- File Size: 633 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468103547
- Publisher: Doug Farren (December 16, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006NCFBJE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The kind of books I really enjoy are ones with characters that I learn to love, root for, and care about. Off Course has those characters. It's clear that there's an opportunity for a new series here, with new worlds and civilizations unknown to the human explorers, omnipotent starfarers with ambiguous goals, and a lurking enemy, powerful and poised to wreak havoc on the burgeoning stellar societies.
It's a rare thing when the first book in a series (hint hint) contains no violence, no blasting space beams, venting atmospheres, or body parts flying into the cold vacuum, while remaining a fun page-turner.
Kudos Doug, can't wait for the next one.
(Need a reviewer before it's published? :-)
As the crew of the freighter ship Star-Pulse slowly appreciate the gravity of the situation, that is how far away from Earth they are, salvation is found on an inhabited planet in a solar system that mankind has never been to. Meeting as cautious, distrustful strangers, humans and the spider-like Keldans must find common ground between the two species, as each group seeks to avoid doom. . .
Off Course is a thought provoking novel that explores the issue of first contact, and the various implications that arise as a result. Trust is a key element that the author deftly explores, and he visualizes a process of negotiation where each side takes small but definitive steps to show the other that the trust is well placed. Eventually, Doug Farren shows how rewarding trust and honesty with one another could be, in allowing each side to achieve its primary objectives.
Off Course is a fantastic science fiction novel that avoids conflict and violence, resolving to use instead dialogue and truthfulness to move pass disagreements and misconceptions. Its approach to first contact will surely be appreciated by Star Trek fans, and this novel is highly recommended to such readers.
The editing missed a few wording errors ("peal" vs "peel", "waste" vs "waist" and "desert" vs "dessert" come to mind), but those were minor distractions to this reader and so did not affect my 4 star rating for this book.
The story is complete from front to back. It does not lag, drag or skip leaving the reader wanting. Suitable for all ages and genders.
Honestly, was on Amazon to purchase a html book that was 5 stars but cheapas a time filler. Very pleased to find this (to me) new author.
Thank you Mr. Farren! Well done.