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The Calypsis Project (The Echo-Alpha Duology Book 1) by [Willows, Brittany M.]
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4**** "The Calypsis Project was a great read that I enjoyed for a variety of reasons. First,
the world building reminded me a bit of the Halo, universe, which I love. But the author
made the story feel unique and fresh. The aliens were imaginative and the military sci-fi
element was excellent."
- Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of the bestselling Orbs series)

5***** "The Calypsis Project is an action-packed debut novel! If you like military sci-fi this
is a must read. The pace and flow immediately hook the reader, as the story line smoothly
transitions from one exciting situation to the next. Kudos to the author on releasing a novel
that takes a fresh approach with the genre."
- Kadin Seton, author of The Eye of the Draco: Darkfall)

5***** "The Calypsis Project is an absolute read for readers with an insatiable passion for
 science fiction. Imaginative and creative in equal measure, Brittany's writing style really
shines throughout this sci-fi piece."
- Joannes Rhino, author of The Unseen Face)

5*****
"If you're looking for scifi action and adventure that just won't quit, The Calypsis
Project is the book for you!"
- Andromeda Bliss, author of Sasha's Story) 

About the Author

Brittany M. Willows is an author, gamer, and freelance digital artist living in rural Ontario, Canada, where she currently resides
with her mother, two cats and a dog. She has been creating fictional words for over a decade and has a passion for science
fiction, but also dabbles in other genres such as fantasy and steampunk.

 
The Calypsis Project is her debut novel and the first in a series of the same name.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1097 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brittany M. Willows; 1 edition (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HG0B07Y
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By Dawn Dolly Webb TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 1, 2014
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I bought this book for my foster son who really enjoys military-oriented sci-fi novels. Basically anything that combines supernatural creatures and war. He's fascinated by those kinds of stories. In my house we have a mom/kid book club where I'll read books side by side my kids and we discuss them. I picked this one out for my 14 year old and I'm so happy I did.

The book focuses on two viewpoints- those of 'human soldiers' and 'alien warriors'. There isn't a difinite enemy in this book. There are both good and bad characters, but neither aliens nor humans are necessarily bad. In a way it kind of reminded me of the movie "Avatar"- except with a bit less romantic influence. The main character is an Alien named Kenon- who almost from the very beginning of the story will capture your admiration and keep it. He's a really unique character in the fact that he's NOT a human soldier in the war between aliens and humans- but rather an alien. So many sci-fi books that are written based on wars between two creatures tend to pick humans as the main characters and also the 'good guys'. This book didn't do that. It puts you in a place where you can empethize with both creatures. But both my son and I, right from the start, had a liking for Kenon.

Kenon is a character that brings forth a lot of the heroic aspects of what you expect from an action novel. He's strong-willed, courageous, brave, and independantly minded (which, lets face it, during war not many soldiers are thinking with their own ideas). The book creates a storyline where Kenon has to befriend the enemy (humans). I really love stories with this 'different species uniting' concept as a basis. Whenever I read books like that with my kids it opens up the discussion of racism and prejudices.
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Science Fiction is not my favourite genre of book as I usually get so entangled in the technological jargon within the story that I often end up losing sight of the plot. So, it was with some trepidation that I downloaded the sample for The Calypsis Project by Brittany M. Willows. I wondered if it was going to be one of those Sci Fi stories where I have to concentrate so hard to envision all the futuristic gadgets that my head eventually explodes. I needn’t have worried. The Calypsis Project, while packed full of space tech, was so well written I never once felt like I was drowning in a sea of things unknown.

The story centres mainly around Kenon, our unlikely alien hero. He comes from a planet that has essentially distanced itself from the war that has been raging for a decade. So it is surprising when Kenon decideds to leave his home planet and join the conflict.

What I liked about the book

Like I said before, this book was well written. I loved that I could so easily visualise the planets, the aliens and the space tech. Willows shows great skill when it comes to descriptive prose which allowed the words on the page to come alive.

The book is written in third person from different perspectives. I enjoyed reading the story from Kenon’s point of view and found that I could identify with him even though he was an alien. Maybe that says something about me ':).
There are a number of interesting characters. Kenon is complicated and troubled with self esteem issues while Alana is feisty and self-assured – at least on the surface. Sometimes I didn’t like her and other times I loved her. The Queen was a strange one, and I can’t help wondering if there’s a story behind the story. All will be revealed eventually I’m sure.
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4.5 stars -- for nitpicky reasons, but I’m fine selecting 5 stars.

The greatest thing about this book, for me, was being able to so clearly see the world the author created. You know Willows absolutely knows her world(s) and has a clear picture of every little detail in her mind, and that sense of the author’s love and dedication to this story enriches the whole thing. The simple imagery and description gives just enough detail that you see where she’s directing, but there’s also plenty of room for your own imagination to fluff it up.
This is definitely the most action-packed book I’ve read in a while, but it never feels forced or ridiculous. The military feel works really well. One situation flows into the next with complete believability, and it’s really impressive how the fast pace also builds to a climax, with clear direction and intent. One minute you’re on one alien world, the next you’re on another, then you’re in a starship, then you’re flying through a portal, and it all works together to show the grand scope of this galaxy and build tension, showing what’s at stake.

The characters are pretty good too. I immediately liked the originality of the humans vs. aliens approach here – you START from the alien’s perspective and almost, almost are asked to side with Kenon against the humans. Starting with Kenon and his Drahkori world works really well to draw the reader into this reality and give you a “native” taste of what’s going on. Then things flip to a human perspective, and of course you sympathize with Knoble and his soldiers too. The relationship between Alana and Knoble as stepfather and stepdaughter was a really nice touch, not overdone but adding a bit of heart to the story.
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