Crystal Horizon: A Short Prequel to Crystal Deception Kindle Edition
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Synopsis (from the author): Crystal Deception is a science fiction thriller that includes everything from my list above, and this work, Crystal Horizon, is a prequel to that book.
I wrote this short piece with two thoughts in mind. One was to give new readers a low cost opportunity to sample the larger story and meet a couple of characters from the series. Perhaps you’ll enjoy yourself so much, you’ll want to read the full length books?
My second reason was to give current fans the backstory on Sid and Cheryl. This prequel takes place five years before the time of Crystal Deception, where we meet Cheryl as a captain of a military space cruiser and Sid as a covert warrior for the Defense Specialists Agency.
We learn in Crystal Deception that Sid and Cheryl have a shared history and, in particular, a romantic relationship that has somehow gone awry. In this prequel, we join them on the day they first meet and we experience that history with them.
What I liked: As mentioned above, Sid and Cheryl are two of the main characters throughout the books. In the later books, Sid is the fearless operative in a shadowy organization and Cheryl is working her way up the military chain of command, but you’ll get no spoilers from me on the later books. We do find out in the sequels that Cheryl and Sid have a history and Crystal Horizon gives a great backstory, and details how they met and the start of their relationship. For fans of the series, it is a satisfying completion. For those who haven’t read any of the books, it is a great introduction!
What I didn’t like: The only disappointment I had with the book was the relationship between Sid and Cheryl was a bit predictable. Other than that, good stuff!
Overall impression: Well-written, with a good introduction to the characters, Crystal Horizon was a quick, interesting, and entertaining sci-fi read. If you haven’t read the series, read this one first and then go enjoy the other two! Well done, Doug J. Cooper!
My rating: 5 Stars
If you’ve been on the fence about trying the Crystal Series, this is what you need. Crystal Horizon has introduced me to a couple key characters in the series and Cooper proved his writing prowess in the hour or so I spent on the novelette. I got this story free for signing up for a newsletter, I think… It sat in my TBR pile for a couple months, so I can’t be sure. However I saw that it’s priced to move on Amazon for a buck. It’s worth every penny, people.
I would complain that it left me wanting more, but since this little tale is designed to do exactly that, I confirm that Crystal Horizon only takes an hour to draw you into the series.