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From the Author
I wrote this book with the idea that I wanted to offer a radically different view to the Johnny Appleseed theory of evolution. I was inspired after years of reading science fiction with which I was becoming jaded, I thought I could write something a bit different. I chose the course of an ensemble cast, mixed with high action and, of course, technology, it should appeal to military SF / science fiction and space opera fans.
I love science fact as much as science fiction and have tried to incorporate some of these facts into my fiction, for example the science of the 'fold' system in the gravity drive, the alcubierre drive and the different weapons systems such as plasma rifles and PEP pistols which are based on real technology.
To my readers I say:
Thank you for buying my book and thank you for taking the time to write wonderful reviews. Without my readers, I would not be where I am now - a full time writer - and I am eternally grateful for this opportunity. Please keep in contact with me, I'm open to ideas, questions (and criticism) and you can get me at the usual hangouts. I'm not hard to find search 'ppcorcoran'
From the Inside Flap
"Suit, call Alonso." A pause followed by a double tone informed Alec that his suit couldn't establish a link to Alonso, instead it automatically searched for the next active ranking marine.
"Go for Semple." The voice sounded strained and distracted. Alec's face paled as he did a quick mental calculation. Semple was something like tenth in the chain of command.
"The situation is... let's call it fluid at the moment Sir... Wait. Jonas on your six! Two enemy on... Shit!"
On Alec's display Marine Jonas' name flashed red then disappeared as Semple came back on the link.
"Sir I have fifty-three KIA and virtually everyone else has an injury of some sort. The initial entry went as planned but as soon as we cleared the airlocks we were assaulted by enemy marines in full-up armor. They were using some sort of plasma grenade. The suits can take a lot of damage but plasma in a confined space you can imagine..." Semple paused, Alec heard the stress in his voice.
"Sergeant! Can you hold?"
- from Discovery of the Saiph by PP Corcoran
- ASIN : B00IMP3HB4
- Publisher : Castrum Press; 5th edition (February 23, 2014)
- Publication date : February 23, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4294 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #450,698 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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That being said, I had to take a break from this book about half way through. I realized I wasn't enjoying it when they were having their first battle against the Others (enemy alien race) and I was bored. I took a long break from reading it, came back to it and then finished it. For me it didn't really pick up until the alliances with other species came into play. When it was just humans versus others, I didn't really care. It wasn't until we teamed up with other friendly races that I actually started caring.
Part of the problem, for me, is the lack of character depth. I'm not saying the characters were one dimensional, I'm saying that we don't get to know the characters well enough to really care about them. A lot of times it felt like just saying someone's name and occupation was supposed to be enough to make me care about them. Other times it felt like there were so many names, ranks and occupations that it was hard to keep characters straight.
Once the other races came into play, though, I was fully engaged. I'm not fully sure I know why other than that it felt like it was no longer just "us versus them". It finally felt like there were actually other worlds to learn about, other cultures to learn from, and more.
I really appreciated Corcoran's sense of humor that came into play at good moments. I loved the contrasting ideas about "appropriate greetings" between the cultures. I really liked that economics and population were factors. There were plenty of technical aspects of expansion, exploration and war that were addressed that made it feel more real. My only problem is a lack of connection to the characters.
Overall, I can really only give this book a 2.5. I had to make myself finish it and it didn't pick up until late. I doubt I'll pick up any more books in this series.
Earth has recovered from almost destroying itself. Humans have begun colonizing the nearest planets when a means of faster than light travel enables exploration of planets farther away. This leads to the discovery of the existence of an energy signal located inside of a sterilized planet. Further investigation uncovers an alien library left by a race of beings called the Saiph. Their language is deciphered and humanity learns that it is a seeded race, one among just a few, whose DNA was influenced by the Saiph in an effort to leave something of themselves before the enemy they called the Others exterminated them. Earth's collective forces, now in the form of a republic, determine that it's best move would be to use the newly discovered technology in the Saiph library to create a larger and more militaristic space fleet to determine if the Others still exist and also the status of the other seeded races.
New ships and their crews are sent out on specific paths to find out if mankind has any five fingered cousins. The good news is that some are existing at different levels of development. The bad news is that the Others are still roaming around, for unknown reasons, bent on killing off any planet whose technology reaches a certain level.
The way humans use the new technology they come across is fascinating because they are not fighting over it. The near extinction experience has tempered their need to win at any cost although the politicians are still at each other's throats.
The descriptions of the space ships in terms of size didn't help me to visualize them I'm afraid but every thing else was great. There was even a little romance. I am off to read the second book and would invite anyone to read this series with me.
Also, the time-lines seem too elastic. Events which clearly took place hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of years in the past are juxtaposed with current events of the recent (decades to a few centuries) past.
Top reviews from other countries
Overall though an easily accessible read which enough excitement to bring you back for more.
My definition of good writing has to include believable characters and a believable plot and this book has that in abundance.
It has a taut, suspenseful, edge of the seat storyline populated by people you start to really care about.
I just finished this story with a great sigh of satisfaction (rare) and went on to order the rest of the series.
Highly recommended. Well done PP Corcoran!
Get this book and enjoy. I am sure you will.