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Jade Darcy is a carc--a computer-augmented reflex commando. The Army has embedded a computer in her spine. This, combined with exhaustive training, has speeded her reflexes until she's faster than any normal human--or most other races in the known galaxy. Even by herself she's a precision fighting force, the best the human race can produce.

But whether Jade is exactly human any more may be open to debate. For the past 5 years she's lived on the transfer planet Cablans, with only aliens for company. Hiding away from other humans--and especially the Army--she finds nonhumans the norm in her life...until, one day, another Earthwoman comes to Cablans and Jade is forced to confront the core of her own being.

There are two books (so far) in the story of Jade Darcy: Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor and Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates. Since her first appearance in the late 1980s, she's garnered a host of devoted fans--including Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning author Spider Robinson, who said upon the books' republication a decade ago:

A LEGEND RETURNS

Long before there were any buffed Xenas or xenophobic Buffies in the pantheon of fighting females, there existed a remarkable woman warrior named Jade Darcy: a computer-assisted mercenary so formidable and so smart that the Dark Angel, Friday and the Bionic Woman together would have hesitated to  p*ss  her off--yet so emotionally mixed up that she broke your heart. Even better: unlike any of those ladies just named, this jade's adventures were most definitely not rated PG. Indeed it was her creators' deep insight into female sexuality and spirituality, as much as their mastery of action scenes, that gave Jade Darcy an uncommon plausibility, a realness, so often missing in other woman-warrior fictions. The restoration to print of the two volumes of the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy series is long overdue, and most welcome; you'll have to go a long way to find a more addictive heroine.

More books are planned in the series, but progress is slow. A prequel, Jade Darcy: Run Out of West, is about half finished in rough draft; that story is set 5 years before Affair and shows Jade's arrival and first few days on Cablans.

You can buy the books in both paperback and multiple ebook formats through my online bookstore, Parsina Press. I hope you'll meet Jade and get to love her as much as Mary and I do.

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    Re: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy--sf by Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason
    « Reply #1 on: January 12, 2011, 09:39:07 am »
    Welcome to KindleBoards, Stephen, and congratulations on your book.

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    Re: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy--sf by Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason
    « Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 02:16:32 pm »
    After several months of being off the market, Jade Darcy is back with a new edition of Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor, this time with a cover designed by my wife and co-author Mary Mason. And for its debut weekend, use coupon code KH87F to get a 50% discount from the regular ebook price. Coupon expires 3/18.
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    Book 2 of the series, Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates, is now available.

    At first, expecting her new job to be easy, Jade Darcy is oblivious to the religious strife wracking the world of Restaapa.

    Jade and Megan Cafferty, her employer, discover that the Restaapans are in the process of choosing a new heir to the throne. During this process, the candidates hatch plots against anyone they see as a danger to their victory. Each one of them will go to any extreme, even murder, to assure his election as Restaapas heir.

    Jade and Megan are pegged as threats that must be eliminated. And Jade has the difficult task of restoring order to Restaapa as well as protecting her own life.

    I hope people who enjoyed the first book will find the sequel equally exciting.

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    New 5-star review of Affair of Honor
    « Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 03:12:54 pm »
    Tracy Riva has this to say about Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor:

    It has been awhile since I have read a book I enjoyed as much as Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor. It is complex and intricately developed. The action is driven by the characters in the story and by Jade Darcy in particular.

    The slate of foreign characters is amazing. The story is set on a planet on the edges of developed society. It is comprised of many different species, some of whom are humanoid and others who are insectoid and still others who inhabit more or less dimensions than our simple three dimensions. The characters are rich, interesting, and the different problems that can occur when such varied life forms, with all their intricacies, interact causes situations that range from the comic to the life threatening.

    Jade Darcy herself is an enigma. Early in the story we are led to believe Jade Darcy might not be her real name, but other than a clue to part of it at the end of the book we arent let in on that particular secret. What we do know is that Jade has had a specialized operation to computer augment her reflexes. She is a carc, a computer-augmented reflex commando, and her existence outside of the military world makes her a rarity. She hides the fact she is a carc for reasons that arent clear. It is implied that she may be wanted. She takes what is certain to be a suicide mission rather than face another human being the first to come to the planet of Cablans where Jade lives in the seven years she has been there. It is apparent she has run from human contact before.

    The story and the action in it are wonderful. The science fiction in it feels realistic; it isnt simply another Earth-like setting with futuristic sounding problems, but a setting on an outpost planet favorable to life that teems with diversity that becomes a driving force for part of the story. The matter of honor the story addresses exists on several different levels and becomes the driving force for the evolution of the main character. And the Greest, why he/she or it will just have you wondering how many dimensions it is possible for a being to exist in and what creatures from all those different dimensions might be like. I know I personally will be puzzling over the Greest and hiss/hers/its manipulativeness for some time.

    If you are a fan of science fiction, or even just futuristic literature that doesnt simply result in some apocalyptic version of our demise, then you should read Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor. I think you will find it believable on all the levels that count and thoroughly enjoyable. I know I did.

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    Re: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy--sf by Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason
    « Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 09:47:50 am »
    You'll have to go a long way to find a more addictive heroine.

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    Re: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy--sf by Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason
    « Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 09:45:31 am »
    "I believe the two books in this series to be the best I've ever read."--Jim Phillips

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    Re: The Rehumanization of Jade Darcy--sf by Stephen Goldin and Mary Mason
    « Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 10:52:54 am »
    Joe Hempel has posted a great review of Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor at Top of the Heap Book Reviews.

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    Read an Ebook Week
    « Reply #8 on: March 05, 2013, 02:10:19 pm »
    To join in the Smashwords celebration of Read an Ebook Week (March 3-9), each of the Jade Darcy books will be half-off through the 9th. Affair of Honor is at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/142047, and Zen Pirates is at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/169785.

    Support Read an Ebook Week--tell a friend. Pleasant reading!

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    Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale
    « Reply #9 on: July 01, 2013, 10:23:02 pm »
    Take advantage of the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale during the entire month of July (summer in the Northern Hemisphere, winter in the Southern) to stock up on great reading bargains.

    Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor and Jade Darcy and the Zen Pirates are each being discounted this month at 50% off, as are all the other great novel-length science fiction and fantasy ebooks from Parsina Press that are participating in the Sale.

    Stock up for reading, whichever season you're in.

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