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Tusk (The Sol Protocol #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Hiding in a starship crawlspace was not part of Larsen’s normal day. But then—what was a day in space when something wasn't trying to kill you? Ordinarily, he would be the one running towards the issue to fix it. Punctured hull, engine failure, comms problem—that was his normal fare. When the problem has a gun, well, that's when you find yourself a starship crawlspace and ...more
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Published May 21st 2016 by Nathan M Hurst
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Scott Marlowe (Out of this World Reviews)


*** This review originally appeared on Out of this World Reviews. ***

On the surface, Tusk by Nathan M. Hurst follows a familiar formula: Earth is dying and the human race with it unless an ambitious plan to colonize a distant planet succeeds. Any experienced science fiction reader has been here before, with an Earth that has been used and abused by its dominant species to the point where it is fast becoming uninhabitable. The only way to save the human race is therefore to travel
Ann Thomas
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The detail is such that you believe he is talking about real stuff that already exists. I'm no scientist, so I can't judge, but it gives an authenticity to the book. The characters are well drawn, just sometimes a bit hard to keep track of because there are a lot, but I don't see how he could have any less. The book has some delicious twists (no spoilers) that made me say, 'Oh! I though this was a book about this, but now it's about that. That's really clever!' I will ...more
Stu Viney
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some really interesting ideas unpicked in this book, especially the narrative theme regarding the mental state of an AI, its ability to suffer and morality; thought-provoking and very topical. There is a high level of technical detail which is very well described throughout. Recommended!
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
Serviceable wannabe-hard SF.

Characters are flat, and there are way too many of them. I swear some characters just pop into existence when convenient (Rivers at the very end??). It's way too wordy in totally unnecessary places, characters keep having long internal scenes/monologues or exposition in the middle of action scenes, it all doesn't flow very well. At no point was a drawn into the setting and felt like it all made sense.

The overall structure (chapter/story structure) is actually really
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book had so much promise but ultimately stumbled for me. The pros are that its well written, interesting and has likeable characters. The seed ship escaping a dying Earth is a well establish trope but it never felt like a tired reshash other stories. All told, for 1/2 to 2/3rd of the novel I was really enjoying it, a good 3 star strong novel. Sure there were a few niggles I was ignoring but then it started to go wrong. First off it's got that problem which seems to affect so many books / tv ...more
David Smith
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story

Lots of action and intrigue with surprising plot twists. I recommend this book to all who enjoys a fast action mystery in space.
Michael Torres
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

It started off a little slow, but after that, it’s full speed ahead. Heading off to start book two right now
James W.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tusk is an inventive and thrilling frontier space novel. An enjoyingly detailed description of the spaceship's environment and one that definitely benefited from the science as well as the action. This had a well grounded explanation of the 'origins' and back-story, which was worth taking the time over in order to set the main characters. The twists and turns of the plot delivered what a good read should as well as a great setting up for the sequel.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed it.

This is not an in-depth review as I'm not really a sci-fi reader but I enjoyed the story, there were lots of unexpected plot corners and twists and some really believable tech, politics etc. I did get a little lost between characters, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment as it was easy to differentiate who was who by scene/location etc.
Ends really satisfyingly but with great expectation for the next one - I'll be reading that as soon as it's available!
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Nathan M. Hurst was born in Southampton, Hampshire, but after extensive and excessive adventuring, settled near Epping Forest on the outskirts of London with his wife and young son. He has worked as a software developer and technical manager for many years whilst maintaining an avid enthusiasm for aviation and astronautics. Consuming science-fiction and adventure stories of all varieties from an ...more