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The Trouble With Heroes.... by [Beverley, Jo]
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Length: 93 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Winner of the Sapphire Award for Best Romantic Science Fiction, short form.

The people of Gaia think themselves blessed to be living on the most perfect colony world ever discovered, even if there is a strange energy force that occasionally destroys people. Only very occasionally.

Rarely, really.

Until now. Now, the entire population is threatened and all the obvious heroes are dead. Which leaves an unlikely hero and the woman he loves to save the world, but at what cost?

"...a moving exploration of the consequences of war and power on those who fight as well as those left behind." Romantic Times

"...an imaginative and moving allegory about war: those we've fought in the past and those we may fight in the future and on far-off worlds." Bookloons.com
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Beverley (27 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKBE77O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When a soldier comes home...will you let them in? 9 July 2013
By 3-5 book a week habit - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a tough story to read, but an important one. Jo Beverley has left her usual genre, historical romance, and crafted a poignant sci-fi exploration of an age-old problem: what do we do with the people who have sacrificed so that we may live, we may enjoy our freedoms? The people who have sacrificed their innocence, their trust in a benevolent world, and often their health, to assure our comfort and ignorance?

This is about an ordinary woman, a childhood friend of our hero, who was first afraid to love him, and then afraid to face who he'd become when he finally returned home. You experience the town's perfectly rational fears as they debate whether to allow the hero back into their lives - he could be dangerous, you know. And you don't know how it will turn out, not till the end.

For anyone who hasn't read World War Z, this is a less gut-wrenching but no less affecting look at many of the same questions. What are the limits of human sacrifice, compassion and love?

I don't know what the first reviewer read, but I can't imagine that it was the same novella I just finished.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking -- very different 12 October 2013
By Callie Critturs - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not quite 5 stars because you really have to "work" at this one -- she's trying to provoke thought and this DOES deserve it but this is not a fluffy romance. It also makes you more aware of how much we 'assume' when we read about human nature. I've read about everything Jo Beverly has ever written ... not at all typical, but a real departure in style
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the "Rogue series" 4 June 2014
By Ellen Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you enjoy Jo Beverly and have read other "rogue novels, you will love this one. Our hero has a hidden life. He needs to find an heiress as he is financially strapped. He finds her, but doesn't want her to know about his other life. Read this to find out how it all works out. Hint, there is a happy ending.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A science fiction entry from Jo Beverley 2 June 2013
By SherrinB - Published on Amazon.com
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Gaia is being overrun by an unseen presence that turns its victims into ash. Alas, the trouble here is that the piece is very sketchy and not very interesting. The trouble with being a hero is that he is shunned by all but one who he protected.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking novella 28 July 2013
By Carol L. Kwan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It's been awhile since I read this story, but I was browsing through the available Kindle titles by Jo Beverly and I noticed that this one had an undeservedly low rating.

Jo Beverly writes in the sci-fi/fantasy genre as well as historical romance and this is a sci-fi novella. With the novella format, we aren't given a huge amount of description of the world where this occurs, but I felt that the setting was sufficiently described. The plot was logical and there was enough angst that I truly cared what happened to the protagonists by the end of the book. In my opinion, Jo does a decent job of exploring the human psyche and how we react, both as the person going to war and seeing and participating in horrible atrocities that tear at our souls and as the people back home who have been the beneficiaries of the sacrifices the warrior has made. It's not always comfortable, thinking about "how would I react in this situation?" and this is not any easy or comfortable read and is certainly not light entertainment. However, the questions raised are relevant to our society today, particularly with the thousands of veterans who have come home recently from war and are trying to find jobs and once again fit in with the rest of our society.

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