. Various planetary systems and alien species, some human-like and others very unique, offer a backdrop to the adventures, struggles for power, character development and romance. As a space opera, character development and world building are the key ingredients. As a romance, ideals of love and relationship development are what drive the stories forward.

The Corwint universe is a constantly growing, changing and evolving universe. From space stations to newly discovered planets, each story in the series adds to a universe rich with life, struggling with conflict, and evolving its own sense of existence.

Love is the key theme in the series. Each book explores different aspects of love; from 'love at first sight' to unrequited love, from 'friends to lovers' to 'opposites attract', and everything in between. It also explores both sides of love - the good and beauty that can come from it, as well as the destructive force it can unleash when love turns to obsession.

Everything, and everyone, in the Corwint Universe has a past, present and future. Nothing is stagnant or an island. Every action, or inaction, has the potential to cast stones across the universe, creating ripple effects that may not be realized until years later. Fate mingles with choice, and consequences follow every decision.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Tracing The Stars; 3 edition (April 30 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UFHA0O
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I honestly expected very little of this book - the cover is unassuming, and it was free. However, it did not even take a chapter to hook me in. Much like one of the key races in the book, the author just knows how to pull your heart's strings. Ridden with emotion, this book is truly a great adventure. Will definitely be buying the second book when I can.
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Original plot line, thoroughly well developed characters, and enough plot twists to keep me reading non stop.

Adventure, intrigue, and romance.

I am truly compelled to acquire the rest of the series... and I shall do so now. Thanks for the entertainment!
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I had to come back to get the rest of them! I love the characters and the story just swept me away - and that's exactly what I look for. The first book is free, but you will be back as the others are very reasonably priced.

Could use a little editing but trust me, the little errors didn't detract/distract me. I certainly hope there will be more to follow! I'll be keeping an eye out for this author! Thanks for the mesmerizing escape!

PS This is the very first review that I've done (after almost 3yrs of ebooks) because I enjoyed the book so much and as mentioned, I came back for more!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ea5774) out of 5 stars Some good, some bad. 2.5 stars June 3 2014
By P. D. HENDERSON - Published on Amazon.com
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Rating: 2¹/² (out of 5)
Recommendation: Hardcore SciFi fans should avoid this book, but romance readers who also enjoy SciFi may find it palatable. This is book one of a series, or more accurately it is only the first section of a larger book. The romance part of the plot resolves, but absolutely nothing else does, so if you aren't willing to pay for the rest of the series you may be sorely disappointed.

I am conflicted about this book. There is some good in it, but also some serious flaws. The book is a space opera romance about a small crew of agents on a covert mission to find the source of a bioengineered plague. The ship's captain, Hankarron, appears to Central to be incapable of completing a covert mission without resorting to violent combat, so they are forcing him to take on a Vesparian empath as a negotiator and overseer for this mission. But everyone knows that Vesparians don't actually exist!

The author has created a fairly rich universe, with varied - albeit stereotypical - races, and good characterization. The "science" is deplorable. 25% gravity (one and a half times what there is on the moon) is depicted as if it were near zero gravity, with objects "floating" and "hovering" in the air. Localized gravity control is possible, even on a planet, but conveniently fails when the plot requires it to.

There are also a large number of annoying grammatical errors throughout the book. Those that occur within dialogue would be forgivable, but the omniscient narrator repeatedly uses phrases like "would of" (instead of "would have"). But in spite of all this I'm not completely opposed to the book. I usually read several books at once, reading a few pages from one, then putting it down to come back to later. But I repeatedly found myself picking this book up and ignoring the others. The writer's pacing, characterization, and style are excellent and kept me involved the whole way through. I saw another review that claimed the pacing was slow, but I disagree. Also, several reviewers have claimed to have trouble following the narrator's point of view from one character to the next, but again I didn't feel that way at all. The writing flowed very smoothly to me and I would love to see other series by the same author.

This particular series, however, I will surely not continue with. The main reason for that is the ending. This book earns from me the dubious award of having *THE SINGLE WORST ENDING I HAVE EVER READ.* I'm not a fan of cliffhanger endings to begin with. They are cheesy marketing schemes to tease you into wanting the sequel. But this was worse than just that. The mission the crew was on never gets completed. I don't mean that it will continue onto the next book, or that they failed. No, it just turns out that there never was a mission in the first place. Basically, the author has found a new twist on the "it was just a dream" trope - which was bad enough already and didn't need to be expanded on. Really...

FYI, for those that care. The book also fails the Bechdel test for female representation - but only just barely. There are strong female characters in this, but they really don't interact with each other.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ea59c0) out of 5 stars A good Sci-Fi, Space Opera Romance May 9 2013
By Oleg Medvedkov - Published on Amazon.com
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Corwint Central spaceship "Zera" departs on a covert operation to discover the source of the plague on the outlying colonies in the Ventaris system. The small crew of "Zara" are mostly young but experienced agents. The only problem they have is the percent of their captain, Hank, to blow things up and shoot first ask never. Corwint Central assigns another agent to the ship for this mission, a mysterious woman of a race that is not suppose to exist. The Vesparian, Orynn, comes aboard and the adventure begins.

Well, when I say "an adventure," I have to clarify that this novel is written by the "romance book rules," the main motive power behind the plot is the character conflict and romantic dynamics, not the action. The action is present and bad guys get blasted to bits and mutilated in different ways, and stuff gets blown up, but it almost seems secondary to the interactions between characters. It doesn't take away from reading the novel, but as a guy, I almost wish the main mission of "Zera" had a bit more of a sense of urgency.

My main critique for this book is the "head hopping" style of omniscient third person point of view. While it is done well in this book, it is a slippery slop and I would rather have seen a limited third person POV instead. It might make writing the story a little more complicated but in my opinion, it might make the scenes easier to follow.

This is, however, a minor thing - most books today are written in this style; who am I to judge?

The characters are interesting and their backgrounds are revealed slowly as the story unfolds. The main romantic plotline is shadowed by a secondary one between different characters, which is a nice touch.

The book ends on a cliffhanger. This one is actually a good one, of almost cinematic quality.

What can I say? My little criticisms notwithstanding, I've read the book to the end and I enjoyed it. That doesn't happen often. Recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ea5984) out of 5 stars Engaging characters and brilliant world-building July 12 2013
By T. E. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the future worlds that Ms. Kilgore brings to life in her novel, The Ghost In The Machine. I won't go into a synopsis of the book as it has been done well in other reviews. This is my reaction to the book.

Ms. Kilgore structures multiple societies with depth and history revealed to the reader in layers of rich description interwoven in the storyline. I cared about the carefully crafted characters in the story, perhaps too much, for therein lies one of my chief complaints - competing points of view. Many characters are given a point of view and the rapid changes, sometimes from sentence to sentence created confusion in this reader's mind. Sometimes, I had to stop to figure out whose "head" I was in.

Putting that aside, this is an entertaining read right until the very end and the cliff-hanger of an ending. Which brings up my second complaint. I hate - with a passion - cliff-hangers.

Putting aside my particular foibles, I recommend this story for its engaging characters and brilliant world-building.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ea5c78) out of 5 stars Not Bad But Not Great May 7 2013
By Steve Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." Mark Twain's quotation came to mind as I was reading this book.

And I think it was Robert Heinlein who said that instead of a long introduction setting time and place, it was much more effective to write that the door dilated as the protagonist approached it.

I've heard many people comment favorably on Kilgore, people whose taste I respect, but I couldn't even reach the halfway point. Perhaps it's because this is a series and I haven't read the other stories. Perhaps it's because I have attention deficit problems.

In any case, I like a story to grab me by the throat and not let go. For me, it seems like this story starts out slow and then coasts to a dead stop. Other reviewers say they couldn't put it down, and my problem is that I kept wanting to put it down, until finally I gave in to my urges.

I dug into this book with anticipation, and I really wanted to write a great review. The loyal readers will hate that anyone has found serious problems with Li;gore, and to them, I can only say I didn't find problems, plural, I only found a single problem: pacing.

And I'm going to check out other Kilgore books. Where there is smoke, there so often is fire, and I'd like to count myself among the Kilgore fans. But not yet.

I hope that this is my failing as a reader and not Kilgore's failure as a writer. I suggest you download a sample, so you can get hooked on this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ea5cd8) out of 5 stars Hesitant to purchase, exceeded expectations! June 7 2013
By Michelle Ryber - Published on Amazon.com
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I happened to come across this little gem while looking for a different genre all together. For some reason, I've never read this type of book before. I guess I went into it with preconceived notions of a "Star Trek - Deep Space 9" or "Babylon 5" kind of story. But I was absolutely FLOORED by the character development, deep humour, intricate descriptions and cliffhangers. I was able to envision all of the characters in my mind with little effort, and tweak and change these as the story developed. I was not expecting some of the complicated relationships yet effortless streaming between chapters. The book could have been way longer, in my opinion and it would have still held my interest. The fact that I am even willing to buy this book in print, even when I own the Kindle edition speaks volumes. Ms. Kilgore has a way of capturing you, and definitely making you want to travel down that wormhole with her crew. I will read her next installment, and I am very curious to see just where this goes...