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Right Ascension (Edge of Apocalypse) [Kindle Edition]

David Derrico
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in the year 3040, Right Ascension explores mankind's place in the Universe, how we ascended to that lofty position, and the horrifying price of that ascension.

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Humanity's struggle to assume a place of dominance within the galaxy is suddenly called into question when a sleek alien vessel arrives unexpectedly at Earth. Admiral Daniel Atgard and the crew of the Apocalypse embark on a mission to find these enigmatic aliens, but the focus of the mission quickly turns from finding answers to exacting revenge. Meanwhile, a belligerent species of reptilian warriors, seeking to avenge a previous defeat at the hands of the human-controlled United Confederation of Planets, takes this opportunity to plan an all-out assault on Earth. Faced with overwhelming odds and the terrible knowledge of humanity's most horrifying secret, Daniel must choose between honor... and humanity's very survival.


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"David Derrico's first novel kept me turning its virtual pages, wanting to read longer each evening than time would permit." --eBook-Reviews.net

"This is a great little book ... perhaps Derrico's book provides a little insight into the intricacies of the human mind. Well done and sure to do well in the science fiction market." --eBook-Reviews.net

"Right Ascension is an utterly thought-provoking novel rich with vividly drawn characters, electrifying action sequences, and plenty of food for thought." --Bookbooters

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Every so often comes along an author who threatens to redefine the boundaries of Science Fiction. David Derrico is such an author. His debut offering, Right Ascension, goes beyond the standard realms of the futuristic space epic, subtly tackling the issues of human morality, honor and loyalty where many authors would fear to tread.

Derrico has clearly given much thought to the setting for his story, describing in vivid detail the technology and social environment against which Right Ascension is set. Without overwhelming us with technical detail, he draws a brilliant picture of the technology that could shape mankind's future, describing futuristic weaponry and space-faring vessels in both a realistic and highly inventive manner of which Greg Bear would be proud.

Unusually for a debut author, Derrico has a remarkable talent for characterization, and in presenting his core characters with a series of awkward situations and dilemmas, he adeptly manages to challenge our definitions of right and wrong. Right Ascension is an utterly thought-provoking novel rich with vividly drawn characters, electrifying action sequences and plenty of food for thought. Derrico paints a darkly atmospheric future that, unlike many such futures depicted in popular science fiction, is actually quite believable. And the believability of Derrico's future is accentuated by his subtle exploration of the parallels between the thirty-first century and the twenty-first.

With this stunning debut, Derrico proves himself a worthy successor to the likes of such giants as Heinlein and Asimov.


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  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448687608
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  • Language: English
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right Ascension September 9, 2009
Format:Paperback
I do not normally choose Science Fiction novels, however, at the urging of a good friend I purchased this novel. As it turns out my good friend is also a genius when choosing outstanding novelists. Derrico paints a picture of an extraordinary future civilization that faces extinction with imagination and surprising humor. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, the colorful scene descriptions and the thought provoking questions evoked through the discovery of the plot. Do yourself a favor; buy this book and the sequel, Declination at the same time. You will not want to wait for the second book to be shipped to you once you realize that you can not put the first book down.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turning, thought provoking sci-fi September 6, 2009
Format:Paperback
Author David Derrico's debut novel, Right Ascension, packs more action and suspense than most Sci-fi novels twice its size. In only 216 pages, Derrico manages to tell a riveting story set in a vivid universe. If you're looking for a page-turner, this is the book for you.

The jaw dropping premise of the novel--humanity faces a grim, perhaps justified judgment from a superior alien race--implies a grand backstory that serves as the underlying mythology for Derrico's universe. Set over a thousand years in the future, Derrico's ensemble cast of characters will keep you deeply engaged as the cunning plot advances to a thrilling conclusion. Derrico's debut is a smashing success.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent First Book February 3, 2010
By Andy G.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An excellent first book. The prose is well written, and the plot is pretty interesting. My only major criticism is that the characters were a little two dimensional, and the book was just too short. Mr. Derrico tries to cover a little too much ground in only 216 pages. While most of my favorite SciFi authors are admittedly a little long winded, this story could have used an extra 100 pages of character/setting development. I'm about halfway through the second book now, and the same comments apply. For the 99 cent kindle edition I definitely got my money's worth, and i'll be sure to keep an eye open for his future books
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Plot, A Book to be Avoided December 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok, this book got good reviews here so I bought a Kindle copy. I read 26% into the book and then deleted it from my Kindle and came here to right a review to warn other people about this book. I really shouldn't be wasting my time reading poor SF. I've found that if it is bad 20-25% into the book that they never really get any better and that it is a waste of my time and effort to finish reading it hoping that it gets better. That's where deleting the story, and using the trash can for bad paperbacks, comes in.

I have fairly high standards for SF. Plot is very important. With the actions of the characters involved in that plot. The plot in this book is idiotic. A sneak attack. A ship destroyed. Another ship with an admiral in it is just sitting there cloaked watching it. In the busy space area around Earth? It waits 24 hours (why?) and then decides to follow the path of the attacking craft (finally!). But it was stealthed coming in and not detected so how is it going to leave a determinable path to track? And why would any aliens with any brains leave a path back to their home world or base so they could be followed unless it was a feint? So 24 hours later the admiral finally goes charging off (without letting anyone in Earth command structure know what he's doing...Why?...Where's the place for command structure in the book???) in spite of worries that the super aliens will come back and blow up Earth (which the ship the admiral is in being the ONLY ship that has a chance of defending Earth). Yes, this must be a good plan! A great plan! So let's stop by this not advanced star system that the track of the alien attacker went past and see if they know anything. After a nice state dinner and a good nights sleep (notice that they are in no hurry here!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It hurts us... December 2, 2011
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I wavered between giving 1 or 2 stars. In the end I decided to be generous and go for two. I agree with many of the comments of those who did not care for the book. The plot needs work. The characters are flat. I started wondering a couple times if I had picked up a Star Trek book by mistake. I finished, but only because I had to stop myself from deleting it before the end. The silly verbal sparing between supposedly intelligent characters and third grade one-up-manship were hard to take. Cliches were peppered throughout the dialogue as if the author had a bet with his buddies about how many he could work into the book. My advice...move along, these aren't the droids you're looking for.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, puerile dreck containing gross plagiarism February 10, 2012
By DCM
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Ok, so Derrico is giving this away... small blessings. You cant ever get back the time you spent reading it.

The plot line is fairly linear. Planet sized "Federation" type vessel- " The Indomitable" is destroyed by mysterious super-scientific aliens, hither-to unknown to the "Federation". The Admiral of another "Federation-type" vessel- " The Apocalypse" goes off in pursuit and to learn what they can of the mysterius alien vessel.The Admiral (Atgard) in particular wants retribution as his son had jsut been assigned to the The Indomitable, and is, of course, now dead. So they visit a planet where the locals have run into the mysterious aliens before, to their detriment, and fill-in Admiral Atgard on the hopelessness of rresistance. Yada, yada, yada.......

The problems with this book are so varied that I am going to pick a few and wrap this up.

First it is completely derivative from pop scifi movies and television of the past 40 years. The Indomitable certainly draws on Starwars Deathstar for its inspiration. The universe in which the story takes place is a carbon copy of Star Trek. (Good thing Gene Roddenberry has passed on and cant be exposed this to this plagiarism of his creativity)

Plagiarism is a strong word. Lets see if it fits.

First you have an "Enterprise-type" ship with a James T Kirk type Admiral (who gets busted to Captain and then repromoted to Admiral in the story- remind you of anything???) overseeing an Enterprise-type crew, including an Uhura-type communications officer- ( who incidentially, has a Jones for the Admiral but wont act on it as he is married), a Spock-type, emotionless science officer, a Scotty-type Cheif Engineer, etc, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
Even though I read the book I found it very dry and boring. The book really didn't grab me and it took some time to finish it unlike the the science fiction book Enders Game
Published 1 month ago by krashdragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Sci-fi
The main character in the book is an experienced military leader that frequently solves hard problems with out of the box solutions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by brumba
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
A great classic sci fi story, so refreshing and entertaining in a world of mediocre products! Thanks so much! Regards......
Published 2 months ago by David F. Boyd III
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a Free Kindle Book. I found it somewhat a little short and the plot was weak. I will most likely read other books by him.
Published 2 months ago by Dale & Pat
1.0 out of 5 stars barely started
Just not my thing - must have downloaded the wrong book! Never got started before I ditched it due to lack of interest. Hate sci-fi
Published 2 months ago by wendyf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The book was an enjoyable read, but I became really tired of "whilst" . I think there were 10 instances of the word. In one paragraph. Overall a good book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
This is a pretty good old fashion scifi book: evil aliens, faster than light space travel, etc. Kind of reminds me of Star Trek TOS.
Published 3 months ago by William L. Schart
4.0 out of 5 stars Right Ascension
Fun to read, and very entertaining. Fast paced. Hard to put down. Looking to enjoy more books in this series
Published 3 months ago by KK8T
3.0 out of 5 stars far away, very quickly.
I'm not actually into space adventure but this was quite entertaining. Characterisation was very good, too good to be near possible. Space travel sure has come a long way quickly.
Published 3 months ago by Peter Cary
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I did notice the resemblance to Star Trek, but even so I enjoyed this book. it was an easy read and had some interesting concepts. The overall message of the book was a good one.
Published 3 months ago by J
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David Derrico was born just north of Miami, Florida, and developed his appreciation for complex moral issues while receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He wrote his first novel, Right Ascension, before attending law school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Right Ascension was first published by Bookbooters Press in 2000, and garnered its inaugural eBook of the Year Award.

Derrico wrote his second novel, Declination, during law school, while he was probably supposed to be studying. Nonetheless, he graduated, passed the California Bar Exam, and worked as an attorney at a large, international law firm in Los Angeles for several years. While practicing law (all that practice actually made him pretty good at it), he managed to write some short stories and start work on his third novel, The Twiller.

Recently, Derrico retired from his "day job" as a big-firm attorney and moved back to South Florida, where he finished that next novel. The Twiller follows the (mis)adventures of an unlikely hero and his unique companion on a comic romp around the galaxy. Derrico maintains a website with reviews, excerpts, current news, a blog, and purchasing information for all of his novels and other works at www.davidderrico.com.

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