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Chilling Effect

By Valerie Valdes
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes digital book - Fable

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“Jam-packed with weird aliens, mysterious artifacts, and lovable characters... a tremendous good time and an impressive debut.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.

But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship’s hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.

To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she’s built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down.

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3.5
Anxious Face with sweat“Well shucks. In reading this review, take into account the fact that I skimmed the last third because I just couldn't take it anymore. I like the idea of a found family crew, a badass female protagonist, various hijinks, emotional investment in relationships between characters. But I don't enjoy so much bad luck heaped on our heroes that the jam-packed action scenes leave me nothing but tense, especially when they are frequently accompanied by the self-flagellation shame spiral of the protagonist, and the frequent vacillation of interpersonal relations. It took four missions for Eva to realize things had to change; considering the risk to her crew mates in missions two and three, that is an absurd buildup for no other reason than bulking up the text and ratcheting up the tension, at which point, I just get pissed off and impatient. When the plot shifted to accompany the inevitable eventual epiphany of Eva that she couldn't keep this up, yet more shit hit the fan, again in an emotionally overwrought fashion. 1/2”
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About Valerie Valdes

Valerie Valdes’s work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, and the anthologies She Walks in Shadows, and Time Travel Short Stories. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and children.

 

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