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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (August 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448689147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448689149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,260,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He offers a morality play transformed into high adventure and that's a working definition of science fiction at its best." -- Ebook Reviews(20 Jul 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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On the bridge of the Apocalypse, multihued status lights blinked their variegated chorus, tactical display consoles streamed data garnered from the enemy vessel, and the ship’s computer silently tended to a myriad of pre-programmed functions. The ship was seven short of its normal complement, leaving only one man -- David Atgard -- but his attention was not concentrated on blinking lights or scrolling readouts. David Atgard’s attention was, instead, focused rather intently on the viewscreen, which displayed an image that was, though from a decade ago, hauntingly familiar.

Seconds passed and seemed like eons. There was no sign of activity from the alien ship. No movement, no attempt at communication. The categorical indifference was, indeed, the very hallmark of the alien species.

Suddenly, the viewscreen changed, resolving to show the bridge of the alien ship, a sight with which David was also all too familiar. Though he had last seen it ten years ago, his recollection was as vivid as any memory he had. Every detail of the alien bridge was exactly as he remembered it: hovering light-beings clustered around indecipherable patterns of light, flickering and changing shape seemingly at will. In the center was a being more brilliant than the rest, and the Admiral was forced to squint in order to prevent the entire scene from merging into a single luminous blur.

"Yes, Admiral David Caesar Atgard," came the being’s delayed response. "We do indeed remember you."

The words -- or, more accurately, the thoughts -- of the creature were not spoken aloud, but instead reverberated only in David’s mind.

"Good," replied the Admiral, leaning forward in his command chair, uncomfortably aware that he was alone on the ship. "Then you remember what happened the last time you killed innocent people without provocation."

"Yes," replied the being, in the same manner as before. "We do indeed remember what happened."

"Yet you destroy entire planets," spat the Admiral, only peripherally aware that his emotions were threatening to overcome him. "And you come again to destroy another. Must we trade death for death? How many will be enough? How many humans do you have to kill before the ‘justice’ you claim you seek has been meted out?"

The aliens appeared to ponder this for several moments, flickering in unison as they presumably discussed their response. Abruptly the flickering abated, and David thought he sensed an increase in the beings’ luster.

The light-being in the center seemed to float slightly closer as it spoke.

"All of them," it said.

The viewscreen suddenly went black. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

David Derrico was born just north of Miami, Florida, and developed his appreciation for complex moral issues while receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He wrote his first novel, Right Ascension, before attending law school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Right Ascension was first published by Bookbooters Press in 2000, and garnered its inaugural eBook of the Year Award.

Derrico wrote his second novel, Declination, during law school, while he was probably supposed to be studying. Nonetheless, he graduated, passed the California Bar Exam, and worked as an attorney at a large, international law firm in Los Angeles for several years. While practicing law (all that practice actually made him pretty good at it), he managed to write some short stories and start work on his third novel, The Twiller.

Recently, Derrico retired from his "day job" as a big-firm attorney and moved back to South Florida, where he finished that next novel. The Twiller follows the (mis)adventures of an unlikely hero and his unique companion on a comic romp around the galaxy. Derrico maintains a website with reviews, excerpts, current news, a blog, and purchasing information for all of his novels and other works at www.davidderrico.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay Allbritton on February 4, 2010
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This sequel picks up where Derrico left off at the end of Right Ascension. I really like science fiction that creates a new world while at the same time posing massive ethical dilemmas relevant to our own world. In the tradition of Star Trek, but with the moral ambiguity of Battlestar Galactica, this story challenges readers to ask the question what does it mean to be human. Like the first, this is an excellent read from a brilliant new voice that deserves to be heard.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Johnson on April 12, 2010
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This is another great book by David Derrico. Although this book is a sequel to Derrico's first book, Right Ascension, in many ways it can stand alone - especially the first half. Like Right Ascension, I was reminded quite a bit of the Star Trek series (the better episodes), but this time the crew is split up and they have their own adventures. Each one is dealt with separately leaving the reader hanging on cliffs as the story returns to the other characters and their cliff hanging situation. From time to time, the characters are reunited with each other.

The challenges are once again nearly impossible, but due to strong moral fiber, excelllent combat skills, good leadership and a bit of luck, these challenges are successfully met. Before even starting this book, I somehow knew they would do it, but it was still very entertaining to read how it was done. Although there were a few places in the first book that made me raise an eyebrow, I didn't really experience that with this book. Some ethics and morality issues are touched upon to provide a bit more depth than just space combat adventure story.

This books has left me hungry for more space combat books. Fortunately there are a lot of recent good ones out there to choose from. Despite the cheap price, this book and its prequel compare quite favorably to the more expensively priced e-books.
I gave it 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on February 25, 2010
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"Declination", David Derrico's sequel to "Right Ascension", begins a decade after the first novel's conclusion. Admiral David Atgard, the hero who saved humanity from annihilation by the Lucani Ibron, remains retired and the members of his crew have moved on to other ships and other missions. The old team of Dex Rutcliffe, Zach Wallace, and Anastasia Mason (now a starship captain in her own right) finds itself drawn back together, as Zach faces court martial for destroying a fleeing SPACER (Society for Pacifism and Continuing Ethical Reform) vessel following its assault on a Confederation colony--in defiance of orders to take the terrorists alive.

What follows is a fast-paced, somewhat convoluted narrative of Confederation politics in a time of crisis--of would-be rebels exploiting that crisis --and of the alien Vr'amil'een taking advantage of the conflict among humans to launch their own assault. Anastasia Mason must face not just the strategic dilemmas of fighting the Confederation's enemies, but a series of wrenching moral conflicts as she plays the role of diplomat as well as that of captain. Which loyalties should she put first, when giving each obligation its due proves simply impossible? Under what circumstances can she justify using a powerful new weapon, whose horrific effects carry echoes of the massacre that a decade ago drew the Lucani Ibron's wrath? And when the final crisis comes (with, perhaps, the Lucani Ibron putting in another appearance...), will we be hearing from Admiral Atgard again?

Although I found "Declination" a bit harder to follow than "Right Ascension" and some of its terminology distractingly reminiscent of Star Trek, I enjoyed my hours in Captain Mason's company quite thoroughly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Whorton on April 1, 2010
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Declination is an excellent read and a great sequel to Right Ascension. Declination actually gets better as it goes along, which is just what you want in a good book. Derrico does a very nice job of making the advanced technology believable. A lot of sci-fi books take the lazy route and avoid any basis for the advanced technology they introduce which essentially makes it "magic." I really liked Derrico's explanation of the Lucani Ibran ship's materials and the innovative offensive strategy to beat it. I know one reviewer criticized this as implausible. Perhaps rather than "new element" what the author was referring to was a "new material" which is absolutely credible and not technically flawed. It isn't too far of a stretch to extrapolate today's "smart materials" research out a few hundred (or thousands of) years or so and envision this technology. This is very good science fiction -- stretching our imagination about the way things might be in the future - both in technology and human nature. Good job David!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip on April 9, 2010
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If you liked Derrico's first novel, you'll almost certainly enjoy the sequel as well. As before, the book is brimming with action, while continuing the theme of the first book and posing ethical questions for the reader. I enjoyed the extra development of the secondary characters from Right Ascension, and the conclusion was especially well done. Bravo for a meticulously crafted second half to complete this excellent series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hansen on August 14, 2010
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This is the sequel to Right Ascension and takes place 10 years after the events in this book. We meet the two old foes from the first book, the Vr'amil'een and the mysterious Lucani Ibron and also a new enemy called the SPACER's.
The book is action-packed from the very beginning until the very end.
Our friends from the first book, the crew from the Apocalypse, are not together anymore but as the story unfolds they inevitably cross paths in the fight against the forementioned enemies.
This is a great book for lovers of space Science Fiction and if you are a Star Trek fan, this is just the book for you. You get a lot of space fights and meet alien races.
I can highly recommend it.
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