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The war against the elegant Lin-Teye made no sense. Two years of nonstop humbling war losses had Earth's battered forces reeling in desperate need of a spark of hope. But few imagined the improbable that occurred - that a Squadron of naval misfits would provide StarComm and Earth that spark. 'Tarayla' is the story of Patrol Squadron CTI-351's desperate and inspiring fight for survival. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301991914
About AJ Asher

A. J. Asher is a pen name chosen specifically for publishing ebooks.

The photo is my youngest giving her impression of a 'cute smile' for a family photo. No one noticed until we had it developed. She is older now - LOL.

The formative years for my wife and I centered around farm life. We met and married in college and then spent time as a married couple in the military prior to returning to college to finish our degrees. After college we were blessed with three healthy children, one boy (the oldest) and two girls. Common interests that drew my wife and I together were mathematics (how we met), music, and a deep love of reading.

Family life experiences have included seeing/enjoying/suffering through numerous dogs (the last died 6 years ago), fish (the salt water type were harder to keep alive - at least in our household), parrots (the last is still with us but has gotten nippy), and gerbils (a small mammal of the order Rodentia once known simply as "desert rats") who, if their cage is placed too close, will eat the drapes (sigh). Who knew?
Other learned family facts include: Waterbeds and small fingers are not a match made in heaven (you can not sleep in a 100 degree waterbed - no matter how tired you are); A child can find a way to use a plastic 'big wheel' and a soft grass lawn to break a perfectly good wrist bone; and, raising tomatoes for bacon and tomato sandwiches (yum) only works if your dogs don't develop a yen for eating the tomatoes.

Life experiences outside of family include: military experience {Hey you in the green hat!}, multiple degrees in mathematics {Axiom of Choice? I have to know that?}, college level instructing {How come we can’t have an open book exam?}, sales {No really. Trust me!}, and work for a U.S. government agency {I think I might be secret service because nobody tells me anything}. Okay, okay I fess, definitely not secret service. Those folks are way too serious. My official government title: peon. My unofficial government title: lowly peon.

I am appreciative of your interest and sincerely hope you enjoy my story telling.

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Review by: ses1066 on Dec. 06, 2014 :
I am FRUSTRATED, too good a book not for there to be more from this author. Excellent BANG for the cost since I KNOW I will reread it frequently.

I want more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bjorn Harpe on Oct. 14, 2013 :
First Read this story for free about a year ago, was reminded by a mention in an email a couple days ago and decided to purchase and read again. Hoping to read more from this author soon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: cobaco on Oct. 10, 2013 :
First came across this story for free elsewhere, buying it just because the story is so good.

This book is an absolute page-turner, plot, humor, action, likeable characters, this story has it all. Very re-readable to, I'm on my 6th re-read now.

Both thumbs up and 5 stars, I'm hoping to see more from this author
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christian Johansen on Sep. 13, 2013 :
A very good book. The only thing that I can find that is wrong with this book is, that the rest aren't already done.

Please author write the rest of the series NOW!!

It's filled with great characters, an interesting plot.

This is/should be a must read for everyone who likes science fiction or who are simply looking for a good read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: don morin on Aug. 19, 2013 :
A good book, fun to read, good characters if you want a fell good read this is the book have read it many times and enjoyed it
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Craig English on July 16, 2013 : (no rating)
Bought this book yesterday afternoon around 3PM, found that I couldn't put it down until I had finished reading it at 0430 this morning.
Absolutely outstanding story which kept me interested and unable to put it down.
I have paid more for books by "Recognised" authors and enjoyed them less than I enjoyed this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Shipp on March 11, 2013 :
I have purchased similar themed novels for 3 times the amount of this one and didn't enjoy them near as much. For Sci-fi action it's hard to get better than this. Can't wait for sequals!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Blue on Feb. 27, 2013 :
Great book very much in the same vein as David Drake or David Webber. I'd enjoy reading a sequal in this setting.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

Review by: sixiron on Dec. 31, 2012 :
An exceptional work, absolutely riveting. Characters you can sink your teeth into, action that keeps you on the edge of your seat, betrayals and treachery that will piss you off. One of the best stories I read. There must be more, the author has real talent for telling a story, there just has to be more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cecil Palmer on Dec. 23, 2012 :
great story; loved it
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Beaux Geste on Dec. 06, 2012 :
Excellent story. Riveting. Would make a great movie!! Ater reading all the previous reviews, there was little to add. I hope that there will be sequel. Thanks.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Polar67 on Dec. 05, 2012 :
If you're looking for action: This is it.
If you want suspense: it's there.
How about sci-fi with a riveting plot: check.
Sprinkles of humor: Yup.
Believable characters: checked - twice.
Definitely worth price & time.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Mondy on Dec. 01, 2012 :
This is also the second time I have read this book and once I started reading it again I found it very hard to put down.

He has created a great universe with interesting characters. I would recommend it to anyone. I agree with the other reviewers it is one of the best books i have read in a long time.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Andrew Goh on Dec. 01, 2012 :
I've read this book for free, and I returned to pay for it.

This is a story about treachery in space. The pace of the story is great, and the author really makes you root for the characters. There are sad bits in there too, but without giving away too much, the author doesn't fall into the trap of not having any of the main characters / good guys suffer.

AJ Asher, thanks for sharing such a wonderful work with everyone. I truly enjoyed it the first time around, and will look forward to reading it again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: William Calhoun on Nov. 28, 2012 :
I have read this story and found it to be spell binding, A facinating story that moves so you are not bored at any point with exciting events, exceptional military strategy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dick Young on Nov. 27, 2012 :
This is the kind of book that we don't see often enough today -- a good, solid Space Opera. Brings back good memories of the earlier days of Robert Heinlein or the works of Christopher Anvil, etc.

Any fan of Military SCFI or just rousing adventure will enjoy this book. It is packed with good characterizations, exciting action, and told in a straight-forward writing style that keeps the plot developing at a fast pace while allowing a place for character development.

The plot revolves around a group of characters who are placed into a desperate situation in a war gone wrong and must weld themselves into a team that can survive and accomplish despite circumstances largely beyond their control. All must contribute or perish.

Anyone who has been in any military, or even read about it, can relate to the assorted characters and situations here.

This book is suitable for teens and up and reflects the realities of military life without being unduly offensive.

I truly wish more books in the epublishing world were as well done as this one. I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Yann Lachance Cantarella on Nov. 26, 2012 :
This is one of my favourite sci-fi books of all times. The scope of the whole plot, the machinations that bring the crew together and the ingeniosity and courage that keeps them alive (mostly) is incredible. I've had the chance of reading this as an earlier draft, then decided to read it once more for the sheer enjoyment of it and finally decided to buy it to see if I can catch the few additions. Truly a great piece of writing!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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