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A Galaxy Unknown: (A Galaxy Unknown, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas DePrima
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June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful.

Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.

Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!


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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?”

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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: 1564 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vinnia Publishing (June 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CUQE98
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30 of 36 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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172 of 221 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.

Positives:

1) For the most part, fun to read.

Negatives:

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.

-SPOILERS-
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

EDIT=======
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"?
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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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255 of 342 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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41 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost like Plan Nine From Outer Space, in book form January 11, 2011
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There's no way to put this gently: This is not good writing, let alone good science fiction. However, if you either don't notice or don't mind all the badness, or if you can suffer through and skip over the worst parts, it can get mildly entertaining at points.

I originally purchased this book via a Kindle suggestion. It had a high star rating (really, guys?), and I saw that there was a whole series. So it seemed like it might be popular enough. And hey -- I actually enjoy reading the occasional trashy sci-fi series every so often. Cheesy military SF is my secret vice. But after getting about hundred pages in, I literally gave up in disgust, stopped reading, and deleted it. (Eventually I realized that I could never again let myself impulsively buy Amazon recommendations from authors I don't recognize without getting a sample first.)

Fast-forward six months. I've forgotten all about it, and I'm looking through my suggestions again. Hm, it keeps recommending the second book in some science fiction series. That sounds like it might be fun, but I can't start a series there. Let's go sample the first one. Wait, I already bought it? That's funny. Maybe I should give it another chance. And so I recover it from the archives and sit down to try to read it again.

Wow. So yeah, my first impression was spot on. It's not good.

Here's a partial list of the abuses this book delivers. There are mild spoilers in here, I suppose, but in a way I think the spoilers are what might possibly entice you to buy the book.

- Template: "An unlikely hero overcomes all odds." Like every book L.E. Modesitt Jr has ever written, but even more ham-handed and clumsy. Right down to the hero constantly overhearing people talking about her amazing achievements.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this story
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Thomas has given us believable characters and situations, for a sci-fi novel. I've already finished book two and bought book three this morning! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ken-Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent premis, but a bit amateurish in execution
Excellent premis, but a bit amateurish in execution. The story line gets better and better in subsequent volumes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eugene I. Humbert
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Story!
When Life throws situations at you, you adapt or go down.
This story throws every twist into the situation and shows what anyone has in them to overcome the odds. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Worm!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with a lovable hero
Very satisfying despite some predictable plot points. It gives you what you want. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published 2 months ago by Timothy G Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by terry whitt
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
This is an honestly good book. A great read does what it sets out to do and is a book. Seriously it has space pirates and a girl captain. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ted Sbardella
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any SF fan.
Wonderful story, I have gotten the whole series after reading this first book.
Published 3 months ago by John Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth not only a second read, but a 3rd....
This is just my 2nd reading of Thomas DePrima's book "A Galaxy Unknown." I know I'll be reading it again in the future. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Work!
Very good, I couldn't put it down! It was very good how one thing led to another until I was finally finished. Space opera at it's finest! Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Bors
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 4 months ago by frank perez
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Since bursting onto the stage in 2010 with A Galaxy Unknown, Thomas has continued to thrill Space Opera fans with his exciting stories of life in a future time. His lifelong love of scifi, adventure, thrillers, mysteries, and crime drama stories have prepared him well to create his own wonderful tales that thrill and delight. Hundreds of thousands of AGU series books have found their way into the minds and hearts of readers around the world.

As he continues to add new stories to the AGU series and its spinoffs, Thomas now adds the Thriller genre to his other offerings. A World Without Secrets is a careful blending of scifi, thriller, and crime drama. Added to his already highly successful books, he continues to exhibit the skills that have made him a top-rated author.

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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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