Mariposa (2173)

Rated 4.40/5 based on 5 reviews
On a survey of planet Deepstrike, 34 light years from Earth, newly promoted Space Fleet Ensign Xiu-Li Chen uses her butterfly swords and fierce determination to survive first contact with the Qet, a violent human-like alien species. The first of a 12 book S.F. series starting in 2173 that follows Xiu-Li Chen's InterWorld Group Space Fleet career from "Crewper" to Captain. More
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About B.B. Irvine

B.B. Irvine was born in New York City in 1959. He graduated from the High School of Music and Art N.Y. (1976 music), New York State University at Stony Brook (1980 B.A. liberal arts), and in 1982 received a certificate as a Physician Assistant from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina. He has worked in settings including emergency medicine, AIDS research, and addiction treatment in New York City where he lives. In 1994 he earned a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Grandmaster Richard Chun. His novels and screenplays evidence his knowledge of people and frequently weave medicine, science, history, romance, and martial arts into the action.

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Follow the adventures and career of Xiu-Li "Mariposa" Chen from crewper to Captain as she and other humans venture forth into a sixty light year bubble of local space that will become the Human Sphere, once humans join the mysterious Assembly Of Sentients. Xiu-Li Chen and several friends and colleagues are instrumental to many of the pivotal events along the way, and must deal with all of the complex results afterward. She is one of only two survivors of the first actual "alien encounter" with another sentient intelligent species - and eventually she must not only negotiate with them, she becomes embroiled in their internal politics, along with her first officer Commander Ecurba, who has several of his own adventures as well.

Fleet service in space, in the best traditions of Pope, O'Brian, and Forester.

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Review by: Stan Adelman on Dec. 18, 2014 :
Wow! What a great book! This reminds me of the old CS Forrester Hornblower series that I read as an adolescent. It was really easy to identify with the characters in the book , and their actions made sense from their points of view.

The action scenes were extremely exciting and well described. I've just purchased the next two books in the series, and I'm really glad there are so many left to read.

If you like Weber's Honor Harrington series, you'll love this one.
(review of free book)
Review by: Carol on April 6, 2013 :
Interesting story but it took a while to get established in it.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Joan Thomas on Jan. 27, 2013 :
Excellent story and read it in about 2 days since I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Review by: Charles Fletcher on Nov. 22, 2012 :
Not at all bad. I found it interesting and for the last few chapters couldn't put it down. Thought the ending was a bit lost as if the author wasn't sure how to end it.
(review of free book)
Review by: Tony on March 19, 2012 :
It took me a while to get into the story in Mariposa (about 25%), but IMO it admirably began what should be a very interesting series. The setting has a lot going for it and I expect it will expand further into more good things. My biggest complaint with the novel is that some of the relationships (I wouldn't bother to call them romances) feel flat and out of place.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
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