- File Size: 835 KB
- Print Length: 367 pages
- Publisher: FriesenPress; 1 edition (July 10, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07V5RWP4F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,157,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beyond the Contested Zone (The Empty Sky Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Witty and smart...with intriguing world building and vivid imagery, Beyond the Contested Zone is a perfect read for science fiction fans across the universe!"
-Nicky Flowers, Indies Today --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Dangerous, weeks of solitude in the wilds, and low chance of survival, sign him up! Food will be scarce, and foraging will be harder the further he gets from home. The prize is some unknown bit of technology which could help them survive or might be nothing at all. It’s a lot to risk someone’s life on, unless that person has already lost the will to live. And face it, camping in the wilderness can be really in-tents.
But the mission does give Thomas something he desperately needs: purpose. With a little luck, maybe he’ll be able to piece together his fracture psyche. He’ll need his wits when reaches his goal, because the stakes are much higher than anyone imagined. The source of the signal could give the colonists a fighting chance against the alien scourge or doom the survivors to a quick and painful death. If he isn’t careful, like water at a hundred degrees, humanity will be mist.
Toby Cox’s story is a lot like Cast Away or Robinson Crusoe. Thomas spends a lot of the beginning of the book either struggling to survive or struggling to remain sane. A lot of that takes place as flashbacks in where the main character interacts with people from his past, primarily his dead wife. Toby tries to use this create psychological drama in which Thomas overanalyzes every action he had to come up with better solutions. For me this part of the story fell flat. After the first half dozen scenes, I started speed reading these sections. The survival parts of the story are good as Thomas uses cunning and skill to find food and survive alien encounters.
I enjoyed the second part of the book. Thomas reaches the objective and finds two people waiting for him. The story switches from a survival novel to a mystery novel with thousand-year-old who done it. Here, Thomas’ wits put him in good stead as he tries to reason out truth from fiction in a battle of wills. The very fate of the colony is at stake. I’m going to give this book three out of five stars. Toby Cox shows a lot of promise, and I’m looking forward to his future works.
I won't give any spoilers, but I must say.
Toby Cox is a very talented Author and I am beyond excited for the rest of The Empty Sky Series.