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Rock Killer by [Townsend, S. Evan]
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About the Author

S. Evan Townsend is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives with his wife and two teenage sons and has a son attending the University of Washington in biology. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing (March 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GHNH28
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terrorism, space battles, corruption... Sci-Fi isn't my usual read, but I really enjoyed this book. Townsend does a great job of portraying a future that is both believable and frightening. His characters are strong and relatable. Rock Killer takes you on a routine mission for SRI that turns out to be anything but routine. This is a battle between earth's energy needs and the eco-terrorists' desire to destroy everyone and everything that disagrees with their beliefs. The crew of the Asteroid SRI-1961 along with security officials from both space and earth are in a race against time to find the source of the terrorists and put a stop to them before more innocent people die. A fast paced, action packed thriller that you don't want to miss!
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Five stars for Rock Killer by S. Evan Townsend, a great traditional sci fi thriller with current political and ecological overtones. This exciting adventure has ecoterrorism, international and political intrigue, and true heros, coupled with deep space adventure. Studded with out-of-this- world science and heart pounding suspense, it's a book not just for sci fi enthusiasts, but for everyone who likes a good thriller. Kudos to Sheldon Townsend for this great read.
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Rock Killer is an interesting change of pace for Townsend fans. This novel has no magic, but a lot more sci-fi. The science and technology that Townsend sees in our future is fascinating, realistic and possible. The politics that he sees is terrifyingly possible. Another great novel from Townsend.
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The first 2/3 of this book had me wondering if I should continue reading. There are a lot of characters that initially I had trouble keeping track of, which is my issue, others may like that aspect. The last 1/3 of the book stepped it up well and I'm glad I finished. An interesting premise, moving astroids near Earth and mining them and the violent resistance by radical environmentalists set up a good conflict. Probably some will like this more than I did but still happy I finished it.
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Rock Killer is good old-fashioned science fiction with genuine science and a fascinating view of the future. Asteroids are turned into space-ships by the addition of strategically placed engines, then flown to earth to be mined in orbit, their materials used to satisfy the ever-growing needs of a technological society. Of course, some people worry about safety--some with justifiable cause, others with the usual political disregard for logic and science. When the Gaia Alliance starts throwing bombs and killing SRI's employees to publicize their cause, it's time for Strategic Resources Inc to do some clever spying, and Charlie, upset at the death of her lover, is just the person for the job.

The novel has lots of interesting characters and intersecting storylines, all coming together as the asteroid is snared and heads for earth. Ecological terrorists join forces with political evil in a very convincing way and the science is nicely plausible with well-chosen details. Chapters told from different points of view give the reader a good feel for character and motivation and provide an ideal platform for the author's ideas. Dialog is slow sometimes as characters ponder their own motivations. And the politics is intensely American--a problem to my European ears because of its implied criticism of other points of view. But some truly lyrical passages bring readers into the wonder of space, while genuine science emphasizes its dangers. This post-modern world of big corporations, still rife with the follies of politics and nationalism, is scarily real.

If real science bores you, or right-wing politics infuriates you, this probably isn't the novel for you, but it's a well-crafted well-told tale with plenty of excitement, solidly real details and a really good plot, highly recommended for real science fiction fans.

Disclosure: I was given an ecopy of this novel by the author as he thought, correctly, I might be interested in it.
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Remember the cartoon Captain Planet? Remember how ridiculous the corporate villains were in that story? Fat, greedy, and out to make a buck at the expense of humans and nature alike? Spin that around and you have technology hating
environmentalist terrorists villains who are equally juvenile. Oh but the hero here is the corporation who has more money than God but somehow grows a heart and takes good care of its employees. And yes tosses nuclear waste around for revenge? Please. Technology isn't evil and neither are environmentalists. The only interesting thing is the technology behind the asteroid mining operations, but the liberal bashing politics makes it difficult to enjoy. Being an environmentalist doesn't make you a terrorist or anti-technology.
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Story Line: SRI is attacked by GA and has a ship stolen. Frank is murdered. Charlie has to find the GA to prove they killed frank. Alex has to save his crew. Rock Killer wants resources. Miners for Earth want resources. Mrs. Cortez helps save Charlie. Earth and the moon and the asteroid belt are all connected.

Characters: Charlene (Charlie), Mitchel (Mitch), Frank, Kijoto, Yamada, Alex, And many more.

My Favorite Character: I don't really have a favorite because I love them all. Each has their own abilities and each are strong in their own ways.

My Favorite Part: There is a section where Charlie and McConnell are talking about how humans are living larger lifestyles then they should. Even if they have the resources to do so, the technology and growth are dehumanizing humans. I love the thought and philosophy of this section. It connects with times now so real that you'd think you were hearing it in person and not reading a fictional book. BRAVO!

Full Concept: Read about how terrorist never give up. How earth and the moon forces team up to save the peace. How resources have now become plentiful. How strength is not always how strong you are but what actions you do. Read about the future, about how the world could be. I loved this book. I loved getting to read and explore the depths of space and the people in it.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5. This could be our future. This could be how things and lives will survive. This COULD be real. Any book that makes my mind believe that the future could hold everything that is being spoken and can put that much realistic philosophy into a fictional story is amazing.
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