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Among nations of hunters, the lowest and rudest state of society, such as we find it among the native tribes of North America, every man is a warrior as well as a hunter. When he goes to war, either to defend his society or to revenge the injuries which have been done to it by other societies, he maintains himself by his own labour in the same manner as when he lives at home.

His society, for in this state of things there is properly neither sovereign nor commonwealth, is at no sort of expense, either to prepare him for the field, or to maintain him while he is in it. Among nations of shepherds, a more advanced state of society, such as we find it among the Tartars and Arabs, every man is, in the same manner, a warrior. Such nations have commonly no fixed habitation, but live either in tents or in a sort of covered waggons which are easily transported from place to place.

The whole tribe or nation changes its situation according to the different seasons of the year, as well as according to other accidents. When its herds and flocks have consumed the forage of one part of the country, it removes to another, and from that to a third. In the dry season it comes down to the banks of the rivers; in the wet season it retires to the upper country. When such a nation goes to war, the warriors will not trust their herds and flocks to the feeble defence of their old men, their women and children; and their old men, their women and children, will not be left behind without defence and without subsistence.

The whole nation, besides, being accustomed to a wandering life, even in time of peace, easily takes the field in time of war. Whether it marches as an army, or moves about as a company of herdsmen, the way of life is nearly the same, though the object proposed by it be very different. They all go to war together, therefore, and every one does as well as he can. Among the Tartars, even the women have been frequently known to engage in battle. If they conquer, whatever belongs to the hostile tribe is the recompense of the victory.

But if they are vanquished, all is lost, and not only their herds and flocks, but their women and children, become the booty of the conqueror. Even the greater part of those who survive the action are obliged to submit to him for the sake of immediate subsistence. The rest are commonly dissipated and dispersed in the desert. The ordinary life, the ordinary exercises of a Tartar or Arab, prepare him sufficiently for war.

Running, wrestling, cudgel-playing, throwing the javelin, drawing the bow, etc. When a Tartar or Arab actually goes to war, he is maintained by his own herds and flocks which he carries with him in the same manner as in peace. His chief or sovereign, for those nations have all chiefs or sovereigns, is at no sort of expense in preparing him for the field; and when he is in it the chance of plunder is the only pay which he either expects or requires. An army of hunters can seldom exceed two or three hundred men. The precarious subsistence which the chase affords could seldom allow a greater number to keep together for any considerable time.

An army of shepherds, on the contrary, may sometimes amount to two or three hundred thousand. As long as nothing stops their progress, as long as they can go on from one district, of which they have consumed the forage, to another which is yet entire, there seems to be scarce any limit to the number who can march on together. A nation of hunters can never be formidable to the civilised nations in their neighbourhood.

A nation of shepherds may. Nothing can be more contemptible than an Indian war in North America. Nothing, on the contrary, can be more dreadful than Tartar invasion has frequently been in Asia. The judgment of Thucydides, that both Europe and Asia could not resist the Scythians united, has been verified by the experience of all ages.

The inhabitants of the extensive but defenceless plains of Scythia or Tartary have been frequently united under the dominion of the chief of some conquering horde or clan, and the havoc and devastation of Asia have always signalized their union. The inhabitants of the inhospitable deserts of Arabia, the other great nation of shepherds, have never been united but once; under Mahomet and his immediate successors. Their union, which was more the effect of religious enthusiasm than of conquest, was signalized in the same manner.

If the hunting nations of America should ever become shepherds, their neighbourhood would be much more dangerous to the European colonies than it is at present. In a yet more advanced state of society, among those nations of husbandmen who have little foreign commerce, and no other manufactures but those coarse and household ones which almost every private family prepares for its own use, every man, in the same manner, either is a warrior or easily becomes such. They who live by agriculture generally pass the whole day in the open air, exposed to all the inclemencies of the seasons. The hardiness of their ordinary life prepares them for the fatigues of war, to some of which their necessary occupations bear a great analogy.

The necessary occupation of a ditcher prepares him to work in the trenches, and to fortify a camp as well as to enclose a field. The ordinary pastimes of such husbandmen are the same as those of shepherds, and are in the same manner the images of war. But as husbandmen have less leisure than shepherds, they are not so frequently employed in those pastimes. They are soldiers, but soldiers not quite so much masters of their exercise. Such as they are, however, it seldom costs the sovereign or commonwealth any expense to prepare them for the field.

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Agriculture, even in its rudest and lowest state, supposes a settlement: some sort of fixed habitation which cannot be abandoned without great loss. When a nation of mere husbandmen, therefore, goes to war, the whole people cannot take the field together. The old men, the women and children, at least, must remain at home to take care of the habitation.

All the men of the military age, however, may take the field, and, in small nations of this kind, have frequently done so. In every nation the men of the military age are supposed to amount to about a fourth or a fifth part of the whole body of the people. If the campaign, should begin after seed-time, and end before harvest, both the husbandman and his principal labourers can be spared from the farm without much loss. He trusts that the work which must be done in the meantime can be well enough executed by the old men, the women, and the children.

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He is not unwilling, therefore, to serve without pay during a short campaign, and it frequently costs the sovereign or commonwealth as little to maintain him in the field as to prepare him for it. The citizens of all the different states of ancient Greece seem to have served in this manner till after the second Persian war; and the people of Peloponnesus till after the Peloponnesian war. The Peloponnesians, Thucydides observes, generally left the field in the summer, and returned home to reap the harvest.

The Roman people under their kings, and during the first ages of the republic, served in the same manner. It was not till the siege of Veii that they who stayed at home began to contribute something towards maintaining those who went to war. In the European monarchies, which were founded upon the ruins of the Roman empire, both before and for some time after the establishment of what is properly called the feudal law, the great lords, with all their immediate dependents, used to serve the crown at their own expense.

In the field, in the same manner as at home, they maintained themselves by their own revenue, and not by any stipend or pay which they received from the king upon that particular occasion. In a more advanced state of society, two different causes contribute to render it altogether impossible that they who take the field should maintain themselves at their own expense. Those two causes are, the progress of manufactures, and the improvement in the art of war. Though a husbandman should be employed in an expedition, provided it begins after seed-time and ends before harvest, the interruption of his business will not always occasion any considerable diminution of his revenue.

Without the intervention of his labour, nature does herself the greater part of the work which remains to be done. But the moment that an artificer, a smith, a carpenter, or a weaver, for example, quits his workhouse, the sole source of his revenue is completely dried up. Nature does nothing for him, he does all for himself. When he takes the field, therefore, in defence of the public, as he has no revenue to maintain himself, he must necessarily be maintained by the public.

But in a country of which a great part of the inhabitants are artificers and manufacturers, a great part of the people who go to war must be drawn from those classes, and must therefore be maintained by the public as long as they are employed in its service. When the art of war, too, has gradually grown up to be a very intricate and complicated science, when the event of war ceases to be determined, as in the first ages of society, by a single irregular skirmish or battle, but when the contest is generally spun out through several different campaigns, each of which lasts during the greater part of the year, it becomes universally necessary that the public should maintain those who serve the public in war, at least while they are employed in that service.

Whatever in time of peace might be the ordinary occupation of those who go to war, so very tedious and expensive a service would otherwise be far too heavy a burden upon them. After the second Persian war, accordingly, the armies of Athens seem to have been generally composed of mercenary troops, consisting, indeed, partly of citizens, but partly too of foreigners, and all of them equally hired and paid at the expense of the state.

From the time of the siege of Veii, the armies of Rome received pay for their service during the time which they remained in the field. Under the feudal governments the military service both of the great lords and of their immediate dependants was, after a certain period, universally exchanged for a payment in money, which was employed to maintain those who served in their stead. The number of those who can go to war, in proportion to the whole number of the people, is necessarily much smaller in a civilised than in a rude state of society. In a civilised society, as the soldiers are maintained altogether by the labour of those who are not soldiers, the number of the former can never exceed what the latter can maintain, over and above maintaining, in a manner suitable to their respective stations, both themselves and the other officers of government and law whom they are obliged to maintain.

In the little agrarian states of ancient Greece, a fourth or a fifth part of the whole body of the people considered themselves as soldiers, and would sometimes, it is said, take a field. Among the civilised nations of modern Europe, it is commonly computed that not more than one-hundredth part of the inhabitants in any country can be employed as soldiers without ruin to the country which pays the expenses of their service.

The expense of preparing the army for the field seems not to have become considerable in any nation till long after that of maintaining it in the field had devolved entirely upon the sovereign or commonwealth. In all the different republics of ancient Greece, to learn his military exercises was a necessary part of education imposed by the state upon every free citizen. In every city there seems to have been a public field, in which, under the protection of the public magistrate, the young people were taught their different exercises by different masters.

In this very simple institution consisted the whole expense which any Grecian state seems ever to have been at in preparing its citizens for war.

In ancient Rome the exercises of the Campus Martius answered the same purpose with those of the Gymnasium in ancient Greece. Under the feudal governments, the many public ordinances that the citizens of every district should practise archery as well as several other military exercises were intended for promoting the same purpose, but do not seem to have promoted it so well. Either from want of interest in the officers entrusted with the execution of those ordinances, or from some other cause, they appear to have been universally neglected; and in the progress of all those governments, military exercises seem to have gone gradually into disuse among the great body of the people.

In the republics of ancient Greece and Rome, during the whole period of their existence, and under the feudal governments for a considerable time after their first establishment, the trade of a soldier was not a separate, distinct trade, which constituted the sole or principal occupation of a particular class of citizens. Every subject of the state, whatever might be the ordinary trade or occupation by which he gained his livelihood, considered himself, upon all ordinary occasions, as fit likewise to exercise the trade of a soldier, and upon many extraordinary occasions as bound to exercise it.

The art of war, however, as it is certainly the noblest of all arts, so in the progress of improvement it necessarily becomes one of the most complicated among them. The state of the mechanical, as well as of some other arts, with which it is necessarily connected, determines the degree of perfection to which it is capable of being carried at any particular time.

But in order to carry it to this degree of perfection, it is necessary that it should become the sole or principal occupation of a particular class of citizens, and the division of labour is as necessary for the improvement of this, as of every other art. Into other arts the division of labour is naturally introduced by the prudence of individuals, who find that they promote their private interest better by confining themselves to a particular trade than by exercising a great number.

But it is the wisdom of the state only which can render the trade of a soldier a particular trade separate and distinct from all others. A private citizen who, in time of profound peace, and without any particular encouragement from the public, should spend the greater part of his time in military exercises, might, no doubt, both improve himself very much in them, and amuse himself very well; but he certainly would not promote his own interest.

It is the wisdom of the state only which can render it for his interest to give up the greater part of his time to this peculiar occupation: and states have not always had this wisdom, even when their circumstances had become such that the preservation of their existence required that they should have it.

A shepherd has a great deal of leisure; a husbandman, in the rude state of husbandry, has some; an artificer or manufacturer has none at all. The first may, without any loss, employ a great deal of his time in martial exercises; the second may employ some part of it; but the last cannot employ a single hour in them without some loss, and his attention to his own interest naturally leads him to neglect them altogether. These improvements in husbandry too, which the progress of arts and manufactures necessarily introduces, leave the husbandman as little leisure as the artificer.

Military exercises come to be as much neglected by the inhabitants of the country as by those of the town, and the great body of the people becomes altogether unwarlike. That wealth, at the same time, which always follows the improvements of agriculture and manufactures, and which in reality is no more than the accumulated produce of those improvements, provokes the invasion of all their neighbours. An industrious, and upon that account a wealthy nation, is of all nations the most likely to be attacked; and unless the state takes some new measures for the public defence, the natural habits of the people render them altogether incapable of defending themselves.

In these circumstances there seem to be but two methods by which the state can make any tolerable provision for the public defence. It may either, first, by means of a very rigorous police, and in spite of the whole bent of the interest, genius, and inclinations of the people, enforce the practice of military exercises, and oblige either all the citizens of the military age, or a certain number of them, to join in some measure the trade of a soldier to whatever other trade or profession they may happen to carry on.

Or, secondly, by maintaining and employing a certain number of citizens in the constant practice of military exercises, it may render the trade of a soldier a particular trade, separate and distinct from all others. If the state has recourse to the first of those two expedients, its military force is said to consist in a militia; if to the second, it is said to consist in a standing army. The practice of military exercises is the sole or principal occupation of the soldiers of a standing army, and the maintenance or pay which the state affords them is the principal and ordinary fund of their subsistence.

The practice of military exercises is only the occasional occupation of the soldiers of a militia, and they derive the principal and ordinary fund of their subsistence from some other occupation. In a militia, the character of the labourer, artificer, or tradesman, predominates over that of the soldier; in a standing army, that of the soldier predominates over every other character: and in this distinction seems to consist the essential difference between those two different species of military force.

Militias have been of several different kinds. In some countries the citizens destined for defending the states seem to have been exercised only, without being, if I may say so, regimented; that is, without being divided into separate and distinct bodies of troops, each of which performed its exercises under its own proper and permanent officers. In the republics of ancient Greece and Rome, each citizen, as long as he remained at home, seems to have practised his exercises either separately and independently, or with such of his equals as he liked best, and not to have been attached to any particular body of troops till he was actually called upon to take the field.

In other countries, the militia has not only been exercised, but regimented. In England, in Switzerland, and, I believe, in every other country of modern Europe where any imperfect military force of this kind has been established, every militiaman is, even in time of peace, attached to a particular body of troops, which performs its exercises under its own proper and permanent officers.

Before the invention of firearms, that army was superior in which the soldiers had, each individually, the greatest skill and dexterity in the use of their arms. Strength and agility of body were of the highest consequence, and commonly determined the state of battles. But this skill and dexterity in the use of their arms could be acquired only, in the same manner as fencing is at present, by practising, not in great bodies, but each man separately, in a particular school, under a particular master, or with his own particular equals and companions.

Since the invention of firearms, strength and agility of body, or even extraordinary dexterity and skill in the use of arms, though they are far from being of no consequence, are, however, of less consequence. The nature of the weapon, though it by no means puts the awkward upon a level with the skilful, puts him more nearly so than he ever was before. All the dexterity and skill, it is supposed, which are necessary for using it, can be well enough acquired by practising in great bodies.

Regularity, order, and prompt obedience to command are qualities which, in modern armies, are of more importance towards determining the fate of battles than the dexterity and skill of the soldiers in the use of their arms. But the noise of firearms, the smoke, and the invisible death to which every man feels himself every moment exposed as soon as he comes within cannon-shot, and frequently a long time before the battle can be well said to be engaged, must render it very difficult to maintain any considerable degree of this regularity, order, and prompt obedience, even in the beginning of a modern battle.

In an ancient battle there was no noise but what arose from the human voice; there was no smoke, there was no invisible cause of wounds or death. Every man, till some mortal weapon actually did approach him, saw clearly that no such weapon was near him. In these circumstances, and among troops who had some confidence in their own skill and dexterity in the use of their arms, it must have been a good deal less difficult to preserve some degree regularity and order, not only in the beginning, but through the whole progress of an ancient battle, and till one of the two armies was fairly defeated.

I never fully bought into his character progression. The story had interesting moments, but I couldn't shake the feeling I was reading something I had read before. View all 14 comments. Mild spoilers below! Here's an example: 22 year old guy buys an extremely expensive nightshirt no pants, just the shirt to give himself courage and to convince his already sex-crazed alien-lover to take him to bed: "I'd found a sexy nightshirt that clearly screamed, "Take me to bed and fuck me silly. I have no idea why the author even bothered to make the protagonist male.

Too much talk about pregnancy and being sick in every way possible while at it. There are few instances, where the MC practices some sort of alien karate and throws a punch at a vicious criminal, but - hey! That alone doesn't justify making the character a guy. I can go on and on and on, but I don't want to waste more time on it than I already have. When and if I feel like I need more words in my life I might finish this book, but not in the nearest future.

Moving on to shinier things with substance :D Forgot to add: Royalty - maybe it does amount to something later in the book, but in the first half it only provides a convenient excuse for murder, nothing more. Kidnapping - yep, takes place. But all the fun is taken away when Dale, within days, decides it's totally cool with him. Pregnancy is not something I want to read about. Not with all the gross gruesome details. Been there, done that, want to get as far away from it as possible and never think about it again, EVER.

Rainbows and lollipops - Yes, mostly. Though somewhat spoiled by clumsy attempts at violence. Still, all the villains are being counseled and are doing awesome, on the way to speedy recovery from their wickedness within whole two days just in case you're concerned. Dub-con - not even bothering with this one, there is none.

The End. View all 4 comments. I enjoyed this one but early on in the book a sense of disappointment settled in and I could never shake it. He too easily lets go of his fear and anger and feelings of betrayal, too easily decides to try to get along because it's for the best. He never really fights it and just once I want to read a story with these themes where the other character isn't I enjoyed this one but early on in the book a sense of disappointment settled in and I could never shake it.

He never really fights it and just once I want to read a story with these themes where the other character isn't easily forgiven or accepted and they don't immediately fall in love. So my disappointment stems more from what I want to see and don't than from anything actually wrong with this book.

They then take these male mates and inject them with their own dna, causing changes in them, the most important being the ability to bear children. Keyno sees Dale at one of the "harvestings" and decides he wants him, so the next harvest Dale is taken even though he is supposedly under-age for it. Turns out everything the government has told them about the harvests are a lie. The men harvested are never coming back. The rumors that all those harvested are gay is true. The age limit doesn't really matter. Granted, Keyno's people aren't happy about the deception, according to Keyno, but what can they do.

Well, the whole reason the governments of Earth are willing to do the harvesting is because they know that Keyno's people are more advanced and could destroy us, so the whole "what can we do" thing didn't really fly for me. Obviously you could do whatever you damn well wanted but you are too arrogant to really care. I got kind of tired of Keyno and his "poor people". You reap what you sow and now they are destroying other people's lives.

They can't have children any more and their people are dying out so they should be able to do whatever they want. This attitude didn't work for me. And Dale just ends up going along with it. He has no say in things, it doesn't matter about his family or his hopes and dreams, Keyno needing a mate to bear him children is more important. Then, they don't tell him anything and things keep popping up to surprise him and while he grumbles about it he never really does anything. I felt that he got over his fear way too quickly. I felt that he accepted and fell in love with Keyno too quickly, it was more like Stockholm Syndrome.

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I even felt that he too easily fell back into his original friendship with Craig when he rightfully should have felt betrayed and abandoned because Craig wasn't more understanding. He had gone through the same thing and instead of really empathizing he just kept going on about how great it was to be a mate. I wanted Keyno to have to work harder for his mate. I wanted to him to feel really guilty about what he did and while there were a few times he did, he usually justified it by bringing up the fact that they could no longer bear their own children and had to find mates other places. Dale is the one that loses out on everything, gives up everything, makes all the compromises.

His life is the one that completely changes and without his consent. I wanted to see Keyno grovel and beg and romance Dale. I wanted to see them get to know each other and fall in love. Instead it was mating pheromones and sex. I was disappointed, but again, I think that comes more from my ideas of what I would really like to see in a book like this.

I loved the idea behind the book. I will read the next one. But I wanted so much more from it. View all 7 comments. Unfortunately, this book should be a case study in Writing -- "telling versus showing. View all 6 comments. Aug 24, Ula'ndi Hart rated it it was amazing Shelves: alien-other , slaves-captives-prisoners. Overall book rating: 4. Not LIKE it LOVE it love it! Crazy about it! LOL Oh the possibilities! And of course Keyno's tail! Okay I'm weird but have some imagination for heaven sake!! Why read sci-fi if you lack imagination??

I for one had heaps of fun with this one. I really enjoyed the whole DNA altering thing and the changes it made Dale endure. I would have liked it if the whole acceptance thing took a little longer yes, but in concept I perfectly understood why it was done the way it was.

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Little things. Main thing here is it took me out of the here and now. Can't wait for the next one. I never, ever would have thought this book would be so damned entertaining. I really didn't want to put it down until it was over. Kinky as hell seeing as the alien mate could use his hair and tail in There wasn't an actual pregnancy for the MC in this book but the entire story was based on repopulating the planet so it still fits in that category.

I'm shocked I like it so much but there it is. The plot takes the premise that an alien species arrives at Earth and makes a treaty with Earth's leaders. The Tah'Narians need humans to help them with a breeding programme after a devastating chemical war with a neighbouring species wipes out their ability to reproduce. Earth agrees to let the Tah'Narians have 1, men, over the age of 25, each year for 7 years. The story has a tense, terrific opening with poor Dale snatched from the arms of his family and forced against his will to be the mate of an alien Keyno. Dale is filled with impotent rage as he is under the age limit and should never have been taken.

This helplessness is built further as Dale discovers the true extent of his country's betrayal and just how impossible it will be for him to return home. The first few pages were absolutely gripping and I sympathised entirely with Dale whilst also having a measure of respect for the aliens. It was unfortunate then that, whilst Keyno did indeed win Dale over, it was all done so quickly and smoothly that it felt unrealistic. Dale had been captive for less than a day when he gives in to Keyno. A few days later and he seems perfectly content with the situation, even happy.

To me this didn't gel with the anger and distrust seen at the beginning of the story and whilst I understood that Dale was just trying to make the best of the situation, part of me was disappointed that Dale had given in so easily. The same pattern is repeated with another captive who is so traumatised by his capture he completely shuts down. However, a short conversation with Dale and suddenly everything is just fine. Another aspect which didn't work as well was that once they arrive at the alien planet, very little actually happens in the story.

There's lots of sex, lots of talking, very little action and quite a number of pointless scenes, especially towards the end, which could have been cut from the story for example, the whole section set on the planet of Onfre which seemed there only so we could have a BDSM scene in the book. This is partly because Dale seems to have no purpose in the alien society except to look pretty, wear revealing alien clothing and get pregnant.

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At several points in the story Dale asserts that he doesn't want to lose his masculinity, except he pretty much does that to himself when he spends his day visiting and gossiping with his friends and his evening either going to parties or in Keyno's bed. Most men and women too that I know use their career to gain self worth and need some focus to their lives to feel useful.

It surprised me then that Dale never once asked what role he could play in the alien society, and that he seemed content to be an alien's plaything, no matter how well respected and revered. I would be bored to tears by Dale's life, especially as he is so closeted and protected, and so I found it hard to identify with the man Dale becomes later in the story.

Dale isn't all bad as a character, in fact he wasn't difficult to like in the way he blunders about trying to do the best thing and often inadvertently doing good things for the Tah'Narians. He's a good guy, trying to fit in with a new society, but I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed in his lack of ambition and the way he becomes very close to being a 'kept woman'. I know that so far I've been very negative in this review but these two negative aspects went a long way to spoiling my enjoyment of the book.

Having said that, there were other things I loved about the story. Firstly, the writing is very smooth which made the pages turn quickly. I was never bored and felt invested in what was happening on the page, especially during the first part of the book which is set on the alien space ship. Another thing I liked a great deal was the alternative universe created by the author.

The initial set up between the humans and Tah'Narians and the way that the US government tries to twist things to their advantage was an interesting way to start the story. The history of the Tah'Narians, their society, history and the way the hermaphroditism is incorporated into their lives was all rather fascinating and well thought out.

I also really liked the character of Keyno. He's noble and proud but he's also utterly devoted to Dale in a way that proved to be charming. I liked the mix of fierceness and protectiveness in him and how he does his best to see to Dale's happiness. Keyno is also willing to learn and Dale teaches him about the differences between their cultures, how certain words and phases may be misinterpreted.

Keyno is rather like a barely tamed animal at times and that made him the more interesting of the two main characters. So, as you can see, I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I loved the science fiction aspect to the story which was compelling and imaginative, and liked Keyno; on the other hand parts of the story were a little disappointing. I completely accept that this was more to do with my feelings towards Dale's behaviour and maybe that won't bother you.

View 2 comments. Oct 04, Serena Yates rated it really liked it Shelves: alien-species , gay , read , m-preg , science-fiction. Alien abductions, for whatever purpose, have been part of literature ever since we came up with the idea that alien life might be "out there", and that they might, one day, decide to come visit us. This book is part of a subclass of stories with that theme and focuses on aliens coming here not to invade Earth, but to find mates.

Why they would do that is neither here nor there, normally, but in this novel it makes a difference. The Tah'Narians have been rendered sterile by their enemies and need Alien abductions, for whatever purpose, have been part of literature ever since we came up with the idea that alien life might be "out there", and that they might, one day, decide to come visit us.

The Tah'Narians have been rendered sterile by their enemies and need fresh DNA, but instead of asking for volunteers Earth governments decide to "give" them the men they need female DNA doesn't work for them. He isn't in the age bracket, and the agreement is supposed to have ended after five years. As he gets to know his new mate, he finds out that those weren't the only lies told by Earth's governments to "appease" the population. The process he goes through as he adjusts to life with an alien is interesting, and goes from anger and despair over what he has lost to curiosity about his mate's culture.

Dale is not one to shut up, and the number of issues he creates for himself and his new mate is impressive and — at least for me — extremely entertaining. If Keyno had been looking for a passive, docile mate, that is definitely not what he got. Keyno is the captain of the starship sent to harvest the one thousand Terranns, and he is not only an amazing warrior, proud, and full of testosterone or whatever the alien equivalent may be called , he is also full of secrets. Many of these are not the kind he should have kept from Dale, but how could he have known Dale is so — volatile?

Luckily, Keyno is up to the challenge, and I loved watching him and Dale verbally spar as they slowly fall for each other. They need all the spitfire they can each muster to make it through the adventures ahead of them. While the initial idea of aliens having a treaty with Earth for the "delivery" of a certain number of males per year is very similar to the concept of the Owned series at Siren Publishing right down to the lottery devised by human governments to make the selection , the development of the story takes a different direction.

I liked the addition of the Onfre, Tah'Narian's enemies, the focus on actual reproduction read: male pregnancy , and the development of a real relationship between Dale and Keyno at a slow enough pace to make it seem somewhat realistic. If you like your science fiction a little wilder and out there, if you enjoy reading about captured mates who remain true to their own nature, and if you're looking for an entertaining space adventure with a healthy dose of romance and some very hot interspecies bedroom activities, then you will probably like this novel.

It is the first of three, and the story ends rather suddenly, so be aware of that to avoid disappointment. I have to say I really liked this first installment and look forward to the next one! First I'm french, so sorry if my english isn't perfect. The idea of the book, and its world have a lot of potential, and the blurb is really attractive. Nevertheless, this book has me immensely angry and disappointed. He refuses to be harvested, and refuses to submit. He is angry and hate Keyno. This is normal Yet after two days: everything is okay! Everything is too fast!

Dale forgives Chad too quickly. Dale accepts his fate too quickly as john Dale forgives Keyno too quickly Dale falls for keyno too quickly. Dale forgets his family too quickly And for the autor : the greater part of gays are versatile. Dale is not effeminate, nor a twink or a queen Why do you make him react as a mindless girl? When told he will bear children he shouldn't mind about mood swings, stretch marks, cravings, the weight gain! THAT's what should scare him!


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He doesn't play the waitress when men talk during the meal! A macho top, a sensitive bottom who loves flowers and going to shopping All gays are not like that! In the same way that women are only good for cleaning, doing the dishes and having babies!! I'll not read the sequel Apr 18, aznwolv rated it it was ok Shelves: own. I loved this series when it was first posted on literotica. It was less winded, less flowery and raw. With each new published edition, the story line became over drawn out, scenes overly explained and described and the characters losing their original shine and appeal.

I loved, loved the old version of the Colt and Ti scene. The brutalness of their love and the raw power of their connection could be felt dripping from the pages. All the edits that each new edition brings, has taken the shine and p I loved this series when it was first posted on literotica. All the edits that each new edition brings, has taken the shine and power away from the original.

I love edited e-books, but when a book is over edited to the point of losing its original appeal. It makes me sad. The harvest series used to be so good. Now, not so much. I loved this story. Although I felt sad at first that Dale was taken against his will. Keyon does manage to win him over though and it helps that his friend Chad is there as well. The sexual chemistry was pretty awesome and Keyon is one sexy alien I found the premise very original in that it was men getting taken for breeding purposes.

I did find the ending a bit abrupt, as I now have to wait for the next book. Jun 30, Em rated it liked it Shelves: dtr , sci-fi , enemy-to-lover , mpreg , seriel , m-m , abuse-torture-rape , bdsm-kink , futuristic , mating-bonding. I was expecting good things from this book and feel a little disappointed. I did enjoy the intense relationship between starship Captain Keyno and his new Chosen mate Dale although the change of heart in Dale was a bit sudden for my liking. I also think the real lack of angst although there was some meant the story became a bit boring at times and I just wanted something exciting to happen.

That said, I will definitely read the next book when it comes out. Not looking for war or ways to fatten their pockets. But things were not as they seemed, and when 22 year old Dale Michael was forcibly extracted from his house for The Harvest, no demand to be let free was answered. No help was given. He was to be taken to the captain, of the lead starship, Keyno Shou. Lies come to light, and so does a rather unsettling attraction between the Keyno and Dale. Dale may hate what had been done to him, but he was finding it rather hard to hate the captain that had shown him every courtesy.

Well, except letting him go. It is not something that in my wildest of dreams I would have contemplated enjoying, even a few years ago, but, hey, a little weirdness never hurt a girl. That it usually happens in a scifi setting is a bonus, because I can never really get enough aliens in my life. This book had a good start, and I was really enjoying angry-Dale. The man who had been basically kidnapped off his planet by an alien species, told he was now mated to this stranger, and that surprise!

These are things to be angry about, or at the very least, severely annoyed—but after a few chapters Dale just kind of goes zen, and just gives up fighting back. Not exactly sure I should be cheering for a relationship that smacks of brain washing. And everything, for the majority of the book, seemed to just float along. Colt causes problems in the beginning, but that is quickly resolved, and then Yar causes problems for a bit in the end, but the situation seems rather contrived.

I guess I was looking for more subtly in the tension, not just brief moments of flash-bang. That being said, I probably will end up taking a look at book two, when it comes out. I think this series has some real potential to grow, but I think to do that it needs to find a unique voice. But there were moments between Dale and Keyno that were both real and enticing to read.

There are some really interesting side characters that were not fully fleshed out in this book, but could, with a little work, become real hooks for the readers. You have aliens, and not just the Tah'Nar, running around in this space landscape and there is some pretty big potential for some really great fun. Plus, I really do want to see how Dale handles that whole pregnancy thing. This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways.

Click below. Jan 02, Leaundra rated it it was amazing. Science fiction is usually not my go to genre, but if it sounds good, I enjoy the authors work which I really enjoy M. A's books, nothing will hold me back from reading it. I loved this book from the beginning to the end, it never lagged for me and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

I really liked Dale and Keyno together and I really enjoyed their friends. The customs we learned about Keyno's world were very interesting. I'm excited to read the second book so I can see Science fiction is usually not my go to genre, but if it sounds good, I enjoy the authors work which I really enjoy M.

I'm excited to read the second book so I can see what's been happening in their world. Wait, back up, the government tells the populace that men are "taken" for five years for DNA extraction, and after this time period, they will be returned, and people buy this shit? If the government tells me that male aliens need to "borrow" human men to help repopulate their devastated race, I'd be calling bullshit immediately. As it turns out, I'd be right.

This story is about humans taken from Earth and being physically modified. There are many parts to this story that appeals to me. Men who Wait, back up, the government tells the populace that men are "taken" for five years for DNA extraction, and after this time period, they will be returned, and people buy this shit? Men who are forced to submit sexually and be collared to strong alien males, how is this not smexy hawt? On top of this, these men are injected with DNA and physically changed. The change is not exactly a surprise, but it is kind of a mind bender.

It's a fun twist in this story and I enjoyed Ms. Church's deviant mind. However, I still have reservations with this story. While the world building is good, it is sketchy. For those who don't read a lot of sci-fi, it may be a bit confusing. For those who love sci-fi, this will make sense.

The pace of this story is what throws me. It is jarring because it feels as if it rushes and then slows down, then rushes again. It doesn't move at a steady pace.

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