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Omega Rising (Omega Force Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Dalzelle
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Second Edition published 31 July 2014.

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

He suddenly finds himself trapped on a damaged alien spacecraft and plunged into a universe of interstellar crime lords and government conspiracies, along the way meeting strange new friends... and enemies. As he struggles to find his way back home he is inexorably drawn deeper into a world where one misstep could mean his death. Or worse. He desperately wants to get back to Earth, but it may be the end for him.

... or is it just the beginning?
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Omega Force Novels:

Omega Rising
Omega Force: Soldiers of Fortune
Omega Force: Savage Homecoming
Omega Force: The Enemy Within
Omega Force: Return of the Archon
Omega Force: Secret of the Phoenix


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  • File Size: 2314 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B795UUS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in the spirit of Firefly March 6, 2013
By Atticus
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Omega Rising chronicles the adventures of Jason Burke, a veteran Air Force Pararescue Operator who has isolated himself in a cabin in the woods because of a troubled past. Jason, still being in his early twenties, is predictably bored with his minimalistic existence, that is until what he believes to be an aircraft crashes a few miles from his cabin. Being a curious (and paranoid) young man, Jason grabs his trusty AR-15 and heads out to check out and possibly render aid to the crash. What he finds is an alien gunship eerily similar to a US bomber and when he boards the ship, he is accidentally knocked out by the fumes from burning fuselage in the gunship. After coming to, Jason makes his way to the bridge where he makes the acquaintance of Deetz, a synthetic life-form who is in control of the ship. After a few misunderstandings (and some gunfire) Deetz offers to take Jason on the adventure of a lifetime (or a job to be more precise, albeit one on a different planet), of the good ol' "Travel to exotic locales, meet interesting people, and kill them" kind, and Jason being the bored young man that he is, accepts the offer.

The writing of Omega Rising is surprisingly clear of Grammatical errors (I noticed only two instances in the entire novel, and they were both minor at worst), while at the same time being rich and interesting. The main characters are fully fleshed out, some of the ones we meet later in the novel seem a bit one-dimensional, however that is mostly because they are introduced late in the novel and are not given enough time to grow and evolve. As to the plot, it is definitely the strongest point of this novel, being full of action, intrigue and of course as Joss Whendon once so aptly put,"sudden but inevitable betrayal".
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Engaging February 2, 2013
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You know I probably wouldn't have bought this book at a higher price. The description caught my interest, but I worried it would be some semi-sloppy writing. I also thought it would be somewhat sappy and predictable like Andrew Saxon's writing. Which to be truthful, I still read. This writer is definitely a notch above that. I'm looking forward to the next book. The story leaves mysteries for all that it follows on of the classic story lines. There are still things I want to know about the original crew. What is the role of Deetz as we move into the next novel? What is the connection between Doc and the woman at the facility? There is a good balance between answering questions and leaving others to linger. No cliff hanger at the end. The story completes. Mr. Dalzelle, I like your work and hope the spirit with which you wrote this book carries on to the next--I'll be waiting for it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but uniquely sterile July 11, 2013
By Greg
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Overall, the book was an enjoyable fast read. Most of the science was believable.

The greatest problem I have with the book is that the protagonist appears to have the intellectual curiosity of a TURNIP! If in contact with an English speaking alien, isn't there things you would like to know about the universe? Philosophy? Science? This guy keeps his mouth shut.

That is why I gave a 3-star rating to an otherwise good plot.

I have purchased the second novel and hope for improvement....then again, I hoped I would be rich and good-looking and that didn't turn out so well.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start February 26, 2013
By Sixiron
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In the traditions of old school space opera, its slightly campy, highly implausible, somewhat predicable, with the standard cast of characters and skill sets. The story develops logically enough, although I would expect most would have asked a great many more questions in this situation. Its well written, dialog is clean albeit too spartan at times, good action, not too much standing around talking. All in all a very good first book. Room for improvement. I'll buy the next book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding June 26, 2013
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I write reviews on a lot of e-books and to be honest most of my reviews are negative. Joshua Dalzelle's pace is perfect. He doesn't waste time. Other authors stretch a 1-book story into 3 books by dragging on and on (George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones comes to mind). This book sets out to tell a story and tell it well, and mission accomplished. The characters are well-conceived and introduced. They're likeable. They don't mess around. No silly moral dilemma's about annoying crap.

Room for improvement (constructive only):

1) I did notice spelling and grammar problems...but it wasn't much and wasn't distracting, just could be cleaned up a bit.

2) Give this guy, or at least some crew member, a love interest of some kind. This is an all-male crew and they do kick some righteous ass, but come on. 2 books down and the only mention of the opposite sex are a few regretful wistful one-line memories and a chance meeting that isn't explored at all. And then there's the ice-queen captain of the other ship. Is she hot? Does Captain Burke think so? We have no idea. It's like Captain Burke isn't interested in chicks at all. Sorry, he's a young human male on an amazing journey through space. There's nothing hotter than sexy aliens. Captain Kirk taught us that. You've placed in the reader's mind that there are many species that are almost indistinguishable from humans, but haven't shown a single instance of any crew member seeing an attractive female. That's a problem and eventually you gotta do something about it. It's still early and they've been busy saving people, but book 3 better have something addressing this.

3) Right now he's all "protect Earth's location." How long is this going to last?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want more
At first this book seemed somewhat juvenile but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. Maybe it seemed a little like John Carter set to modern sci-fi. Read more
Published 1 day ago by William B. McPeak
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 1st book of what looks to be an exciting series.
I am so excited to have found Joshua Dalzelle, as he is a creative author of a genre ( sci-fi ), that I am just getting interested in. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!
Wow this was one of the best novels I ever read. The characters personalities make it easy to submerge yourself into the story and get a feel for what it might be like out there.
Published 7 days ago by Sonny M. Toon
5.0 out of 5 stars Readily comprehended and highly interesting plot
First class reading deserving 5 stars. Not only will I read all the following books of this series, but all other books offered by J. Dalzelle.
Published 9 days ago by Joe Stuart
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Light w/o Much in the way of Surprise
I first encountered this book in a collection (Stars & Empire). It's one of the better books in the collection. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Michael Glaviano
5.0 out of 5 stars I am SO hooked!
Okay! I'm liking what I'm reading here! I saw where another reviewer posted that these books remind him of the Firefly series, I was like, that's exactly what I thought too,... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael Cast
2.0 out of 5 stars I recommend the author's Warship book instead
I enjoyed the author's new book, Warship (a bit too wordy), but I can't recommend this one. I hate to say it but the writing really is pretty boring considering it took a third of... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Terence Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! I'm following the author so I can ...
Great story! I'm following the author so I can be updated when a new book comes out!
Published 16 days ago by A. Toro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to what seems will be a good series
So as I write this, I am already half way through book two. Omega Rising fairly short and a quick read. Read more
Published 22 days ago by M. MacDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars My feeling was like reading a Lucky Starr (Space Ranger) story from...
It was a clear mistake to read this. My feeling was like reading a Lucky Starr (Space Ranger) story from early Asimov. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CsOrtu
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