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The Dark Colony

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Lisa liked a quiet, straightforward life in the space station at Terpsichore. Used to handling drunks and other minor skirmishes, she is not expecting any surprises. But when sent to investigate a free floating object in the hold, she finds herself drawn into solving a mystery and leading a team to a secret colony where women and children are kept as slaves. This is hard ...more
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Published September 10th 2014 by Smashwords (first published June 24th 2014)
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J.A. Ironside
Jan 11, 2015 J.A. Ironside rated it really liked it
A page turning police procedural set in deep space. This is well paced and gripping and I can honestly say I haven't read anything else quite like it. Instead of allowing almost 'magical' tech, this is based on very real practicalities involved in space travel. Time and distance really mean something - no lightspeed, no WARP drive, no teleportation...no one to call for help when the situation spins out of control...

While I may have liked the paranoia of having a killer aboard an enclosed environ
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Christina McMullen
Jan 12, 2015 Christina McMullen rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable hard sci-fi read. While it is clear that the author took great pains to keep the technology in the realm of theoretically realistic, he did so in a way that did not sacrifice storytelling. This is a story that even those of us without a background in aerospace engineering can follow.
Lisa, the main character, is well developed and likeable. She isn't perfect and when she finds herself leading an investigation that is beyond anything she has dealt with before, she does not d
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Roy
Dec 10, 2014 Roy rated it really liked it
With the advent of the Internet, and in particular of platforms like Amazon's, self-publishing has become a big deal in recent years. Of course, this has led to a plethora of vanity projects and "Twilight" fan-fic, but some of the most interesting new authors I've encountered recently, such as Hugh Howey and John J. Lumpkin, have been self-published and to their number I am adding Richard Penn.

/The Dark Colony/ is by parts a police procedural, a coming-of-age story and a well thought-out examina
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Caffee K.
Feb 23, 2015 Caffee K. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys hard science fiction
Shelves: penn
For those who prefer to think in terms of what is just around the corner, this is the science fiction book you have been waiting on. With a fun blend of E.E. Doc Smith's realism and Heinlein's forward thinking vision, Dark Colony takes you into the nearby asteroids and drops you off to interact with a well developed cast of characters.

Richard has done an outstanding job of envisioning the troubles that must be overcome with technology approximating what we have now, or what could easily be devel
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Christopher Gerrib
Mar 23, 2015 Christopher Gerrib rated it liked it
I first heard of Richard Penn via another reviewer, who made an off-hand comment about Penn’s second book, Freedom at Feronia. Since both books were $3.99 ebooks, I bought them and read them in order. My overall assessment is merely okay.

The Dark Colony, today’s book, is set on a colony orbiting the very real asteroid Terpsichore. Our heroine, Lisa, is an 18-year-old junior cop in the very small colony (around 400 people all told) whom, in Chapter 1, finds a dead body. What’s especially shocking
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K.P. Merriweather
May 12, 2015 K.P. Merriweather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
finally finished this Police Quest - In Space novel. forgive spelling mistakes - cracked phone screen and i got a nasty head cold.
the characters, the protagonist Lisa, and her crew Tommy, Sou, Minah, and Stepjan, seemed cold and unrelatable. sure they checked off boxes about their personalities (lisa tough, tommy lecherous sou utilitarian stepjan smart etc) but i couldnt CARE about them. the baddies of the dark colony were cardboard at best and were just there to jack ish up and get the heroes t
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David Scrimshaw
Mar 07, 2015 David Scrimshaw rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I only read a few pages. There was too much explanation of moving around a space ship for an experienced science fiction reader like me. And why would a police officer on one end of a very big spaceship have to travel a long distance on that ship so that others on the ship could show him something on a video screen? My wife will be in bed next to me watching videos on her phone that her son sent from Montreal.
Richard Penn
Nov 03, 2014 Richard Penn added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I wrote it, so I'm biased. Seems you have to have read a book, to add it to a list. I have certainly read this once or twice.
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Starting with a degree in Ergonomics, I moved into the High Tech world in the seventies, emerging relatively unscathed twenty years later. I was around when the profession of User Interface Designer had invented itself, and it provided me with a decent living in Canada. I left that business in the late nineties, before the tech bubble burst, going freelance to write custom software for a number of ...more
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