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- Publisher: Astral Books (August 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2016
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Following an insightful discussion of mankind and the future by author Jennifer Foehner Wells, take a journey far beyond the stars and follow the escapades being told in the following twelve original tales, starting with:
Michael Ezell’s “The Good Food” – Jensen and his canine sidekick Roy who can talk (!) land on a planet being terraformed, seeking to find out the cause of a peculiar problem. While there is no complex life present, what they discover will be far out of the ordinary! A powerful story about a soldier and his dog that’s also a terrifying tale with an inventive dilemma and a surprising ending.
David Bruns’ “The Epsilon Directive” – Tom is a soldier on a death squad tasked with hunting down every last Scythian after defeating them in the war. But Tom’s heart isn’t in it, especially after encountering a unique situation where conscientious objectors harbor the enemy! How Tom and his squad react to this is both thrilling and thoughtful, with some unpredictable twists.
Christopher J. Valin’s “Just an Old-Fashioned Lust Story” – A highly skilled bounty hunter is hired to track down a rich guy’s wife who stole her husband’s money. But when this job becomes more than that, they have a lot of fun together until they’re confronted by other bounty hunters! An action-packed adventure, an unconventional protagonist with an interesting background along with remarkable storytelling and unforeseen developments.
E.E. Giorgi’s “The Quarium Wars” – Hyleesh is a Yaxee, part of a superior force that just wiped out a planet and its population for its own gains. But when a secret is revealed, Hyleesh must fight for his very survival! You can feel the sorrow and smell the desperation in his struggle to prevail despite steep odds while also superbly displaying a character of strong moral fiber in a world where it’s sorely lacking.
G.S. Jennsen’s “Re/Genesis” – Eren is an anarchist, fighting for a cause and an organization that wants to make a bold statement by destroying something significant. Sent on a suicide mission, Eren encounters one difficult obstacle after another but will she succeed in her mission? Filled with suspense and an excellent use of alien culture to deepen Eren’s character and motivations, it’s a breathtaking journey with an explosive and marvelous ending.
Nick Webb’s “Second Place” – Frank was the second man to land on Mars and is now one of its numerous colonists. So why does he want to die so badly and why he is going to such elaborate lengths to do so? A cleverly told tale of love, family and finding purpose, filled with sparkling wit and poignant insights that illustrate its points soundly and with great flair.
Piers Platt’s “Last Pursuit” – Desh is an assassin who originally took on the job with the promise of a rich fortune if he can successfully complete fifty jobs for the Guild. But with weariness setting in and the complications multiplying for his fiftieth and final job, will he get the retirement he desires? Desh is well-portrayed character stuck with a near-impossible and intriguing assignment, punctuated with amazing action and well thought out unexpected developments.
Chris Fox’s “Relic Hunter” – Wes is an in-over-his-head rookie archeologist who’s found trouble in a bar. Rescued by a ship’s crew needing a job, together they team up to find a relic that could bring them fame and fortune on the planet below. But can they succeed where others have spectacularly failed? A fun, dangerous and rollicking adventure with wonderful banter, high stakes and featuring a super cool and terrific finale that brings the story full circle.
Adam Quinn’s “Procurement” – Captain Jareyn Brook saves lives running the Interstellar Emergency Service, a popular philanthropic organization. But when she’s grounded due to the loss of her ship, she’s caught up in a bureaucratic quagmire. Will she be able to continue her services and keep helping others? A delightful and humorous tale told with a breezy style showcasing out of the box problem-solving and an undercurrent of tension in a race against time.
Anthea Sharp’s “One More Star, Shining” – Liza and her girlfriend Selina are asteroid miners planning to go to the nearby planet for some well-deserved vacation together. After Selina goes to the planet first, Liza hears some horrific news but will everyone survive the tragedy that befalls them? A sad, heartrending story that is also inspiring and filled with an uplifting message of hope.
Michael Anderle’s “Tabitha’s Vacation” – The galaxy wide infestation of vampires leads to the founding of an organization to stop their evil and enforce justice. Ranger Tabitha goes on a highly problematic and hazardous mission to find one such target but can she succeed by herself with the help of some cool tech toys? An audacious, lively and highly entertaining story about a heroine who kicks butt and takes names despite insurmountable odds.
Caroline A. Gill’s “Elvis Has Left the Building” – Rora is an artificial intelligence helping humans guide a colony ship to create an entertainment planet over eleven years away. But this job takes a grim toll on humans – can the problem be fixed before it’s too late? Haunting and disturbing on many levels, the reader palpably feels the impact of loneliness in deep space and how it affects a human psyche, leading to a foreboding and truly chilling ending.
The world building in this anthology is second to none, as each story richly illustrates a colorful universe filled with possibility. There is a sense of fun and wonder in these tales, enveloping you in the various worlds the reader travels to in this anthology. So, come enjoy this celebration of space opera at its finest where Earth is but a distant star in the vast sky, mankind has spread to the far-flung reaches of the galaxy and your imagination is infinite.
Please note I was given an advanced readers copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Honestly I enjoyed all 12 of the stories, but those three were my favorites. I love these compilation books, they are fun to read and keep you guessing. With the stories being short it is easy to read an entire story in one sitting and then come back to it and start a new story later. Each of these are well written and have their own unique voice that will leave you wanting more. I see that there are more books books in this series so I"m excited to see what comes next in the books to come.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in return I was asked to give an honest and unbiased review. I'm glad I got the chance to read and review this book, it was a lot of fun and I can't recommend it enough.
It’s difficult to pick favorites, but standouts included “Quarium” (E.E. Giorgi), “One More Shining Star (Anthea Sharp) and “Second Place” (Nick Webb).
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