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  1. The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1 (The Twelve Systems Chronicles)
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  2. The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1 (The Twelve Systems Chronicles)

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A woman in trouble. A ruthless warrior with a hidden agenda. A society where honor is revered and trust a dangerous luxury.

Raised to wealth and privilege, Lilian’s future was shattered when her father was convicted of terrible crimes. By law and custom she should have followed him into death to redeem her corrupt genetics. Desperate to avoid execution for crimes not her own, Lilian accepts an indenture contract with a powerful warrior. For three years he will have total control of her body, will and intellect.

Lucius Mercio commands one of the most powerful Cartels in the Twelve Systems. As clever and ambitious as he his ruthless, Lucius' wealth, influence, and power are place him among the elite of the warrior caste. It is not enough. Lucius intends to take his Cartel to unimaginable heights with the aid of Lilian's brilliance. He faces only one obstacle. Lucius must keep Lilian alive.

95,000 words.

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EG Manetti
Kindle Edition
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Buniac Entertainment, LLC
Buniac Entertainment, LLC
Buniac Entertainment, LLC
Buniac Entertainment, LLC
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This tale centres on ambition, political manoeuvring and physical release in a highly stratified society based on formality and strict honour rules. The characters and language used are rather stiff and formal, but they fits perfectly in the world described, although working out the connections between the ranks and multiple characters is a little tricky at times, the list of characters at the end would have been more useful in a paperback, but as an ebook, I didn't realise it was there till I finished the book.
The male lead 'exploits' his female bonded apprentice in every way, both physically and mentally, although being his 'apprentice' protects her (mostly) from the wrath of a society bent on punishing her for the sins of her father.
Sex scenes are quick and frequent, but well written and they definitely added significant spice to what would have otherwise been a rather dry political intrigue and fraud discovery based plot.
This was definitely not what I expected when I started reading but that is because Manetti has created a creative, unique world completely different from anything I have read before. It is immediately clear that an immense amount of planning has gone into making this world as every aspect has been accounted for, including new insults, language, social positions, history, etc.

Manetti should be commended for making something different but with the territory comes some challenges that I found difficult to overcome. There is an incredible amount of information to be processed at the beginning and it is very much thrown at the reader without explanation; you have to just accept things as they are, not try and establish is there is any connection between Manetti's world and our own. Different language is used for everything from people's roles in the society to certain objects (an example being a "slate", which I had to assume was some kind of electronic tablet) which... Read more
I truly enjoyed this book it was a combination of life, sci-fi, romance and a woman working through life. A take away line in the book, "To dwell in the past is to lose control of the future".
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