Archive for the ‘space opera’ Category

Move over Star Wars! This is a superb space opera. Humans and hybrids and strange new creatures fight for survival on Earth and across the galaxies. A superb space adventure from a fresh new voice. In our future worlds the Administration rules the Sphere of Humankind, the Games Board sanctions and funds wars and conflicts, and the Haulers’ Collective roams the space routes like the caravanners of old. Marko and his crew of fellow soldier-engineers are sent to investigate an unknown planet. When they encounter strange artefacts and an intelligent but aggressive squid species, they are forced to embark on a perilous journey far from the Sphere. they will have to survive not only other alien encounters but also their own Administration’s deadly manipulations. Political factions and galactic media moguls vie for power … and money.

HarperVoyager Australia

Purchased from an Amazon Reseller

Reviewed by Jacqui

I suppose that’s what you get when you read an on-going series out of order. I read Onyx Javelin first, and I was confused when Marko and the Basalt crew turned up with little introduction. Well, here is the start of their story and it’s a good one. It begins on Nova Hawaii where a deep-sea survey identifies underwater ruins. Then the R&R base there is attacked by strange aliens from out of the sea…

Some of the characters, especially Captain Longbow, felt underdeveloped. Wheeler’s prose is not the best; it doesn’t always flow, and is occasionally stilted. But, I can forgive those flaws for the sheer exuberance of the author’s science fiction creativity that bursts from page after page.

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