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Contract of Defiance: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 1 Kindle Edition
In a few hundred years, the Algol system becomes humanity's new home. The question is: is it a better one?
When a crew of arms smugglers botches their latest job, Corps-deserter and crewmember, Aly Erikson, is separated from her brother, the only person she can trust, and left behind to fight for her life. In the aftermath, as she tries to piece together what happened, a crew of roughneck settlers pressgang her into a dangerous mission in the heart of Corps territory.
Time is running out to get back everything she's lost…
Her crew, her brother, and her options. But no one is taking her gun.
Winner of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Contest for best action/thriller. Finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Best Indie Book Contest for science fiction/fantasy.
What people saying about the Spectras Arise Series
"A fast-paced and fun sci-fi space adventure with a great protagonist... starts with a running gun fight and doesn't let up until the explosive conclusion."
"Top Notch SciFi Read!"
"I'm torn between wanting to savor every exciting moment of this gorgeously written series or binge-read to find out what happens next."
"Thrilling, Roller-Coaster Ride of Military Sci-Fi Adventure"
"Contains the kind of action that makes it hard to turn off the light and go to sleep."
Other books in the Spectras Arise series
Conviction: A Spectras Arise Prequel Novella
Contract of Defiance: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 1
Contract of Betrayal, Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 2
Contract of War, Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 3
The Spectras Arise Series Omnibus, including all four books
- ASIN : B007TK6KCG
- Publisher : Tammy Salyer (January 1, 2013)
- Publication date : January 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3037 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #876,332 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The action is pretty good, the characters okay and the story easy enough to follow. I just didn't feel like I wanted to invest enough in Aly to care what happened to her or her brother. There's some budding romance as the story goes along, which seems to get more involved in the next book, according to the preview in this book. That was enough to make me decide I wouldn't buy it and would stop with this book.
The novel gives us two Marquee-level antagonists. One is personified in the ruthless, vengeance-obsessed Janos Rajcic; the other is the Admin, an utterly amoral totalitarian governing power. However, Rajcic never becomes completely convincing, possibly because he comes onstage too late into the story for satisfaction, while the Admin remains essentially an abstract evil shadow the protagonists all hate. Because the antagonists are dramatically insufficient, the forward pressure of the plot must rely on Aly’s need to find and rescue her brother David...and that isn’t quite enough to power the first novel in a three-part series.
A lesser problem is that from about the three-quarter point, the story begins to feel stretched, excessively long. That might be a consequence of the shortcoming above, as well-colored, well-positioned villains have a plot-driving dynamic all their own.
Still, it’s pretty good: about 3.75 stars. But I’m unsure whether I’ll be continuing to read the series.
I read that the author is an ex-paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne so that explains why the weapons and tactics were so well described, and from her writing, I can't help but wonder if she saw actual combat. I realize being a veteran doesn't guarantee a good story, but in this case it sure worked.
I may have gotten this book for free, but after reading it I immediately ordered the rest of the series, including the short prequel that tells how Aly and David came to be smugglers with Rajcik. I'll let you know what I think when I finish them. As for this book, I highly recommend if you like well written military Sci-Fi.
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Salyer has created a very believable future where a dominant military forces good people onto the wrong side of the law. While the story contains plenty of action to keep things going, it is the characters that draw you in. In Aly you have a strong, female protagonist who is no caricature. She is flawed, makes mistakes but continues to struggle against what life throws at her in order to save her brother.
As the motivations of the support cast are revealed, you realise what a fantastic job Salyer has done to create an ensemble of characters of real depth while at no point slowing the plot through overuse of backstory or exposition. Another thing I really liked about this book was that each act of killing has an impact on the characters involved and isn’t purely there as entertainment. There are consequences for each and every action and Salyer isn’t afraid to show them.
If you like the fantasy of Joe Abercrombie or Glen Cook, or if you are a fan of the film Aliens, you will love this really enjoyable book. Highly recommended.
The supporting cast is also given great consideration with some interesting characters I’m looking forward to getting to know better in the sequels. The villains don’t get quite the same level of focus, verging on cliched occasionally, but it never got in the way of the story or lessened the impact. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended for fans of fast paced action with a load of decent characterisation.
Aly Erikson is a fascinating character. Aggressive, impatient, and slow to trust, her choice of friends is suspect. She hardly seems to understand true friendship is possible, and is so suspicious of other’s motives she refuses to accept the obvious. However, she understands her love and loyalty for her brother, David, who she’s determined to save from the Admin, the galactic authority in this part of the universe, and she is practically itching to bowl down anyone and anything that gets in her way.
Well-written and descriptive, there is a background story for almost every character, each with their own peculiarities that helps define their relationship with Aly. The fast-paced plot is mixed with lots of military sci-fi details and a nice world setting for the rest of the series. Highly recommended.