- Series: Wanted (Book 1)
- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500956759
- ISBN-13: 978-1500956752
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,732,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wanted (Volume 1) Paperback – September 18, 2014
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It is a bit hard for me to properly judge this book.
Firstly, the plot is not very complex, the idea is easy and simple, and I would even say that very naive.
It starts with crashed, disabled, starship, resting on some forgotten asteroid, and its crew (one human and one android) waking up with no memories of what happened. The ship itself also have its memory wiped out.
So they are stranded somewhere on the wrecked ship, with food and air for only a week.
While they are trying to do something about it, they find that this asteroid is really strange, and there are hidden: one very old ancients ship (with some battle wounds), a few other ones, whole city full of goods (like ship parts, weapons, robots etc) but otherwise abandoned, and most of all - plenty of monsters in the form of giant snakes (some of them bigger than spaceships) able to freely fly in space and sucking energy from any source available.
Yes, I suppose you already know what will happen next.
The crew discovers that one of the hidden starships is very ancient (build but already almost forgotten race) but more powerful than almost any other spaceship in the galaxy (or even Universe, because they don't even know what galaxy they are in, yet they heard of such ships). Of course they try to repair it using parts from abandon city, in the meantime discovers snakes who first try to kill them, and meets an alien engineer who happened to know very well that ancient technology and wants to join their team (and who was hiding on that asteroid for over a year... doing nothing).
So finally they manage to restore the ancient spaceship, fly to nearby planet and discover that there are bad people. Because the crew is good they have to undo all bad things so they decide to fight bad people (whole army of them, containing at least few dozens of other spaceships and thousands of members).
In the process, the snakes become their friends (yes, for millennia those snakes were terrorizing everyone nearby, and now they befriended with main characters and help them fight bad people).
Ahhh, did I mention that they also moved 500 years back in time? Of course, they don't know why and how to go back into their proper time.
Secondly, the book looks to be copied, more or less, from another series - Omega Force by Joshua Dalzelle, also available o Amazon (at least as far as I can see Omega Force was published earlier).
The biggest difference is that here characters are grayer in moral areas, they tend to do good, but do not hesitate for example to torture bad guys to get the required information (and doing that many times).
Also, Omega Force is better written and better constructed.
Having said all that I have to admit that the book is readable, and available for free, so the mark has to be positive, but I strongly advise to read Omega force rather than this series. I, Personally, have no intention of reading another book in Wanted series.
Good character development, great consistency in the story and, like in most memory loss stories, it helps you "remember" and learn things and situations as you progress on the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was not a page turner per se, but as I read it on a plane, I got to read essentially the whole thing in a single sitting.
Entertaining and enjoyable, a very good stand alone book and an intriguing start for a series.
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Read it & enjoy!!!