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Travelers (Stars Edge: Nel Bently Book 1) by [V. S. Holmes]
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Editorial Reviews


An excerpt of Travelers is included in the Peregrine Lunar Lander as part of the Writers on the Moon Time Capsule.
"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

V. S. Holmes lives in a Tiny House and owns too many books for such a small abode. Her favorite genres include fantasy, science (of both the non-fiction and fiction varieties), and anything with diverse protagonists. When not writing, she works as a contract archaeologist doing Cultural Resource Management throughout the northeastern U.S. Smoke and Rain, the first in her fantasy quartet, was chosen for New Apple Literary’s 2015 Excellence in Independent Publishing Award. "Starfall," a science-fiction short can be found in the January 2016 issue of Vitality, an LGBT magazine. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 39 ratings

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