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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1537422693
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- Publication Date: August 14, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KF8BE60
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A good prequel accomplishes one of two purposes. Either it serves as an introduction to the later books in the series and sparks the interest of readers to learn more about its characters, theme, and storylines in the later books, or it serves as a bonus for readers of the later books, giving them some additional insight into the people and events that led up to the subsequent volumes. “Veiled,” by Brandon Ellis, is a 100-page prequel to his Star Guild novels, none of which I have read. Unfortunately, as a prequel, it completely failed to induce me to want to read any of those later books, and I find it hard to imagine anything in this book providing much enrichment for those who have already read the other books in the series.
The plot of “Veiled” is rather veiled, as it were. It appears that humans (presumably from Earth, although the author only drops a vague clue to this effect late in the story) are part of something known as the Star Guild, and live in space ships or colonies in space, mining certain planets for the raw materials they need. In a prequel to the prequel, some 18 years earlier, one spaceship ventured beyond the boundaries of the Star Guild territories and ran into a whole bunch of hostile ships before presumably being blasted to smithereens. Now some 18 years later, a military officer Admiral Byrd, who had a relative on the vanished ship (in fact, most of the named characters in “Veiled” seem to be related to Byrd), thinks that there’s something fishy going on in outer space. So, he sends a hot shot pilot on a secret mission to find out what’s going on. The pilot winds up in the middle of what may or not be the same fleet that was out there years earlier and then…. the book simply ends.
The above plot synopsis may seem vague, but it’s actually fairly accurate. After reading the 100 pages of “Veiled,” readers will learn almost nothing about the Star Guild or the nature of the futuristic society in which it exists or about any of the half dozen or so named characters that couldn’t be summed up in a single sentence. From reading the blurbs on the Amazon page descriptions of the later books, I gather that Admiral Byrd is a major character in the series, but nothing revealed about him or any of his relatives in this book would seem to be interesting news for readers of the later books.
Nor do readers learn much about the invaders in “Veiled.” Based on the description here, they could be Klingons, or Imperial Stormtroopers, or Cylons or pretty much anything hostile. Normally, it would be a spoiler to reveal that there were a whole lot of space ships getting ready to attack the protagonists, but author Ellis pretty much gives that away when he titles his chapters “18 Years before the Attack,” “Six Months before the Attack,” and so forth. The author does drop hints that the alien invaders are somehow tied into some of the people in power in the Star Guild, but, without knowing more about the characters, it’s hard for readers to become engaged in the story.
It’s certainly possible that the later books in this series are more interesting than “Veiled.” But this prequel must be judged on its own merits, and those merits are sorely lacking. The book, although reasonably well written, simply isn’t very interesting. There’s only the barest semblance of a plot, and the relations among the various characters is murky at best. Nor is there anything about the Star Guild or the futuristic society portrayed here that is very interesting. Further, there’s little real action in the book; in fact, just when it looks like there might be some big time space battles brewing, the author cuts away rather abruptly.
After reading “Veiled,” I came away with almost nothing that would interest me in future books in the series, and I was rarely if ever entertained or intrigued by anything that takes place in this one. While it’s possible that completist fans of the series might find some entertainment value here, most readers will find lifting the veil to this book to be more boring and confusing than enlightening.
I felt it really added that little bit extra to the overall Star Guild Saga by making it clear at the outset that it was an alien attack and that it was clear that some elements in the Human Government may have known what was going on. I liked the conspiracy vibe which added a degree of tension to the overall story and definitely had me wanting more.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The author did a good job of giving readers an overview of what the series is about. While the story might seem somewhat disjointed, it overall makes sense. Even though this prequel is short, there are a lot of twists and turns written in the storyline. I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more of this series.
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