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Allies and Enemies: Fallen (Volume 1) Paperback – November 17, 2015
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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.
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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.
This book, "Allies and Enemies: Fallen" by Amy J. Murphy, has a distinctly "Farscape" feel to it. Some of the elements are very similar to the TV show, but I’m *not* suggesting this is intentional on the author’s part. Much is also very different. What isn’t different, though, was my enjoyment — especially when the author surprised me by taking the story in unexpected directions.
Part One of the book serves as an extended prologue. It takes place in the immediate aftermath of a failed military operation to quell a rebellion on a planet at the fringe of a repressive and socially stratified empire. Commander Sela Tyron, who led the operation, is a “breeder” — a military caste serving the whims of the upper class “cresters.” Movement between the upper and middle (commoner) classes is possible — Sela’s commanding officer Captain Jon Veradin and his sister are examples — but not for breeders.
Sela and Veradin don’t realize something bigger is happening than simply a failed military operation, but they begin to slowly piece things together with the help of Erelah, Jon’s sister. To say more than that would be to spoil the fun for new readers. The first of a trilogy, "Allies and Enemies: Fallen" doesn’t end on a cliffhanger (some folks get so upset when that happens) but for me there is no question about getting the other books to find out how the story plays out. The characters are well-drawn and interesting and the action scenes suitably exciting.
One final note: outside of a short introduction to Part Two, most background information on the larger picture of the Regime comes in dribs and drabs through character interaction or internal dialogue. This approach means information is provided with little or no immediate context, and it can be a bit confusing trying to piece together how it fits into the larger scheme. Still, I prefer this method much more than pausing the action to reveal expository info.
In sum, "Allies and Enemies: Fallen" is a great read, perfect for the beach or curling up on a rainy day. But don’t be surprised if, like me, you end up buying the next entry in the series as soon as you’re done.
Only the Fates know at this time.
I am enjoying this very much. I'm not really a fan of military science fiction - too many battles, not enough kissing. But in this book, while the world they inhabit is military, the story is really about people and their interactions. I like the evocative writing style. The story is intriguing and compelling. And I like the characters a lot.
My one complaint has more to do with my preferences than the author's writing. The emotional development between two of the main characters went further than I would generally want to see in this particular genre of story.
All-in-all, it was worth the read and I am interested to see how the author handles the second book. Great story.
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Our heroine Sela, is a force to be reckoned with in many ways.
Even her enemy, "Tristic" Admires her breeder- conditioning and strength.Read more