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Predation [Kindle Edition]

SJ Parkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two hundred years in the future, human beings have traveled to the
stars, settled colonies on fifty worlds, and finally discovered
intelligent life: the Drakk'Har--large, cold-blooded reptilian creatures
who see human beings not as equals, but as food. War was unavoidable.
Ill-prepared for the sudden and vicious conflict, humanity finds itself
on the losing side.

After three years of retreating from the onslaught to gain time,
humanity has dug in its heels, built up their forces, and begun to fight
back. When intelligence identifies the distant Mindon star system as a
source of Drakk'Har warships, a major engagement begins. Star Command
Fleet Nine strikes the first blow in a new offensive campaign.

During combat operations on Mindon-2, the plan goes horribly wrong.
Casualties mount on both sides. The men and women on the raid find
themselves in a merciless crucible that threatens to change them
forever. The Drakk'Har know victory can only come by overwhelming the
humans with savage brutality.

Editorial Reviews


- Predation is the first Science Fiction novel to be unanimously voted "Outstanding in Genre" from Red Adept Select.

- Winner of the Peoples Choice Book Award (Kindle Category) October 2013.

About the Author

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. He has written a newspaper column on computers and been published in several magazines.

Product Details

  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985789956
  • Publisher: SJ Parkinson; 1.01 edition (August 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting and broad set of characters September 12, 2012
By Sparta
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I enjoyed the plot line and twists that pushed the story forward. This is one of those hard core military fighting page turners full of how everything works. A fair number of active characters which I like, with enough personal development to make them interesting to the reader. Land, Air and Space conflict.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could use some work but not bad November 25, 2012
By Deke
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The book had some things I really like to see in novels and some things I REALLY hate.

First, as has been mentioned before, I think the world building was great. Giant alligators that think all warm blooded life is food, pretty good idea. The grammar was good, type-o's were kept to a minimum and the editing was really good for an independent book.

Some things I didn't like and they are major pet peeves, that many, many authors of military sci-fi do, are

1: The alien race that has been in the stars longer than us is behind us in technology, especially military tech. How the heck is this even possible? From the reading it seems they've been star faring at least a couple centuries ahead of us, they are military oriented, yet their tech is inferior? I hate this gap, many authors do this, we meet some great star empire and always have the advantage, even though they are much older? The British Empire of 1812 was great, but could they compete with the army of even a country like Poland in 2012?

2: To much jumping around between protaganists. Keep the focus, right in the middle of action we jump to something else.

3: Mixed gender militaries without the benefits of some type of strength enhancement tech, especially in the area of special forces. It's not sexist it's biological, females don't have the upper body strength to carry the loads needed by combat soldiers or to make the qualification courses needed for spec op's. You want to make them ship captains, fighter pilots etc., good but if your going to make them grunts give them exo-skeletons to carry the loads needed.

4: The humans always catch the breaks. In battle, it's usually overwhelming force or superior tech that wins the day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars edge of seat reading September 27, 2012
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A mesmerizing streak through a galactic war that had me with the action at every step of the way. Proud soldiers and excellent aliens. Haven't enjoyed tech sf so much in a long time and Predation is definitely on my recommended reading list.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Both Exciting and Tedious November 18, 2012
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A Trickter Eric Novels review

Simon Parkinson asked me to review his novel "Predation" and I've spent the last two weeks or so reading it. It's a hard science fiction space opera that pits the human Federation Space Fleet Nine against the lizard-like Drakk'Har Alliance on the planet Mindon-2. I had difficulty rating this book because its strengths and weaknesses are the same things. What follows is the pro and con of World Building, Characters, and Plot and how I both liked and disliked all three.

World Building: Pro

I've said it once and I'll say it again; I love world building. Creating a fictional reality that the reader can immerse themselves in requires thought and detail and research. No one can accuss Mr. Parkinson of not including those in his story. He will explain how the ships work, the support system behind the military, the reasoning for the weapons, the enviorment in full sensory detail, etc. I particularly enjoyed the Drakk'Har society from a anthropolgic point of view. While other stories have some Always Chaotic Evil race that everyone acknowledges as such with nothing more to it, Mr. Parkinson addresses this view point in Geneva Convention level detail.

World Building: Con

There is a reason why tropes such as Techno Babble and It Runs On Nonsensoleum exist: the author wants to get to the meat of the plot without dragging down the plot. Most of "Predation" is mechanics and protocol and other things delivered via Omniscient Narration. A space battle is interrupted so Mr.Parkinson can give a several page history of the human's development of hyperspace technology and why ships must travel to the edge of solar systems before using it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Rate It 6 Stars - Great SF Book October 8, 2012
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As a lover of science fiction adventure, I give Predation 6 stars. A very well written book of war between two species with the conflict taking place both on planet and in space. The characters (both alien and human) are well developed so I found myself cheering for the humans and hoping the evil aliens would quickly "get theirs." The combat is so vividly written that I was there in my mind and almost breathless on numerous occasions.

Those who like science fiction adventure are sure to like Predation. It is the best book of its type that I have read in many years. I have not had such pleasure in sf reading since Clark, Campbell, Bradbury and other masters of decades gone by.

Try Predation and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No second, third... October 6, 2012
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Good military science fiction with just enough detail for believable aliens. In the afterward the author says it is a stand alone book. How refreshing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining military sci-fi October 6, 2012
By Sharon
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Good, solid hard-core military/sci-fi plot with fast-moving action sequences involving both "space navy" and ground troops. Enough character development to make the main characters individuals rather than stock figures and quite well developed alien civilization and individuals as well.

Should appeal to fans of the "space opera" genre and will be interested to see more of this author's writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
The most detailed story I have ever read about both sides of a major battle. In this case, on another planet.
Published 10 months ago by Bruce Servary
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent old fashioned science fiction
A book as a fun read with characters you root for, and root against. A little back story to set the scene as to why the events were to take place, well described action scenes, and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JEBoone
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but too much detail
If you enjoy the minutest details of military action with aliens mixed in, this book is for you. For me, it was just OK. Read more
Published 16 months ago by CatherineS
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Sci-Fi, Recommended
Overall a good read that balances a confidently technical description of a space-war (with futuristic/conventional technology) and an ensemble of characters that engages your... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mountains to Sea
2.0 out of 5 stars Long drawn-out "war" between humans and a pathetic alien race
I can't tell you how long I have waited for this review. I started this book in December and it took me until late April to finish it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ryan Oleynik
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Sc-Fi Read
When I read this book I thought of the Star Trek episode where Kirk and another alien are involuntarily put on a planet to fight to the death. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mr. Book Bookman
4.0 out of 5 stars Battles in the Stars
This book was a slow starter, but built up to a busy finish. The characters were pretty believable and solid.
Published on April 5, 2013 by Charlie
3.0 out of 5 stars Took a while
I like how this author presents the foe, with a well developed universe. Plot was thin, too thin in places. Read more
Published on March 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Though this book is long, it's definitely an interesting read. If you're into this type of book, I would definitely recommend it.
Published on March 27, 2013 by ursula thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative
A clean page turner. I could see this turned into a movie easily. Granted the screenplay may take their usual liberties on a few parts but all in all it was a very well thought out... Read more
Published on March 27, 2013 by Karen Peterson
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More About the Author

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.

"I don't incorporate overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence in any of my writing. I prefer the story to be the main focus and want my novels to be accessible by all mature readers." -SJ Parkinson

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