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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484015800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484015803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,818 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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★★★★★ "Wonderfully well written! Dark Space is a thrilling action-adventure set in the far future. It reminded me a little of an exciting episode of BattleStar Galatica. Dark Space 2 comes out July 23rd. I'm on board!"
 -Isaac Hooke, Author of Forever Gate
★★★★  "Dark Space is an excellent addition to your Sci-Fi library." 
 -BookReviewsGuru.com
★★★★  "The plot moves along quickly but there are moments to savor. I am definitely looking forward to finding out what happens next."
 -Scott Whitmore, Book Reviewer

About the Author

Born to South African parents, Jasper Scott has a British cultural heritage on his mother's side and European on his father's, to which he has now added Latin culture with his wonderful wife. Jasper spent years living as a starving artist before finally quitting his various jobs to become a full-time writer. He is the author of more than ten novels, written across various genres, and in his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, going to the gym, and spending time with his family.

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Very fun, could not put book down once I started to read.
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Very well written in the sense that it's a mixture of good story plot and very good character development.
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Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Space Opera Sci-fi.
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson C. Eng on May 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dark Space is the second in a series of classic 'westerns set in space' style of science fiction books, and one that's good fun to read. It follows a highly skilled but discredited space pilot, Ethan Ortane, on a high octane, action-packed, and fast-paced adventure through the lawless, post-apocalypse hidden refuge of Dark Space, to which the vestiges of humankind have retreated. It's a place of lawlessness, where crime lords are at loggerheads with what remains of authority. The reader joins Ethan, and his co-pilot Gina, as their debt to the criminal warlord Brondi is about to be called in.

A generally well-structured plot, with plenty of twists, turns and surprises, it is on occasions let down a bit by poor detail, although it doesn't overly detract from the enjoyment. Likewise, there are a few coincidences that stretch credibility, but again these tend to be overlooked in the reader's wish to find out what's going to happen next.

The story's weakest feature is its characters, none of whom were found to be at all sympathetic. Had Ethan not been so shallow, lacking in the basics of common-sense and anything more than a functioning outline of a role, then the tale would have been totally gripping. It therefore kept this reader's interest but not his emotions.

Although grammatically well-written, there's a bit of 'clunkiness' to the prose that mars what is otherwise an excellently fast-flowing, well described and engaging series of combat scenes. The various battles, dog-fights and other conflicts are competently, cleanly and lucidly described, carrying the reader along with the action. This is, with no doubt, the real strength of the book, and where Mr Scott clearly has his forte.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Doug Bittinger on June 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dark Space, by Jasper T. Scott is a rollicking space opera that kicks off a series of books in high adventure fashion. This review is based on the Kindle edition, this book is also available in paperback.

Ethan Ortane is captain of a badly beat up space freighter, he already owes crime boss Alec Brondi a lot of money for previous repairs and now Ethan and his female sidekick are on the run. But you can't hide from Brondi. When Brondi catches them he forces Ethan into a deal he doesn't want. A deal that would mean he would be responsible for the loss of a great many lives.

Our setting is a place called Dark Space, a galaxy within a shell of black holes. Once used as a dumping ground for convicts it is now the final refuge of humanity's remnants as they flee a merciless invasion by the Sythians who are bent on the extinction of all humankind.

There are several sub-plots that wind around one another to propel the events of the story. There are surprises and twists too.

The main characters are fairly strong. They're a little slow to build, but by the end of the book I felt I knew them well enough to care about them. This will, no doubt build in the subsequent books.

Dialogue was fairly natural, never cornball, but not always as smooth as I've seen. Part of this is the slow bonding with the characters: if the reader does not know the character well, it's hard to say if a statement is natural for them.

The main "what's new about this" factor is the idea of a small galaxy hidden inside a cluster of black holes and this left me squinting sideways at the idea. The rest is fairly stock Sci-Fi/fantasy stuff: FTL drives, gravity plating, inertial cancellation, beam weapons.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By CharlieCU on December 14, 2013
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I have found this book hard to read and the story very hard to believe. The book has a few good ideas but they are not well developed and the story uses such a number of incredible coincidences to keep together the plot that the final result is really poor. Furthermore the character are stereotyped and the writing style is poor.
It seems to me the perfect example of what you get with self publishing: sometimes you can find gems, most of the time average material that passes by leaving nothing behind and is forgotten one minute after reading it, and sometimes really unbalanced books, clearly lacking the amount of work needed to make a good product and making you feel that you're really wasting time.
I am sad to say this but it is not a work of quality and I regret having spent the time to read it.
P.S. I read all the three book in the series hoping to find something good but to no avail.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2014
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I would really like to give this book 5 stars, but there are a couple things that cause me to downgrade it to 4.

The characters are only loosely developed at best, to the point when a significant even happens to the protagonist towards the end of the book, I wasn't moved to feel for him in the least (no spoilers). It was just another event in the plot with no emotional response. It's possible that as the series continues we see Ethan evolve as a character and develop an attachment to him, but that should be established solidly in the first book. It wasn't.

There are a number of events that can only be described as incredible coincidences. To a certain extent, without some coincidences there wouldn't be much of a story, but the things that happen in this story are excessive. The author can play god in his own story, but the heavy-handedness used here detracts from the believability of the plot too much.

Despite these shortcomings, I found myself engrossed in the world Scott has created and wanting to know more about how humanity got there. There are almost no grammatical errors that distracted me while reading--a feat for which Scott is correct to thank his "team of editors" in his acknowledgements. Indie authors lose me too often to this fact alone, making me appreciate the obvious effort that went into the editing.

The strongest element of Scott's writing is the action scenes. He has a firm grasp on using language to emphasize the adrenaline, speed, and confusion of space combat, keeping it flowing while creating a suspenseful atmosphere that engrossed me until the scene could resolve every time.

I will definitely be reading the sequels. My hopes are that the characters develop more and show some growth and that the author is able to fine tune his plot enough to avoid the forced coincidences.
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Jasper Scott is the USA Today best-selling author of more than 10 novels written across various genres. He was born and raised in Canada by South African parents, with a British cultural heritage on his mother's side and European Dutch on his father's, to which he has now added Latin culture with his wonderful wife.

Jasper spent years living as a starving artist before finally quitting his various jobs to become a full-time writer. In his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, going to the gym, and spending time with his family.

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