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Jolie was 3 when she found she was ugly and deformed.

She was 5 when she found she was a subhuman and an outcast. She was 7 when five boys and two girls dragged her out of the orphanage and beat her unconscious, leaving her lying bleeding and broken in the street.

She was content to lie there and die, tired of being hated and abused. But a frail old man with wispy white hair and a long beard wasn't content to let her die. He not only saved her, but he adopted her and passed on his unique martial art to her.

She was 20 when she headed to Delphi, the center of the United Systems of Perileos (USP) and the planet of her birth father, to find her place in his society.

Based on her unique upbringing, she decides to join the USP military, requesting to be assigned to the Tasmanians SFG, an elite all-male unit. The military brass is reluctant to deny her request and admit their enlistment contract permits bait-and-switch assignments. Instead, they agree to let her enter the school, thinking she couldn't possibly succeed - a Chihuahua competing against Rottweilers — and plan to make an example of her when she fails.

Although Jolie is small, she is not what she appears. But can her adopted father's art enable her to survive the treachery of the military brass, the grueling of the school, the prejudices of the instructors, and the testosterone of an all-male class.

And if she succeeds, can she thrive in the high-octane and all male environment of the Tasmanians? 

©2019 C. R. Daems (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Parker
  • 2020/07/25

Somewhat Mary Sue-ish

The synopsis of the book makes it out to be something it isn't. The martial art in the narrative plays a very minor role the in the story, merely as an justification as to how she can survive the training with no military experience, and her lifetime of training merely conveys above average skills in hand-to-hand combat, nothing earth-shattering.

Obviously the story is set in the future, so the sexism displayed is over-the-top even for present-day, much less a more enlightened future. This may be somewhat of a reflection of the author, who casually assumes the truth of tropes of men being more logical and women being more emotional. But the author is over 70 years old, so this shouldn't be surprising.

For a science fiction story, the technology is pretty pedestrian, nothing that would sound unfamiliar to modern-day marines. No energy-based weapons or sensor technology, still using helicopters, and not a computer to be found. On second thought, maybe our current marines are better equipped.

Lastly, the conflicts our MC engages in seem morally reprehensible. First, she sides against striking mine workers, then she assaults a planet's native inhabitants to protect human colonists, even attacking native villages containing only women and children, which surely must be a war crime by even today's standards.

So, overall, there's nothing really interesting about this book and our MC isn't particularly sympathetic, so it was a tough slog to get through to the end once I realized I didn't like it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Edward P. Traxler
  • 2020/03/12

Devils should not be your enemy .. bad move

This book popped up and looked interesting so I purchased it. I enjoyed the heck out of it. So much that I am immediately looking to see what else the author his written. I figure that's a pretty darn good recommendation.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Eric
  • 2020/03/15

Nice Story

I would say that this story comes off better than his series "The Black Guard." My complaint would be that the writer spends a great deal of time pushing this narrative that seems to be that guys are these lumbering testosterone-filled beasts who have a need to smash something. Other than the main character, women at times come off as being these delicate flowers who might not be able to protect themselves. In my opinion, had the writer leaned off this narrative just slightly I would've given this book a higher rating, however, with that said I believe the listener will still find this story worth the credit.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Alissa
  • 2021/02/16

Absurd, but fun

This book is a rather heavy handed parable on the superiority of thinking before you act and managing your emotions over charging in and pretending no fear in service of tough guy bravado. It wasn't enough that every major plot point was framed with the main character triumphing over angry bumbling fools because she took two seconds to think and clam her mind, but then every person she interacted with found it necessary to summarize the moral lesson for you by way of saying how wrong they were to underestimate her and her approach and how darned great she is.

(As a side note, I think the debates from other reviewers on sexism is a case of Poe's Law. Yes, there's plenty of over the top misogyny. But it's mostly there to demonstrate just vile the various straw characters are. It would be like an author using the kick-the-dog trope literally, then for reviewers to get enmeshed in a debate on animal abuse.)

Even so, it was an action packed adventure that I found myself engrossed by despite myself. The characters were distinctive and likable, the fight scenes vivid, and the tone oddly lighthearted in spite of the seemingly grim context. Between the absurd proselytizing and the military theme which isn't my usual thing I kept thinking I'd stop reading it any minute. Instead I got so caught up in the ride that I was done before I knew it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David Myles
  • 2020/04/12

A study in methods

This is a good one for showing that making assumptions will be a very bad for you.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020/04/06

Nonstop action is a good description

I really enjoy many of the books authored by CR Daems and will continue to seek out his work. However, this book did not resonate with me. It lacks the quirky humor found in the first three books of the Red Angel series, or the Rhis gambit series. However, I suspect that fans of military action books will enjoy this work.

I did see an earlier review that expressed displeasure on the Male Stereotype vs Female Stereotype which is woven throughout the book. It is there and is one of the themes woven into the story to bring it to life. I did not find it "preachy" or offensive. However, I am sure that a person could infer lots of their personal experiences into the theme if they wanted. Isn't that a mark of a good author?

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Danny
  • 2021/03/22

Really good story EXCEPT for..

Please, please, please STOP using this story as a one person monologue on womens empowerment; this story nearly manages to exclude ANY male charachters except as comical side kicks or fall guys to female empowerment. Spec Ops is absolutely about team work. The author seems to have forgotten there is no "I" IN team.Way to many instances where Fox wins the battle AND seemingly, the enture war, all by herself. Really?This posture is insulting. Also in an era or Star travel why do the soldiers NEVER have anything so mundane as arillery and air support? Again, leaving such realities out really degrades the "reality" sense of the story.

On the plus side Fox is very engaging and I like her but don't demean her achievement by cheap grandstanding of "I am woman here me roar". It's cool to see tough women and a foolish device, at best, to use an otherwise great story as a cheap political conveyance.
Enhance women you BUT DO NOT MARGINALIZE MEN in the process.!

All of that aside, I will read Book 2. If I see more of what bothers me as the ongoing central them by Chapter 5 I'll return it for a refund and never revisit the series.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Peterson
  • 2021/05/04

READ THIS!

I've never heard of this author before yesterday. Bored, I was looking through the included books on Audible. Sci-fi fantasy Is one of my main genres to look at. The first 3 lines of the blurb caught my interest. If you like strong female leads in mostly male dominated professions this book is for you. if you enjoy a story for the story and not the sex most authors think everyone wants then this book is for you. The male characters in this book are mostly all decent men who care more about getting the job done than they do about what sex the person is getting the job done. Loved the story and going to go get book 2 now! After I recommend this book to my husband and son. Thank you C. R. Daems, please write many more in this series.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Word Tiger
  • 2021/05/04

Colonialism, Misogyny, and Bad-Assery (Spoilers)

There were times the one thing that kept me going in this story was Emily Woo Zeller. Her tone really works for me and sometimes would lull me into giving the book, "10 more minutes." She was the one who saved the day in real-life.

The story missed out on so many cool segues into the MC's life and back story. Perhaps the following books will detail them more, but I won't be going on that journey for several reasons (SPOILER ALERT):

1. The author's terminology was not very creative and the use of "native" and how they were viewed and treated I found repulsive and bigoted. However, the idea that they would use the military to kill off indigenous people to benefit colonist is the never ending story of colonialism isn't it? So, I guess he wasn't too far off reality. Apparently if this was taking place in the future, mankind hadn't learned much. Sort of hard to be mad at the author's treatment when this is what has happened in our real-world history all over the globe and how it's portrayed as the "good guys" coming to the rescue.

2. The over-the-top repetition of the misogyny and various explanations wore me down. I do feel that, even in an apparent future, it would be realistic to imagine that women would still have a lot to deal with and "boys clubs" would still be running the show. Women have been serving in the real-life armed forces in various capacities throughout history. Today, over 200 years since the American Revolutionary War, American women still must fight for their place in the various services (28-year Veteran here). So, yeah...future or not...the misogyny and boys clubs are believable. I just got so tired of it being such a huge part of the storyline. It would have been a far better story if the writer gave more depth to the characters, offered some thing more than a hint at a far-future timeline, and provided an idea of the planetary organization.

3. Most of the (suspend-your-disbelief) bad-assery was good stuff and I enjoyed the pace of the earlier fight scenes and especially the Tasmanian Devil's training (best part of the book for me). I really like the MC's primary role and attitude/behavior. She deserves a much better story. She doesn't seem the type to want to butcher indigenous people, but she was a part of a mission that did just that (including raiding villages of women and children non-combatants!!!). Besides all that, there were so many holes in the story that subsequent books would have to fill and I'm not motivated to discover more from this author. I feel a bit guilty for not stopping at the slaughter of the indigenous people, but I kept thinking there was a larger purpose to be served...a deeper plot to bring it full circle. Wrong!!! Just more repetition and moving on without remorse. The story gets 2 stars for the first half and the end (that was hastily tacked on) because we finally get to meet her father.

If you like futuristic military stories with a strong female lead (without constantly being reminded of that), check out Tanya Huff’s Confederation and Peacekeeper series. There is a lot more "sci" in the sci-fi and a lot more heart in the characters and the story.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/05/04

exciting book and excelent narration

good story
plenty action.
excelent narration
looking forward to the next book
i recomend it werry mutch

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy
  • 2020/12/13

Totally kick arse!

Loved the main character. Her abilities are totally believable and the way she quietly wins their loyalty and approval was brilliant. Can't wait for the next book!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Saluki Selfie
  • 2020/03/13

Tasmainiun devil book 1

I have book 1&2 of the tasmainiun books
but now u a audible.
I loved each book and cannot wait for book 2audible to be released.
But I am hoping for more adventures of jouley and her team .
so c r deems hurry up please.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bigpallooka
  • 2020/03/20

Another great read from Mr Daems

C.R. Daems generally writes coming of age stories about girls/women in a science fiction setting. This is my favorite story line and every one of his titles, while following that style is uniquely original.

I bought the eBook and the second in the series and when this came out in audio I bought that too. I have listened to and read this story 3 times in the last six months and eagerly await an audio version of the second in the series and any more in the series Mr Daems intends to write. I have recently found several novels of his that I haven't read and intend to download them shortly.

I applaud the choice of narrator. One of the issues I have is that once I have read a book I have given the characters their own voices so it can be jarring when a narrator goes in another direction with the characters. This performance felt right.

If you like this book I highly recommend his other series and novels some of which are available as audiobooks and some only as eBooks and paperbacks.