The Kinsmen Universe Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This is an anthology edition of the Kinsmen Universe, which includes Silent Blade and Silver Shark, plus a new short story.
Family is everything. Talent is power. And revenge is sweet.
In a distant, future world Kinsmen - small powerful groups of genetically and technologically advanced families - control vast financial empires. They are their own country, their own rulers, and their only limits are other Kinsmen. The struggle for power is a bloody, full-contact sport: in business, on the battlefield...and sometimes in the bedroom.
Old hatreds die hard. Old love dies harder.
On the planet Rada, Meli Galdes' family is of minor rank, and were relying on her marriage to Celino, the razor-smart, ruthless leader of the powerful Carvanna empire. When he abruptly breaks their engagement, he ruins her family and guarantees that Meli will never marry, as no suitor will oppose the rich and influential Carvannas.
But Meli has a rare, secret, lethal - and valuable - talent. As a melder of energy, she's capable of severing anything in her path. So she "leaves" her family and trains to become one of the best and most lethal of assassins, all the while covertly guarding her family's interests. Now she's ready to quit; but she has one more assignment.
To kill the man who ruined her life.
Claire Shannon is a killer...and her weapon is her mind.
Born on a planet torn by war for over 300 years, Claire is a soldier: a psycher, with the ability to read, control, and destroy the minds of enemy psychers and to infiltrate the biological network where they battle to death.
When Claire's faction loses the war, she barely escapes extermination from both sides, as her talent brands her as too dangerous to society. By so-deeply burying her ability that she avoids detection, Claire is instead deported to Rada as a refugee, where she must find work to remain. She finds a job as personal assistant to Venturo Escana, a premiere kinsman; one of Rada's most wealthy entrepreneurs - and most powerful psychers.
She thought she had left war behind, but now she must hide her skills and her growing feelings from Venturo...and this battle might just cost her everything....
"A Mere Formality"
The leader of the fierce Reigh people expires during an intergalactic summit, putting 30 million colonists' lives and livelihoods in jeopardy. When the new heir to the Reigh throne, Lord Nagrad, demands restitution, the phrase "'a life for a life" turns the intergalactic calamity into an arranged marriage contract between Lord Nagrad and sharply intelligent diplomatic analyst Deirdre Lebed...and the negotiation of terms becomes anything but formal!
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 15 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 08, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #27,161 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#115 in Science Fiction Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#468 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,577 in Science Fiction Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2019
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In all fairness, I enjoyed the first two works very much. The third (and new) story didn’t quite live up to expectations, but was ok.
1st story=she’s an assassin with a grudge. He’s the one that gave it to her. In her heart, she still loves him.
2nd story=she just wants to live in peace. He needs to find the mystery women. She has fantasy’s
3rd story=diplomacy blows up. She has the solution. He’s intrigued.
I personally like short stories. Since I'm a slow reader and read a few chapters at a time, these short stories are exactly what I look for while waiting for other books to read.
The overall rating is the average of the following ratings.
Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1)
4 stars - It was really good
In this future world the Kinsmen run everything. They are a powerful group of genetically and technologically advanced families and now they control vast empires. Meli Galdes is an assassin for her family and her newest target is the man she was once engaged to.
This was a fast paced but also very emotional novella. Meli was a strong and smart heroine who outsmarts her ex and uses it to punish him for his actions. Celino is an arrogant and ruthless businessman. I enjoyed their relationship even if it was based mostly on revenge.
Overall, this was a fascinating world with interesting characters. I am really interested in seeing what is going to happen in the next book.
Silver Shark (Kinsmen #2)
4 stars - It was really good
Claire Shannon is a psycher with the ability to read, control, and destroy minds of enemy psychers. She has spent her life fighting in a futile war but when it ends abruptly she finds herself running and hiding what she is.
This book was a slow burn, especially compared to the first one. Claire was a wonderful and very interesting heroine. The psycher ability was fascinating and quite deadly. Claire struggles at first to live a civilian life but quickly finds her stride and excels. I enjoyed watching Claire open up and embrace color, food, and love.
Venturo was a great hero. He was her boss but never pushed her or abused his position. He went out of his way to make sure he wasn’t, which I appreciated. I liked that he didn’t hold her past actions against her and embraced everything about her. These two may have had a slow building romance but the tension was there from the beginning and I loved it.
This world is fascinating because of all the different abilities and worlds. I really found the psycher ability fascinating, especially since they imagine themselves and very interesting animals. Overall, this was a great addition to this series and I can’t wait to read the next story.
A Mere Formality (Kinsmen #2.5)
3 stars - I liked it
This was a very quick story about the leader of the Reigh people arranging a marriage with a diplomatic analyst Deirdre Lebed. This one was different from previous Kinsmen stories because it wasn’t about their abilities or power plays it was all about negotiating a treaty. It was interesting and I liked how Deirdre wasted time during the negotiations. It was silly and Lord Nagrad totally deserved it.
For the romance in this, there is definitely attraction between these two but there isn’t enough of the story to determine how their relationship would work since this is just the negotiation part. I still enjoyed it though.
Top reviews from other countries
What an unexpected joy! Fantastic stories, even for someone like me who doesn't read much sci-fi. Highly recommended.