When I started the series called The Adventures of Sinbad, I didn’t think of it as a “space opera.” After four novels in the series, however, I realize that’s exactly what it is…just one gigantic soap opera set in the future on a planet far, far away…and the introduction to this sudsy space saga might go something like this:
Welcome once again, dear reader, to The Adventures of Sinbad…the stories which ask: Can a halfbreed human-hating smuggler find happiness with a very human Earthling in spite of threats from the United Terran Federation, Sinbad’s nefarious criminal cohorts, and the galaxy in general? Therein lies the question and thereby hangs more than one tale…
Why don’t we give the Adventures a once-over and see if they actually qualify to sell soap to the intergalactic masses?
Book 1, Sinbad’s Last Voyage: This story, set in the remains of California after a gigantic, introduces our hero and heroine. Andrea Talltrees is Navajo. Sinbad is a smuggler, half-Felidan and resembles a man-sized feline. He’s big, he’s beautiful, he’s sexy, and he hates humans with a passion because they framed and killed his father, a Terran soldier. That passion turns into an equally violent love when he meets Andi.
In the story we have: 1) bigamy; 2) an illegitimate pregnancy, 3) an invasion of Earth by one group while it’s fighting another group; 4) a terminal illness; 5) a husband accused of being a spy; 6) one smart-ass adolescent who smokes, drinks, and talks back.
Book 2, Sinbad’s Wife: The title tells it all. After begging, threatening, and trickery, Sinbad convinces Andi to make an honest man of him and they are married. By this time, his illness has run its course and he’s in Coast City Hospital where the only surgeon who can save him blackmails Andi into becoming his mistress before he’ll operate.
This novel contains: 1) the aforementioned blackmail; 2) a forced seduction; 3) major surgery on the hero; 4) that same hero being arrested when he awakens from surgery; 5) the appearance of an illegitimate son on a wedding day; 6) two know-it-all teenagers getting into sexual trouble; 7) the reappearance of an ex-husband; 8) a second enforced seduction; 9) a helpful transvestite; 9) a second illegitimate pregnancy.
Whew! Are you still with me? Is this getting pretty sudsy and soapy so far? Did you see the kitchen sink peeping out from behind that last paragraph? Let’s continue:
Book 3, Sinbad’s Pride: You can’t keep a good smuggler down! Sinbad discovers a loophole in the Treaty made with the Federation which allows Felida to become a crime planet and get away with it. Before you know it, he’s got the other pride leaders involved but in ways he doesn’t expect. Each leader wants an association through marriage and sends him a daughter to be his concubine.
Soap opera elements: 1) the above concubines; 2) a rival smuggler harassing Sin’s ships; 3) a crash in which Sin’s sustains major injuries making him an invalid; 4) Stepson Cash eloping with one of the above concubines; 5) Cash sending his children with the above concubine back for Sin to raise. 6) Sin wanting to divorce Andi because he can no longer “be a husband to her.”
Book 4, Sinbad’s Triumph: It’s just that. Experimental surgery and computer implants give Sin back the ability to walk.
For further angst: 1) Daughter N’Sagar marries Sin’s cousin but has an affair with his son. 2) Father and son fight and the son is killed. 3) N’Sagar takes holy vows to achieve forgiveness; 4) Cash returns home to reconcile with his children and die of a dread disease; 5) Runaway concubine Senset becomes a prostitute; 6) In her mid-fifties, Andi discovers she’s again pregnant.
Can The Brave and the Beautiful, Dallas, or the Guiding Light match these storylines?
And now…loud drum roll here…TA-DAAH…
Sinbad sh’en Singh, smuggler-turned-shipping magnate, has become quite the family man, knee-deep in sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, complacent in his quiet but profitable life—and then a Federation emissary arrives, announcing the Fed is once more at war, and he’s been sent to obtain sh’en Singh Shipping’s Darters for its nearly destroyed fleet.
Not surprisingly, he’s refused, until Felida itself is attacked and there are casualties in Sin’s own family, among them his beloved Andi and new daughter Milagra. Enlisting in the Air Guard, Sinbad and his sons find themselves in the war, scattered throughout the galaxy, and facing challenges some of them never expected.
The whole universe is about to discover there is nothing quite so dangerous as a Felidian who’s lost his mate.
Don’t you agree this is definitely the stuff soaps are made of? What can I say? And there are still three books to go! Can my imagination survive the challenge?
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