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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449563899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449563899
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,122,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Writer, soldier, reader.

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Reader, writer, soldier.

Gus Flory has been around the block a time or two. He dreams of outer space but can't seem to find a way off the planet.

Customer Reviews

This was a great story, well written and edited, wonderful character building.
Michael Brown
Or maybe it's just his way of using these characters to show just what it would be like with a little bit of technology and a whole lot of bad luck.
Imre Nemeth
I really enjoyed this book and it was the 1st book I read from my kindle, look forward to reading the next one.
Beverly Pasley

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Garside on January 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very old-fashioned novel-and I mean that in a good way. It's full of fights, seat-of-the-pants escapes, and alot of Boys Own Paper derring-do.

Fifty-thousand years into the future, humans live all over the galaxy; they've got all kinds of physical and mental genetic enhancements, and they're at the bottom of a nasty pecking-order. Two more-advanced races, the Orc-like Craaldan and the automated Diocans war on each other with unbelievable ferocity; humans are merely varmints to be killed or enslaved.

In the midst of all this chaos, three humans with long-time ties meet up again, on the assumed-to-be-safe world of Gallos, where humans seem to do nothing but party. Jace Spade is a classic Kirk-type; fearless, witty, insoucient. Joe Grimes, an ex-soldier, is more serious. Both men are interested in Genie, a highly developed cyborg. World-weary pilot Mina Casey can't see what these men want with a cyborg.(Sex appeal aside, she's handy in a fight).

Will our heroes survive a horrendous Craalden attack? Will they ever find a truly safe world for humans to settle permanantly? Will Mina decide that Spade isn't so bad after all?

By the end of the book, I cared a great deal about all this. Mr. Flory's style is workmanlike at best, but he tells a good story that gets more serious and thoughtful in the final third. There are certainly more adventures ahead for these people, although this could work as a stand-alone. I'll read any sequels Mr. Flory cares to write.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Trimmer on June 28, 2010
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I wanted to give this book two different ratings. If this book had come through a publishing house, I would have given it one star. However, as a self-published first effort and at a price of $0.99, it is about what I expected and I would have given it three stars.

If you are put off by bad science, inconsistencies, uneven writing style, and/or lack of character development, give this book a pass. If you don't suffer from any of these afflictions and want a fast read with plenty of action, you will probably like this book.

What's good: Fast paced, lots of action and an original character.

What's not so good:

* Lots of bad science. Further, there are inconsistencies in how things work. For instance, bullets bounce harmlessly off of space armor. However, if four people are shooting instead of one, the same bullets suddenly start penetrating the same armor.

* The writing style starts out OK, but degenerates a bit. If the free sample had come from the middle of the book instead of the beginning, I wouldn't have purchased it.

* Every character is one dimensional. Two plot twists rely on characters doing something out of character. There was no hint that they might engage in the new behavior and no explanation of why.

* The ending was very lame.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Fisher on April 24, 2010
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I read entirely too much. My Amazon account looks like a war zone, what with all the craters in it from my dropping loads of money into it once a week or so. I had hit one of those stretches that all us readers hit at least every now and then - all my favorite authors are in a two to three-year cycle and I was stuck in the gap waiting for one of them to put another book out there. I had read a 'self-published' book on my Kindle a few months back (Olympus Prime - Return of the Titans, J.R. Smith) and rather enjoyed it. (He's dropped off the face of the earth, with no hope for the sequel) So, I returned to the self-published side and wish-listed about half a dozen of them. This is the first off that list.

This is a good, basic, first effort! (At least I can't find anything else he's done) The characters are developed well enough for me to get to know. The sci-fi is not over-explained. The action is intense and not overly dramatized. It reads a little short and clipped, but that's easily forgivable when it grabs and then maintains my interest. (I've always imagined that I should write a sci-fi book and this book is how I imagined it would be) The premise is a good one - I hope he expands on it with sequels.

I would urge you to buy it and read it. For a buck, you CANNOT lose and we may have a star on our hands and we can say WE bought and read his FIRST BOOK!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lazarus Long on March 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It seems like there's a really good reason Amazon is selling this book for $0.00

That reason? If you want to be able to SELL your book, then maybe you should learn about character development, having a consistent plot with the ability to develop interest, and overall not being so vague.

Advice? Being a soldier doesn't automatically mean you can write about soldiers. Period. Read some Heinlein, Asimov, Dick, Card, Huxley, ANYONE, and you will learn a little about writing.

Overall review? If you care about good writing, stay away from this book or you will develop an ENORMOUS headache.

Oh, and by the way? REALLY creative title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2013
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Not a good read. Choppy, characters seem to come and go with little development or relation to each other. The main characters survive when all others around them don't. Wouldn't recommend this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2010
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<> I was quite surprised to learn this was a first novel and was disappointed to not find a second book continuing this saga by Gus Flory.
This first book was a pleasant and gripping read from the very first page right through to the last word. The story kicked off right into the action but didnt leave me wondering where the story actually started or how the characters got there, it kept my interest without the overcomplication or unnecessary fluff and flash all too common. it was here and now and needed no prologue.
I am a fan of military, action/adventure sci-fi but only when it includes realism in human drama and that describes Mr Flory's first book. This book would be a proud addition to an accomplished authors repertoire, it is a wonderful prelude to a long and prolific career that I plan to follow adventure by adventure.

If you are tempted by the description and by the price - purchase this bargain, it is well worth the typical cost of an established author's new release and worth your time that will be well spent in this new galaxy.

I eagerly await more episodes of this saga and more adventures in this galaxy of heroes.

wjd <>

jun 2010
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