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The Stars Entwined (The Aryshan War Book 1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Aryshan Empire and Earth are on the brink of war!

The Stars Entwined is the first installment in an epic space opera series by multiple award-nominated science fiction writer, Jon Del Arroz. If you like Old Man’s War by John Scalzi or Rogue World by B.V. Larson, then you’ll love this epic adventure with action, intrigue, and an escalating interstellar war between gala
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Superversive Press (first published March 10th 2018)
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, science-fiction
I was laughing out loud before I finished the prologue.

Unfortunately, I don't think the author really intended this to be satire.

Some may complain that my review focuses on factual errors and clunky writing rather than on the story itself. But here's the thing: it's impossible for a reader to suspend disbelief and get absorbed in a story when blatant errors in fact and clunky, distracting, and/or confusing writing keep making them stop and say something like "huh?" or "you must be joking!" Facts
Jeff Miller
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story arc of this book did not go as I expected. The start was familiar territory enough, but as it advanced it went into a different direction. My favorite of his books so far, and the others were quite strong.
Apr 23, 2018 added it
Being a huge sci-fi junkie I really enjoyed this book. It's a true pleasure to find an author that can successfully combine sci-fi and romance but that's what Jon Del Arroz has done with this book. Great characters that you can get behind a very good storyline makes this a pleasure to read. Can't wait to see what else this author has in store for the readers. If you are a fan of stories such as Star Trek then you must check this book out! ...more
Robert Defrank
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The stars are more than just crossed in this one.

The author tries his hand at space opera romance, with some impressive results and one caveat.

In brief: Earth’s spacefaring empire is clashing with the Ashyrans, a race of empathic beings who experience each other’s emotions, with some odd implications for their biology and culture. Earth needs intel and Sean Barrows undergoes cosmetic surgery to pass as one of the enemy. He’s inserted into one of their ships, but soon the matter is complicated wh
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I had a bit of trouble slotting this one into subgenres. I mean, The Stars Entwined is kind of Science Fiction, but it's kind of Science Fantasy (I'll get into that in a bit.) It starts out looking like it's going to be a police procedural, then it turns into a spy novel. You can never get comfortable with this thing because it changes in an instant. There are lots of twists and turns, but they all make sense in the story.

Seriously, if I should ever have the good fortune to meet Mr. Del Arroz a
Lesley Ellis
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
My husband is the one who likes the sci-fi stuff, for a while now he has been trying to talk me into watching and/or reading, which is why I thought I would give this book a go.

I enjoyed reading this book; I’m looking forward to reading more. If you like sci-fi, action, suspense and romance then you will love this – or if like me, you are looking for something different then I recommend this book.

Pretty early on I took a liking to both Sean and Tamar. Good, well developed characters. Good stor
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Conflicted on this one. The second half of the book is reasonably fun, but the first half is bogged down in a pile of boring that offers no insight on the characters and probably could have been cut with no harm to remaining story. Basic premise, human goes undercover as spy in military of neighboring humanoid species, and things happen. Sadly, lots of those things are so ridiculously implausible that I suspect most readers will nope right out of the book. That said, it was mildly diverting and ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful Aliens

Just human-like enough to be comprehensible while being different enough to be indisputably alien, with enough world building to hang the story on without drowning us in details. I look forward to the next installment.
James Brown
Enjoyed it, but a couple things bothered me.

I would hope some future human space navy would be better at choosing spies. And, would it really be that easy to insert a spy in an enemy military?
Derek Thornton
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and sucked you in to the story. Great start to what I am sure will be a great series. Can't wait for the next.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun opera and a little different

The major characters, mostly alien were really well done, I felt. It was light on the physics side. I don't mean in terms of explanation which I don't need. The characters are compelling and the story got me involved. It's more a case of setting clear parameters in how physics work or not in the universe of the story. Logic not science, is what sells me on the background.

It was light on the human societal structure but actually created a more complete feel for on
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Jon Del Arroz began his writing career in high school, providing book reviews and the occasional article for the local news magazine, The Valley Citizen. From there, he went on to write a weekly web comic, Flying Sparks, which has been hailed by Comic Book Resources as “the kind of stuff that made me fall in love with early Marvel comics.” He
has several published short stories, most recently provi

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