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Overload Flux: Central Galactic Concordance Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – October 18, 2014
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Overload Flux is a 2014 SFR Galaxy Award Winner
"'Overload Flux' is a great start to a new series. Carol Van Natta has created a universe that is interesting and complex." -- R. Hoch
"By the end I was cheering for the main characters. What more can you ask? P.S. When is the next book coming out?" -- Philip D. Long "If you like intrigue, action and love with your intergalactic travel ... then this is the book for you!!" -- Mel Low
"At its heart, it's hard SF with a depth of character and story that is not only memorable and fun to read, but has me hoping the next in theseries will not be long in arriving." -- Judy F Brenneman
"I stayed up so late last night finishing this, it was that good." -- Turtles
"I love Sci Fi and romance put together. It's a great combination. Ittakes a lot of skill to put the two together and Carol Van Natta brought it to this book." -- April Millman
"...exercises your brain and gets your heart pumping..." -- romancelady
"Part mystery, part science fiction, and part romance, Overload Flux is a fascinating imaginative read. 5 stars!" -- rann
About the Author
Carol Van Natta is a science fiction and fantasy author in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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The books has a solid mix of the typical well-loved tropes of Sci-Fi and Romance. Two damaged people not looking for love but finding love which may heal them. Bonus - The love interest couple never had a moment of "should I share my feelings" angst or a moment of staged arguing to keep them apart - the circumstances of the book provide enough barriers the author does not go with the very annoying brainless high-school angst in full grown adults. This is not an instant love romance but a slow discovery with the investigation into a murder taking the primary stage. In addition, both of the adults are intelligent but have different forms of intelligence to support each other in the Police Procedural part of the story.
Other tropes include one of the romantic leads having military background, an interstellar conspiracy which will continue to unfold as the series continues, and one of my favorite tropes of psychic powers (with unique worldbuilding in how this universe deals with and uses those blessed/cursed with the powers). About half way through the book, another beautiful sci-fi trope is added with a trip in a space ship - both the combination of the long boring travel between the stars where the romance has a chance to grow further and then the flaming reentry to the next portion of the dangerous investigation into murders on the new planet.
Ms. Van Natta has taken a lot of the typical stuff we all love about science fiction, romance, and murder mysteries, and blended it well to create a new universe for what is a promising series based on the debut novel.
Mairwen has a past she doesn’t want anyone to know about. Mairwen was a hunter, altered and trained by a corporation who would, should they discover that she isn’t dead, want their investment back. So she doesn’t put herself forward, pretending to be a dull night patrol security officer and showing no evidence of enhanced senses or out of the ordinary defensive skills. She takes great care to hide her abilities because getting noticed might cost her her freedom and even her life.
She’s doing well too, until the night she finds two murder victims and Luka comes along to investigate. Luka is employed by the same security firm as Mairwen, and for the first time in her life, Mairwen finds that she’s interested in a man. He’s interested in her as well and as the investigation unfolds, the two draw closer together and Mairwen discovers all kinds of feelings that she’s never had before.
This is another well-written sci fi book with interesting and likeable characters. The author has crafted a fine tale that kept me reading well into the night.
Then one night, she's called to work personal security for crime scene investigator Luka Foxe, who isn't all he seems and in that one chance encounter both their worlds get turned upside down.
No longer able to hide what she is from the intriguing and incredibly intelligent man, Mairwen decides that she needs to move on, find another place to hide, until she realises that Luka is awakening things in her that she never knew she was capable of, and being human again might just be achievable with Luka in her life.
So Luka's cause – finding the killers who murdered his friends – becomes her cause as she takes on the duty to guard Luka and keep him safe, from deadly merc crews, phychic kidnappers and deadly pharma companies intend on silencing him, and she also has to help keep him safe from himself when his own unique gifts threaten to put him in a coma.
This is a love story in space where two broken, talented and intelligent people get thrown together in a race to discover who is killing and stealing vaccine material from the transport company they both work for.
I enjoyed reading it, and might be interested in reading the rest, but the other books in the series focus on different characters in the Central Galactic Concordance universe.
4 stars out of 5 for Overload Flux.