Title: The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace
Author: T.D. Wilson
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Epherium Chronicles # 1
Best Read in Order Yes
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About the Book:
Hope. James Hood, the most decorated Captain in the history of the Earth Defense Force, remembered what it felt like. It had surged through his very being the day he watched the gigantic colony ship rocket away from Earth carrying his uncle and over five thousand colonists to a new world light years from home. In the early 22nd century, Hood, like so many others on Earth, dreamed of following in his uncle’s footsteps. He wanted to travel to a new world, to be something greater.
Then came the War.
An insectoid alien menace, known as the Cilik’ti, swarmed into Earth’s solar system like a plague. After years of vicious conflict, humanity was left battered but not broken. Thanks in part to Hood’s tactical genius, Earth’s forces had finally driven the invaders from the solar system.
Now, six years after the war, new word arrives, informing Earth’s leaders that two of the three colony ships that left Earth have arrived safely. One of them, the Magellan, was his uncle’s ship.
Earth desperately needs those new colonies, but the Cilik’ti are still out there. If Earth sends out a fleet in force, it could start another war. Reluctantly, Earth’s leadership agrees to send one ship to make contact. Hood is given command of a new ship, the Armstrong, and is ordered to proceed to the Cygni solar system—the same system to which his uncle’s ship was headed—with best possible speed.
Hope. Hood needed it now more than ever. Hope to find the colonists alive and hope that he could one day forgive himself for his actions that cost so many lives during the war. Hood and his new ship set out to Cygni, but what he discovers along the way could be more dangerous to Earth than their formidable foes.
The first in a series, Embrace, sets off at a pace and style that held my attention from first to last page. What is more, waiting impatiently to get my hands on the next instalment to see how the chronicles and its characters will develop.
Wilson’s style made me feel part of the action and flow of the story, rather than the reader of a piece of narrative. I own I like science fiction/ fantasy, so this work had my interest pretty much immediately. Upon commencing to read, I was not disappointed and was ‘hooked’ within the first chapter.
It was akin to reading a gentle blending of Gene Roddenberry’s Enterprise and Star Treks with the style of Dale Brown’s writings and techno info speak, with a hint of Lost in Space thrown in for good measure. Wilson has not copied them, for he has a style of his own, and that stands up very well on its own merits.
The series starter has me interested: space travel, shakedown cruise/ mission, corporate intrigue and agendas, ‘star gates’, lost experimental colonies, an on board saboteur, and crew antics and ego conflicts.
I look forward to reading the next instalment of the ‘travels’ of EDF dreadnaught Armstrong, her commander, Captain James Hood and his crew.
Author provided an eBook copy for purpose of honest review for the Indies Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. No compensation was provided for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.