Wil Calder was an astronaut testing Earth’s first Faster Than Light engine in an experimental space pod when he ended up stranded on the opposite side of the solar system. Even if NASA could come to get him, they didn’t know where to look.
But that was years ago.
Now, Wil is a lonely intergalactic outlaw and s...more
Ok, the author steals like a madman from the best. The main character is John Crichton from Farscape, with the personality of Mal from Firefly, flying a Klingon Bird of Prey through the Peacekeeper universe, throwing pop culture references out like a demented machine gun (and not just sci-fi - he misremembered the bots numeric name as 8675309...). Star Wars, Star Trek (or Babylon 5, not sure what show about people in a space station was being referenced), nothing is sacred. One ...more
The characters weren’t grabbing me, and the world building was pretty shoddy...
..and the go to a place to do the thing, in an alien controlled universe, with no human presence....
...called the barsoom system.
At this point I gave up.
Will Calder finds himself stranded outside of the solar system after an FTL flight. Initially taken in by another crew, he finds himself alone in the ship after a double-cross. After a while he "rescues"two peacekeepers from a ship and is joined by another alien and a workbot.
Life just gets more interesting as the crew attempt to do the right thing.
An excellent book for anyone who loves space and adventures
This was an outstanding first novel in what appears to be the start of an enjoyable series. It had the potential to be a five star rated book if there had! Review been a higher level of intensity and drama. I believe the next books have that potential remember, this author is just getting started.
I never try and give a "HS Book Report" Summary in my reviews. If that's what a prospecting reader is looking for I recommend they read the authors summary, Instead, I prefer to share what I liked (or n ...more
Astronaut Wil Calder’s module is experiencing problems that could leave him stranded in space. However, a pirate ship appears from another galaxy and captures him and the space module. Instead of leaving him to die, the captain of the space pirates takes a liking to the human and keeps him on board to clean his ship. The pirate crew is betrayed by a group of criminals and the captain turns his ship, an ANKARRAN battle ship over to him as he is dying. Alone now, Wil calls ...more
What’s it about? The summary explains it well so details here will be minimal. Some other things to expect: peacekeepers, officers, different planets, goons, smuggling jobs, night markets, aliens, and a robot. It’s fast-paced, lots of action, and humorous at times.
The narrator, KC Johnston, did a fantastic job a ...more
This story attracted me from the start. A human surrounded by lots of aliens, yeah, thats my favourite type of book.
The characters in this story are fun to read about and really come across as alive as possible. Wil Calder is a funny character, who uses references only another human would understand. He's just all round fun to read and get to know.
Bennie is almost dispicable and yet, I really loved his little personality quirks the most out of the whole crew of Gh ...more
If this *were* my genre, it'd probably ended up getting 4 stars, despite the fact that especially in the first part of the book there were still some errors that could be caught easily by an editor: typo's, a sentence that contains a repetition, stuff like that - no major ...more
The lone human outside of earth has his own space ship and is building a crew. This books is set up to appeal to your browncoat urges. It it kinda fits that mold. But, it skips all the steps to get there. The bringing together happens in front of us, but the struggles that should go along with that process are overlooked. Somehow they go instantly to fully formed working gr ...more
There are a number of pop culture references throughout which adds to the lone human / Buck Rogers feel.
Thankfully, it is a complete story and not one that ends in the middle of something to try to get you to buy the next book. This is book one in a series but is definitely a stand alone read as well.
This book, for some odd reason, reminded me of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It is a quick fun read that has a bunch of ragtag individuals coming together as friends and a team to accomplish something good and meaningful. The characters were well written, with a dry sense of humor,plot consistent, action constant, and a sense of humor present in the whole story.
I enjoyed the story, I felt it was well written and interesting. I'll have to say this was a new approach to most sci-fi series. I can't say that this matched any of sci novels that I'm familiar with. Usually they have a story line similar to situations in other books.
I have fully enjoyed reading this first book of what I hope will be a interesting series. We find a human astronaut who whilst attempting earths first ftl flight, find himself in command of a alien spaceship. If that wasn't bad enough in the middle of a space battle between different groups of people. Looking forward to reading more.
This is a rollickin’ good adventure. The interaction between a kidnapped human, a crew that is lost and another found is pretty entertaining. The interaction between the powerful bad guys and the sort of bad Ghost crew is an interesting read.
I like the characters and the action. The bumbling weather in a big galaxy. The only thing I thought was off was the author's tendency to temporary of the story and then retell it from another characters perspective...but I will read the next book.
Editing errors abound.
With a vast universe of Sci-Fi writing, this doesn't make it to orbit.
I didn't think this book would be any good, but I was greatly surprised. The story had great characters that you could relate to, also the author didn't bog you down with technical stuff. Great ending, with no cliffhanger. Well worth your time.
Will has been shot into space, but somehow he's now not able to get back to earth. He's rescued by a group that is not like humans or humanoids he's ever seen and life becomes very interesting.
Read and enjoy.
Everything was written in present tense. Everything. It hurt my brain to read it. I don’t know how people can read this.
That ignores the clumsy plot and universe building that is worse than amateurish.
There are bad novels that are easier to read than this one.
John lives in Denver with his amazing wife, and two nutty little dogs, where he enjoys patio beers, gardening and hiking.
He's been writing since he could, but made the leap ...more