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Viking by [Hardman, Daniel]
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Rafa thinks he's safe in witness protection until a former FBI partner is murdered, and he's arrested for the crime. Has he been set up?

He can't divulge enough truth to get off--it would endanger his new family. Sentenced to life in prison and heartbroken by his wife's rejection, he trades cell time for a one-way ticket off-planet and becomes a disposable employee for a company prospecting the galactic frontier.

Explorers get implants that transmit their neural impulses back to scientists on Earth, providing a vicarious reality of sight and sound. They are nicknamed “vikings,” and on most assignments they die quickly.

But Rafa’s mission turns out to be far from ordinary. His employer is up to something, and so are his old connections in crime and law enforcement. Can Rafa survive alien wilds and his harsh crewmates? What secret is driving the manipulations of his human puppeteers?

About the Author

Daniel Hardman grew up along the shores of Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, wearing Oshkosh B'Gosh overalls before they were fashionable. He moved 21 times before he graduated from high school. He served as a missionary in New Mexico and Texas, where he came to love the Spanish language and Latin and Native American cultures. He completed graduate studies in computational linguistics and holds an MBA from Brigham Young University. Today he works as a software architect, designing apps that manage supercomputers and private clouds. Daniel and his wife Linda live in Utah with their seven children and their shorkie/rat terrier, Tilly.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sivanea; 1 edition (Dec 11 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e0c5258) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By grammasally - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I found the book to be an exciting page-turner that pulled me into another world of deception and intrigue. One of the aspects that I found refreshing was being able to immerse myself in a sci-fi novel without having to wade through, or skip over, super-violent or offensively sexual scenes. I'll recommend this book to my friends, young and old.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e19ae40) out of 5 stars It drew me in Jan. 20 2013
By Ms April - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I was prepared to read a few chapters and delete it, but this book really caught me. I cared about the characters and was curious about the plot. This book is one part sci-fi (you just have to accept the "current" technology in the book - there isn't much explanation, but I don't have to know how they got to another planet) one part spy thriller and one part love story. There were parts of the book that were somewhat left dangling (the pufferbellies as another reviewer mentioned). I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. If you are offended by Christian references, you won't want to read this book. I felt that the character's faith was handled well, adding to his character rather than giving a distracting sermon.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e298e7c) out of 5 stars .Hard hitting scifi thriller Dec 23 2012
By Alrusse ( Ecosse ) - Published on
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This is a very good read from a new author and l look forward to his continual success in the next installment. It has a very good cast of characters and the narrative keeps you focused and interested as the story unfolds. Very nice read worth the price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Viking combines two stories into one. The one story is the life of a convict after his arrest an then being sent off-world to survey a new planet. The other story is about his wife's struggles to save him. They are blended seamlessly in together in vivid detail that makes it easy to visualize the story as you read. I was entranced the entire time I was reading!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1d0600) out of 5 stars Riveting! Jan. 1 2013
By Lon Young - Published on
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I found Hardman's most recently published Viking to be an absolutely riveting story. I enjoy the sci-fi elements, but the novel will find broad appeal outside the genre, too, given its compelling premise, taut pacing, and sympathetic cast of characters. Hardman reveals twists and turns at precisely the right moments to heighten the story's intensity. Plenty will enjoy how the book is sprinkled with generous amounts of hi-tech gadgetry like implants, skimmers, and bio-suits, but these play a supporting role, and never distract from the story-telling.

The plot itself could just as easily be placed in a non sci-fi setting without anything being lost. This speaks to the strength of the plot and of the importance of character and relationships, but I did feel more than a trifle disappointed that the story's most fascinating creature--one of the many sentient, floating jellyfish that hovered in the air like a somnolent herd of cows--was awarded a point-of-view prominence, but then wasn't meaningfully developed. They communicate through radio frequencies with one another and can hear but not understand the transmissions of the colonizing earthlings who are broadcasting a continuous feed of radio signals back to earth. Readers will find it curious that the creatures have names for each other that are simply Arabic numerals. This is not explained. I recognized that all of their number/names are prime numbers, but again, I didn't register any explanation or justification for this. The point-of-view creature named 1291 seemed little more than Chekhov's gun on the wall in Act I that goes off in Act II; 1291 makes an appearance at the end, deus ex-machina, but its presence as a character in the story arouses more curiosity in the reader than the author has chosen to satisfy. Granting the author credit for brilliance, I think one possible interpretation is that the ever-present but inscrutable being typifies the benevolent God to whom the main character appeals, sometimes, it seems, in vain, and whose motives and means, are simply beyond our ken.

Conversant with LDS theology, I found it interesting (yet neither distracting nor obvious) that this hero's journey follows a familiar pattern: a young and innocent character must leave everything behind--his parents, security, indeed his very identity-to perform an important service on earth. In this temporary state--with his previous identify fully obscured--he marries and starts a family and undertakes to perform his mission. When he has overcome the temptations and trials--at least occasionally through divine intervention (in the form of the spirit-like jelly fish hearing his every word) his former identify is restored. His name fully cleared of all wrong-doing, he now waits in peace for his faithful wife to join him. He has his own planet now, and together, in marital bliss, they will continue to procreate. His affecting line to his beloved will ring with resonance to Latter-day Saint readers: "No world could be mine without you in it."