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(Serengeti #0.5)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Black Ops—the intelligence arm of the Meridian Alliance Fleet came calling with an offer Henricksen couldn’t refuse: a ship—an entire squadron of ships, actually—and crew to command. A chance to get back to the stars.

Too bad he didn’t ask more questions before accepting the assignment. Too bad no one told him just how dangerous this particular skunkworks project was.

Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published June 21st 2017 by Severed Press
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I read “Serengeti” last year and enjoyed it. Apparently, this book takes place before the happenings in the “Serengeti” book.

In this book the main character is a human being not a AI in a Starship. He is Commander Henriksen who is in command of the Meridian Alliance Hecate. Hecate is an Aurora-class vessel. He is led into a trap and the Hecate is destroyed. Henriksen is then assigned to a black ops mission. His new ship is RV-N (Reconnaissance vessel-noncombatant) named Raven; a stealth ship is
Michael Stewart
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Rockwell has the uncanny ability to make dramatic and interesting the day to day life of her characters. Few authors tell the slow story well, while keeping tensions high. I think it's even harder to do in Science Fiction. Hecate reads SO authentically. Its characters are fully drawn and they are people I want to spend time with. I say characters, when some of them are AI, which makes her abilities as a writer all the more remarkable. This is a wonderful character driven SciFi thriller, with an ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was caught by surprise with this book. So as not to have you in the same position, I’ll tell you why. This book happens before “Serengeti”. I prefer to read my book series in sequence and don’t particularly like to go back in time. Still, this was a very good book although some of the military aspects are kind of strange. Our main character is a human this time, not a starship. He’s Commander Henricksen in Command of the Meridian Alliance Hecate, an Aurora-class vessel. Surprisingly, he’s seem ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh Henricksen...

I was surprised to find that this story was a prequel! I read Serengeti and Dark and Stars, but to read about Henricksen in the Black Ops before all that was very cool. He is the perfect gruff, stubborn, yet surprisingly emotional kind of guy, and I love reading about his adventures. The AIs always steal the show though, which I also liked about all three books. I'd have given five stars but there were just a few too many typos for my liking. And I'm not exactly a huge fan of the
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beta read an earlier version of the this and loved it. Brilliant to hear Henricksen's story and learn about the RV-Ns, and the friendship between Henricksen and Sikukuu. Plus, there were lots of interesting new faces to fall in love with (FISKEEEERRRRR). ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Glad to see this series is still going strong. Loved the audibles too.
K.C. Shaw
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
An awesome prequel/sequel to Serengeti and Dark and Stars, both of which I really loved. It was great to learn about the characters and events leading up to what happened in the first two books. It stands well on its own too. And of course it's a kick-butt, exciting book with lots of twists and turns! ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Boo hoo poor Hecate is dead and I am having flashbacks. When you know that Hecate is an "AI' ship the Captain sounds stupid even though he lost two thirds of his crew the loss of the AI is what traumatizes him. I hope this series improves. ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-lemmed
DNF at 40%.
J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A solid prequel to the Serengeti series. The weakest of the three, but still enjoyable.

Good narration.
Kim Hoag
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I am always looking for the good space adventure with a humanity that has been changed over the years. One that reveals more than just the ride it takes you on. And this is one of the good ones. You can see Rockwell's background influences in her books (I'm on the second now): dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and environmental science and currently working for the US Coast Guard developing and maintaining IT systems. Hecate is a ship that appears only in the beginning but its death — of t ...more
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J.B. Rockwell is a New Englander, which is important to note because it means she's (a) hard headed, (b) frequently stubborn, and (c) prone to fits of snarky sarcasticness. As a kid she subsisted on a steady diet of fairy tales, folklore, mythology augmented by generous helpings of science fiction and fantasy. As a quasi-adult she dreamed of being the next Indiana Jones and even pursued (and earne ...more

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