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To The Stars (The Harry Irons Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Stone
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Book Description

TO THE STARS is the first book in a science-fiction trilogy concerning an intrepid group of space explorers in the year 2107. Harry Irons dreams of escaping poverty and an over-crowded Earth by gaining employment with the Braithwaite Corporation. After proving himself in a series of tests, Harry gets his wish and soon enough finds himself struggling to survive on an alien world. TO THE STARS was written for a general audience and is sure to satisfy both younger and older fans of alternative fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper's Press (July 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AK1TK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,355 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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I'm always looking for good new SF authors and originally had high hopes for this book. I was willing to overlook some early shallow characterization and thin motivation, hoping it would improve as the story developed. Unfortunately, it got worse.

First of all, this author clearly doesn't understand the basics of the science involved:
--You can't sit on someone in a microgravity environment to subdue them
--It's VERY hard to imagine high-tech spacesuits that don't have radios and can't communicate with the ship in orbit or the shuttle on the planet.
--It's even harder to understand how these same suits magically DO have radios later as they're jetting across 90 MILES of open space up in orbit. Never mind surviving this with a major solar flare in progress...
--Red dwarf stars don't go nova
--Stars that DO go nova don't go from quiet and stable to imminent nova in a day and a half
--Shock waves require an atmosphere to travel--they don't propagate through space
--Electromagnetic pulses just don't 'dissipate quickly in the vacuum of space'

And so on. If you're gonna write SF you really need to get the science right. Otherwise, choose a different genre where this lack of understanding doesn't matter, assuming there is one.

Almost every character other than Harry Irons (the main character) seems driven by shallow self-preservation. They're mostly ready to abandon shipmates without much concern, to collect their bonuses for finding a probably habitable planet. If the big corporation funding all these mission really sent such poorly trained people out on their missions they'd lose their investment so quickly they'd have to cash in the entire effort.
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139 of 165 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars words of warning August 1, 2011
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Readers, please take note of a few words the author should have considered while writing this book. I'm sorry I couldn't like this book more; I realize it must take an awful lot of time to write and publish, but some attention must be paid to the following for a really top-notch, or even easily readable book.

1. Thesaurus. The use of which would prevent the author from over using words. For example: when the author wishes to inform his readers that a character is a genius, he won't have to say, "Character X is a genius." or have another character say, "Character X is a genius." over and over until the reader starts muttering under her breath, "Yeah, I know already."

2. Exposition. This concept differs from "explication," which is when an author tells the reader something. Exposition is when an author shows the reader something and should be used as much as possible. Constant use of explication where exposition should be used makes the reader feel as though there is a barrier between him and the action.

3. Sexism. Usually I'm the last person to complain about sexism -- especially in a science fiction book, since sci-fi generally appeals more to males than to females it's very common for there to be a tilt toward sexism. Yet in this book the only positive female character is a wealthy, perfect-bodied blond whose only real talent is a positive attitude! By contrast, the other major female characters include an ambitious career driven Russian, an aggressive and not overly bright black woman, and a computer who is willing to dump her masters for humans because she thinks humans are better predators. (Like a gang moll in an old gangster movie "trading up."_)

4. Racism. Oh, yeah, the black woman.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heather J. Sprinkle is right but... August 8, 2011
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Everything Heather J. Sprinkle says about this book is correct, but:
-- The plot is very good. You get two first contacts for the price of one.
-- The writing gets better as the book moves along. About halfway through you stop noticing the poor phrazing, etc.
-- The shifts in perspective are handled very well. They flow togetehr and you're never left wondering where you are.
-- The plot is not very predictable. Well, maybe in retrospect, but that doesn't count. As you're reading you want to know what will happen.
-- I like to think that the inherrent racism and sexism is because of undeveloped writing skills and the author trying to affect a 1950's space opera ambience.
Stick with it. I'm glad I did.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good plot twists but Mehhhh.... June 11, 2012
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Considering I picked up this book for free I can not say I over paid for it.

I liked some aspects of the story and the interaction with both alien races except the end with the Aboriginals, wrapping them up seemed odd and lazy.

Being science fiction based over 100 years in the future you think they would have better tech than is available at the mall today.
Their communications device should at least as good as an Iphone or droid.
Whats with the "optical discs"? Was there no 8 tracks available?

All the humans seemed to be fools at one point or another. I imagine after loosing a shipmate to an alien I would prefer to carry a sidearm at least. Is it just me or would you bring more than a 3 shot stun gun on a boarding action?

After reading the first Spinward Fringe for free I was expecting this book to be in the same league. Oh well, we can't win them all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
bleh.... where to start... I'll keep it short: below-average writing and character development, interesting plot ruined by poor execution, and everybody says "affirmative. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Eh?Dub!
3.0 out of 5 stars Well built plot,
but the plot alone cannot save this book. The writing style and tone is inconsistent throughout. A great deal of exposition is handled through conversation, which makes for awkward... Read more
Published 27 days ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Good second book
I thought the book was good. Took a little while to get into it but he was able to get a good ending to the book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY positive attribute this book owns, is that it was free ...
The number and degree of errors in the embarrassingly bad science are the first thing that makes this book painful to read (what a pitiful comment on American science education)... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in one setting
Good book. It has lots of action and keeps you interested. The ending leaves the story open for many exciting sequels.
Published 1 month ago by Randy C
4.0 out of 5 stars Was good and engaging enough that I wanted to find out ...
Was good and engaging enough that I wanted to find out more about the characters to buy the second novel.
Published 1 month ago by Longboy17
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent story can use some more meat!
It's an excellent read. Yet somehow feels incomplete. Not the story but the works and characters. The story in itself is interesting and I intend to finish the trilogy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Sidhu
3.0 out of 5 stars ... style of writing the people in the book made stupid
Fair start in a series I will read the next book but some things that happen in the book don't really add up in todays style of writing the people in the book made stupid mistakes
Published 2 months ago by Frank E. Schureman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
The story line is very well constructed. The character's development is very well constructed. The plot has some twists and turns.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas L. Trittipo
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this World
I found the book facinating. Couldn't stop reading it.
Published 2 months ago by colette oclare
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My fascination with alternative or speculative fiction began as a boy. Hot Texas summers were filled with baseball, fishing, and reading. In college, I was a mediocore student, studying writing, classical literature, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. Struggling with finances, I dropped out my senior year and enlisted in the Navy, serving two tours of duty with the Seventh Fleet in the closing years of the Vietnam War. Afterwards, I returned to school to complete my first degree and subsequently landed a position as a teaching fellow in the English Department at North Texas State University. It was either that or go to Fiji with the Peace Corps. To be honest, I think I would have preferred Fiji.

I have worked as a teacher, technical writer, systems analyst, martial arts instructor, and various other odd jobs. For a while, I thought I would end up as a musician, but music would have been a poor career move, sort of like deciding to be a fiction writer.

My stories are most often in the science fiction genre depicting characters under stressful and extraordinary settings. Even in a fantastic setting, I strive for honesty by creating characters who respond to their circumstances as I believe actual people would. The aliens, however, are unpredictable because of their very nature. That's why we call them aliens.

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