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A Galaxy Unknown [Kindle Edition]

Thomas DePrima
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A young ensign, recently graduated from the Northern Hemisphere Space Academy, is wakened abruptly in the middle of the night by alarms, flashing lights, and dire messages to abandon ship. The petite blonde pulls on some clothes and races through the spaceship in a desperate search for an available life pod-- but it appears all have already departed.

So begins the epic story of Jenetta Carver. Get a tight grip on your book and prepare for an exciting adventure like few others because Jenetta is ready to take names and kick butts from one end of the galaxy to the other. She may be small, but she has an intellect as large as Colossus of Rhodes and makes General Sun-Tzu look like an amateur military enthusiast.

Book 1 of the best-selling series

Sci-Fi Space Opera - 132,000 Words - 428 Pages            

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For all of her young life, Jenetta Carver had dreamed of cruising between the stars in a powerful spaceship, but nothing in her visions of a bright future even remotely resembled the perilous situation she now faced.

Lt. Sabella, her face slightly flushed from physical exertion, returned from her task of readying the ship's weapons and crossed the bridge to stand by the left arm of Jenetta's command chair. "What's the plan, Captain?" she asked. Though an anxious look swathed her face, there was unmistakable resoluteness in her voice.

Jenetta breathed in deeply and then released it before answering in a voice lowered so that it only carried to her XO. "We're going to have to slash and burn," she replied.

"Slash and burn?" Gloria questioned, equally sotto voce.

"We don't yet know what we're facing, so we can't prepare anything tactically sophisticated. We certainly won't be able to arrange for a convenient artificial mountain as cover this time, and it's a given that whatever Raider ships we're about to face are considerably better armed than we are. So-- surprise will perforce serve as our main weapon. I intend to slash our way in with as much speed as practicable, dump our envelope, and then burn down any enemy ships that we encounter before they can do the same to us."

"That's it?" Gloria asked, wide-eyed. "That's your whole plan? Shoot them before they shoot us?"

Product Details

  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619310007
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vinnia Publishing (June 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CUQE98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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170 of 218 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read but flawed August 18, 2010
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I struggled a bit in finding the right rating for this book.


1) For the most part, fun to read.


1) At times chock-full of unnecessary exposition. The long aside explaining FTL travel added nothing to this space opera
2) The main character is a God-Mode-Sue.

1) She doesn't age.
2) She heals like Wolverine
3) She is a better tactician/strategist than Sun-Tzu
4) She fights like Bruce Lee
5) She shoots like Bullseye
6) She literally can do no wrong
7) Everyone except clear strawmen characters love and respect her.
8) She is genetically re-engineered to be a supermodel sex-kitten who is feels pain as pleasure

In fairness to the author who posted a detailed defense of his book in the comments, the above contain some elements of hyperbole.

I will also include one other criticism that I should have included originally. Suppose you came up with an immortality serum, how would you use it? How high on your list of uses is "make immortal sex slaves"?

In a lot of ways the writing is dreadful. The superhuman main character combined with the dull exposition should have been horrible. Yet nevertheless I enjoyed the book. I even bought the sequel. This author has a lot of potential, and if the flaws can be overcome, this could be great.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Book But Could Be Better March 15, 2011
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I wish there was a way to give a 3 1/2 star rating to a book, because I really do believe that A Galaxy Unknown is better that a 3, but I can not in good conscience give the book 4-stars. I have loved space opera SciFi ever since I first read the Lensman Series by E, "Doc" Smith in the late 50s and early 60s. It's fast paced and doesn't bog the reader down with complex attempts to reason how things work or why. They just do. It is "fiction" afterall. In the case of A Galaxy Unknown, the author holds to this truism. He makes no attempt to explain how faster than light travel is achieved. Nor should he. The concept is well established in space opera, and those who want a more rational approach to interstellar travel should look elsewhere for their next book. Perhaps they will find it in a local college physics class. The same sentiment can apply to the use of superheros. Space opera has been filled with them for as long as I can remember, so get over it.

The book makes extensive use of military operations, so there are spectacular rescue operations, tragedies, space battles of near epic proportions, and government stupidity enough to satisfy anyone. All of this is good fun and mostly easy reading, in that the book does not ask the reader to make any moral judgements or ponder any deep, philosophical thoughts.

So why only 3-stars? The answer is that the book gets off to a slow start, rather than reaching out and grabbing the reader right up front. If you try to make a judgement about this book based on a reading of the free-sample, the chances are that you will not buy the book. That would be a shame, because if you stick with it, the book will come around and get hold of you. When that happens, you will find it difficult to put it down.
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254 of 338 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered A Galaxy Unknown based on good reviews without trying a sample first. I had a sinking feeling in the first paragraph. Here it is, in full:

"A dizzying montage of abrasive red and white splashes from the overhead light slathered the room and savagely doused her sleeping form without effect. But when the red alert horn's undulating shrieks stabbed mercilessly at her body and knifed their way to the marrow of her bones, consciousness aggressively irrupted into Jenetta Carver's sleep-anesthetized brain."

Where does one start critiquing that? If they are having no effect, why are the lights "dizzying," "abrasive," and "savage"? Why would sound knife to the marrow, which is not found in bones anywhere near the ears? Why is consciousness, not sound, aggressive? Is consciousness so different from the brain that it can intrude upon the brain in an unevenly increasing manner? (Got thesaurus?)

Sentences like "... it greatly increased an already heightened state of agitation." and "The gymnastic movement evinced a legerity that contrasted markedly ..." Irrupted? Legerity? The author should tattoo Stephen King's words to the inside of his forehead: "Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule." Then the author wouldn't use words like "immurement," "pertinacious," and "sedulous." To be fair, the writing gets a little less overwrought as the story progresses. Still bad, but better.

OK, enough about the writing. What about the science, the immersion in a different time? In a word, dismal. During this time they have zero gravity, faster than light travel, and faster than light communication.
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129 of 187 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A galaxy unknown September 1, 2010
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OMG! There were nearly 40 4 and 5 star reviews so I felt that this book was worth taking a chance over even if it had only been electronically published. This is horrible. I haven't managed to make it past the fourth chapter. The purple prose, needless use of 5 dollar words,and sentences like this one "Numerous items of limited pecuniary value stirred a vast reservoir of happy memories and stimulated her lachrymal glands beyond her control." are going to cause me to lose control of the contents of my stomach. Seriously, this is one of the worst things I have ever read. It is awful. There is a reason that it was not issued in a print format. I am in no way a tree hugger but I would have protested the use of paper for this dreck. People please spare yourselves and DO NOT READ this crap.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Heroine
I loved this novel. The heroine was remarkable and extremely capable. And when it looked like the ending would be disappointing, it turned out great.
Published 11 days ago by A. Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars overall well done
The level of detail sometimes is boorish. I found myself skipping multiple pages at times during introductions to new characters and even some monologue sequences.
Published 1 month ago by Jon T. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good story line hard to put down. The main character you just had to root for her. You knew she would win out in the end but how she got there was the story.
Published 1 month ago by cje
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
Kind of power tripping sci-fi. The mc never fails, and when she does she fails upward. So long as you go in understanding that's the kind of story you are reading, 5 stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BobbyG
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Heroic a little to many in the right place at the right time but enjoyable with enough suspense to want to keep reading
Published 1 month ago by David T. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Hooked on the series
Okay, so i am up to book 6 now and I am totally hooked! Lots of tired days at work because I just couldn't put it down, read numerous sci if books over the last 12 months, and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shane_Aussie
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite books
i don't usually spend time to write reviews but this is one of best books iv read i ordered the next one for Saturday delivery
Published 2 months ago by c2music2
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read from start to end
Simplicity at its best. Just enough emotion to pull you in to care for the characters. The right amount of science to make it seem real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
In the preface of the book the author talks about how he wanted a (in my words) feel good space opera. He achieved that and more.
Published 2 months ago by Lilian
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I really liked it, it had action, adventure and it keeps you at the edge of your seat!
I read three of the books in the series already, and I am starting the 4th.
Published 3 months ago by Oren Eini
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Did you just say 6 more books?! You just made my day. I really enjoyed A Galaxy Unknown. It had been awhile since my last page turner, so thanks for the good times.
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