Monday, May 19, 2008
Review - Ravyn's Flight
Title: Ravyn’s Flight
Author: Patti O’Shea
Publishing Date: November 2002
Genre: Science Fiction
Ravyn Verdier is a communications specialist and member of the CAT team sent to research the planet Jarved Nine. On this mission something goes horribly wrong. Ravyn left her crew one evening to see if she could get the signal for the Cubs game for her friend and fellow crew member. When she comes back she finds all nineteen members of her crew dead and mutilated with their hearts missing.
Damon Brody the commander of a Spec Ops team sees the emergency beacon from Jarved Nine and goes to investigate. He separates from his team and discovers Ravyn hiding underneath her bed in shock. When they leave the station all five members of his team are dead and mutilated like the others. Damon and Ravyn are the only remaining survivors on the planet. All the communication equipment has been destroyed and they will have to wait for rescue.
Okay, can I just say this book freaked me the f--- out. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book. It’s just that it was so good that the suspense part of the book scared the crap out of me. Ravyn and Damon are amazing people considering the circumstances. They do what has to be done. Ravyn knows she can’t freak out and has to pull it together if they are going to survive. It takes a lot of strength and determination, which the two of them have in abundance. Even though anyone can see from a mile away at how great these two people are, they don’t know it about themselves. Each has a hang-up, Ravyn thinks she’s a coward and Damon thinks he failed someone years ago. The romance was very believable between Ravyn and Damon. It has a soul mate aspect to it that was very touching.
This was a truely interesting story. I enjoyed the suspense plot even if it was overly horrific. The planet Jarved Nine was very interesting too. I liked reading about the Old City that they hike to seeking shelter from what ever killed everyone. There was a secondary romance involving one of Ravyn’s friends and her brother. I didn’t like their story as much, but it aided in breaking up the desperation of Ravyn and Damon’s situation. This was my first Patty O’Shea novel, but it won’t be my last.
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