Sinclair's Finders Keepers has the trappings
of military SF on a grand scale: battleships, interstellar
conflict, goofy androids, plenty of intrigue and an inscrutable
alien menace to the human race. Don't be fooled by the
familiar scenery, though—the core of this novel
is the love story...
Sinclair manages the sexual tension between her main
characters skillfully, drawing readers into an intricate
dance of attraction, conflict and thwarted desire. The
author's sure hand with characterization makes each
twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful
as any well-wrought battle scene. It all works because
there is real substance in the attraction between Trilby
and Rhis. The two have genuine shared interests, they
are temperamentally suited, and each struggles honestly
with the barriers posed by their divergent backgrounds
and different mother tongues.
What's more, Finders Keepers offers some
tidy exploration of the ways in which people reinvent
themselves when thrown into unfamiliar situations....
With peppy, laugh-out-loud dialogue, an outstanding
cast of supporting characters and a big serving of adventure
in the mix, Finders Keepers is guaranteed to
show readers a pleasant and thoroughly entertaining
--A.M. Dellamonica for Science Fiction Weekly
"Let's be honest, we romance readers love our kick-ass
heroines! Whether they are walloping the backsides of
medieval warriors, planting their slippers up the breeches
of a Regency Lord, or bruising the buttocks of a contemporary
alpha male, we are rooting for them all the way! Well,
folks, I am thrilled to tell you that now the galaxy
is the limit. Linnea Sinclair has masterfully created
science fiction romances featuring the most vibrant
heroines who gleefully kick interstellar butt across
several star systems, and Trilby Elliot may be one of
the best!... I strongly urge you to consider any of
Linnea Sinclair's novels - whether writing under this
name or as Megan Sybil Baker, she proves that love makes
not only the world go 'round, but also the local galactic
cluster and several nearby nebulae as well!"
--Celia Merenyi for A Romance Review
"Captain Trilby Elliot has parked her rattletrap
ship on an uninhabited planet to make repairs when an
enemy ‘Sko ship hurtles in the forest nearby.
But instead of salvaging useful parts from the crash,
she salvages a Z’fharian man, Rhis Vanur, who
turns out to be both very useful and very inconvenient
in his own special way...
Trilby and Rhis are well-rounded characters of the
type you don’t consistently encounter in futuristic
romances, or any romances, for that matter. They do
not fall fully into romance stereotypes, being more
reminiscent of inhabitants of the novels of, say, Anne
McCaffrey or Tanya Huff. They dwell neither in angst-land
nor cutesy comedy land, and for me characters I can
like and understand will make or break a novel.
More specifically, Trilby is tough, capable and independent,
which I just adore in a female protagonist, and doesn’t
need Rhis any more than she needs another hole in her
spaceship. This makes it all that much more convincing
when she begins to fall in love with him...
The plot is pure, rollicking space opera, with suspense,
computer programming, backstabbing, space battles and
galaxy-wide threats galore... I recommend Finders Keepers
... take it to bed with you and stay up late flipping
--Jody Wallace, Editor, SFROnline
AWARD OF DISTINCTION: EXCEPTIONAL MERIT from
"Finders Keepers has the
"wow!" factor in spades. While at heart a
rich, deep, complex sci-fi novel that will thrust readers
into a dazzlingly different orbit, Ms. Sinclair has
managed to incorporate an equally rich, deep, complex
romance into the plot; the kind that makes a romance
reader more than a little weak in the knees. The sci-fi
and romantic elements mesh beautifully... Quite simply,
this is a fascinating futuristic romance. The plot and
characterizations are detailed, dynamic and deeply immersive
and make this super-charged sci-fi release twice as
interesting as anything this reviewer has come across
before...Well-developed and wonderfully imaginative,
Finders Keepers has "exceptional merit" written
all over it. Linnea Sinclair is definitely an author
to add to one's auto-buy list. [T]his is one terrific,
not-to-be-missed, action-packed sci-fi romance!"
--Cheryl Jeffries for Heartstrings
"FINDERS KEEPERS by
Linnea Sinclair takes romantic sci-fi to an all new
level—a book that’s equally balanced in
the amount of science fiction, fantasy, high-tech gadgetry,
plot, and romantic subplot. A wonderful book... not
to be missed. "
--Jennifer Wardrip for Romance
"Trilby owns her own cheap
freighter and works it with a single robot helper, plying
the space lanes for whatever work she can find at a
time of increasing tension between three empires. Rhis,
a Zafharin commander, has escaped from the Sko and literally
crashes near where she has been repairing her ship on
an uncharted planet (to save docking fees). One thing
leads to another, romance blooms, and there's corruption
that has to be stopped before a new war breaks out.
Linnea Sinclair's Finder's Keepers (paper from
Bantam Spectra) is light romantic fun, from a writer
with a lot of promise. "
--Henry Leon Lazarus, Central
City's Weekly Press
"I should say at the outset
that I enjoyed this book. I rather like my SF with the
blood dripping from the bulkheads whilst this story
has a deal of romance in it, but it was a good adventure
story. Those who like a bit of romance in their adventures
will enjoy it all the more, whilst those who do not
will be able to put up with it for the story of which
romance forms but a part.... The characters are well-rounded
and not merely cardboard figures which gives the book
more depth than perhaps a straight forward romance would
have. The story is skilfully written with a number of
twists and turns in the plot which is space opera at
its best filled with suspense, double-dealing and space
battles and unfolds against a background of a universe
with its own political, economic and social structures.
The author creates this background with a light touch
without needing great slabs of narrative which in itself
is a great skill....I thoroughly enjoyed this book and
would recommend it."
--Paul Hanley for SFCrowsnest.com
“Linnea Sinclair is one
author to put on your “must” read list.
FINDERS KEEPERS is knock your socks off storytelling
with riveting characters that send you into orbit and
keeps you there. Electrifying action that is nonstop,
superb secondary characters, the threat of great danger
from hostile factions, betrayal and everlasting passion.
This one is a keeper!”
Reader To Reader Reviews
From the NoveList Read-Alike
"Readers of Castle/Krentz's
Sweet Starfire Futuristic Romance should seek
out Linnea Sinclair's Finders Keepers. In this
fast-paced adventure combining an otherworldly clash
of values and priorities with a Cinderella story, an
impoverished independent space captain teams up with
the Empire's most feared military leader, without knowing
his real identity, to ferret out a highly-placed traitor
before it is too late. The humorous banter among the
various characters, as well as the gradually developing
trust between Trilby and Rhis, are major appeal factors.
Lynne Welch is an Ohio librarian
specializing in Readers' Advisory and Electronic Reference
NoveList Read-alike List
NoveList/EBSCO Publishing © 2003
Four and a Half Moons!
Excellent!: "This book proves that Sci-Fi
can indeed exist in union with Futuristic Romance. And
that—gasp!—a good space adventure can document
two people falling in love. It even has room for well-done
sexual tension. In addition to the romantic plot, FINDERS
KEEPERS has: disreputable freighter pilots, ‘droids
with attitudes, Heroes that are beyond human but are
also endearingly human, space battles, asteroid fields,
battleships and space stations, trans-galactic jump
gates, arrogant corporate scum, and inter-galactic politics.
You want it? It’s there...
Ride with Trilby and Rhis on
a roller-coaster of political and financial machinations
and against an amazing backdrop of life in deep space.
Author Sinclair’s prose is tight and intense.
You’ll feel as though you are in the cockpit,
the ship’s controls in your hands, speeding through
space with your hair on fire."
--Brenda Thatcher for Mystique
Four Teapots! A Rich,
Top Notch Read: "Finders Keepers
is a lusty tale of intrigue & battles, with a shipload
of humor, cultural misunderstandings & technology.
[It] has just the right ingredients of comedy, action,
passion & clashing cultures that I simply could
not put it down! A deliciously amusing & entertaining
--Rebecca Brown for RebeccasReads.com
Winner: Reviewers Choice Award! "Linnea
Sinclair takes the reader for a quite a ride with Finders
Keepers. Combining some excellent Sci-Fi with passionate
romance, Finders Keepers is one book you do
not want to miss."
--Debby Guyette, CataRomance
Five Thumbs Up!
"I read Finders Keepers in one sitting.
It’s an action-packed adventure that will keep
both science fiction and romance readers on the edge
of their seats."
--Lillian Cauldwell, Reviewer
and Host, The Lillian Cauldwell Show