- File Size: 1063 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019G8YPOI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Keene and Lexa-Blue are in the space shipping business. They haul merchandise through space from one port to another, but they also have a reputation for being very skilled fighters. Their ship is the Maverick Heart, but it’s more than just a ship. The Maverick Heart is also the body and mind of Vrick.
Think of Kitt from Knight Rider. Vrick is the ship. Ey thinks, ey talks, and ey helps Keene, Lexa-Blue and their friends. If Vrick was human, I imagine ey would wear a leather jacket and shades. Just like Kitt, Vrick is cool.
Keene’s former boyfriend, Daevin, is like the King of Brighter Light, a city state on another planet. Daevin wants Keene’s help in dealing with conflicts between two different cultures that don’t understand each other.
At first Keene is not so keen about helping Daevin, but eventually he agrees to, with Lexa-Blue and Vrick coming along. There is much conflict, a romance rekindles, friendships are made and mass destruction is witnessed.
Soul’s Blood was a fun read. I was impressed with the world building and I could relate to what some of the characters felt.
This is an excellent sci-fi adventure with brilliant world building, adrenaline and a really great pace!
I don't read a lot of sci-fi but this one held my attention from the start.
Keene enjoys his life flying the sentient ship Maverick Heart through the galaxy with his feisty co-pilot Lexa-Blue. Life is good but life takes a strange turn when Keene finds himself pressurised into travelling to the colony of Brighter Light which is ruled by his first love Daevin Adisi.
Daevin has never forgotten his first love and now his colony stands on the brink of war with the Sotari who also have a colony on the same planet. Daevin knows Keene's experiences as a fighter and pilot can help avert catastrophe so he forces Keene to help him.
As the two men reunite and join forces to end the terror attacks and violence on the planet, they begin to rediscover their love for each other. Ten years after parting their love is still very much alive but first they need to find the conspirators who are pushing the colony into war and terror.
This is really great futuristic sci-fi novel. The romance is actually secondary to the story because the adventure is the true focus and it is an excellent read.
I really enjoyed the way the author takes us into the future. The author has an engaging style of writing and his characters really come alive in the story. They become almost real in the imagination of the reader.
In the colony of Brighter Light technology has surpassed anything we know or can imagine, and different beings inhabit far flung planets across the galaxy. These differences are causes for unity and prosperity but in some places they ignite terror.
And terror is a weapon if you want to divide and conquer.
In this story we see Daevin and Keene battle against a hidden enemy or enemies. The enemy can use the advance technology and special abilities, and they use these for war. Lexa-Blue, long time buddy of Keene, along with other allies joins the two men to fight back against this unseen enemy using wits, powers and futuristic technology.
This is a very enjoyable story and great to read even if sci-fi is not your usual go-to genre. I really enjoyed reading this. The best thing about this story is the way the author is able to show us all the technology and strange abilities without info dumping, and the richness of his characters left me feeling quite fulfilled as a reader.
I enjoyed encountering the range of characters in the story. There is a gay couple, a bad ass strong female and many other characters both good and bad. The story pulled me in and I was there watching the drama unfold across the pages.
And the story has a good ending that left me needing more and wanting to know more about their future adventures.
An engrossing read which I really enjoyed.
Copy provided by Bold Stroke Books via Netgally in exchange for an unbiased review.
But hey, if you want to humour me first, here we go.
The Maverick Heart is a sentient AI ship, one of the rare survivors. That sentient being, Vrick, travels the systems with Keene and Lexa-Blue, a pair who do what they need to do to get by and earn their living and freedom to travel the stars. When a former flame from Keene's past asks them for help (and doesn't take no for an answer), they find themselves enmeshed in the middle of a culture clash rapidly turning violent that could spell doom for a whole world.
Soul's Blood juggles a lot at once. The three main characters (I'm including Vrick among these, who is my new favourite AI ever) are all engaging in their own way. I freaking adored Lexa-Blue, the more "shoot first and then shoot second" of the trio, though I'll admit I'm a sucker for a kick-ass lady in my sci-fi. Keene is more of a "fixer" and technological in focus, and while his relationship with his former love is the starting spark of the story, he's not relegated to "romance plot" alone, and both men show clear growth from their days of young love; yes, they still feel the spark, but they're also grown men now, and one of them has the weight of his world on his shoulders.
I already knew [author:Stephen Graham King|1349557] could write solid space opera, having read and enjoyed [book:Chasing Cold|15866640], but with action, intrigue, tech, firefights, and just enough breathing spaces between the chaos, Soul's Blood brings an A-game.
Best of all, world building is artfully balanced. At it's heart, the main conflict of the story is one of culture: two vastly different races living on the same planet on the edge of a war that would devastate both sides. Keene's former love is a technarch of a highly technological society, and trying to stop attacks from a genetically modified people who have a vast array of psionic ability and a hatred of the technology that was used to create them. As Vrick, Keene, and Lexa-Blue learn more of the players and issues at hand, the reader is brought with them in a way that feels very natural. We learn about the specific planet in enough detail that it lives and breathes, and gain glimmers of the other systems outside that world in teasing ways that paint an enticing picture and leaves the reader ready for the next voyage of the Maverick Heart.
I, for one, can't wait.
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