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"It would be no surprise if some people thought Nel, the heroine of Travelers, was a Lara Croft copy but she's not, and even admits that she's "no Lara Croft" when she finds herself in a situation that Ms Croft would have handled with only slight discomfort, if any at all. Nel is her very own character and solves her problems in her own unique way - no need to compare her to anyone, and I'm sure she'll become even more of a unique character in future adventures. I'm sure she'll have quite a few interesting challenges to deal with, probably also on the romantic side. I found her love interest a fairly intriguing character, and can see how her own heritage could cause some issues in future novels.The writing style of the book made it easy to read and the author found a great balance here...I'd definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy the idea of aliens having been here before, and having left signs that can be found if people only dig deep enough (literally digging in this novel!)."- Reader's Favorite
"Travelers by V. S. Holmes kicks off the Starsedge series, in which an acid-tongued archaeologist named Dr. Nel Bently makes her debut....Pinning a series on a single character is usually a risky move, but Holmes has certainly struck gold with Dr. Nel Bently. Nel is a bit like her beloved dig sites--the more time you spend with her, the more you'll uncover. Her outwardly gruff exterior is nicely balanced and buffered by a few key characters around her, and it's clear she cares about the undergrad students she works with, even if she sometimes struggles to be patient with them. The sci-fi elements are a bit underplayed in Travelers, but only because Nel is trying to puzzle out what exactly her team has stumbled upon. With answers--and, of course, more questions--served up later in the novel, the series can now take off in whichever direction it chooses."- Red City Review
"I think I'm in love with this series. Grounded in the solid bedrock of real archeological techniques and experience, it takes off from there into the fantastic. I love it the way I love Tony Hillerman's writing: it challenges me to research new areas of study without once losing the draw of a gripping narrative. Even better, it shows truly rounded queer characters whose sexuality is just one facet of a complex and engaging personality. From page 1 Nel tromped through my imagination with a screw-you-too grin and a trowel in her back pocket. Her description of the field life feels incredibly real. This book rocks." -O. E. Tearmann, author of The Hands We're Given
"The story is constructed so well, that for quite a while I thought I was reading an interesting novel about a dedicated archeologist and her finds, the political machinations she is exposed to, and the confrontations she has with militants who want her to stop digging. And that alone would have made a good action/adventure story à la Indiana Jones with a touch of political interest of modern-day traditionalists thrown in. Except - there is so much more to the story!Nel is a great main character. She is a tough woman, an archeologist dedicated to discovering the secrets of our ancestors, and not exactly a people person. ...If you like stories with lots of mystery that is only slowly revealed, if a woman determined to find "the truth" sounds like an interesting character, and if you're looking for a suspenseful read with lots of surprises, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of promise for more details in at least one sequel, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I can't wait for the next installment of Nel Bently's adventures.-Serena Yates Rainbow Book Reviews
About the Author
- ASIN : B01C4TZ4IW
- Publisher : Amphibian Press (February 27, 2016)
- Publication date : February 27, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2048 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 239 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #208,152 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book rocks.
Though it took me a little bit to get into the story, once I did, I found Travelers to be quite engaging. Nel Bentley is tough and stubborn and focused on her career goals. She is also a loyal friend and concerned leader who has no problem standing up for what she believes and who she cares for.
I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
V.S. Holmes presents us with a story you can lose yourself in, and characters you will love and care about.
Archeologist Nel Bently is a strong lead character with strength, passion, and conviction, trying to keep things together on a dig that tests her faith, beliefs, and courage.
I look forward to experiencing more of Nel Bently's Universe, and much more from V.S Holmes.
It features Nel Bentley, the main protagonist and archaeologist working a dig on the coast of Chile. There are many who try to stop her work but Nel intends to fight them all - after all this dig should make her career...
Well written with original ideas, it has a good concept and storyline. It is full of suspense, with unexpected twists and surprises, and it takes the reader on an intriguing journey and roller coaster ride from start to finish.
It is hard not to be drawn to the characters and harder still to put the book down. The reader is kept immersed in the pages until the end. Recommended!
Gifted with a copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
This book was an archaeological joy, like, sci-fi and archaeology? Are you calling me out?
You can tell V.S. Holmes is an archaeologist. You can tell parts about the dig were inspired from her own work on dig-sites. There is a glossary for those who have no archaeological experience.
I enjoyed Nel a lot. She can be blunt at times and is quick to being angry, but not in an annoying way. She's also a terrible teacher and is called out on this. I found her voice unique to others I've read.
The science fiction elements come in the last quarter of the book, and kind of suddenly at that, but I still enjoyed it.
I definitely enjoyed it overall, though.
by V.S. Holmes
I can see this book appealing to readers on a couple of fronts. The Science in the beginning is pure archeology, I like the detail and explanation of the Archeological process. The mystery and the science fiction in the book is a whole other deal. The author likes the character criticism of the Ancient Aliens tv show, although his twist has a similar aspect. At least the archeology is not contaminated, and no great archeological find is attributed to them. The character of Nel is compelling and interesting. I find that she Is a relatable character and that I would love to see where the author takes her next. The Chilean artifacts are accurate as far as I know to the Paleolithic at the time which is nice. I want to see if the author continues to weave the real archeology in with the sensational science fiction twist. This a dark but fun read.
Top reviews from other countries
It did flow well and was easy to read without too many typos. Just not much that grabbed me and made it an enjoyable read. It does annoy me greatly when a book ends way before 100% though... as you are still expecting more revelations. I have deleted it from my Kindle.
It's otherwise OKish. No huge surprises or anything. Solid in the basics, but lacking a bit in quality to truly good.