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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)
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GHNH28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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S. Evan Townsend has been called "America's Unique Speculative Fiction Voice" and writes novels that cause thrills and rapid page-turning. 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 in central Washington State with his wife and has three grown sons. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel. He currently has six published fantasy and science fiction novels.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M.A. Stanley on 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 7 people found the following review helpful By Fran Orenstein on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Johnson on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on December 5, 2012
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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 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rock Killer
Author: Sheldon Townsend

Progress and advances in science there are some that embrace it and others who want things to remain the same. Advances in science can help prevent illnesses, create a greener planet or just make the world environmentally safer. So, why would some people work really hard to prevent that and keep things on what they feel should be unchanged?

The Space Resources Incorporated Facility was attacked and several crucial members of the team. Charlene or Charlie Jones does her best to engage the intruders in battle but to no avail as her fiancé is murdered and so is a man named Prince. For Charlie things might have gone sour when her pressure suit depressurizes but she guided through much of the disaster by assistant chief security officer Rodriguez. What she sees at the end of it all will stay with her forever.

Alexander Chun is on his way home to his wife Kristen when he learns of the attack and the deaths of his friends. But, this might be the 21st century but space travel is different and many live on Earth and others on the moon. When a reporter on the moon relates the events of the explosion Alexander Chun is stunned but information is sketchy but someone does claim responsibility. Gaia Alliance does not want Space Resources to continue its changes and research and threatens more harm and attacks. Alex is the director of SRI and speaking to Mitchel he learns the nature of the attack on the lunar facility. Killing everyone they encountered including the chief of security they vandalized and stole one ship, the Rock Skipper.

Imagine an organization that mines asteroids in order to enrich our planet and not degrade it. Space Resources, Inc's function is just that.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dellani Oakes on May 3, 2012
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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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