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Won Race: Choose Your Ways

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A big, brash sci-fi epic about the destiny of warring planets and their respective inhabitants.

As the first part of a planned series, the book’s title is a double entendre; there are many planets and races in Laborde’s fictional universe, but they share one cosmic destiny. The first pages hurl the reader into a torrent of myth and prophecy and then drive headlong into a fiery cluster of futuristic aeronautic warfare. The author only briefly touches upon the story’s time and setting for a few passages as readers surge through the tense atmosphere created by a commanding prose style and the author’s precisely martial imagination. Eventually, though, between the intense training sessions of space warriors with names such as Hunter and Prowler and interstellar fleet conflicts between the Pack and the Swarm, the novel’s mythos takes shape amid a barrage of barking admirals and powerful queens. Between two worlds, evocatively named Lycera and Nefera, lies the Void, a mysterious abyss in space that separates the planets and makes travel to each system’s borders costly and protracted. Surrounding the nothingness are the anxieties and myths of the warriors, as many assume that the Void devours all who attempt to transverse it. But when a passage is found through the Void and a group from the Pack are forced to abandon ship on the surface of their target, the war, and perhaps eventual peace, between the worlds takes on a new dimension. It’s an unapologetic space opera and even the habitually italicized dialogue doesn’t distract from the legitimacy and gravity of the novel’s epic events. As with most science-fiction series, the finale is bittersweet, but Laborde answers just enough questions and coaxes out just enough mystery at the conclusion to leave readers wanting more adventure, more revelations and the crowning resolution.

A successful and compelling space opera full of grit and imagination.

About the Author

David Francis Laborde Jr, born August 1967 in the city of New Haven. Raised in Hamden, CT. Graduated Hamden High School in 1985. Days later, joined the United States coast Guard. Served aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous WMEC627. Participating in missions ranging from drug interdiction, immigration ops, search and rescue, shipboard fire-fighting, and a few others. Serving another two years as staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a computer network technician. While in college, started a small business as a software developer authoring a handful of systems for use in small business. Later moved to the corporate world and transitioned to large scale mainframe development where he is currently employed today. As a science fiction author, he is just now making his first work available to the reading community. His books promise to adhere to a simple model for Science Fiction\Fantasy. Stories full of action, vision, but most of all, science fiction that explores the human experience because that is the one thing that time and space will never change.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: DFL Book works (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983448515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983448518
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,376,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sheryl on October 23, 2013
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Won Race by D. F. Laborde ia an amazing story. Sci-fi adventure fans be prepared to travel into a world where the author has created fantastic characters and planets and races.

I wasn't always sure which side to be on in the book as you get both interpretations of the Lycera and Nefera so it was a love/hate with so many of these stand-out characters and their races. Very well done. I love this type of writing.

There are also many turns and twists that keep the reader on the edge of your seat. The battle scenes and the void are no less than brilliant. My favorite part of the book with the Chodugon Kon and Chodugon Kai and the ancient artifacts that lead to the truth of who is the Won Race, was so interesting that I couldn't put it down.

This would make an awesome movie or television series and I look forward to the next book in this series as there will probably be so much more to explore. Exciting and fast paced, I highly recommend this book that is very well written.

5 stars D. F. Laborde for an amazing read and for leaving me wanting more!
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This is an epic sci-fi adventure written by a true storyteller with a command of the world he has created. There is a great description and Kirkus review on the amazon listing page for this book. I completely agree with the folks from Kirkus when they called Won Race big and brash. There is so much going on in this book and Laborde keeps peeling back the layers like a galactic onion. He has a way of writing characters that we can easily picture and understand - we get their motivations. Good vs evil certainly charts the course for the storyline, but the quest for discovery wraps it all up in a dramatic sense of urgency that keeps the pages turning. This book is an exciting ride and I can't wait to read more form this author. Recommended - five (shooting) stars!
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Swarming across the universe, an intelligent race of aggressive Xenomorphs are dead set on conquering all, but of course they are put in check by the inhabitants of Earth. Well written, Laborde paints a vivid picture of what a good science fiction is all about. And what I truly loved about this story was the fantastic dialogue and one liners. "...Apes? Is that where you Earth people come from? The Neferan do not evolve, we are born from the Gods..." D.F. Laborde. I highly recommend this Science Fiction read.
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This is my first time reading this sci-fi novel by D.F. Laborde. As I was reading this story, there is a quote that I reading like to share, "All that one generation experiences, so too will the next. Love is Love. Fear is fear. Hate is hate and War is war. Save but technology is all that divides the generations. And technology rises. And technology falls." ~ D.F. Laborde

This novel is about the future where the destiny unfolds between warring planets and their inhabitants. The author also displayed exceptional skills in describing futuristic weaponary and warfare. I see lots of chaos within this novel. There is this character that I really like, Prowler. This character is fearsome as he bring upon fear onto their enemies plants. Sometimes, they appreared overconfident on their battles which led to their defeat. However, his resourcefulness did saved him from his enemies attacks.

What this storyline attracts me is that the author cleverly describes the various scenes of space warface with ease. I do not have much problems reading it. There is a constant contrasting between the Good vs Evil as the author builds a climax that encourages me to keeps on turning the pages. This book is a great book with lots of surprises, twists. This book is not only for sci-fi fans, but also great for teens, young adults, and for even mature readers like myself. If you like unconventional sci-fi action thriller, you'll definitely get lots of entertainment and enjoyment out of this novel.

If you like :

- Joe Haldeman's The Forever War
- Jasper T. Scott's Dark Space
- Ender's Game's Orson Scott Card
- B.V. Larson's Steel World

you'll definitely get lots of entertainment out of this novel!
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The Kirkus review praised Won Race as "a big, brash sci-fi epic" written by an author who has a "precisely martial imagination" and I couldn't agree more. However, the Kirkus review missed most of the good stuff. For example, I found that the writing style was so commanding that I felt like I was reading about an actual historical event. You just can't miss the urgency on every page, but occasionally, Laborde suddenly slows down into some very poignant and thought provoking moment and then suddenly, the action explodes again. I also loved the constant twists and turns of which I was totally caught by surprise when the book morphs from a futuristic warfare to an ancient mystery...and when the first of the two great mysteries are revealed, I just had to re-read it again. I totally did not see that coming, but thinking back through the book, Laborde left clues everywhere. In the last few pages of the book, Laborde told us that we have already met the second mystery...but I can't tell who it is.

Other reviewers are already quoting from Laborde's book and so I wanted to share my favorite line from Won Race. "A man without ways is like a locust. Blowing where the wind may and devouring everything. Leaving but stubs and stalks…a trail of nothingness. But, a man with ways has guidance. He has confidence. He has decision. Exactly what you lack now!" For sure,
Won Race will make you think.

The mysteries, the riddle, the Chodugon Kai and Chodugon Kon, the Master Architect, The Librarian, the Agents, The Lycerene, and the Neferan all form an unusual and awesome cast in an absolutely epic war.

All I can say is...where is book two?
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