Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates

by Stephen Goldin , Mary Mason

Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates - Stephen Goldin & Mary Mason
Part of the The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series:
Editions:ePub: $ 4.99 USDPaperback: $ 16.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1475274813
Pages: 436

At first, expecting her new job to be easy, Jade Darcy is oblivious to the religious strife wracking the world of Restaapa. Jade and Megan Cafferty, her employer, discover that the Restaapans are in the process of choosing a new heir to the throne. During this process, the candidates hatch plots against anyone they see as a danger to their victory. Each one of them will go to any extreme, even murder, to assure his election as Restaapa’s heir. Jade and Megan are pegged as threats that must be eliminated. And Jade has the difficult task of restoring order to Restaapa as well as protecting her own life.

Reviews:Trelligan on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R35Z92ZJ3CO52W/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1475274815 wrote:

See my review of the first book, Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy (Volume 1).
In this book we see much more of one of the races encountered before, and uncover more secrets of Jade's past. Political intrigue is raised to new levels, dominating some subplots.
There is one scene describing an explicit sexual encounter, but it is revealed backstory and not gratuitous.
Sadly, there are no more books in this series, Goldin not having written since 2002.

E.P. McLean on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R12KXI57MJ16TJ/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1475274815 wrote:

Jade accepts the job as bodyguard to the only human visitor to a restricted world during the planets change of government. Good action, humor, and great alien culture. Jade as a character continues to grow and we meet new aliens who bring fun to the universe she lives in. Goldin/Mason never returned to this series so only two books exist. Glad to see they are again available.


“You’ll have to go a long way to find a more addictive heroine.”—Spider Robinson

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.


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