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Shadow of the Wraith (NEXUS) [Kindle Edition]

Ross Harrison
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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It sounds like a simple assignment: track down the mysterious Star Wraith and put an end to its rampage.

But when Travis Archer and his team of inept soldiers find themselves the most wanted people in the galaxy – hounded by assassins, terrorists and their own military – they realise the Wraith is just a symptom of a much larger problem...

Finding war raging between one army intent on destroying an entire species, and another that will destroy the galaxy, Travis must put aside his fears and his past to uncover the truth behind it all. To become the hero he's always imagined.

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Ross Harrison has been writing since childhood without thought of publication. When the idea was planted by his grandmother to do so, it grew rapidly, and after a bumpy ten years or so, here sits the fruit. Ross lives on the UK/Eire border in Ireland, hoping the rain will help his hair grow back. www.ross-harrison.com

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  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZBK6QA
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and exciting space adventure May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bounces all over the place - corny and unrealistic September 11, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrill ride of a space adventure! June 4, 2012
By Ann
Format:Kindle Edition
To begin, I thoroughly enjoyed Shadow of the Wraith. It's like the best elements of every science fiction story you've ever heard of, brought together into one epic adventure!

The cover features a very classic science fiction shot of a ship with a planet in the background. Only this one features a more ominous tone as a ship ploughs its way through a mess of ships.

The story is told from the alternating views of a mass of several different characters and situations. The story begins with the introduction of the very cocky "space cowboy" ex military man known as Travis Archer as he presents the readers to a future where humans have left a ruined Earth and have taken to living among the stars with other humanoid alien species in an uneasy truce, while he tries to carve out a living currently as a bounty hunter. Then we're brought to the primary situation at hand as the reader is apprised to the new ruling power of humans - the Terran Alliance and the growing trouble that this mysterious ship the "Star Wraith" is posing to ships that have crossed its path, and never live to tell the story. In an attempt to stop the Star Wraith, the military hires on bounty hunters as a cheap means to deal with this ghost ship...and guess who takes the job?

In the true fashion of space adventuring - Travis begins by going on a galaxy wide mission of assembling a rag tag crew each with a unique skill to contribute to the team. I have to admit, I love watching these crews come together - and the lengths that Travis goes to get the players he wants was incredible! In addition to Travis as the leader, some other crewmen we stumble upon is the reliable ex military best friend, the sexy but deadly love interest and even a comedic relief android.
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Ross Harrison has been writing since childhood without thought of publication. When the idea was planted by his grandmother to do so, it grew rapidly, and after a bumpy ten years or so, here sits the fruit.

Ross lives on the UK/Eire border in Ireland, hoping the rain will help his hair grow back.

www.ross-harrison.com

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