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Buried Deep
Roc, April 2005, 6.99, 384 pp. ISBN 0451460219 In the far distant future, the moon and Mars have been colonized although the red planet is controlled by the alien Disty. All the different alien and human species belong to the federation and each member must obey all the laws of all the species or suffer the consequences. On Mars the dead body of a human is found when the Disty are excavating the ground; according to their laws they are contamin...
Consequences
Roc, April 2004, 6.50, 384 pp. ISBN 0451 459717 In the far distant future, mankind has spread throughout the stars colonizing worlds and making treaties with alien species to trade goods. Part of each treaty includes a clause that when humans deal with aliens, they must obey alien laws and if they don't they will be punished according to the penal code of those they have beleaguered. Many humans who break alien laws become the Disappeared, chang...
Extremes
Roc, July 2003, 6.50, 384 pp. ISBN 0451459342 In the far distant future, mankind has treaties with at least fifty alien species because Earth and her colonies want to trade with them, humanity is subject to their laws. If a person has run afoul of an alien species and doesn't want to be held accountable under alien law, they disappear. Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, based in the Armstrong Dome on the moon, searches for the Disappeared for matter...
Fantasy Life
Pocket, Nov 2003, 6.99, 435 pp. ISBN 0793456319 Lyssa Buckingham divorced her husband when his mental illness threatened to harm their ten-year-old daughter Emma. The young girl couldn't understand why she wasn't allowed to see her father. One day she decided to bicycle over to her former home and go swimming. When she gets in the water her father tries to drown her and using powers she never knew she possessed she sets him on fire and kills h...

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The Disappeared
Roc, July 2002, 6.50, 384 pp. ISBN 0451458885 In the far distant future, Earth exists with other sentient species by obeying galactic law, though this may not be the best in some individual human cases. If Terra or its colonies want to trade with other species, the law must be obeyed. Miles Flint doesn't think of these ramifications when he becomes a moon detective. He accepts the job because he sees it as a way of helping people. Then the ...
The New Rebellion - Star Wars
This is another in a series of bad Star Wars books. Luke has to stop an evil Jedi from destroying the New Republic. Nearly 400 pages later he does, but the book is very slow. Luke's story is split with Han, Lando's, Leia's, and even R2-D2's story. Most of the characters are bland and uninteresting. And a number of very improbable things happen--destroying Star Destroyers with one shot, or R2 and 3PO beating up battle droids....


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