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War Games by [Augustin, KS]
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Laisen Carros is a covert agent of the Fusion, sent undercover to infiltrate the Perlim Empire. However, the years she’s spent as Cheloi Sie fighting Menon rebels on an alien battleground are starting to wear her down.

To Lith Yinalña, Cheloi Sie is nothing but a war criminal and she considers it her personal mission to kill her.

Unfortunately for Laisen/Cheloi, the Empire and an idealistic assassin aren’t the only things she needs to worry about. A treacherous subordinate–the ambitious Koul Grakal-Ski–is looking for any chance to grab control of the territory. When Laisen and Lith start falling in love, it’s only a matter of time before he notices. And acts.

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  • Publisher: Challis Tower (30 January 2014)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 3.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing worked 21 February 2014
By Lost in Denver - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Yeah, this book fell flat on pretty much every level. I had been hoping for a good sci-fi story with a good sapphic romance, but the book wound up being a really bad romance with a sci-fi background. Seriously, the two main characters have no personalities on their own and there is absolutely no chemistry between them. Apparently the author felt that them simply being in proximity to one another was the same as actually developing a relationship, which is simply not the case. The interactions were actually kind of vapid and the dialogue actually made me cringe at a couple of points. Also, the plot itself was weak. Both protagonists were "undercover," but the ways that they were going about their secret missions was nonsensical at best. Heck, I'm not even sure that I follow the logic of why Laisen's plan was going to work anyway. From the summary, it sounded like this one had a lot of promise, but it just failed to deliver.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesbians and Sci-fi. 17 December 2012
By Katchoo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
How can you go wrong. The price was right and the story was engaging. It amounted to a pleasant diversion for me. It wasn't perfect, but was far from horrible. There are so many ebooks out there and I have wasted plenty of coin. I came away from this one hopeful about the new talent on Amazon. Here's to more Lesbians and Sci-fi.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faced pace, intriguing story 11 September 2011
By LVLMLeah - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I won this book in a contest and I'm so glad I tried! It's again that rare SF/F book with a female protagonist who has a romantic interest in women, so it was a treat for me. The plot is fast paced, tension is kept high and the characters, all of them including the secondary characters, are all compelling and fully developed.

I really have nothing negative to say about this book. The romance and plot were interwoven in just the right way and with an equal amount of book space and development.

One thing I liked that might be reader preference is that a lot of the story is intertwined with moral conflicts. Cheloi Sie/Laisen Carros is the most morally ambiguous character in this story and it's mostly from her POV that this story is expressed through. I can't really say that she's a morally upright person, which I think will push some readers' buttons, but I loved it. I'm actually rather fond of characters who have to do things that are ugly or wrong for what they feel is a greater good. That character who will make decisions and not dwell on how it negatively affects their internal code.

Cheloi Sei is a general for the Perlim who are trying to get control of the planet Menon in order to gain some foothold to fight their real enemy, the Fusion. Cheloi is a spy for the Fusion and has been sent to infiltrate the Perlim by becoming one of them. To play her role to a T, she needs to make hard decisions in which she has to order the mass murder of innocent people so that her cover and loyalty to the Perlim is never questioned.

What's interesting to me is that ultimately, maybe the Fusion are not the altruistic people that they are presented as. On the surface it's implied that they are the more "enlightened" group trying to curb the "evil" Perlim Empire from destroying and subjugating an innocent people on a foreign planet. However, like in most situations of war, it depends on what side you're on as to whether your side is the "right" side and that becomes an interesting conflict inside of Cheloi. Is she just a pawn for an equally controlling Empire?

It's interesting to me to think about these kinds of things because all of the characters in this story are acting and doing atrocious things, except for maybe Lith, in the name of the rightness of their empire and ideology. It's for the greater good. K.S. Augustin did a great job of really getting into the internal conflicts or lack thereof when the characters are confronted with things that go against their beliefs, like falling in love with the enemy, etc.

Cheloi is a strong, steely, unflappable woman. She can't afford to make one mistake or her cover and her mission to take down the Perlim as a Perlim general will all be for naught. Her second in command, Koul Grakal-Ski, is an ambitious man and resents her for being appointed to a position he felt was his. He's looking at every turn to find something on her to take her down so he watches her every move carefully. He's also extremely loyal to the Perlim Empire and would never do anything to hurt it. His need to follow orders and be loyal becomes Cheloi's luck in her mission. But he still tries to undermine her constantly.

To keep up with the stress of always being on top of things, she talks often to a virtual psychiatrist with whom she can interact with inside her head through a chip. In this way we get a good chance to see what's going on inside of Cheloi Sie's head, what she really feels, how things really affect her and we get to see that there are cracks. She's very "human" and her relationships with the people she works with do affect her deep down. She's also got a painful past and that is constantly hinted at but comes out in bits and pieces, slowly allowing us see where she comes from ultimately.

Outside of her intense attraction to Lith, she's particularly fond of Rumis, her adjunct who is extremely loyal to her and the Perlim empire. However, unlike the conniving Koul Grakal-Ski, Rumis is honorable in his loyalty to her and it eats at Cheloi that she is being deceitful to a man she admires. There are painful consequences in Cheloi's later decisions about Rumis, which I thought added a lot to the choices she makes for her future and her loyalty to the Fusion. She pays severe consequences emotionally for liking him and I liked that spurred character reflection and growth.

So all in all I loved the dynamics of what drives all the characters. There are lots of interesting moral questions presented that made this story really interesting to me.

Then there's the romance. Lith is a young idealist who gets swept up in the romantic ideology of freeing her people from the Perlim Empire even though her parents were born Perlim. She belongs to a small, rouge Fusion group who have sent her to kill Cheloi, whom they know to be a mass murderer of innocents. What she doesn't know is that Cheloi and she are fighting for the same side, which sets up the very interesting conflict for her in her attraction to Cheloi.

Right from the get-go there's a strong attraction between Lith and Cheloi, which both intrigues Lith and freaks her out. They get it on fairly quickly but if it's found out that they are having an affair, Koul will have an excuse to get rid of Cheloi, so they have only stolen moments together.

One thing I'll say here is that while I did feel they are attracted, I couldn't understand why Lith would put up with being coolly dismissed after sex, which is what Cheloi does to 1. keep her distance knowing that Lith's the enemy and she shouldn't lose her heart to her, and 2. to keep the relationship secret. However, it was clear that Lith, while bothered by it, realizes that it's necessary and can't help herself, she wants Cheloi.

Lith's personal codes are called into question as well as she's forced to make an important decision, which could jeopardize her mission to kill Cheloi and her break her heart at the same time.

While not the most passionate couple due to these issues, the romance is nicely and slowly developed. I felt that these two ache to be together even if they're rather reticent in their expression of it. And there is a happy ending.

Outside of all of that, there's a nice tension and suspense throughout the whole book that kept the story exciting. There are so many twists and intrigues and alliances and deceits that I kept reading just to see what would happen. I definitely recommend War Games if you're into sci-fi and f/f and even if you're not. It's just a good compelling story all around.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War Games 30 March 2012
By Hotcha - Published on
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War Games

Senior Colonel Cheoli Sie Knew She Angered Her Second In Command When She Got Promoted Over The Nineteen Of Menon IV. She Was A Woman And The Perlim Empire Had No Problem With Females Giving Their Lives In A War Of Control As Long As They Weren't In A Position Of Power On Their Council! Koul Grakal-Ski Had Thought After The Inept Commander Was Killed That The Command Would Be His And He Was Angered When She Stepped Ahead Of Him. If Truth Be Known She Thought He And The Other Sector Commander Plotted For His Demise, Too Bad She Couldn't Prove It. Koul Had Years To Go If He Thought He Was A Match For Her As She Spent Years Perfecting The Game Of Spy And Counter-Spy!

Sub-Commander Koul Grakal-Ski'S Plans To Take Control Of The Nineteen And Show His Wealthy In-Laws That Their Daughter Didn't Marry Beneath Her Status, But Cheoli Thwarted His Plans When An "Accident" Killed The Commander And The Empire Promoted Over Him! He Vowed To Not Return To His Wife And Children Until He Could Ram His Command Of The Coveted Nineteen Down His In-Laws Throats!! His First Attempt To Kill Cheoli Sie Only Killed Her Driver And Wounded Her! The Woman Had More Lives Than A Cat And Then He Found And Conspired With A Blonde And Gorgeous Woman Named Lith Whom He Was Sure Was The Commanders Weakness And When He Caught Them Loving Each Other Both Would Die As Per Perlim Law!

Wow, Spies, Counter-Spies, And Plots Are Hard To Keep Up With As Plans Get Tangled! Unknown To Cheoli Sie, Lith Planned To Kill The Butcher As She Was Called And Strike A Blow For The Small Factor Of The Breakaway Perlim Council And A Chance For Her To Do Something For The Homeland Her Parents Escaped From But Once Lith Is Close To Cheoli, She Never Thought She Would Fall In Love!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read 16 August 2011
By J. Jones - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Cheloi Sie is not who she seems. She has been deep undercover in the Empire for years. She is near the end of her mission when her troubles double. Her second in command is out for her job. There is an immediate attraction between Cheloi and her new assistant, Lith Yinalna. Lith has her own problems. She is attracted to the woman she has been sent to kill. The story moves at a fast pace from there. Like all K S Augustin stories the romance does not detract but is woven in as part of the story.