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About the Author

Ross Harrison is the author of three novels and two short stories. Although he doesn't stray from science fiction, he has ventured into multiple sub-genres, including space opera, thriller, noir, and steampunk. He has been writing since childhood, and occasionally likes to revisit those old stories for a good cringe and nervous laugh.

Ross lives on the UK/Eire border in Ireland, where he moved from England in 2001, hoping the rain will help his hair grow back.

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  • File Size: 2812 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shadow Archer Publishing; 2 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZBK6QA
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm sure the author had a fun writing this book, but it is so cheesy and unrealistic (even for sci-fi), that it's hard to enjoy. Time and time again you find yourelf saying "Huh? Why didn't fleet just do that? Wow that's convenient! How did they get there so fast?" It starts off well, good action standard hero-type main character, and then proceeds to jump all over the place with little to no common sense or consequences. The main characters can conveniently hop from planet to planet in minutes, over-come any obstacle with simple off-the-cuff plans that apparently even the vaunted "fleet" cannot think up, use transporters (only meant for cargo) on humans with no side-effects, save every crew member from near-death but for some reason don't check to see if their biggest fleet ally is really dead or not and the list goes on! The author starts with a good sci-fi action platform and then proceeds to create a story that resembles the Baron Munchausen on steroids - but without the dream-state or cohesion. Not sure what the previous reviewers were thinking. Definitley not a $3 plus book.
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Travis Archer is a freelance bounty hunter who accepts an official assignment to hunt down and destroy the Star Wraith, a powerful but apparently unmanned ship with the nasty habit of appearing out of nowhere and destroying ships. Although Travis and his crew are the focus of the story, the narrative cuts to other scenes in a cinematic fashion. The more fascinating scenes of these reveal glimpses of a shadowy villain called Baorshraak, whose goals and motivations remain shrouded in mystery even as he appears to be the one pulling the strings.

Harrison writes with a distinct attitude that is very aware of the genre his story takes place in. References are made to the clichés of space opera, which he acknowledges and makes fun of even as he unapologetically takes advantage of them. Many ideas in this book are decidedly familiar--starfleets, space cowboys, humanoid aliens--but they are used well. There is a dry sense of humor that radiates not only from the characters but the narrative itself, as though it isn't taking itself too seriously.

Although this attitude makes for entertaining commentary, there are a few moments where it seems somewhat intrusive--as though it's the author speaking and not the character. Nevertheless, it's what adds an extra bit of sparkle to the already dynamic plot, which carries the reader to unexpected corners of this galaxy.

Overall, Shadow of the Wraith is a smartly plotted and entertaining space adventure that takes the reader on many twists and turns--the direction the story goes in is quite different from what is expected. But in the end, it's really the characters' voices--and Harrison's--that make it memorable. I ended up enjoying it so much that I suffered from two nights in a row of Star Wraith Insomnia--the inability to sleep due to the fact that I had to keep reading.

[This is a condensed version of the full-length review on my blog: zigzagtl dot blogspot dot com]
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Another classic "straight to DVD" stinker that feels like a screenplay for a very bad TV movie. Yeah I get it. The author is just tring to be clever with lines like "...the others dived for cover behind the fire resistant crates." The writing is lazy the transitions are jarrring, and the plot is weak.
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This is really a fantastic book. I am sure many Sci-fi lovers will find this book exciting and thrilling as I liked it myself. The book is rich in characters, events, imaginations and what not. I really liked the entire novel and there is no specific character which I liked the most. Travis Archer, a freelance bounty hunter will accept an assignment to destroy the strange "Star Wraith" ship. He builds his team with some unusual characteristic persons that each a tale to offer us. The expedition is written splendidly and I must say, the vivid description of each space station, space ships, weapons, armor suits and the bots is just brilliant. I liked the witty robot "Arkuun-Marl" with his lame jokes and quirky responses that adds a comic relief to the serious operation. Overall, its a nice experience reading this book. I was so engrossed with the story, I couldn't able to put it down, that actually made me to finish reading this book in 2 days!!

I recommend this book to every other Sci-fi lovers out there. You're gonna enjoy a fantastic tale.

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Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Shadow of the Wraith

By: Ross Harrison

Genre: Adult Sci-fi

Star Trek meets Star Wars–there was even a Captain Kirk and a C3po. Each had different names, but that is what they reminded me of. I will be honest. I have never been a Star Wars or Star Trek fan. However, if you like those you will definitely like Shadow of the Wraith.

Although going into this book I knew I was dealing with space sci-fi. This quickly became a little too sci-fi for me. It seemed like a tired storyline, one that I had seen many times before and saw throughout this too. But understand, please, this is only my opinion. The many readers that love space sci-fi will definitely love this book.

It is written for adults 18 and up, in my opinion. I would not recommend it for ages younger than that. However, parents, it is your child and you can make that decision.


There was some crude language in it. I believe it would have been fine without it. The reader knows they are misfit soldiers without having to use crude language to prove it. Again just a warning. Some care and some don’t.


The description in the story was decent. You could get an idea of what a character looked like and what the many “ships” may have looked like. It took me awhile to get into it because of the dialect it is written in. I am used to American English and this was written in what reminded me of UK English. That was rather a hurdle for me, but once into it and realizing how it was written, I was able to sail through it. It moved along at a medium pace. There was some action to keep your interest. Then it came to the main scene and took off. Star Wars or Star Trek fans will love it.
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