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  • Forged in Shadow

  • Dark Planet Warriors Series, Book 5
  • Written by: Anna Carven
  • Narrated by: Jillian Macie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sergeant Arin Varga has a problem on her hands. She's supposed to be in charge of a squad of peacekeepers. That's something she would normally handle with ease, except that now her people are stuck in Earth's orbit on a doomed superfreighter.

To make things worse, they're being held hostage by a group of very threatening, very menacing silver-skinned Kordolians, who are insistent that all they want is safe passage to Earth to kill oversized insects.

One particular alien, who goes by the name of Rykal, seems be constantly getting inside her personal space. He isn't just threatening, he's friendly and threatening, and if Arin isn't careful, that could become a major problem.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Anna Carven (P)2018 Tantor

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exciting Hott and intriguing

the series is really good this edition have some excellent fill in the blanks from the previous books if you are someone who wants the characters to spend a bit more time together as their interest grows this is the one for you if you can accept not knowing some background context this is an excellent one off but a beautiful addition to the series

the resistance of the relationship is really well done because they both have a legitimate reason to be concerned and for the female lead in particular her reasons are logical this is a really good book and I would highly recommend it.

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Loved it

Another amazing listen to the continuing Dark Planet Warriors series. Excellent narration and tons of series bits with hea.

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  • 2019-12-16

Great story but its not Rickle its RY-kal!!!!

Her mispronouncing his name the entire book drove me crazy! I would have given it 5 stars but that's a huge faux pas. I downloaded this book as part of the audible escape for free and did not use a credit or purchase it. The story would be worth a credit IF I didn't have to hear the narrator butcher Rykals name over 100 times while listening. Rykal is a bad ass elite warrior and Rickle sounds like pickle and that's sooo not hardcore or badass. After hearing the general call Rykal's name in such a reverent and commanding way, hearing him called a name sounding like pickle made the entire story like nails on a chalkboard. If I were the author I would demand it be re narrated with the correct pronouncing of the name, if she did I would give it a 5 star and actually purchase it, The story is credit worthy but the narration is a deal breaker,

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  • Teresa
  • 2018-08-03

Arin & Rykal.

This book follows right after Out of Darkness but before Terek and Abby come back from the dark planet. It is kinda of weird how these are out of order in the overall series. Although I am glad the other soldier Kordolians have their stories. This book was full of action and romance. In a way it is a very romantic version of Aliens (which I love too) only milder without the horror. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Narrator is good, but I am also confused why they teased us with the male reader for only Terek and Abby’s stories. I would have liked to have them both for the whole series.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2019-06-05

I want better writing for characters

This story involves Rykal and Sgt Arin Varga, also characters from book 1, Dark Planet Warriors.
I really liked both Arin and Rykel as characters, but was totally frustrated with parts of the story that were just too ridiculous- which pushed this down to my least favorite book in the series:(
I’m sorry, but Arin and Rykal having a serious moment in the cargo hold when they needed to rush back to the docking bay for evacuation and when the Xargek are on the loose!?! I was shouting at them internally and it ruined any closeness for me. (I also had to speed through the grand love scene in the escape capsule.)
Macie’s basic narration was just ok on this one - I still think that Rykal should be pronounced as Rye-kul NOT Rick-ul, with Ry (Rye) for a nickname.
I’ve read the series multiple times and can still recommend it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-26

I love this series . But I do have a complaint,

in the other books they pronounce the Male mc name Rye-Kill in this version it is pronounced Rickle . I know it's a small thing but it annoyed me. Listened to the first books with my romance package but I enjoyed so much I purchased the next ones.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 2018-03-14

Another great sci-fi romance!

This fourth audiobook in this series was very entertaining. The heroine Erin was a Peacekeeper on Fortuna Tau. The hero is a Cordolian who becomes attracted to her. He has no memories of his younger years and is prone to odd flashbacks that make him uncomfortable. While escaping, they encounter obstacles like unhappy human crew members who try to ambush him and a hitchhiking Zarjek Red Stripe, the deadliest of all. Can they ever make it safely to Earth? Narration was good, but I’m still missing a male voice to bring the hero’s character in focus.

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  • 2022-08-12

I've been...

working my way through the books in this series in order and enjoying them immensely. This was the 'meh'est book thus far. Mind you Carven's meh is better than most sci-fi romance authors' best. I only know it was dull because I listened to some of it with a low grade irritation. It took everyone ages to escape the freighter. Also this book was heavy on sexual tension but light on actual sex. I like a lot of explicit physical intimacy.

As for Rickle or Ry-Kal get over it. tomAto, tomAHto nbd.

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  • 2022-07-15

name changes

I liked the reader. I liked the story. I could not get past the pronunciations.


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  • Vallrie Sweeny
  • 2022-03-16

Arin and Rikil's story.

Peacekeeper Sargent Arin Garza has just had a boat load of extra responsibilities dumped in her lap from the Fortuna Tau exodus .
During her rounds she is shadowed by a pesky alien. He is always there everytime she turns around. There is someting about him that is growning on her that got her worried.
Now when the ship has been infested with the alien cockroaches. Rikil is just about the only one keeping her alive.
What's a girl to do?
I loved it!
Jillian Macie 's soft voice is exactly what
spins this tale to.the next level.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-10-19

This book needs a new narrator.

I have t
about 6 or 7 of these books in my kindle app. I enjoyed them. wanted to listen to them while I am working. This narrator can not pronounce Ry Kil's name right! Rickes??? It just irritates me to know end. I want my credit back!!! I recommend you read the book.

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  • 2021-09-06

Rykal and Arin

I have loved all of the Kordolian stories by Anna Carven. Her Kordolian warriors are truly great and invincible. Rykal survives Xarget, evil and sometimes stupid humans. He is almost killed but as brought back by his nanotechnology.