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(The Epherium Chronicles #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Book one of The Epherium Chronicles
Hope. Captain James Hood of the Earth Defense Forces remembers what it felt like. Twenty-five years ago, it surged through him as a young boy watching the colony ships launched by mega-corporation Epherium rocket away. He, like so many others, dreamed of following in the colonists’ footsteps. He wanted to help settle a new world—to be so
ebook, Revised edition, 200 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Carina Press (first published October 3rd 2012)
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s the year 2155 and humanity has survived first contact and conflict with the alien Cilik’ti. A veteran of this war, Captain James Hood now has the opportunity to follow the dream that led him to serve in the Earth Defense Forces. Twenty-five years ago, the Epherium Corporation launched three colony ships to settle new worlds. In command of the new flagship Armstrong, Hood is directed to investigate mysterious signals from those nearly forgotten colony ships.

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Embrace is a science fiction-military-mystery hybrid. I really enjoy the blending of several different genres into one story, if done well. I'm happy to say T.D. Wilson does a great job in doing just that. Wilson spends equal amounts of time world-building and developing characters at the start of the novel, which is a great way to build a strong foundation for any series. It does tend to slow the pacing down, which can be a plus or minus depending of the t
Barbara Brown
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Alan Dean Foster
I like space opera. What is it about space opera that I find so appealing? It is very character-driven and dramatic. I want to feel emotions with the characters and I like feeling that need to know how the story will play out before I can turn out the light and go to bed. I want to pick up the sequel as soon as I finish each book and feel lost and adrift if I have come to the end of the series. Basically, that is what space opera means to me.

I enjoyed reading Embrace (the Epherium Chronicles #1)
Kathryn Svendsen
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace is good old science fiction, or as T.D. Wilson himself calls it, “space opera – a lot like Star Trek, Babylon 5 or Star Wars”. Captain James Hood is given command of the Armstrong, the newest addition to the new Akita class Dreadnaught space ships. Their mission, kept secret from the crew until the ship was under way, was to “make contact, identify and deal with any threats, and protect the colonies until reinforcements arrive.” These colonies were colony ships t ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I've always enjoyed reading and watching Science Fiction, including Star Trek, Stargate SG1, Battlestar Galactica and more Earth-based shows such as Flash Forward and Fringe (and Dr Who has to fit in there somewhere). However, I haven’t read much Sci-Fi in years as there are very few Christian novels available. I've read Kathy Tyers, some Randy Ingermanson and the classic CS Lewis trilogy, but that, as far as I am aware, is pretty much the extent of pure Christian Sci-Fi or space opera. There is ...more
Ian Miller
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a science fiction series, and is difficult to describe without adding spoilers. The background to the story is that the Epherium Corporation has sent out three expeditions to colonize nearby planetary systems, but after they departed, the Earth system was attacked by an alien civilization, the Cilik'ti. This was beaten off, and now the Earth Defence has built a huge warship to go out to help the colonists. Because it has developed a new form of travel, space folding, it ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace to be an awesome E-book for a lot of reasons. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy the writing style and variety of subject matter described. The book contains enough terms from everyday life and interesting topics, that I found the storyline brought more interest to the meaning of the words than could be possible through non-fiction.

The setting is of space in the future, and the genre is science fiction. With such a setting and genre, a lot becomes possible, and
Brian Burt
"Embrace" had elements that reminded me of classic Star Trek style SF: an intrepid starship captain and diverse, courageous crew setting off on an interstellar voyage to explore uncharted areas and to protect three groups of planetary colonists from potential attack by a hostile alien race. Instead of the Federation emblem, this crew flies under the flag of the Earth Defense Force, or EDF. T.D. Wilson provides a wealth of technical detail about the ship, the weaponry, and the backstories of crew ...more
David Clark
Embrace is a space opera that chronicles a group of characters just prior to and through the beginning of a special mission. As they prepare to face hostile aliens in a move to investigate and defend three distant human colonies onboard an advanced spacecraft, the crew faces murders and intrigue.

An engaging story, interesting characters, or novel ideas can cover a multitude of sins, but there are many significant flaws with this novel that made it difficult to enjoy. The beginning is slow, but t
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 installment 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 like science fiction/ fantasy, so this work had my interest pretty much immediately. Upon commencing to read, I was not disappointed and wa
Julie Nolan
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don’t typically read sci-fi novels, but I decided to give this one a shot because it vaguely reminded me of a cross between Star Trek TNG, and Stargate SG1, and I liked both those series. It seems to me that this was a sort of typical space mission style story, but the author did a lot of research and put quite a bit of thought and detail into the world he created.

The Armstrong, Captained by James Hood, is the flagship of Earth Defense Forces, must travel to distant sectors of space, to make
Kelli Sprowls
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was very obviously the first book in a series. The author did a very good job of introducing the characters and world,and even the minor characters had depth. The book follows Commander Hood and his crew as they attempt to rescue some shuttles that Earth sent out many years ago to try to find habitable planets to terraform. Since the pods were sent out, the Earth has encountered a hostile alien race that they went to war with and now that the pods are sending signals, the Earth wants ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Embrace reminds me of the Golden Age space operas. We have a menacing alien race, a wondrous new ship, a varied crew with secrets to be discovered. And then the action begins. I found Embrace to be well-written and generally enjoyable. I didn't "connect" with any of the characters, though, so did not get emotionally invested in the plot as I do with my favorite authors. The sequels might be more satisfying reads as the intro information is now out of the way, and I may check out the next volume ...more
Dhigital  Pak Rhatt
A must read for Science Fiction fans! When I got this book I could not put it down. You can tell the author put a lot of thought into this story and the premise behind futuristic technology and space combat. I've been looking for a traditional "space opera" series of this quality since the Babylon 5 TV series ended. I can't wait to read the next book!
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not sure what I was thinking. I never read this type of book, space/military/straight SF but it had a good recommendation. There was way too much minutia and not enough story. It took the author 3/4 of the book to get all the characters on stage and their stories started. I kept waiting for something to happen and when it finally did, the book ended!
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a military-style science fiction story. it was well paced, balancing introduction of several characters of the series with action scenes and intrigue.
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T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported
the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by

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