by Colby Hodge

December 2006
ISBN: 0-505-52628-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Galactic trader (smuggler) Ruben was a hunted man and it was not only for his interstellar antics, or his alliance with his old friend Shaun who had turned out to be a long lost prince and was now ruler of the planet Oasis. It was because his own royal family had been torn apart when his emperor father had been murdered by Rubenís diabolical half-brother Dyson. Dyson laid blame on Ruben and kidnapped Rubenís younger full-brother Stefan, using him as a lackey for his own machinations. Ruben knew he was in deep trouble when he couldnít get out from under the Falcon fighter ships that had attacked. Ruben had just jettisoned his cargo from the Shooting Star when he took a major hit and lost consciousness as he crashed on the primitive planet of Lavign.

Slave Tess, and her young son Boone were chasing after Master Joah's wayward heifer when they see the ship crashing down on the mountain. Investigating leads them to a badly wounded Ruben in the wreck of his star ship. Knowing that helping the pilot would no doubt lead to another of the endless beatings at cruel Joahís hands, Tess helps him anyway. Recognizing each other from visions, Ruben and Tess know their fates are now intertwined and their destiny lies ahead together.

Shooting Star is Colby Hodgeís sequel to her successful science fiction/romance Stargazer. Unlike the forerunner, Shooting Star lacks the romantic sparks we had enjoyed with Stargazer's Shaun and Lilly. Very little of that goes off between this story's heroine Tess and hero Ruben but makes up for it with the action adventure end. If you havenít read the first book, you may come up confused with the plots and characters that have carried over into this one. Calling all Star Wars, and Star Trek fans, I give 4 roses to Shooting Star for the sci fi lover in me, and look forward to the continuation of this series.

Reviewed in December 2006 by Bonnie.

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