Set out on a scifi romance
It's a late winter night when Patricia Risden
heads home in her car, on a road she's driven
many times before. She doesn't have a care
in the world, that is, until a man appears
from nowhere, right in front of her.
The next thing she knows is being a prisoner of the unscrupulous Alliance Commander Travis 152; an intimidating man who demands information and complete cooperation. Travis soon realizes his mistake; Tricia doesn't know anything, and she is incapable of even getting a glass of water from the ship's computer.
Infamous for being a ruthless executioner, conditioned since childhood to feel nothing besides fear and pain, he still deems her harmless, and finds enough pity for the lost young woman to let her out of the cell; a decision that will change both their lives forever.
What reviewers say
"I loved this book. Not only is it interesting sci-fi, this story is a fascinating study of a man trying to break free from the harsh and cruel conditioning of his past and his attempt to be something more than a tool. Travis is a killer and he makes no excuses for it. His interactions with Patricia are so well written... In addition to a unique love story, this book also gives us plenty of exciting action, great secondary characters and pervasive evil. All in all, the plot is quite complex and I had a hard time putting it down. The romance is touching, but it's the emotional upheaval that moves this story to the next level. I highly recommend this exciting sci-fi adventure. One of the best I've ever read."
Susan P. -- The Romance Studio
Rating = 5 Heart
"I love a good sci fi adventure romance and this was definitely a good one... This book covers a long period of time and I loved every moment of it. It's an adventure the entire way and I never knew which way the story was going to go next. I just know that I loved riding along with Patricia and Travis. They were great characters and had a fabulous story. Their journey across the galaxy is filled with brushes with many friends and enemies.I definitely recommend this story if you love a good sci-fi adventure tied into a fabulous romance!"
Christina Snow -- Smitten By Books
Rating = 5 Stars/A
"Intrigue and oddities populate this entertaining sci-fi romance. Instead of getting mired in elaborate details of UFO technology, Hammarblad opts to focus on the human drama — to great effect. And with an occasional love scene thrown in to spice things up, readers will definitely find this novel to be an absolute gem."
Amy Lignor, RT Book Reviews
Rating = 4 Stars
"The fact that the story is set in the stars, takes place across the span of over a year versus a few weeks, and even ends with a refreshing knot all lend it an added uniqueness that is rare in many novels today. I happily recommend this to most readers if you’d like a well-crafted story of both love and dependence, life and death, and overall, redemption."
Megan -- Night Owl Reviews
Rating = 4 Stars
"I really enjoyed Kidnapped. The characters work well together and even the secondary ones are well developed. Kidnapped takes the reader through a wild rid in space and gives a glimpse into what could be there beyond the stars.
"Patricia is one of those characters readers can't help falling in love with. Travis, on the other hand, is hard to like in the beginning, but slowly worms his way into the heart. The book is wonderfully emotional, without graphic sex scenes."
Flashes of memory illuminated the darkness. There was a
hideously disfigured face, a light falling from the sky, a car
skidding, sliding, rolling... nothing made any sense, and
Patricia wasn't aware enough to even try to understand it.
Time ceased to exist and only these brief glimpses of the world
seemed real. Then, something stung the side of her neck. Sudden
pain screamed through her mind, and she tried to lift a hand to
rub her neck and her poor pounding head, but her arm didn't
move. The words, "Paralyzed, you're paralyzed," flashed through
her mind with compelling neon letters, and she popped her eyes
wide open, trying to fight down a wave of panic.
She expected to be home, in her own bedroom, or in an
ambulance, or maybe a hospital, but when she finally managed
to focus, she found herself staring into a pair of cold and dead
blue eyes. A male voice said something in a language she couldn't
understand, "Koira cha tinn? Waplaho banejem cackat tor tebe? Kako ya ting ro thrab?"
Since the words didn't make any sense and the eyes frightened her, she looked at the rest of the face, and immediately wished she hadn't. Half of it was handsome, but the other part came from a nightmare. She had been raised not to make fun of people, to believe a person's looks in no way mirrors the inside, and not to stare at others' misfortune. It was still almost impossible not to gawk at the combination of scars and destroyed skin that made up most of his left cheek, stretching up towards the temple and down toward the chin. It was both deeply tragic and terrifying.
Trying to pull back from the horror in front of her didn't do her any good. She was in a chair with her arms tied to the armrests, and there was nowhere to go. The man spoke again, repeating the words from earlier, and she found herself babbling, "Who are you? Where am I? I can't understand a word you're saying, please don't hurt me."
The cold eyes locked in with hers, and what she saw in them frightened her. She imagined it to be the gaze of a mass-murderer, empty and void of the life that fills normal people. She was no doubt selected to be his next victim. She whispered, "Oh, please no, I don't want to die."
The face in front of her disappeared, and she was relieved at first, but as she focused on her surroundings she almost wished he'd stayed so she wouldn't have seen it. As gruesome as his face might be, the things surrounding her frightened her more.
The room was cold with gray metal walls, and the chair she was sitting in was black and fairly soft, located behind two others. There didn't appear to be a floor underneath her. When she turned her head to look down, she could see the Earth hanging far below her and the moon slowly wandering its orbit. She squeezed her eyes shut, but everything was still there when she opened them again, and she decided it must be a movie. Normal people didn't have things like these underneath their feet, but he clearly wasn't normal.
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