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Heavily charactered (is that a phrase?) space opera set in the Star Doc universe (but not part of the series. Viehl has a way with introducing inter-species interpersonal relationships...and all the complexity that implies. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 13, 2013 |
In space the peace negotiations aren't going well, on land alien bugs are swarming, and undersea the mammoth, voracious mogshrike attacks are threatening the 'Zangians' safety... life on K2 is getting more interesting by the hour.

For Burn, whose SEAL adapted body allows him to walk on land, piloting a starship is almost as appealing as skimming through the depths of his native ocean. Navigating the mouth-breathers' politics, however, is a trickier proposition, and his growing attraction to a visiting ambassador's daughter Liana is landing the impulsive aquatic in hotter water than ever.

As tempers fray and peace negotiations waver on the brink of implosion, Viehl juggles characters, relationships and events to keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Probably best to read Bio Rescue first. ( )
  SunnySD | Aug 8, 2011 |
Part of a series, this novel is about the planet Kevarzangia Two, and its water-breathing inhabitants.

The Hsktskt slavers have been pushed out of the quadrant, so the four sentient races, who call themselves the Allied League of Worlds, meet on K-2 for a peace conference. The participants, two air-breathing races and two water-breathing races, don’t particularly like each other. When an ambassador’s shuttle is attacked prior to the conference, Sublieutenant Burn mu Znora stops the attack and rescues the ambassador’s daughter, Liana (some younger 'Zangians, like Burn, have been surgically altered to be able to survive in the air for hours at a time). Having drawn the pleasurable duty of guarding Liana during the conference, Burn realizes that she knows a lot more than she is letting on, and that someone wants this conference to fail.

Meantime, the 'Zangians have a natural enemy called a mogshrike. Think of a creature bigger than a great white shark, with a lot more teeth and a much more nasty disposition. The mogshrikes have been moving into warmer and shallower water, where the 'Zangians live. They are defenseless against the mogshrikes, so the radical idea is considered of catching one to study. Dair, an elderly 'Zangian, is totally against the idea, but Teresa, his Terran mate, agrees to participate. The battle of wills gets to the point where Dair tells Teresa that they are no longer mated. A baby mogshrike is captured, and it is discovered that they have been doing some pretty radical evolving.

This is a fine piece of writing. It’s got good world building, the characters are very well done, and it’s a first-rate story. As with any series, reading previous books will help, but this does a really good job of standing on its own. ( )
  plappen | Aug 8, 2007 |
Second book in the biorescue series - very good. I really enjoyed the fact that the heroine in this book is not human. S. L. Viehl does a great job of creating a voice that is not human but still very easy to relate to. ( )
  shelley582 | Mar 21, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451461177, Mass Market Paperback)

After driving a mutual enemy across the border territories, the Allied League of Worlds gathers for a peace summit on K-2, the homeworld of the underwater dwelling 'Zangians. With the Bio Rescue team assigned to protect the delegates, Sub-Lieutenant Burn mu Znora's attention is placed on Liana, the daughter of one of the ambassadors, who possesses information vital to the fate of four worlds.

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"The Hsktskt slavers have been driven out of the Pmoc Quadrant. K-2, the home planet of the underwater-dwelling 'Zangians, has been selected to host the resulting Peace Summit. When an ambassador's shuttle is attacked en route to the conference, Bio Rescue pilot Sublieutenant Burn mu Znora manages to intercept the vessel and present the abduction of the ambassador's daughter, Liana." "With the Bio Rescue unit officially assigned to police the peace negotiations, Burn must stay close to Liana - an assignment he's happy to accept. But as it becomes clear that someone is determined to sabotage the conference, Burn realizes Liana is hiding a deadly secret - a secret that may alter the fate of four worlds."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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