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Lacuna [Kindle Edition]

David Adams
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Book Description

"Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology."

It is with these words that an unknown alien attacker destroys the Earth cities of Tehran, Sydney and Beijing. Fifty million people die... and nothing is ever the same again.

Some call them Demons, some call them Aliens, but to Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao they are the enemy. She is given command of one of three great warships built to fight the "demons", the TFR Beijing.

Her task is simple. Find who attacked Earth and why... then stop them.

Book one of the Lacuna series.
  • Lacuna
  • Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi
  • Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion
  • Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (new release!)
  • Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!)
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  • Magnet: Scarecrow
  • Magnet Omnibus I (new release!) 
  • Imperfect
  • Faith

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494345498
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Adams; 4 edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RZNR3Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,528 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story line, minor textual errors January 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I became aware of this author after finding a slashdot posting a few months ago where he engaged in a shameless plug for the book (which was okay because the post was on subject). The first 3 chapters were available online and I read them that night. I was hooked, and put his website in my feed reader so I'd know when the book was released.

Fast forward to today, the book is available and I bought a copy for my kindle. It's not particularly long and the plot moves along quite well. The premise is the typical sci-fi staple, aliens attack and Earth must retaliate/defend itself. I liked the technology in the book, thought the main characters were well fleshed out, and overall liked the book. It's a first novel. The ending is a little abrupt, I would have liked to see a little more resolution but perhaps he's got a sequel planned.

I like to support first time authors, especially when I can read the first few chapters and know I'm getting a good book. Everyone can write a book but not everyone can write an engaging, entertaining book on their first attempt. There were some textual errors, typos, missing word or extremely awkward phrasing. But I only counted 5-10 of these. Another proofread would have been helpful. However, he's not charging $10 for the book like some other kindle editions that have these same issues so I can tolerate it. Give it a try, I liked it.

The author released a revised version that has fixed the minor typos. See his comment on this review.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read a little more than half of the book, and have come to the conclusion that I cannot suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy this story. What follows contains spoilers, so proceed with caution. For those who do not want to read said spoilers, I will get right to my conclusion: an interesting premise, ruined by poor plot and character development.

The book starts off with a surprise attack on Sydney, Tehran and Beijing by aliens whose only attempt at communication is the enigmatic message "Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology." Apparently referring to advanced research being carried out in those three cities. What follows is humanity uniting to build a space fleet capable of defending themselves from further attack, and to find out just who their attackers are. Initially, three are built; one each built by China, Iran and the EU. So far, so good. It is what happens once these ships are built that is not so good.

By an extremely unlikely set of circumstances, all Chinese Naval officers senior to the protagonist with the required qualifications to command the Chinese ship, were at a required training session in Beijing during the attack, and were all killed. The protagonist is a young, attractive female Lieutenant of the Chinese Navy. Apparently, her sole qualification is her familiarity with the advanced technology in question, acquired during a whole TWO HOURS on site as a liaison to the project. This, it seems, is sufficient for the Chinese government to place her in command of China's first starship, and a full third of the world's entire space fleet!

Instead of rising to the occasion, she proceeds to behave like an emotionally immature teenage girl.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By int19h
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The good part: it's reasonably well written sci-fi. It's not quite hard, but it does kinda tend towards that side of the spectrum, despite some tongue-in-cheekness ("indestructium" etc). The story is engaging and not tedious to follow, with decent amount of action and character development mixed in. The background of the story is probably the most interesting part; I mean, it's not often that you find China the leading world power in fiction, unless it's some kind of totalitarian dystopia (which this ain't).

The so-so bits: characters. Their behavior is both very predictable, and yet not very believable to me. This isn't really unique to this book, though, but a frequent issue in sci-fi - characters serving more as decorations for the story. In this case, though, this feels more in-your-face than usual - e.g. Summer, who from the very first pages of the book plays out every single geek stereotype you can come up with (and then some you can't). I don't particularly mind cliches, but it's clearly overdone here.

The story itself is also somewhat puzzling. It starts very promising, leaving a lot of questions... and then with a single sentence uttered by one of the alien opponents during the climactic battle it suddenly devolves to the traditional "brave humans vs monstrous sadistic murderous aliens". It's not quite as simple still, and I do hope that the author will expand on the complexity further making the conflict more intricate and less black and white again.

There are some minor quality issues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 14 hours ago by Milton Schaus
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump Drive can get the Earth killed
Commander Liao is in Sydney when the aliens first show up, killing three of the world's cities.

A year or so later Commander Liao is on the space battleship Bejinng and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Marianne M. Popp
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action, lots of profanity, interesting story
This is a fairly fast-paced story set in the future that starts with an unexplained attack by aliens on specific targets on Earth were new technology was being explored. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Christian McCallister
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
I understand this is science fiction but you really do have to have your science fiction grounded in some kind of facts and logic. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jack
2.0 out of 5 stars unknown book and author
I was disappointed that the book and the author had no mention whatsoever in either Google or Wikipedia.
Published 6 days ago by harley inman
2.0 out of 5 stars friendly good alien, plucky female captain
Nothing new here. Space opera at it's most bland and politically correct. Inexplicable attack by evil aliens, friendly good alien, plucky female captain, stupid behavior by... Read more
Published 6 days ago by JW
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Lousy. The plot constantly jumps around
Published 7 days ago by R. Dijk
1.0 out of 5 stars ... to find that she's pregnant after going at it like rabbits with...
And the cliff-hanger is she's surprised to find that she's pregnant after going at it like rabbits with her lover, another captain??
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read
This book was some good sci-fi reading. It was nice to read from a woman's point of view for a change although, as a man, I of course prefer male protagonists as I Can relate a bit... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great ScFi
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More About the Author

I've always been thinking of stories for as long as I've been alive. I have way, way, way too many to tell and far too little time to tell them.

I joined UFOP: Starbase 118, a Star Trek roleplay-by-emails group, in 2010 and it was there where I learned my craft. But despite being one of the more active writers in the group and simming to my heart's content, I still couldn't tell all the stories I wanted to. It was only in 2011 that I actually started shaping and weaving those random, jumbling, chaotic masses of thoughts into coherent narratives and began self-publishing.

Writing's my full time job now. I write a little science fiction, a little fantasy, a little humour and comedy, and a few other things all over the place.

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