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On Silver Wings [Kindle Edition]

Evan Currie
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Book Description

When the Colony on Hayden's world went black, a team was sent to investigate. It was supposed to be a training mission : skip in, find out the Casimir Transmitter had gone dead, report back and wait for resupply from the Fleet. By the time the only surviving member of the team made landfall, it was spectacularly clear that this wasn't a training mission.

Now Sgt Sorilla Aida has a job to do. She has to gather the local survivors, recon the enemy, train a militia, and take the war right to the enemy's doorstep.

Just what she trained for.

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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On Silver Wings October 22, 2011
By azog
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I've become wary of self-published books which have nothing but a string of 5-star reviews. In this case, the reviews feel sincere, rather than solicited.

Sergent Aida is a futuristic super-soldier sent on a recon mission to a planetary colony which is being invaded. Unlike other military sci-fi, where the strength of the military generally comes from highly advanced equipment, this one is a bit more extreme, involving bio-engineering amongst other enhancements. Some of the other technology can cause a bit of eye-brow raising, but overall, the story is fast paced and more than once I was white-knuckled while following the action.

The author includes a forward where the editing is specifically mentioned, and it is ultimately the editing of this book that causes me to post this as a three-star review. It's not necessary to line up a list of errors, because I do not wish to browbeat the author over this. Actually I wish to encourage the author, as the story was quite enjoyable, but there are certain types of errors which may seem minor on the surface, but can wrench this reader right out of the story.

The ending left many issues unresolved, so I am presuming that there will be a sequel to this story. I will certainly keep my eye out for a new volume.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and engaging October 14, 2011
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I got this within an hour of finishing his last book, Odyssey One. This one kicks Odyssey's butt! The editing was better this time, though there were a few errors and typos here and there. But seriously, with a story this good, who cares? (OK, I do, but I'm an English teacher.) Mr. Currie has got Clancy's pacing and enough tech talk to create really fast-paced, interesting storytelling, and he sets up the next books in the series beautifully. I really hope to see the main character again...she's awesome. Recommend it to your geek friends! Recommend it to your non-geek friends! If this guy quits his day job and writes, all lovers of sci-fi are going to be very, very pleased. And unlike O1, OSW could easily translate into a feature film. Oh, and for an example of how gripping it is: I pulled over to the side of the road on the way to work this morning to finish off the last few pages...just couldn't wait.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hard Military Sci Fi October 14, 2011
By kcl
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This was an excellent example of hard military science fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The primary character, Sergeant Sorilla Aida, is very reminiscent of Cadre Sergeant Alicia DeVries in David Weber's "In Fury Born". The story is well written, gripping, and very hard to put down once you start it. It's a little abrupt at the end with us not really learning anything about the invaders, but then again this is an easy lead-in to a sequel. Overall highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So frustrating! March 13, 2013
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I have been reading SF for more than 50 years. As an ex combat engineer from the 'nam era, I eat unexplained military jargon acronyms for breakfast as alphabet soup. Just as well, with this guy's work. I could imagine that the average modern civilian can find out what they all mean, but it would take work. The story line is acceptable, and I can accept most of his futuristic gadgetry. The physical resilience of his main character is bit harder to swallow. What does annoy me though, is that he writes the way I could imagine he talks. ie; verbal shorthand. By the time I had read 'couple times' more than a couple OF times, I was annoyed. Not to mention the missing words in the rest of the MS. Then I started finding words which sound fine, but spelled the wrong way, consequently totally destroying the meaning of the sentence. Things like 'site/ sight, or taught instead of taut '(!) Writing to him gets no response. His stuff is OK, I suppose, but no more than that. He needs a decent proofreader. Personally, I think it is overpriced, given how short it is. I don't care if he makes excuses for the quality of his writing, he has a duty to his readers to get it right, and, if he is not capable of doing so himself, he should get someone who is. Self publishing is no excuse for sloppy work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Writing books is hard work, and moving from draft to polished is sometimes even harder.

This is exactly the sort of book I want to love; military sci-fi with a kick-butt heroine and an enemy worth fighting. The world building is excellent, and many of the action sequences are quite thrilling. Some aspects of this story seem lifted from David Weber's Path of the Fury, and that's a compliment.

But, there are just too many characters who are not well-defined, including the heroine, and that means it is harder for the reader to identify with them. Worse, there are so many mistakes in grammar and punctuation that this novel can't possibly be worthy of five stars.

Truly, I have no desire to be negative. Instead, I want readers (and the author) to know that a good editor could help the author clarify the action and give the characters more depth. And a proofreader should eliminate the myriad errors.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to give it 4 stars, but... March 12, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there were a few minor grammatical errors or typos, but I disagree with previous reviewers who said that the errors "wrenched you out of the story". I never felt that the formatting of the e-book or the grammar detracted from my enjoyment of this book. In fact, this book was far better edited than most of the $0.99 things found on Amazon today.
The only reason this book didn't earn a higher review from me is that I wanted a bit more character depth. It is possible, however, that Mr. Currie decided that a more detailed look at the characters would slow the pacing of the story - which is fabulous.
If you like military sci-fi, I highly recommend this book and the sequels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars If not for a horribly excessive use of a single word
Although I am posting a review here, I am actually reading book three in the series. So perhaps that makes you wonder, okay, why only three stars then? The reason is simple. Read more
Published 5 days ago by BR Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good reading!
Published 11 days ago by Edward E. Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story. Good tech.
I like the storyline and the new technology, it also was a new twist to first contact. I want to read the next book in this series.
Published 11 days ago by KVJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed start to finish!
Published 13 days ago by James Z
3.0 out of 5 stars good novel, a littlle slow to develope and took ...
good novel, a littlle slow to develope and took some time to get into plot, but once it got going, I really enjoyed reading and have started the 2nd book!
Published 21 days ago by jp
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this and the sequel and was glad I did because at the end of...
An enjoyable read, I got enough to get a feel for the characters - I think the environment descriptions could have been more detailed as it comes into play but seemed to be only... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Tracy Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars One Tuff
Sargent Sarilla lone survivor of her team. a strange world taken over by really strange aliens. tensions build trying to figure out their weak spots but even aliens are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Billie Diel
4.0 out of 5 stars predictable but enjoyable
Just what you want in a good sci-fi shoot-em up. Bad guys ya don't like, good guys (and gals) ya do, not too much techno-babble, and an outcome that makes you want the next... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarge Sorilla is the only surviver from her platoon sent to build...
Hayden has been invaded and fleet sent a platoon to help set up resistance. They are decimated and Sargent Sorilla is the only surviver left. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sunglasslady19
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I found this story very entertaining and difficult to put down. Some of the science explanations were a little long and slow but still did not degrade the story.
Published 1 month ago by JG
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Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals."

Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Warrior's Wings series, the Odyssey One series, and the first book in an alternate history series set during the height of the Roman Era. From ancient Rome to the far flung future, Evan enjoys exploring the possibilities inherent when you change technology or culture.

Evan has been writing most of his life in one format or another and, though his post-secondary education in computer sciences and has worked in the local lobster industry steadily over the last decade, writing has always been his true passion. In his own words "It's what I do for fun and to relax, there's not much I can imagine better than being a storyteller."


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