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About the Author
I reside in Central Florida with the wife and two daughters. After thirty years in engineering, my time is now spent chronicling the adventures of fictitious heroes. They are off-world, fighting the good fight, keeping Man alive. For some it was meant to be their calling. For others... not so much. All however are willing to fight until the end. Flip open one of my books. Tag along as unlikely heroes try to conquer the galaxy or save all humanity. Get aboard as you're either with us or against us. This may be your ticket out of here... at least for a short while. Hope you have a great day!
File Size: 1015 KB
Print Length: 234 pages
Publisher: Stephen Arseneault; 3 edition (June 14, 2014)
The SODIUM series was Stephen Arseneault's first and is the prequel series to AMP. SODIUM is a little rough as the author found and refined his style, but it's still a fun read and definitely worth reading before AMP MESSENGER. If you already started AMP before reading SODIUM, you'll be OK, because Stephen Arseneault did a great job setting up AMP in this first book as its own story. You'll just have an origin mystery until you can go back and read SODIUM. I'm currently on the third AMP book, and I'm loving the series. As a Professional Engineer with a heavy manufacturing, R&D, and nuclear and electrical power background, I can sometimes be overly critical, but I've found AMP to be very entertaining and the science and technology plausible. The story in AMP has me fully immersed and thoroughly enjoying the read.
Edit: I'm on the seventh AMP book now, and later in the series AMP ties back into SODIUM in a very engaging way. If you started AMP first, I think you'll still be OK, but if you haven't read either, yet, I highly recommend reading SODIUM and then AMP. If you like sci-fi even a little, you'll be happy you did.
Don Granger and his partner, Frig, are trying to establish a messenger service. Their space ship has some issues. Luck comes their way with some improvements to the ship. They soon find themselves in a war. The writing is generally good but there are mistakes in grammar and word usage. The characters are well developed and you can easily identify with them. The story line is great, a space opera, but there isn't one central plot. The main problem with this book is: IT IS A SERIES. While this book has a pseudo ending, the story continues into more books. I do not read books that have no ending unless I am caught unaware of the fact as in this case. I like space science fiction and I enjoyed this portion. I don't like to be forced to buy the rest of the series to obtain a complete story.
I passed on this series several times....and was surprised how much I enjoyed the read. The story is outside the traditional military science fiction one reads--and a little lacking in the tactics and strategy department--but it doesn't suffer as a result. There is plenty of action mixed with humor--the story flows. I give the author credit for offering the first book for free--it is a put up or shut approach--and (for me at least) it worked. I will be buying the next book in the series (and happy to do so).
Another great Sci-Fi series by Stephen Arseneault. Arsenault reminds me of the old-style science fiction as done by the greats like Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. No mind-numbing social justice preaching, just a great story. I've yet to read a bad book by Arseneault, and I don't give that praise lightly. He has become one of my all-time favorites.
Outstanding writing style by Stephen Arseneault. This SciFi book was very well written with a style reminiscent of Heinlein in his early years. This is hard/traditional Science Fiction with a great plot and just the right amount of detail. The only drawback is the somewhat weak ending, setting up the next book in the series. Recommended
A space opera at its finest, Don Grange, along with his Gambit engineer Frig, is a Messenger, trying to make a living by hauling people and cargo across the Human sphere. Through a series of lucky chances and good planning, he ends up with a life few could even dream of. He's always just one step ahead of his foes, and often escapes by the skin of his teeth. I like hard science, and this definitely fits the bill. While virtually everything is way beyond our scientific knowledge today, none of it is completely outside of the realms of possibility. And every discovery leads to another one. Fast paced and full of interesting characters, this is a must read. I got the first book free on Amazon, but within a month I had bought and devoured the other seven, also, often staying up late at night (much to my wife's chagrin) reading. If you like space operas, you'll love this series.
AMP Messenger is the first book in the series. You can read it as a standalone but it is clear that the story is not over yet. There is a lot of violence. I will continue to read more of this series as I'm interested in finding out what happens next.
For thousands of years a gigantic space ship known as the Grid has been home to humanity. Their home world had been destroyed and all but forgotten. The Grid was always pursued by the Milgari, a cruel race that destroys planets and enslaves the lifeforms that lived there. The Milgari intended to take the Grid and steal the technology for the fastest engine known to exist. Don Grange and his sidekick Frig do not start out to save the galaxy , they were just trying to survive themselves . They were accidental heroes. This is an excellent sci-fi tale that is exciting from the first page. The action never stops and there are twists and and turns that you will not see coming. The characters are well developed and you will not be able to put the book down until you find out what happened to them. I greatly enjoyed this book and I bought the rest of this series.