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Nova Refuge: Warrior Born (Volume 1) Paperback – December 20, 2008
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About the Author
Justin Stebbins was born in Virginia in 1987 and has a bachelor's degree in history. He has been displaying his art and writing on his personal website since he was 12, using the online handle "Saber-Scorpion." He self-published his first novel, G4M3: Shattered Reality, in 2006, selling it through his website: www.saber-scorpion.com. He now focuses primarily on writing about his sci-fi universe Nova Refuge, and his fantasy universe Wulfgard.
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Enigmatic Lucas Mars (reminiscent of Timothy Zahn's 'Thrawn' character from Heir to the Empire) takes on the task of ruling the Roman-like country of Xarkon, while the stern-but-fair Rick Radcliff leads the Victorians in their path to conquest through diplomacy, and the pragmatic mercenary-leader Grimm leads his forces of gruff warriors. The three titans of this new earth-like planet come to the front lines, each with their own ideas of what it takes to create the perfect warrior in a city-wide offensive that left me turning pages long into the night.
The characters in this novel are presented as real human being with intentions, motives, emotions, and personalities. There is no "good" or "bad" side, only different ideologies (much like our own history). There are heroes on all sides. Living through the stories of Ryan Arkanian and Justin 'Saber-Scorpion' (not to mention the mysterious 'Jade' and the wonderfully rough Grimm III), the conclusion to this novel has characters you have grown to love in their own right, battling to the death for their beliefs and countries.
Any fan of independent (though by no means limited in scale) science fiction should pick this book up as soon as they can.
Justin Stebbins does more than indulge a nerd's desire for epic battles and dramatic plot lines, though he does supply those in gleeful abundance. Moreover, he delves into studies of the human spirit, the motives and ideals that bring us together...or drive us to fight. Thousands of years and another galaxy later, and mankind has found yet another opportunity to spill its own blood. Factions will rise and fall, warriors will heed the call to arms, and battle lines will be drawn. Which side will you choose?
What I am going to tell you is that Warrior Born is an incredible science fiction novel and one of the best I've read. If you enjoyed settings such as Star Wars, Halo, Mass Effect and Dune, you'll love the species, technology and people of Nova Refuge.
Warrior Born should be on the reading list for any fan of Sci-Fi, military fiction or someone who just enjoys a good book.
What if the best special operations commandos weren't only skilled but bred for war? Genetically selected for key patterns in their DNA that promised the perfect soldier?
Is there a bond between brothers in arms that is even greater than blood?
Justin "Saber-Scorpion" Stebbins has crafted an intricately detailed and vibrant science fiction novel with a remarkable cast of characters, knife-edge suspense and thrilling action that should be hallmarked by many.
Finally crafted to weave realistic characters into a fantastic setting, Warrior Born is a step above its contemporaries.