In the year 3050, the Confederation of Man finds that there are indeed things that go bump in the night:
Aboard the starliner Titanic, Chief Security Officer Marcus Martin must choose between rescuing his vessel or the love of his life from creatures that are the stuff of nightmares.
Commander Leslie Hawkins must make a Hobbesian decide between human decency…and humanity itself. Facing overwhelming odds, she must use the obsolescent destroyer Shigure to buy that most precious of resources: time.
Captain Mackenzie Bolan has no decision. His unproven vessel and her crew are the closest rescue the Titanic and Shigure have. The only question will be can the Constitution arrive in time.
So this book is a space opera set about 1000 years into the future. The author was very thorough in his descriptions of people and events. So much so that at times the story gets bogged down with the details. An epic battle scene doesn’t pack as much punch when you read multiple paragraphs about the size and physical description of every single crew member in the room as well as every single movement they make to fire the weapons and then describe every minute detail about what powers the weapon and how it fires. This is often a problem in epic sci-fi writing. Authors often focus so much on the technical bits, that the story lags. I had a hard time getting into this book. It was a long read for me and I did like it overall, however, I could have done with more back story and less detail. Also, there were too many characters to keep track of too quickly and I got lost a few times.
For a story set so far in the future, i was a bit thrown off by how many current pop culture references were made. Why would people care about all the things from the 20th century 1000 years from now. The main characters were strong though and the main storyline was interesting. I overall enjoyed it, though I don’t think I am interested in reading other books in this series.
3 out of 5 stars
“Marcus…” Sarah said, her voice breathless. “Marcus!”
It was the desperate, out of breath cry followed by the wet gurgle as she nearly vomited from inhaling that finally pierced the fog around Marcus’s brain. Turning around, he found himself confronted with his very angry fiancé.
“Dammit, Marcus, you and the fucking Spartans are about to give us all heart attacks,” Sarah snapped, her chest heaving and sweat pouring down her face. “We have wounded and elderly people, and half of them are having to hang onto other people. Where the hell are we going in such a hurry?!”
Marcus felt himself nearly scream at Sarah in rage, his expression causing her to take a step back.
She doesn’t realize what’s going on, he thought, fighting to contain his rage. No one besides the security folks and maybe the Spartans do.
“Engineering,” Senator Lu interjected from behind Marcus. “The first place you secure in any boarding action is the powerplant.”
Thank you, Senator, Marcus thought, slightly more in control of his emotions.
“Why not the bridge?” Sarah asked, confused.
“You can’t really do much from the bridge if you have no power,” Marcus bit out. Realizing he had snapped, he moderated his tone while continuing to explain. “You’re basically king of a little realm that has no ability to supply its own air, heat, or light. But engineering is our second stop, I’m just trying to get us into Corridor C so we can find a working intraship communication console.”
“I thought we’ve passed two?” Sarah said.
“No power,” Aimi remarked, still scanning the darkened hallway to their front through the Kanabo’s scope. “Whomever designed this ship’s subroutines should have their legs broken then left out on the plains for predators.”
“Charming,” Sarah observed lowly, drawing a poisoned look from the Spartan woman. Marcus hated that he found himself agreeing with Aimi’s sentiment more than Sarah’s. He looked and saw that their gaggle had closed up slightly.
“People have to keep up, Sarah,” Marcus said lowly. “This isn’t a pleasure cruise anymore.”
Sarah’s lips compressed in a thin line.
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James Young is a Missouri native who escaped small town life via an appointment to the United States Military Academy. After completing his service in the Army, Mr. Young moved to Kansas to pursue his doctorate in U.S. History. Fiction is his first love, and he is currently the author of the Usurper’s War (alternate history), Vergassy Chronicles (space opera), and Scythefall (apocalyptic fiction) series, all of which are available via Amazon or Createspace. Currently living in the Midwest with his loving, kind, and beautiful spouse, Mr. Young spends his time completing his dissertation while plotting new, interesting ways to torment characters and readers alike. As a non-fiction author, Mr. Young has won the 2016 United States Naval Institute’s Cyberwarfare Essay contest and the U.S. Armor Center’s Draper Award for a battle analysis of the Golan Heights. He has also placed in the James A. Adams Cold War History contest held by the Virginia Military Institute and been published in the Journal of Military History (“The Heights of Ineptitude”).
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