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Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor

by Stephen Goldin , Mary Mason

Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor - Stephen Goldin & Mary Mason
Part of the The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series:
Editions:ePub: $ 4.99Paperback: $ 14.99
ISBN: 978-1463685393
Pages: 336

For the past five years, Jade Darcy has not seen another human being. A computer-augmented mercenary, she lives on the planet Cablans, a stopover point for traders from hundreds of worlds -- and a good place to meet customers who need the services of a skilled warrior.

She turns down what she considers a suicide assignment: traveling to an enslaved world to assassinate one of its military leaders. But then she learns there's another human being on Cablans -- a human being with the potential to expose Jade's mysterious past, with possibly fatal results.

All of a sudden, a suicide mission looks positively appetizing....

Reviews:Spider Robinson wrote:

Long before there were any buffed Xenas or xenophobic Buffies in the pantheon of fighting females, there existed a remarkable woman warrior named Jade Darcy: a computer-assisted mercenary so formidable and so smart that the Dark Angel, Friday and the Bionic Woman together would have hesitated to piss her off--yet so emotionally mixed up that she broke your heart. Even better: unlike any of those ladies just named, this jade's adventures were most definitely not rated PG. Indeed it was her creators' deep insight into female sexuality and spirituality, as much as their mastery of action scenes, that gave Jade Darcy an uncommon plausibility, a realness, so often missing in other woman-warrior fictions. The restoration to print of the two volumes of the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series is long overdue, and most welcome; you'll have to go a long way to find a more addictive heroine.

Trelligan on wrote:

This is the first in the two-part story of Jade Darcy. This is a departure from Stephen Goldin's other fiction, being a collaboration with his wife (Mary Mason). This story arc concentrates much more on the characters and interactions than the situation.
The scene is a planet so far away from Earth that Jade is the only human around. This is a far-future environment, with FTL travel, advanced weaponry and advanced computers (strong AI) that forms a backdrop to a very human story.
While I personally have a low tolerance for 'touchy-feely' novels, this one kept my attention by interspersing action, political intrigue, culture and biology of alien races, martial arts (Jade uses Tai Chi in her practice), as well as the personal interactions that reveal Jade's past.
And I like Jade, though I would be quite careful about fast moves near her...

T. Jackson King on wrote:

Jade Darcy is a deadly, complex and fascinating heroine on the order of Jason Bourne, but in outer space! She is also on the run from a dark past. Jade's refuge is an alien-run eatery on the distant planet of Cablans, where she is the only human. She works as a bouncer in the eatery, and the combined imagination of coauthors Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason runs riot with weird aliens of many shapes. Her boss is a tree-like alien while the chief chef has six arms. Goldin and Mason excel in creating three-dimensional, complex aliens with their own cultures, motivations and ideologies. Jade, aided by cyborg-like implants courtesy of Earth's military, does her bouncer duty and those encounters are fascinating. But to build up her assets, she also does mercenary work. And what a mercenary she is! She answers the call of a humanoid alien to help him recover his Honor by visiting the colony world where the nasty Commancor aliens have taken over her client's land, killed his family and disgraced his culture. Jade helps her client, but then goes back to hiding out on Cablans. While a powerful mercenary, Jade is fearful of everyone due to a past that caused her to flee from Earth's commando force. Then she is found by an Earth woman who owns the largest human corporation in existence. Their kabuki-like encounter teaches Jade several lessons about selfishness, honor, contract law, fear and what it means to be an honorable person in an alien-run universe. This is a non-stop, heart-pounding, super enjoyable story that will take the reader on a trip to a reality far different from routine Earth spy battles. Highly recommended.

About the Authors

Stephen Goldin

STEPHEN GOLDIN is a Nebula Award finalist science fiction and fantasy writer who was born in 1947 in the city of Philadelphia. When he was 13, his parents moved to California and, upon reflection, he decided to accompany them. It was a lucky thing he did, too; otherwise, when he went to college, the commute to UCLA would have been quite difficult. He eventually graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy.

His first job out of college was as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy. The urge to write was strong, though, and after several years he left to try writing full time. He only regretted the move every other Thursday, when he would have gotten paid.

After several years of genteel poverty, he took a job as writer/editor for a pornographic humor paper, the San Francisco Ball. In retrospect, this was a great crucible; because of deadline pressure, he had to learn to make his writing dirty, funny, and one draft.

At about this time, too, he began selling novels on a regular basis. While he has, from time to time, held down other full-time employment (he helped design the Star Trek: The Next Generation computer game "A Final Unity" for Spectrum HoloByte and has also written manuals and game design documents for Maxis), his real love is fiction writing and he continues to pursue it.

His first wife was fellow author Kathleen Sky. In the 10+ years of their marriage, in addition to their individual works, they collaborated on a pair of stories ("Painting the Roses Red" and "The Devil Behind the Leaves") about the diMedicis, a family of interstellar swindlers.

Mr. Goldin's current wife is fellow author Mary Mason. They currently live in the San Francisco East Bay area. So far they have co-authored two books in the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series: Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor and Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates. More books in this series are planned.

Mr. Goldin is an atheist whose interests include Broadway show albums and surrealist art. He has lived with cats virtually all his adult life.

Mr. Goldin served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as SFWA's Western Regional Director.

Mary Mason

MARY MASON was born in Bakersfield and has lived in California all her life. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU Sacramento, and has worked counseling abused children. Her first husband was a member of “Hell Bent For Glory,” a pre-Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, but she made the bikers check their weapons at the door and wash her dishes, in exchange for her fine cooking. Her philosophy regarding martial arts is, “My black belt beats your black belt, because my black belt’s in Smith & Wesson.” She is also a sound lady, mixing live music for bands—usually Chicago blues and S.F. rock, but also swing, folk, and both Country and Western.
She has run several Nebula Award banquets for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as well as science fiction conventions, and founded the 1993 San Francisco WorldCon bid. In 2012 she co-authored Throwing Lead: A Writer's Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them) with J. Daniel Sawyer.