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Convergent Space [Kindle Edition]

John-Paul Cleary
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Earth is a faded galactic power in a violent galaxy.

Blamed for an event 200 years ago that destroyed thousands of worlds and turned the galaxy upside-down, Earth has been shunned by galactic society ever since.

It has always protested its innocence and the search for the truth has become a planetary obsession.

Rone Tintet is a member of Earth’s immense army of spacefaring investigators, dispersed across the galaxy to find out what really happened 200 years ago. So far they have all failed. But Rone discovers an artefact that may finally lead to the truth and resurrect Earth’s fortunes.

Meanwhile in the outer fringes of the galaxy, a powerful new force is emerging from the ashes. Ruthless and unstoppable, this colossal army is approaching with one aim – to cleanse the entire galaxy.

In Convergent Space these two stories - one in the past, one happening right now - intertwine into a dramatic and unexpected finale.

‘You won't be able to put this book down, I know I couldn't and spent nights reading until I passed out with my kindle in hand. This is by far the best book I have read in a very long time.’
John (Wexford, USA)

'This book really was unputdownable. Perhaps one of the best new sci-fi authors I've been lucky enough to discover on my Kindle.'
A. Butler "tanj666" (Coventry, UK)

'The plot and most of all, the universe it happens in, are lovingly-well imagined and described. I really enjoyed reading this.'
Denny de la Haye "Denny" (London, England)

‘Unique and interesting characters, fascinating alien races and plenty of twists and turns made Convergent Space a thoroughly enjoyable read.’
Warwick Reed (Tasmania, Australia)

'This was the most readable scifi novel that I've read in a while. I just wish his next book was out already!'
Simon W M Scott (Northampton, England)

‘I heartily enjoyed this book. It's space-opera at its best and it has a great twist in the tail…’
M Wolstenholme (Leeds, UK)

Product Details

  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Sutherland; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SWE452
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good October 20, 2011
By John
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
To quote from the author himself, "fantastic view from the edge." The characters and plot were very well thought out and written very well also. The story flows well, there is no real problems like some have changing scenes. I believe that John-Paul Cleary had made a transiion to another scene very well and it did not take very long to get back on the right track. Very few authors that I have read so far have been able to do this sucessfully.

Amazing conglomerate of action, suspense, mystery, and science fiction. If you don't feel the adrenaline rush, or the mass of different emotions whil reading this book, please, sit back and check your pulse!

I would have to use the authors own words to describe this book, "the fantastic driving struggle for an elusive object and the ambition, the faith, the adventure, the frustrations, the disappointment and the occasional ecstatic victory that all went with it." This story will take you on a whirlwind ride to the end of the universe and back again. It will have you on the edge of your seat and beg for more. You won't be able to put this book down, I know I couldn't and spent nights reading until I passed out with my kindle in hand.

I am a post apocalyptical sience fiction author myself, and I love to read books like this that share some of my own views along with giving me a wild ride into things I have not thought of. As a fellow writer I will say that this is by far the best book I have read in a very long time and can only hope that I can even shadow it with my own.

Even though misguided, I think we all need a little Herneses from time to time. I like how the end is opened for other adventures and can still be the end even if another story is yet to follow. Great story and in all it was amazing even the thought of a sentient companion had arroused my curiosity.

Best wishes John-Paul Cleary, and I hope to see more books like this to follow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but erratic & frustrating February 11, 2012
By M. Doll
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was really into this novel for the first half or so, and then it seemed like it was written by a completely different author by the end, with timing, scale, and pacing taking a dive for the worse.

I came across Convergent Space while browsing Ian M. Banks novels on Amazon, and for the low price I couldn't pass up a novel that other reviewers were comparing to the inimitable Banks' work. At first I thought that Mr. Cleary was joining Banks' league in his vision and scope of the story, but by the end I was sad to find that, while a solid first effort, this novel is a bit of a mess.

The most frustrating problem with this novel is its wild inconsistencies in scale. In one section we are treated to a "burn ship", a long-distance, multi-decade mode of traveling far across the galaxy to remote reaches of space. Later in the book, other ships are able to catch up with these supposedly fast burn ships to destroy one. The author begins talking about "the entire galaxy" mobilizing or fleeing, after previously discussing taking decades to travel between regions. In one passage, he deals with refugees who are all fleeing to a specific region of space, and them worrying about what are essentially traffic jams... in the void of infinite space. Communications seem to be instant no matter distance, but are never explained. Travel speeds appear to be faster-than-light and yet events are described as though watching out a slowly-moving car window. In all, the author ends up treating "the galaxy" like a small rural town, where events are easily observed from afar.

All of that could be accepted if there was consistency or explanation but unfortunately there is none.

The other major problem I want to highlight is the massive use of deus ex machina ([...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Space Age Archeological Detective Quest May 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Galaxy was living in peace and harmony benevolently controlled, protected, and guided by The Guild.

200 years ago The Aveche threatened the peace and tranquillity of the planets within The Guild. Earth as the founders and most technologically advanced Planet develop a Shield that will encompass all of the Galaxy's and systems within The Guild, and after millions of relay stations are set up it is time to put the Shield in place.

The Earth fleet sets out with the final part but before it can be put in place a Great (shock) Wave spreads through known space destroying millions of planets and trillions of lives.

Earth is blamed for the catastrophe and ostracised and a new ruling class is born in the The Renaissance.

Earth spends the next 200 years sending out Archeosoldiers to track what actually happened in the belief that their technology and the Shield could not have caused the disaster, no one believed them.......

Convergent Space then, turns out to be a futuristic inter galaxy archaeological detective story, with one person Archeosoldiers sent out in their ships with nothing more than a micro companion, which is connected to them wirelessly from birth, and dies when its human companion dies.

As large parts of the remaining galaxy are still in turmoil and planetary wars and civil wars are ongoing, the attrition rate of the Archeosoldiers is high. Rone, a female Archeosoldier was badly injured during her quest and had managed to get assigned to a Renaissance station and was living with the leader of that part of space until a badly wounded soldier turns up in her front room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Space Opera!
This is an engaging read, full of interesting ideas, all of which contribute to a sense of a large universe that is full of history. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kelly Sedinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Science dependent and character light -for my tastes it could have...
Convergent Space by John-Paul Cleary

I love a novel that entertains me and I don't mind having to suspend my disbelief long enough to do that. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J.L. D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic space opera
Convergent Space is a splendid, imaginative romp through the galaxy. If it lacks a little in the romance department, the characters are still engaging, the pace is quick, and the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gary Henry
1.0 out of 5 stars A bottomless well of disappointmet
Awful waste of time and money. Though the author had an interesting premise to begin with, the characters were flat and lifeless; the narration sloppy and unimaginative; and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bsauer
3.0 out of 5 stars average to good
Character and story are fine. The science part is lacking, just glossed over as we go. Don't want science to get in the way of story, I guess. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Joe D. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
A very well written story. Anyone who likes the space opera genre will be genuinely interested in this story. It is a fresh take on the story based in the future. Read more
Published on April 28, 2013 by Bjorn Rostron
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging pleasure - well done!
As a physicist and professor, I am very picky about the science in science fiction. I will admit that I have stopped reading books part way through and thrown them away when the... Read more
Published on March 23, 2013 by Roger Dube
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down
A beautifully described universe with strong distinct characters and a well thought out epic plot. I couldnt put it down, has made my train journeys to and from work an absolute... Read more
Published on December 21, 2012 by Mr. A. Marshall
1.0 out of 5 stars Nah, don't bother...
The main plot revolves around the human race being fixated on proving that they are not the scapegoats for some kind of cataclysm that has destroyed most of space (including moving... Read more
Published on October 20, 2012 by KGK
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Sad
A poor space opera with no grounding in science, predictable good and bad beings and not worth the price, even at 3 dollars.
Published on October 3, 2012 by Jack Raven Woodbutcher
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More About the Author

John-Paul Cleary lives in the small town of Stonehaven in the North East of Scotland.

Interested in most fiction genres but specialising in science fiction, his biggest sci-fi influence is the Culture series by the late Iain M Banks.

His debut novel Convergent Space peaked at number 1 in the Space Opera charts on Amazon UK in 2012 and consistently featured in the top five for more than six months.

The second book in the Convergent Space series - The Shadow Ship - will be released on 26th October 2014.

You can contact John-Paul @ConvergentSpace on Twitter or via his blog

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