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John Ringo, Julie Cochrane
Baen, Oct 2004, 25.00, 326 pp.
ISBN: 0743488458
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Cally O'Neal virtually grew up on the front lines of the galaxy war with weapons being her prime toys. Five billion are now dead in the fight against the reptilian invaders. Now an adult, Cally has become a master assassin of the Bane Sidhe warriors while the Galactic Empire rebuilds civilization under the machiavellian control of the elf like Darhel.

After four decades of killing human supporters and puppets of the Darhel, Cally is tired of war and death, but has her new assignment to complete. On Titan Base, Cally is to masquerade as the recently assassinated Captain Sinda Makepeace. However, this time the impossible occurs; Cally falls in love with the enemy.

Though there is plenty of John Ringo's trademark military action, CALLY'S WAR contains a lot more dark romance than typical of the author. Cally serves as the core of the tale as this competent assassin, who learned to cache whatever she needed by the time she was eight, and struggles between the beliefs she was nurtured on and falling in love.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   falling in love with the enemy Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   spying/espionage in enemy territorry Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's


Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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