Book review:  Echo: Approaching Shatter Volume I

I recently read this debut novel by Kent Wayne, a member of our bogging community.  I thought I’d share the review I gave on Amazon (also the link to buy!) and elaborate a little bit.  There are some facets of the book that writers will appreciate.

Here’s my review:

Five stars:  Left wanting more!

First of all- mother of all cliff hangers! I’m so glad I know a sequel is forthcoming! The author portrays a future where humankind has moved out into the galaxy to colonize another planet, Echo. And this future is brutal, with dissident factions fighting the elitist government. Though our hero, Atriya, is a soldier for that government, he finds himself in a precarious position, too valuable to be discarded but too dangerous to be ignored. The story ends with Atriya facing enemies without and within.  Kent Wayne, you’re killing me!

Now, to elaborate.  This is a dark, brutal story, full of violence and ugliness.  But hey, life is never pretty in a dystopian future world.  And yet, Atriya, our hero is not just a mindless killer.  He is a deep well, one we have yet to plumb the depths.   I suspect the sequel will explore more of the mind of the man, if he survives the oncoming storm, that is. Like I said, mother of all cliff hangers!

The author describes the fight scenes in a detailed, almost slow motion way. It’s some great writing, painful because you feel it! He also does a great job “world building” with the soldiers’ equipment and gear. I am hopeful that revelations about the series of events that led to humankind ending up out in the galaxy are forthcoming!

So who would like this book?  Fans of Mad Max, The Terminator, Planet of the Apes, A Clockwork Orange, even Farenheit 451, perhaps.  If you read this review and think you’d like the book, the first few chapters are available on Kent’s blog:  Dirty Sci Fi Buddha.  Go say hello!

Some things I love

My handsome husband

My good for nothing dog

The Foo Fighters (no one is having more fun than Dave Grohl)

Philadelphia sports (yes I know we’re the worst fans ever!)

English Premiere League soccer (uh…football)

Marvel comics

Science fiction in general and Star Trek in particular

Beer not wine, Irish Whisky not bourbon

Books, lots and lots of books

Tea, loose and brewed in a pot, neither lemon nor milk

All four seasons in Pennsylvania

And all of you my friends!

Last Meal

All the astronauts gathered in the dining room of Space Command. We were all scared, despite the fact that we’d been training for this mission for the last two years.
Henry sat next to me, eyeing up the untouched food on my plate and asked, “Are you going to eat that?”
“Take it,” I said and shoved the plate toward him. My stomach was in knots. Even though this would be the last hot, cooked meal I would have for some time, maybe months, I couldn’t bring myself to have even one bite. I watched, trying to quell the nausea, as Henry happily shoveled mashed potatoes and gravy into his mouth.
Soon the captain’s voice came over the speaker, directing us to the embarkation port to board the ship. With our packs strapped to our backs, the ten of us boarded the Santa Maria for the first ever manned, deep space exploratory mission. Humankind was about to travel outside the bounds of the solar system.
After endless checks and counter checks, the Origami Drive spaceship Santa Maria, so named for the way the engines folded space, cleared the dock at Moon Station One and accelerated past the six planets beyond earth. After Neptune, we entered the minefield that was the Oort Cloud, home to lifeless planetoids, rocky asteroids, and icy comets. The Chief Navigator had plotted a course along the clearest path. Nevertheless, the ship vibrated as its outer hull was pelted with debris from the outer edges of our solar system.
Suddenly, as the ship pitched violently, klaxons sounded and the air depressurized. My last thought before everything exploded around me was that I wished I had enjoyed my last meal.