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y Taken by Force single work   novel   science fiction   thriller  
Is part of Eddon and Vail Richard Harland 1997-1999 series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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'Eddon, Vail and Beano are on their way back to the Centre from planet P-19. The spacecraft that has come to collect them is piloted by Crissom Powl, a strangely rational, emotionless character, obsessed with logi-games. A gang of 'marauders' who call themselves the Curs of Space board and hijack the craft, flying it to their home base on Abson's Asteroid.

'The inhabitable part of the asteroid is an artificially sealed and pressurised valley, called the Kennel. The Curs, all male, live a brutal kind of existence, governed by aggression and raw power. Their Top Dog is the Max, a vicious adrenalin freak.

'The novel begins as Vail is woken from cryo-sleep by one of the Curs. She's saved from pack-attack only because the Curs are distracted by the discovery of the latest victim of a serial killer. As with previous victims, the murder has been carried out in a ritualistic, geometrical manner. Vail offers her services as detective, if the Max will guarantee to keep the Curs from her. The Max gives her seven days to solve the killings.

'Eddon meanwhile remains in cryo-sleep. The Max has other plans for him – but he's not saying what. Vail moves in with Beano and Crissom, sharing their den in a far-flung corner of the Kennel.

'The investigation involves the use of amazing psychic techniques such as psi-singing and 'mind-burgling'. But the murderer manages to claim further victims. Vail's deadline approaches; and a different kind of deadline also approaches for Beano.

'At the same time, more and more spacecraft are flying towards the Centre, fleeing fron the ever-multiplying webs of the Anti-Human around the edges of the Galaxy. The Curs trap and capture one craft carrying refugees. The sole survivor is the voluptuous Lassinda Lusk, who becomes a new focus for the Curs' brutal lusts.'

Source: Author's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Richard Harland's Taken By Force Robert N. Stephenson , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Harbinger : Australian Magazine of Speculative Fiction , February no. 1 1999; (p. 53-54)

— Review of Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel
Future Not Passe Terry Dowling , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 January 1999; (p. 15)

— Review of The Centurion's Empire Sean McMullen 1998 single work novel ; Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel ; Splashdance Silver Tansy Rayner Roberts 1998 single work novel
It's Entertainment When Pigs Fly and Marine Creatures Take the Coast Van Ikin , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 March 1999; (p. 9)

— Review of The Pool of Two Moons Kate Forsyth 1998 single work novel ; Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel
Untitled Bill Congreve , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 23 1999; (p. 112-113)

— Review of Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel
Richard Harland's Taken By Force Robert N. Stephenson , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Harbinger : Australian Magazine of Speculative Fiction , February no. 1 1999; (p. 53-54)

— Review of Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel
Future Not Passe Terry Dowling , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 January 1999; (p. 15)

— Review of The Centurion's Empire Sean McMullen 1998 single work novel ; Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel ; Splashdance Silver Tansy Rayner Roberts 1998 single work novel
It's Entertainment When Pigs Fly and Marine Creatures Take the Coast Van Ikin , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 March 1999; (p. 9)

— Review of The Pool of Two Moons Kate Forsyth 1998 single work novel ; Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel
Untitled Bill Congreve , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 23 1999; (p. 112-113)

— Review of Taken by Force Richard Harland 1998 single work novel
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