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Rock Killer [Kindle Edition]

S. Evan Townsend
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Space Resources, Inc. (SRI) mines asteroids for the riches a populated Earth needs without degrading the planet. Yet there are those opposed to progress in whatever its form such as the Gaia Alliance, a front group for eco-terrorists. During a violent attack on the Moon, the terrorists steal an exploration ship, arm it, and rename it the Rock Killer. Charlene "Charlie" Jones of SRI security is trying to infiltrate the Gaia Alliance's cabal to find evidence linking them to the murder of her fiancé. But a run-in with the law threatens to reveal her identity to the dangerous men of the Alliance. Simultaneously, SRI Director Alexander Chun is traveling to the asteroid belt to bring a kilometer-long nickel-iron rock back to Earth orbit to mine for its valuable metals. Following him and his multi-national team is the Rock Killer. Without armaments, millions of miles from help, Chun must stop those who threaten him and the lives of his crew.


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About the Author

S. Evan Townsend is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives with his wife and two teenage sons and has a son attending the University of Washington in biology. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.

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  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing (March 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GHNH28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting change of pace for Townsend fans April 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
Rock Killer is an interesting change of pace for Townsend fans. This novel has no magic, but a lot more sci-fi. The science and technology that Townsend sees in our future is fascinating, realistic and possible. The politics that he sees is terrifyingly possible. Another great novel from Townsend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Killer - Sci-Fi Thriller! March 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
Terrorism, space battles, corruption... Sci-Fi isn't my usual read, but I really enjoyed this book. Townsend does a great job of portraying a future that is both believable and frightening. His characters are strong and relatable. Rock Killer takes you on a routine mission for SRI that turns out to be anything but routine. This is a battle between earth's energy needs and the eco-terrorists' desire to destroy everyone and everything that disagrees with their beliefs. The crew of the Asteroid SRI-1961 along with security officials from both space and earth are in a race against time to find the source of the terrorists and put a stop to them before more innocent people die. A fast paced, action packed thriller that you don't want to miss!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS FOR ROCK KILLER March 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
Five stars for Rock Killer by S. Evan Townsend, a great traditional sci fi thriller with current political and ecological overtones. This exciting adventure has ecoterrorism, international and political intrigue, and true heros, coupled with deep space adventure. Studded with out-of-this- world science and heart pounding suspense, it's a book not just for sci fi enthusiasts, but for everyone who likes a good thriller. Kudos to Sheldon Townsend for this great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely convincing science in this science fiction tale December 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rock Killer is good old-fashioned science fiction with genuine science and a fascinating view of the future. Asteroids are turned into space-ships by the addition of strategically placed engines, then flown to earth to be mined in orbit, their materials used to satisfy the ever-growing needs of a technological society. Of course, some people worry about safety--some with justifiable cause, others with the usual political disregard for logic and science. When the Gaia Alliance starts throwing bombs and killing SRI's employees to publicize their cause, it's time for Strategic Resources Inc to do some clever spying, and Charlie, upset at the death of her lover, is just the person for the job.

The novel has lots of interesting characters and intersecting storylines, all coming together as the asteroid is snared and heads for earth. Ecological terrorists join forces with political evil in a very convincing way and the science is nicely plausible with well-chosen details. Chapters told from different points of view give the reader a good feel for character and motivation and provide an ideal platform for the author's ideas. Dialog is slow sometimes as characters ponder their own motivations. And the politics is intensely American--a problem to my European ears because of its implied criticism of other points of view. But some truly lyrical passages bring readers into the wonder of space, while genuine science emphasizes its dangers. This post-modern world of big corporations, still rife with the follies of politics and nationalism, is scarily real.

If real science bores you, or right-wing politics infuriates you, this probably isn't the novel for you, but it's a well-crafted well-told tale with plenty of excitement, solidly real details and a really good plot, highly recommended for real science fiction fans.

Disclosure: I was given an ecopy of this novel by the author as he thought, correctly, I might be interested in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel safe with these guys in my future. May 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Story Line: SRI is attacked by GA and has a ship stolen. Frank is murdered. Charlie has to find the GA to prove they killed frank. Alex has to save his crew. Rock Killer wants resources. Miners for Earth want resources. Mrs. Cortez helps save Charlie. Earth and the moon and the asteroid belt are all connected.

Characters: Charlene (Charlie), Mitchel (Mitch), Frank, Kijoto, Yamada, Alex, And many more.

My Favorite Character: I don't really have a favorite because I love them all. Each has their own abilities and each are strong in their own ways.

My Favorite Part: There is a section where Charlie and McConnell are talking about how humans are living larger lifestyles then they should. Even if they have the resources to do so, the technology and growth are dehumanizing humans. I love the thought and philosophy of this section. It connects with times now so real that you'd think you were hearing it in person and not reading a fictional book. BRAVO!

Full Concept: Read about how terrorist never give up. How earth and the moon forces team up to save the peace. How resources have now become plentiful. How strength is not always how strong you are but what actions you do. Read about the future, about how the world could be. I loved this book. I loved getting to read and explore the depths of space and the people in it.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5. This could be our future. This could be how things and lives will survive. This COULD be real. Any book that makes my mind believe that the future could hold everything that is being spoken and can put that much realistic philosophy into a fictional story is amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S. Evan Townsend Does It Again! May 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
SRI - Space Resources Incorporated, is a powerful multinational conglomerate based in Japan. SRI has interests all over the world, a well as in space. They bring asteroids from the belt near Jupiter into Earth orbit and harvest them for resources.

GA - Gaia Alliance, is a militant arm of an organization like Greenpeace. They consider SRI the enemy, claiming they are raping the environment of space, making it unstable. Unfortunately, they have very powerful friends in the US government as well as other parts of the world.

Faruq is the leader of UBAS - United Baath Arab States. An ambitious man, he wants the presidency of Syria for himself. He has manipulated and maneuvered until he has himself in a position to take the country by force. He plans to use the GA to strike against SRI, initiating a revolution.

The first step in the process, members of the GA attack SRI's base on the Moon, stealing one of their own ships to use against them. The attack goes off as planned, but the GA members meet more resistance than anticipated. They still manage to steal the Rock Skipper, renaming it Rock Killer. Armed and highly dangerous, the Rock Killer goes after their target, SRI asteroid 1961.

Rock Killer is a well paced, exciting novel of international intrigue. The plot is engaging and the reader feels sympathy with the plight of the characters. The intricate plot is clearly delineated, the tendrils of each diverse storyline woven into a fascinating whole that keeps the reader involved.

Rock Killer is a wonderful read. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great story of adventure and intrigue.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Killer, Great Sci-Fi
Rock Killer has a Non Stop action storyline! The story is loaded with Action with technical facts woven throughout, it makes you feel that You are There. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Killer
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It had a lot of interesting characters and the plot was good too, very original. A good read.
Published 8 months ago by mrogow
3.0 out of 5 stars Asteriod harvesting...
John Galt goes into Space. Interesting for the descriptions of hardware, operations, etc. Dialog and characterization were iffy, although the villians were quite believeable as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but a bit overly-political
I'm not exactly sure how Townsend's new novel Rock Killer came to my attention. All I do recall is that the ebook edition was up on Amazon as a free download, so I took a flyer on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Lots of low priced and free books are bad. Lots are good. So are lots of high priced regularly published books.
This book was great! Highly recommend.
Published 15 months ago by Reuben J. Sherwood
3.0 out of 5 stars It makes me long for the subtlety of a Heinlein juvenile
There's a lot wrong with this book. It's didactic. And the author takes detours with his plot that are there expressly for the purpose of beating you over the head with his... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert P Minneman
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish writing
I'm as surprised as anyone that I didn't like this book, but I couldn't even finish it. It wasn't the political leaning, but merely the quality of the writing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brock M. Cusick
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thick Plot!!
I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I agree 100% with the comparison to Tom Clancy. This is just like a Sci-fi version of one of his books!! Read more
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S. Evan Townsend has been called 'America's Unique Speculative Fiction Voice.' Evan is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives with his wife and has three grown sons. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.

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