- File Size: 199 KB
- Print Length: 36 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006L9DDIU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sergeant Riley's Account (The Sullivan Saga: Parallel Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Unlike many sci-fi stories I have tried to read recently, I was able to stay interested. Most of the sci-fi stories I've read lately have been filled with technical vocabulary from the start and they lose me. Rose has a way of writing that introduces new planets and races that doesn't seem unreal.
I thoroughly enjoyed this intro to the 'Sullivan 's War' series. The author's explanation of his thought process at the end solidified my interest in the series. I look forward to reading, or maybe watching, this trilogy. Thanks Mr. Rose, you've brought my reading interest to the sci-fi genre and I'm anxious to read more.
This is just the short story I needed to sit down with. It's a fast ready, yet it has a lot going on inside it where it's memorable. As the description states, this is a stand-alone story, yet at the same time it fits perfectly as the start of something much bigger.
As I stated this story was a fast read. It flowed from beginning to end as the action moved along. As the story kept unfolding I kept turning the pages, but I didn't want it to end. I was only left wanting more. I wanted to know what happens next. I wanted to see the politics of Edaline more, and I'm not very in to politics. I wanted to see the aftermath of the ending. What am I saying? I'm saying that I want to read Sullivan's War now! Luckily, I have it loaded up on my Kindle already for what I can dive into those three books.
This is the account of how the military started a war on Edaline. It is the story told by a lone survivor of an attack on the Squamata, the natives of Edaline.
I was able to relate easily to the main character of this story. The confusion Sergeant Riley felt, and the military pressure he was given brought the story to life for me. Although written as science fiction, there is an edge of possibility that brings the reader into the story. While this does not require the reader run out and find the next book, it does work very well to explain some of the story presented in Sullivan's War.
Since this was written as a stand-alone science fiction story, it works very well. It is not necessary to read any other books to be excited by this one.
I can easily recommend this book to those of us who really enjoy science fiction, but also those who enjoy military fiction. Having enjoyed this story, I was really looking forward to reading the Sullivan's War trilogy.
Rose's extensive use of inter-personal dialogue serves as an effective vehicle to illustrate Riley's change from a strict military subordinate doing as he is ordered, to a more critical mindset questioning the motivations of his superiors. This paints a very believable character portrait; although it is only a short story, we get to see the change in the titular character's views. Through Riley's eyes we experience our own human willingness and desire to all-to-often take what we are told at face value, without critical consideration. We see how a person in a position of authority can have a profound influence on our own perception of events and how easily those perceptions can be twisted, and yet we also see how easily those events can be called into question when provided with the proper catalyst.
Perhaps most importantly of all, Rose accomplishes all of this without editorializing on or using ham-fisted metaphors of modern world politics, and without relying on tired cliches and tropes to vilify the military. In fact, we are even given a glimpse of how the military has, in the minds of its leaders, justified its own actions in an all-too-understandable manner. While some parallels might be drawn to our own world today, this is not the intent of the story. Riley is a very human character, with very human thoughts and motivations, and he finds himself in a situation which nearly any human from any period in history would relate to.
Sergeant Riley's Account is the prologue to the Sullivan's War series, and provides a compelling opening which leaves you wanting to know more of the story. The writing style is engaging and creative, and while the story is admittedly somewhat fast-paced, it never feels rushed or forced. I found it difficult to pull myself away from the story; as any good prologue should, it sets the stage for events to come, and leaves us yearning for more of the story.
A short work that grabs you from the beginning, with a sympathetic lead character and great plot. I started it and didn't put it down until I was finished - yes, it's THAT good. There are no shortcuts or cliches here, it's clearly the product of great thought and makes YOU think, too.
Well crafted and smooth, it's the epitome of a great appetizer - I want MORE! Can't wait to read the rest of the books of this series. I am totally hooked! DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!
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