“The Moon was no longer a barren onlooker - it was a destination”
In 2065, a resurgence in space exploration, mainly driven by tourism has presented a business opportunity for the enigmatic entrepreneur James Healey the Third. With private money steering investment in a commercial direction, mistakes were made; none worse than the Europa Space Orbiter incident.
Globewide Assistance needed to expand skywards.
When Healey approaches the crew of the Caspian, the proposition of working closer to Earth seems hard to resist but their cautious Flight officer, Haruka O’Brian is less impressed by this notorious sponsor; after all, she had spent a lifetime avoiding the media machine.
Is this an honorable cause? Is this a chance for a real life? Most importantly, can Healey be trusted? There’s little time to reflect; Evac Rapid Response are in demand. Healey’s vision unfolds as he skillfully grooms the crew into the EVAC brand but the team soon find their experience and loyalties tested when they are propelled into a nightmare scenario, with the world watching.
It has taken a few career changes to get to this point. I started in the arts, working as a display and interior designer and imagined going back to it after having children. When my second child was born with a severe illness, things changed, and I had to find a job that worked around the family, so I went back to the classroom. I worked as a teaching assistant and spent most of my time trying to share my love of books and inspire the students to express themselves with their own words. During this time, I was asked to create a backstory for a game pitch my husband was preparing, So, being presented with my own homework, I accepted the challenge, though it took a few years to complete. Though I read many genres, I am drawn to science fiction in my writing, probably because of my film watching addiction and box-set binging of the sci fi, fantasy and paranormal themes. I’m fascinated with space exploration and love the blend between science fact and fiction. The EVAC story features near future scenarios that are a realistic glimpse of our lives as space explorers. I endeavoured to create a fast paced, space adventure, following the impact of our commercial ventures as we finally colonize the Moon and beyond. When I’m not writing or learning how to self-publish, I enjoy walking in the West Sussex woodlands with my scruffy Jack Russell, Dexter. On occasion, I take my husband too.
The year is 2065 and humankind is pushing further and further into space. AJ Britnell captures the real struggles and intrigue of near future space travel in EVAC Ignition. This novel is realistic but also fast-paced. Business tycoon Healey has enlisted Haruka and her crew of rescuers to work for him, a move Haruka suspects has other motivations. But that all heats up when her team is faced with a worst-case scenario aboard a space station. This novel reminded me pleasantly of films like Poseiden Adventure and The Martian, and I appreciate Britnell’s attention to detail and realism. All around a good one for any space or survival enthusiasts!
What an exciting story! The action begins in the year 2065, when the moon is a tourist destination and travels to Mars are common, with the crew of the Caspian 3 making a stopover to pick up salvage from an old freighter on the way home from Mars. This results in an accident and a rescue situation that convinces the money behind the Caspian 3 to turn their crew into the EVAC Rapid Response Team. The different members of the crew have varying attitudes to this change in their work lives. Captain Stefan Anderson, First Officer Haruka O'Brian, John Boyd, Claus Hartman, Eileen Nash, Marcus Sekibo, Herman Palmer and their AI EMO will touch you with their antics and thoughts about space travel, facing danger and death and their empathy for the victims they are sent to rescue. And there is more – while they are working hard to establish their new endeavor, they are faced with corporate espionage and terrorist acts that put them and the people they are charged with protecting in even more danger. This is an exciting read and well worth your time. I look forward to additional stories about this crew and their voyages through space. I was gifted this book by the author but this review is all mine. Enjoy!
This was an interesting read and I enjoyed it. The characters are fairly well developed and I found their interactions to be fairly realistic on the whole but the scenes on the occasion seemed a little contrived to me and although the descriptions were good this detracted slightly from the whole. Overall, however, apart from some issues with word usage, this is a good book and I recommend it highly
Please note that while I received an ARC copy, I am reviewing this freely