Have you ever wondered what really went on inside the Manhattan Project, and how America kept the most crucial secret of World War II? Chicago University's Metallurgical Lab was the government's cover for Chicago Pile One, the lab where scientists observed the first nuclear chain reaction. And where the Nazis sent their most dangerous spy.
When a spy is detected, and a Manhattan Project scientist is tortured and murdered inside Chicago University's Eckhart Hall, former Chicago police detective Jordan Pierce is put in charge of the investigation.
But Pierce faces two problems; he can't function during the sun’s zenith, and he’s falling in love with the prime suspect, the beautiful scientist Dr. Gladys Nichols. Pierce is thrust into the most dangerous and alluring assignment of his life, and is forced to come face-to-face with his own lost humanity.
Many unsung heroes helped win World War II, but few made a bigger impact and remained cloaked in more secrecy than Jordan Pierce. Chain Reaction is one of the many untold stories that changed the course of the war.
We're guest blogging about food over at Foodie at Home. Stop by and learn how to make Miso Soup.
Miso soup is one of my favorites, and when I Tweeted that I needed a good recipe, one half of the writing duo T.C. Archer responded.
Welcome to the first Guest Foodie: Shawn M. Casey.
First, I want to make clear that this recipe is NOT my own, but is a well known recipe used by famous chefs. What we’ll talk about how I made the best Miso soup I’ve ever had using this recipe.
Cover Thoughts: The cover is appealing and adequately conveys the book's genre.
Origin: I received a copy for review from the author.
Sasha Smirnov is on a stealth mission on the planet Centor when she stumbles across the technology that'll save her own planet, more importantly her ailing father. Working as a freelance thief, Sasha is bank rolling her entire operation and is just shy of broke without the datachip she's been contracted to steal but the warp-field generator in the bowls of Centor has the potential to save millions of lives and Sasha will do whatever it takes to get the generator plans to Magnus 3, her home plant that's about to be consumed by its super nova sun. Her escape plans are are going well too. She's even managed to steal a mind blowing kiss from an gorgeous Ambassador before stowing away on a outbound ship. Unfortunately for Sasha, this is when all her plans go to hell.
No sooner does Sasha become comfortably ensconced in her stow away position when a green floor to ceiling electronic scan passes through her person and the room she's hiding in. Thankful that scan didn't kill her as some have been rumored to do, Sasha feels a moment of relief before her sexy Ambassador strolls into her hiding place. Busted. And come to find out, that green scan wiped all her data memory including the warp-field generator! But Sasha has a plan, one that includes getting some play time with the hunky Ambassador before she'll commandeer his ship, return to Centor and re-retrieve the data. Sadly, Sasha's plans fall apart again, but this time not only does she face the real risk of losing her heart, but she faces an even more dire risk of being unable to save her father and Magnus 3.
Brave, resourceful, and fearless, Sasha may be a thief but her heart is always in the right place. And while she does possess the cunning skill and "I work alone" attitude her profession demands, Sasha's actually quite vulnerable and trusting. Having never been befuddled by an all consuming lust, she crumbles sensually beneath her Ambassador's touch, a.k.a. Dr. Dirk Roscoepilot. Garnering her wary trust, Sasha is rocked with pain when he betrays her to the Pinkertons, galactic cowboy police. But her body still can't resist nor can it cease craving his touch and when he saves her yet again and despite still being confused by his intentions, Sasha will risk betrayal and more just to be in Dirk's arms one last time.
Dr. Dirk Roscoepilot is a mystery throughout the read. Matching Sasha in bravery and resourcefulness, he surprises her with his espionage skills but is open with his lust. Together, the two passionately ignite upon the pages but his overall intentions are never clear until the very end. A man who doesn't enjoy relinquishing control, his intelligence allows him to be the one moving the chess pieces of his and Sasha's relationship. Despite all the hoops his secretiveness forces Sasha to jump through, the reader never lets go of hope that at heart, Dirk's a good guy.
My Final Thoughts:
Told in third person narrative from Sasha's point of view, SASHA'S CALLING is a fast-paced, erotic thrill ride. Galactic espionage abounds with high-tech fantasy weaponry and detailed space mobility, painting a lush picture in the reader's mind's eye. The detail never overloads the plot but heightens it giving just enough filler for this action-packed novella. In addition, the combined vulnerabilities and warrior-like qualities of Sasha make for a fun journey. Finally, there are a few elements of the ridiculous that either require a more open minded reader or the ability to roll things off your back for the sake of entertainment, but in all, this is a fun read that'll make an hour feel like a minute. Enjoy!
Sasha Smirnov is a mercenary trying to steal the cure to what the Centorians have for a retrovirus model that will help her father and her people of Magnus 3 so that they can evacuate their planet orbiting around an unstable sun. Getting caught is not an option, but when her time is cut short by a scientist who set off the alarms, Sasha ran for life with the precious cure in hand. In the midst of the chase, Sasha ends up in a room and sees a warp-drive, thought not to exist, that will enable them to save her planet. If only she can leave Centor with this precious information.
I am a very big science fiction fanatic and reading Sasha’s Calling was quite an experience. The amount of detail and ambience had me living Sasha’s life for a few of hours and loving it every second. The excitement of being chased by good guys and bad guys, being shot at and kicking some butts was such an adrenaline rush. The “not knowing” who to trust just made Sasha’s adventure even more exciting. Yet in the midst of all this adventure, romance blooms and hot and scorching love scenes transpire with a mysterious man named Dr. Dirk Roscoepilot. At first, I contemplated he's a good guy but as this adventure unfolds Sasha, and I, can’t help but see the facts and realize maybe the good doctor is not who says he is. I love how strong, physically and emotionally, these characters are.
The passion all the characters have for a cause they believe in is quite admirable. Even with all the deceit, corruption and gloominess the future holds the plot doesn't falter. I can’t help but be intrigued by the amount of details the authors created. Every device, weapon or equipment our heroine and hero use feels so realistic. Even the Maxi-Boob cream and Boob-Be-Gone not only had me in a fit of giggles but I’d like to get me some of that. T.C. Archer (Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey) make a wonderful collaboration and I look forward to many more future stories. Shasha's Calling is an excellent sci-fi adventure and scorching romance that is very entertaining.
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Reviewer: Tallyn Porter
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It’s our first plunge into the world of science fiction/fantasy and to that we add erotica! To say we were thrilled to receive our very first space opera would be understatement. To say our ignorance knew no bounds as to what exactly space opera was…well, that would be speaking truth.
We wish to thank author T.C. Archer for such a lovely introduction into this neat little sub-genre and wish them much future success on subsequent missions. (Hehehe…did we speak Sci-Fi there, or what?!) Our thoughts Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Mechanics: (4 out of 5) People, we’ ve only got 122 pages to save the planet, here… Oh, the dueling requirements of an ambitious novella versus a reader’s needs. SO much to cover in such a short period of space. So few pages to really build a romance...what's an author to do?
The plot and the characters have to move fast to fit all the space travel and bad-guy fighting/planet-saving in there with the sex and romance. And they do. From the opening shots of a shiny plasma-lazer-zapper gun at pursuing Pinkertons (nice nod to the Old West, by the way), Archer opens the story and moves. Quickly. Not once can a reader complain that the plot or the action stalls.
The characters were interesting.
Heck, anyone with chrome eyes, living on spaceships with magical boob expansion and reduction creams will have our attention from the get go.
Sasha, our heroine, starts out the journey a bit unrefined in this reviewer’s opinion. A bit victim of circumstance (and a tad novice, perhaps?) who hides on a spaceship and happens to be discovered by our hero...not the strongest motivation to drive us into hyperspace, but it doesn't snag you very long or make you stumble through the story. You get over it and you begin rooting for her and her hero and all the crazy, hot, space nookie that follows.
Dirk? Dirk’s the brainy hunk we never had in our high school chem class. Dammit. He’s got to be something special for readers to let go of our initial “holy hell, they get naked really quickly” reaction and just go with it. But we find our groove with these two and we go along, all the while treated to a new universe and new race. The ultimate in escapism. And the sex is steamy. And inventive. Made us blush a shade or two on occasion. Just sayin’.
Reading experience: (4.5 out of 5)
The bottom line is Archer put plenty of conflict in our heroine’s lap immediately and kept the pressure on. Lives were going to be lost if she failed. Period. To this, Archer mixed a sexy hero, a bunch of technology, a few hairy man/mammal species, some robots, a lot of science and, well, lust. A lot of lust. The book was high stakes and high emotion through out. Not everyone’s tastes, we understand some people love their understated regencies and medieval…but this is not one of them. And that’s good.
We cheated and read a few reviews before we actually cracked the Nook open and read it and were actually surprised at a grumbling here or there about the sex being misplaced and too abundant. To that we answer: well, you bought an erotica.
Yes, it has fantastic Sci-Fi flair and alternate worlds and creatures…but you bought erotica. The expectation is for lots of sweaty, heated hook ups that keep our characters occupied and naked while saving planets, defeating villains, and shooting their cool pew-pew-pew guns (gosh, we loved her pistol…can you tell?).
The pace was perfect, the characters fascinating enough to keep us along for the unfamiliar, extra-terrestrial ride, and the outcome (a mere 122 pages, mind you) was rewarding. Highly recommended and many happy returns wished for Archer.