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  1. Jonathan Terrington Jonathan Terrington says:

    Disclaimer Read for free, provided I left an honest reviewA gritty science fiction novel of this calibre is normally not my type of reading I cannot normally bring myself to enjoy them, let alone read them But for Conditioned Response, the second ebook in a planned series, I can make an exception Despite the sexuality of the book which thankfully was not forced and too explicit like some authors I found I could like this novel enough by the end However the reason I cannot give this four s Disclaimer Read for free, provided I left an honest reviewA gritty science fiction novel of this calibre is normally not my type of reading I cannot normally bring myself to enjoy them, let alone read them But for Conditioned Response, the second ebook in a planned series, I can make an exception Despite the sexuality of the book which thankfully was not forced and too explicit like some authors I found I could like this novel enough by the end However the reason I cannot give this four stars goes beyond the simple sexuality and swearing I can ignore those in a novel if the rest of the book grips me incredibly hard they re minor pet peeves so to speak However I was not gripped by the novel until the second half which could be me personally.Conditioned Response was certainly set in an intriguing world A world where a woman from a race of beings known as the Phoenicians struggles to work for her people in a human run civilisation This is a civilisation where men appear to be sterile and where humans called Proctors are strung together out of genetic material from various donors There also existed various methods of brainwashing or Adjusting which created a layer of intrigue again to add to the political intrigue The Phoenicians had interesting powers as a race with the ability to harness energy and throw it out in front of them if they wish.Despite this interesting world the plot lagged for me at the start I found that it was only when I was about halfway into the novel that it picked up the pace and that the true action elements which I enjoyed begun That was when I could read about Phoenician powers in action I think the fact that this novel was highly dialogue run rather than description run also made me less able to appreciate it While I do not mind long periods of dialogue I do love long paragraphs of descriptive workand there appeared to bedialogue than description That is not taking anything away from the storytelling or writing because the writing was excellent and the entire plot was nicely constructed I just could not enjoy the book on my own personal level and gain most satisfaction from it The characters were interesting but not entirely likeable Raif was ruined for me by what was a necessary obsession in the plot view spoiler I look forward to reading about him when he has not been altered hide spoiler Shayla also was far too naive and self centred to be entirely likeable Still the characters did fit the story and surroundings, again a sign of quality writing in my opinion It was simply not my preferred story type as I mentioned above I do however congratulate the author for making a gritty sci fi that I could actually enjoy to some level In summary I do fully recommend this e book for any of my followers interested in a gritty, action filled sci fi It may not be to everyone s style but those who like this type of sci fi will find that it is a quality novel The author sets out to write a particular book and she succeeds in one of the better debut novels I have read may I add Not to mention that there are very few who have read it and as such you can be free to form your own opinion about it I highly recommend this and feel that it should be read by those who enjoy their science fiction with a touch of smoulder and grit


  2. Cassie McCown Cassie McCown says:

    I have had the immense pleasure of working with Friday on this lovely novel She swears it is cursed, but I say great things come to those who toil endure a lot I know she has been looking forward to the release of Conditioned Response for a very, very long time, and I am happy to be a part of the process.I m not much for reading the same bookthan once I do it occasionally for some of my favorites, and I obviously have to read what I edit or proofreadthan once, but Conditioned R I have had the immense pleasure of working with Friday on this lovely novel She swears it is cursed, but I say great things come to those who toil endure a lot I know she has been looking forward to the release of Conditioned Response for a very, very long time, and I am happy to be a part of the process.I m not much for reading the same bookthan once I do it occasionally for some of my favorites, and I obviously have to read what I edit or proofreadthan once, but Conditioned Response is something that can definitely be read again and again This is a long novel, which is common for a lot of sci fi or epic fantasies and the like, but you never really feel like it is taking a long time You get so absorbed in the story, in the lives of these characters, that you can t do anything but hang on every word and eagerly turn every page wanting evenAt the end, 230,000 words in, I was STILL sad it was over.Every character is fleshed out so well, even theminor characters There is so much depth to each one of them and they each have their own story, sometimes only briefly touched, but you get to know every one of them in some way This is very hard for an author to do, and Friday does an amazing job This is one of the most intriguing, action packed, and emotionally charged novels I have read in a long time I was sympathetic I was angry I laughed, a lot I cried, quite a bit I dreamt about the story I thought about the characters even when I was not reading I was hooked Whatcan you ask out of a book a piece of literary art Anything that can make you feel anything is a success And Friday has a huge success on her hands I wish her the very best with this and all of her writing endeavors


  3. Tricia Kristufek Tricia Kristufek says:

    There s always a Plan.The World Council is corrupt, but Shayla has a plan for that After 13 years living with the humans as the only Phoenician in the Outside, Shayla is making her own plans, instead of defaulting to the Seven Chiefs who got her into this mess to begin with At least she has Raif with her, ever caring for and guiding her along But things are set in motion that she can t control, Shayla must finish what she started before it s too late.The story is told by several of the ch There s always a Plan.The World Council is corrupt, but Shayla has a plan for that After 13 years living with the humans as the only Phoenician in the Outside, Shayla is making her own plans, instead of defaulting to the Seven Chiefs who got her into this mess to begin with At least she has Raif with her, ever caring for and guiding her along But things are set in motion that she can t control, Shayla must finish what she started before it s too late.The story is told by several of the characters, letting the reader get a glimpse of what motivates them and what hides beneath the surface Hints of past transgressions and future possibilities abound as the Councillor and Proctor try to prepare for anything and everything the humans and Phoenicians can Throw at them.A gripping tale speckled with war, conspiracy, love and loss, Conditioned Response explores the future of humanity as they interact with the Phoenicians, trying to live together on the Phoenician planet in peace With advanced technology and mind tampering, AI s and repros, Conditioned Response is a must read for sci fi lovers Note I was part of the editorial team that worked on this book Because of this, there is no rating, since it would be biased


  4. Paul Dube Paul Dube says:

    There is only one other author who has left me left me wantingwhen I finished a book Tom Clancy.I did not want to stop reading this story I can hardly wait for the prequel sequel.Quite often, a novel has too little, or too much action The pace of CR is perfect enough to keep you in its grip without overwhelming the reader.In addition, Friday s sex scene writing is another fine balancing act of titilation without being vulgar.I have never re read any other author period But this b There is only one other author who has left me left me wantingwhen I finished a book Tom Clancy.I did not want to stop reading this story I can hardly wait for the prequel sequel.Quite often, a novel has too little, or too much action The pace of CR is perfect enough to keep you in its grip without overwhelming the reader.In addition, Friday s sex scene writing is another fine balancing act of titilation without being vulgar.I have never re read any other author period But this book make it easy I read it 5 times while it was in progress and will be reading it again soon Unheard of in my 50 years of readingMasterful work


  5. Darlene Darlene says:

    This felt Heinleinish I love this kind of speculative science Other worldly, alien beings Earthlings, not the indigenous The problems of two brains in one head And Ms Baldwin is brave enough to show love comes in many ways There is intrigue which made this a bad book for bedtime as I couldn t put it down I must admit it was slow starting but the set up was needed As opposed to other second books, this one could be a read alone, or out of order, as everything is explained without being bo This felt Heinleinish I love this kind of speculative science Other worldly, alien beings Earthlings, not the indigenous The problems of two brains in one head And Ms Baldwin is brave enough to show love comes in many ways There is intrigue which made this a bad book for bedtime as I couldn t put it down I must admit it was slow starting but the set up was needed As opposed to other second books, this one could be a read alone, or out of order, as everything is explained without being bogged down in details.I took my time with this book mostly due to my health But had I been feeling great I think it would have been a book that would take a couple days The characters were well developed, except when they weren t When adult people can be reproduced they take a while to come into their own skin The plot kept me wondering, how will they do this Why is he she acting like this Can we really trust this guy Or why doesn t she trust him It just keeps you guessing I loved it This was a free for review from the author But had I bought it I would have said all I said above It is my kind of book Oh, and I love the afterwords, all of them Thanks for sharing that much about the making of writing of Friday and her works and playlist


  6. Jane Doe Jane Doe says:

    Amazing story Characters are wonderfully fleshed out, you get a feeling of really knowing them or wanting to know , because they are so interesting.This is a super fast paced story with everything falling into place in a well thought out way, drawing you in from start to finsh.Can t wait to learnabout the history of the Phoenicians.So glad to have found this author story on one of the threads I follow I will definitely be readingby this author There s always a planmany with Amazing story Characters are wonderfully fleshed out, you get a feeling of really knowing them or wanting to know , because they are so interesting.This is a super fast paced story with everything falling into place in a well thought out way, drawing you in from start to finsh.Can t wait to learnabout the history of the Phoenicians.So glad to have found this author story on one of the threads I follow I will definitely be readingby this author There s always a planmany with adjustments


  7. Stephen St. Onge Stephen St. Onge says:

    Middle books of series frequently drag Marjorie F Baldwin has overcome that problem the way the way George Lucas did in my Star Wars start in the middle and work out in all directions But Baldwin is doing iteffectively than Lucas did.Conditioned Response, the second book of the Phoenician series Book 1 is forthcoming , throws us into the world of Shayla, a non human woman living among the human colonists of the planet Altairor is she non human One of the main features of this Middle books of series frequently drag Marjorie F Baldwin has overcome that problem the way the way George Lucas did in my Star Wars start in the middle and work out in all directions But Baldwin is doing iteffectively than Lucas did.Conditioned Response, the second book of the Phoenician series Book 1 is forthcoming , throws us into the world of Shayla, a non human woman living among the human colonists of the planet Altairor is she non human One of the main features of this novel is that the reader is left to figure out what s going on by putting together clues that are scattered throughout To take two examples, the humans can t leave the planet and go back to Earth, though why they can t isn t yet explained, and the Phoenicians are so thoroughly human in most ways that it seems likely that they re an offshoot from homo sapiens but when the separation occurred, if it did occur, is something Baldwin isn t telling us yet Shayla has been living among the humans for thirteen years, an unwilling mole sent among them as a teenager by the rulers of the Phoenicians, the Seven Chiefs The Chiefs have a Plan for dealing with the humans, but they haven t told Shayla what the Plan is Shayla has her own Plans to overthrow the World Council, the human ruling group she s become a part of, and to leave human society with Charlie , and artificial life form she s been secretly and illegally creating But Shayla also has to deal with the machinations of Councillors Dramond and Kindi, a pair of thoroughly evil men she s had many unpleasant encounters with They have Plans of their own She also has ongoing personal relationships with Raif, a Proctor bodyguard who s in love with her Brennan, his illegally cloned heir Kyree, her Phoenician Mate that she seldom sees and Julia, her human friend, fellow Councillor, and revolutionary co conspirator Lurking in the background is Joshua Andrew Caine, secretive Administrator for the Council, and a mysterious group known as the Community, who have their own secret plans and hidden resources.Over the course of about two weeks, events play out Baldwin constantly surprises us as her characters interact, and as layers of are peeled away to show us some of what s really going on The characters are well drawn and believable, and the plot hangs together The pace is relentless, the events believable.By the end of the novel, some parts of Shayla s story have been resolved, but plenty remains for book 3, and much of Shayla s backstory is set to be revealed in book 1.Conditioned Response gripped me hard from the beginning, provided a thoroughly satisfying read, and left me eager for the rest of the series Considering this is Baldwin s first novel, I m quite impressed Check it out


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    Three StarsFor me, Conditioned Response was a read that was probably hyped up beyond reasonable expectations Somehow, I wasn t expecting it to be as good as the hype, but I also didn t expect to be so underwhelmed For an 850 page piece, it is a surprisingly fast read Perhaps Baldwin s greatest achievement came in one of the least emphasized areas her creation of the Phoenicians They were thoroughly original and well thought out I would be interested in learningabout their history, Three StarsFor me, Conditioned Response was a read that was probably hyped up beyond reasonable expectations Somehow, I wasn t expecting it to be as good as the hype, but I also didn t expect to be so underwhelmed For an 850 page piece, it is a surprisingly fast read Perhaps Baldwin s greatest achievement came in one of the least emphasized areas her creation of the Phoenicians They were thoroughly original and well thought out I would be interested in learningabout their history, culture and language Unfortunately, her star Phoenician Shayla, the main character , was one I utterly failed to either connect with or care about Baldwin s male characters were a little better, but I didn t cry over anyone s death wasalong the lines of mildly annoyed.There were hints of really good things, that I just never felt were fully worked out Her set up of the world, the history between humanity and the Phoenicians, the way her humanity has adapted when the only way to reproduce is artificial That being said, I found a very anti human anti value of human life sentiment in the book that, for me, was very off putting Whether it s meant to be a theme of the book particularly the question of an individual s value and the validity of an individual that has been programmed , I just didn t enjoy it The conclusions that Baldwin s characters seem to come to is that only the highest class has value as an individual and anyone else is pretty much programmed and utterly replaceable It s not a happy conclusion.I also had issues understanding the scope of her world It s an entire planet, but it feels very small and very contained An epic sci fi like this shouldn t feel like it all takes place in the same place unless it actually does Although I got the impression of traveling all over the continent, it never felt like they went farther than the next city over There was also no variation presented in the traveling, no variation in the areas that provided depth to the world It was disappointing.For characters that were interesting but I didn t connect to , a narrative that is basically sound but didn t move me , and occasional glimpses of a fantastic world and race three stars


  9. Vered Vered says:

    Earthlings have abandoned Earth and settled on a planet inhabited by a humanoid species, the Phoenicians The two species generally do not interact the results are usually tragic when they do There is one exception Shayla has lived with the humans for half her life, and it hasn t been the happy part either Human society has developed a rigid caste system, one that Shayla abhors Her closest assistant, Raif, is part of a group who are viewed as disposable lesser being, to be used as their emp Earthlings have abandoned Earth and settled on a planet inhabited by a humanoid species, the Phoenicians The two species generally do not interact the results are usually tragic when they do There is one exception Shayla has lived with the humans for half her life, and it hasn t been the happy part either Human society has developed a rigid caste system, one that Shayla abhors Her closest assistant, Raif, is part of a group who are viewed as disposable lesser being, to be used as their employers wish.Conditioned Response is the 2nd book in the series by Marjorie F Baldwin Unfortunately, 1 is not out yet So the first couple chapters were a catch up on what I assume would be included in 1 Because of that, and the fact that I haven t read a classic SciFi book in ages, I found the first few chapters a bit off setting just warning you here Plus I personally like tighter dialogues, while Baldwin s style includes some lengthy conversations But once the introductions were done and I got into the style, the book began to pick up The interactions and unfolding histories of the characters were intriguing I fell in love with Raif who was, to me, the one who really stood out as a deep and admirable person There were several interwoven stories and mysteries and about half way through the book, these began to take off and kept me hooked If you re looking for spaceships and adrenalin action on every page, this is not your book However, the last third of the book was definitely fast action, not to mention an emotional rollercoaster If however you like theclassical SciFi stories that analyse social issues through futuristic eyes and require a sharp mind to keep up with the details, then this might be the book for you I m certainly intrigued to readin this series


  10. Sadie Forsythe Sadie Forsythe says:

    Awesome, just Awesome I stayed up way too late on multiple night to read it and still would have been happy forI just loved the characters personalities and their interactions They all had their own little bit of wit that was distinctly different from one another I did wonder how it was that the bad guys continued to get away with their depravities, since everyone seemed to know about them But not enough to get huffy about it What I loved the most about the story is that Baldwin was Awesome, just Awesome I stayed up way too late on multiple night to read it and still would have been happy forI just loved the characters personalities and their interactions They all had their own little bit of wit that was distinctly different from one another I did wonder how it was that the bad guys continued to get away with their depravities, since everyone seemed to know about them But not enough to get huffy about it What I loved the most about the story is that Baldwin was willing to let people be unhappy Don t get me wrong I love a happy ending, but it always feels disingenuous when plots spin like pinwheels to bring one about for everyone involved Let s face it Life is hard People don t always get what they want They die or are left dissatisfied for a million other reasons I really appreciate that Baldwin was willing to allow her characters this slice of reality in their fictional world I m not saying no one leaves the last page of Conditioned Response happy, just that I liked the balance Baldwin is, quite frankly, the kind of writer that leaves other feeling inadequate She is definitely playing with the big boys I would happily compare her to Asimov, Huxley or Heinlein Not only was it clear and easy to understand, it never felt forced and always managed to find the right tone for the scene I am in aweand I m not really one to fawn over people I just can t wait to read the rest


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Conditioned Response ❮Reading❯ ➽ Conditioned Response ➶ Author Marjorie F. Baldwin – Thomashillier.co.uk A fast paced, Classic SciFi that reads like a mystery with a Romantic SF thread woven in Set in the far future on an alien world, humanity s last remnants are trying to save the species from extinctio A fast paced, Classic SciFi that reads like a mystery with a Romantic SF thread woven in Set in the far future on an alien world, humanity s last remnants are trying to save the species from extinction Huxley ian eugenics in a Classic Dystopian caste system are artfully blended with an Asimov ian machine turned man story by first time Author Marjorie F Baldwin Shayla didn t ask to be a Councillor As a Phoenician, she shouldn t have to live among the humans, let alone take part in their world But the Seven Chiefs ordered her to go with Raif, a Proctor from the world Outside They said they had a Plan Well, the Seven Chiefs always had a Plan, and Shayla had plans of her own after sufferingyears as a member of the humans World CouncilRaif had never intended for things to go this far A few months, maybe a year, and he could send the little Phoenician girl home again, back where she belonged She s not a little girl any and now he finds himself in competition with his own progenitor for control over his Heir and future It s not a Councillor s job to protect a Proctor but that s just what Raif needs right now Can Shayla save him before he loses his mind completely Baldwin hooks you into her world so deeply, you ll wonder if you ve been Adjusted yourself You ll think about this book even when you re not reading it You ll wonder if that was her Plan all along The only bad thing to say about this book is that it ends, but it s a series book so at least the story will continue or will it Goodreads members voted this Sexy SciFi ThrillerBeach read for Hottest SciFiHuman Male non human female MatesBest Indie Book to read in Best Dystopian originalBest Second Chance RomanceBest Social Science FictionBest Artificial Intelligence bookscience Fiction by a Female Author Rankings may have changed by the time you see this For current rankings click here This book contains strong language, explicit sexual situations and some graphic violence therefore, it may not be suitable for all audiences.