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Allies and Enemies: Fallen (Volume 1) Paperback – November 17, 2015
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"Aliens and Enemies: Fallen is a solid SF tale. It has a nice layered storyline with a relatively fast paced plot... everything you would want in a SF suspense space opera."
For fans of space operas like "Farscape" and "Firefly," this self-published science-fiction novel... -- the first in a trilogy -- is well worth a look. Genetically engineered to be the loyal soldier of a totalitarian intergalactic regime, Sela Tyron follows her sense of right -- and her heart -- when her commanding officer becomes a wanted fugitive. The propulsive plot involves family secrets, ancient mythology, "mindjacking" and plenty of kick-assery, with a refreshing gender reversal (Sela tirelessly protects her male love interest rather than the other way around). Given the flowing prose, fast pacing, believable characterization and world building, it's no surprise Fallen was chosen by SF fans as a finalist for the 2016 Dragon Awards.
- Seven Days, July 2017
About the Author
Amy J. Murphy is not a Jedi. (Although she's married to this Scottish guy that claims to be one.) Nor is she a powerful mutant with adamantium claws and super-fast healing, or leader of the human resistance battling to overthrow cyborg overlords.
But, she is a fantastic liar.
She discovered this power at an early age and chose to wield it for good instead of evil (even though the evil part remains highly tempting.) With this power, Amy writes books about space opera featuring kickass heroines. These books are sometimes confused for military science fiction which is an easy mistake to make. She's ok with this as her debut novel, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a finalist for the 2016 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. At some point, she infiltrated the ranks of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and refuses to return the cool membership card they sent her when they figured things out.
When not geeking out at science fiction conventions, she's hunkered down in an isolated farmhouse in the maple syrup guzzling state of Vermont with the aforementioned Scotsman/Jedi and two canines that possess the ability to speak. She gives away free books if you write her a nice message via her website amyjmurphy.com.
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I came across this book and thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed getting to know Sela Tyron and could relate to her discomfort when detached from her military life. Her struggle with duty and need for choice was another theme that resonated with me on multiple levels. So, while Ms. Murphy is not a veteran and has little inside military knowledge, from what I can tell, she is able to capture the essence of a female soldier's life and struggles.
The book is very fast-paced and the characters are "perfectly imperfect" in all the right ways. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series, hopefully soon. So, if you are looking for a good military sci-fi novel, with a strong female lead and without the typical over-sexualized fantasy I find with SOME male writers, definitely give this book a try.
The story is equally rich and developed, well paced with an actual climax and resolution for a change, something more and more writers are forgetting about.
On its own, this book is a great read that is hard to put down. The writer sucked me into the world with the story-telling, the characters, and the entire universe she created. When compared to other sci-fi being written and published today it is beyond great, easily overpowering pretty much every other action space opera out there with superior pacing, story-telling characters and more.
I'm looking forward to more books from this author, especially since she's proving herself to be one of the best right now, easily eclipsing most everyone else writing sci-fi.
There was, however, one problem with the book, and that was grammar. There were several errors; usually one every 3 to 5 pages on average, I'd say. It's the reason I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars. Usually things like this bother me tremendously in a professional product, but I had little difficulty getting past it thanks to everything else being so good.
I also greatly appreciated the mythology/theology Murphy included in this world. It's easy to draw a some parallels to myths we have on Earth, but it still different enough that it really adds another layer to the world.
Overall, this was an entertaining read. It wasn't a great book, I'll admit that, but for $.99 it was a good grab. The world is well built and the characters even more so. There is a love story, but also a lot of action and spaceships. Definitely an entertaining read for a sci-fi fan.
Commander Sela Tyron refuses to surrender or to be sacrified. Abandoned by her executive officer on a resurgent planet, she protects her platoon with every ounce of her training. After delivering her team to the transport carrier, she confronts those responsible for this fiasco. It soon becomes clear that her survival was unauthorized, and except for her Commanding officer, Jonvenlish (Jon) Veradin's, actions in mounting a rescue, they would have been left behind.
Amy J. Murphy’s ALLIES AND ENEMIES revitalizes the compelling myth of the shield maiden,a female warrier, but this was no worn-out legend. It is a vibrant tale set on the futuristic backdrop of a high-tech military campaign. The world Amy envisions is both compelling and complete, and becomes instantly alive from the very first page.
Sela Tyron (Ty) is a fascinating character. She has an admirable physical toughness being a Breeder and all, but she also possesses endearing emotional frailties. It is a combination that makes the reader care for her ardently. As much as anything, it is Sela’s captivating personality that drives this novel. We're also introduced to other characters such as Ty's CO, Jonvenlish Veradin, who has feelings for Ty. We also meet his sister, Erelah, who is beset by her own demon, in the form of Defensor Tristic, who makes an excellend villian in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading ALLIES AND ENEMIES. It kept me reading much to late and I'm looking forward to the next book, Allies and Enemies: Rougues.
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