A rousing medical space opera, ENDURANCE (4) is the third StarDoc novel by new voice S.L. Viehl. The League is still after Dr. Cherijo Torin for her genetic secrets, but theyll have to bargain with Hsktskt slavers after her disloyal husband betrays her to the Hsktskt. Confined and hated by all around her, Cherijo is still compelled by her own psyche to provide medical treatment to fellow slaves and even her captors. Viehl employs misdirection and humor, while not defusing the intense plot development that builds toward an explosive conclusion. The aliens as slavers exhibit barbaric and inhuman characteristics to a degree that becomes almost too realistic and might make for uncomfortable reading. (Jan.)

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Kelly Rae Cooper