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Saving Paludis

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An alien revolution centuries in the making will change mankind's future forever …

Police agent Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with Earth authorities, peace escalates to the brink of war in a hurry. It doesn’t help that the local aliens have
Kindle Edition, 435 pages
Published June 8th 2018
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Meenaz Lodhi
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to thank the author for the ARC. This is my voluntary and honest review.

Striving, Sacrifice, Dedication, Revenge, Dominance, Power... so very human!
A very solid world building with realism and a plausible reflection of human dominance within an alien planet, it’s in their genes, to colonize and dominate, in this case isolate the aliens, treat them disrespectfully, a concept well known in our history. The story building in the early stages of the plot, the many different scenes and outco
Greta Cribbs
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read by this author, and I must say, he does not disappoint. The writing style was top-notch, the world-building fascinating, and the characters likeable.

And like all good science fiction, it got me thinking about the future of mankind. If you don't mind too much, I think that's where I'll focus my attention in this review.

This book, being futuristic sci-fi, envisions a future in which technology has expanded beyond what we, in our current world, can even imagine. A
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Publishing Date: June 2018

Publisher: Books Go Social


Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.2/5

Publisher’s Description: To keep his home world alive, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist and a mysterious seer. As embattled factions vie for control of the universe, the trio must trust in each other to keep the new technology from ripping time and space apart. Saving Paludis is an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien political intrigue, and high-octa
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Firstly, let me state for the record that Science Fiction isn't something I particularly read a lot of. I tend to dip my toes in sporadically when I'm approached for a review in this genre. Which is exactly what happened with Clayton Graham's first book, Milijun, back in early 2017. I was so enamored with his stunning debut that I readily agreed to review his second full-length novel, Saving Paludis.

Saving Paludis is a wonderfully intelligent, creative and superbly written book. Quite often I st
John Purvis
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Saving Paludis" eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Clayton Graham ( Mr. Graham has published two novels. 

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future where humanity has spread across the stars. The primary character is Police agent Stefan Lattanzis. 

Brenda Mohammed
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Saving Paludis by creative author Clayton Graham is a well designed and developed science fiction novel.
The story is based sometime in the distant future. Paludis is a planet colonized by Earth.
A technological breakthrough provides the Paludis' earth dwellers with an additional source of income. However, a desperate human cult, and other negative factors threaten to disrupt the entire planet with a war between Paludis and Earth.
The cast of characters is a diverse lot and the author does a good
Ellie Mitchell
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Saving Paludis was a sci-fi novel unlike any other I'd read. Earth has been settling on various planets for the past few hundred years, their relations with the natives of the planet Paludis (called Musk by the natives) being poor indeed.

War begins to breaks out between Paludis and Earth and it's difficult to tell who to blame.

A variety of intriguing characters settle on the pages, my favourite being Claire. I found her to be really brave despite the difficult circumstances she found herself in.
Gordon Bickerstaff
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and fun to read
This is a scifi adventure built around a distant planet, Paludis, colonised by aliens (humans) facing a destructive war. It reminded me of the movie 'Avatar' in which the humans decimated the indigenous population of Pandora to mine unobtanium, and a small group of humans help the locals to fight back. If you liked 'Avatar' and I did, you'll like this story. The story is well written and well-described world that explores issues around man's inhumanity to others. The
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saving Paludis begins the futuristic tale of a planet we have taken over and began to strip of its inhabitants and natural resources. As one coveted mineral is becoming limited, officials decide to harvest a kelp that induces a natural sleep. Clayton Graham skillfully designs a web of events that lead to a central plot. People and aliens are disappearing. Equipment is being misplaced. And a police agent, botanist, and an alien seer team together to unfold the mysteries, hopefully before a war br ...more
Cold  Coffee
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you think the book cover is intriguing, wait until you begin reading “Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham.

The author has shared two very interesting maps at the beginning of the book to help readers get a sense of this fertile planet called “Musk” by its inhabitants, and “Paludis” by Earth. Paludis is in the Pisces Constellation which is 143 light years from Earth.

The story begins in AD 3898 and we find that Earth invaders have taught the colonized population of Paludis their language and some
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Saving Paludis by Clayton Graham is a perfect example of science fiction done right. This is what you look for when searching for the perfect science fiction; it simply has it all, tension, aliens, colonization, and classic science fiction elements that wrap neatly together to create a cohesive book. In the far off future, Earth is looking to further explore and colonize. With new discoveries come advancements of all kinds, new medicines, and frontiers that beckon. There is plenty of turmoil as ...more
Jennifer Tooker
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author, however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Saving Paludis is scheduled for a June 8, 2018 release

Colonization or Invasion?

In a distant future with a united Earth branching out to into the universe for exploration and settlement, a discovery is made on a distant planet that could revolutionize life. Having established a settlement on distant Paludis, the scientists at Tanberg university start to d
Grant Leishman
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

Saving Paludis by Clayton Graham takes are far into the future and far out into the cosmos. Man has developed a device known as, an Einstein-Rosen bridge, which finally allows him to conquer the vast distances of the Universe. With this, technological advancement human-kind has spread out across the cosmos and conquered many planets, for their own resources, including Paludis. Paludis, which has mainly been used for mining bauxite, has now come up
Mandy Parmenter
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with the Earth authorities the planet becomes a battlefield which is quickly escalating. Plus there is local aliens with their own agenda and a secret human cult is also planning to exploit the technology. Suddenly the planet becomes a battlefield. Stefan Lattanzis is a police agent and he needs to team up with a botanist and a seer in order through trust to stop the parties ripping space and time apart.

There was some serious world build
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting read. Humans have created space bridges to travel further around the universe and this book concentrates on the planet of Paludis, called Musk by the natives, which has been colonised by humans and other species. The natives of Paludis, called Muskans, have been forced to just one small area of the planet by man and are not exactly happy with the situation. The natives are restricted by walls and ocean and live a very basic life.

Humans can travel back to Earth or to the p
Clabe Polk
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many light years from Earth, a colony planet, Paludis, is racked by economic instability in the aluminum market. At the same time, the indigenous native population has been marginalized by the fear and ignorance of humans and forcefully confined to a small isolated peninsula. This is the way Paludis has been for more than three-hundred years.

The natives are considered to be primitive “lizards” without appreciable technology. While the natives are not particularly sophisticated in terms humans w
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t like Saving Paludis, I loved it!

The book is about an intelligent reptilian indigenous species on a trade route planet that is conquered, interned, and discriminated against. Humans kill mass numbers of the native population when first arriving on the planet 300 years in the past and moved the survivors to a preserve in order to exploit the planet’s natural resources and to make way for human habitation. The plight of the American Indians came to mind as I read.

Later, with Paludis growi
This straightforward sci-fi story is about a handful of individuals who eventually come together to try and rescue a planet (Paludis) from a combination of factions that are working towards its destruction. The narrative is somewhat unfocused at first, mostly due to the need to introduce most of the main players separately. However, aside from the occasional typo or odd word choice, it was a fairly readable book.

The aliens and their culture were very interesting, but they weren't really the stor
Melanie S
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining

Saving Paludis is the masterful report of our possible future history. Centuries from now, when Earth has become over-exploited and over populated, humans do what they always have done - colonized new places. Paludis, now an Earth colony, sits on the far reaches of human exploration, orbiting a sun in the constellation Pisces. It's native sentients, Muskans, are a mere remnant of their former numbers, defeated, segregated behind a huge wa
M. Anderson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Saving Palidis" will appeal to science fiction fans who are more interested in story than explaining the science behind it. In this far future, humans use 'bridges' to cross space and colonize new worlds with a vengeance, wreaking havoc on the native populations. Paludis is one such world. Its lizard-like inhabitants have been decimated, the survivors confined to a small isolated portion of the planet. These seemingly primitive spiritual people live in harmony with nature. However, unbeknownst ...more
Bruce Polkinghorne
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most important component of any book is a story that you want to finish. Saving Paludis starts out by describing a planet where technically superior humans have been the aggressor, subjugating the natives in order to plunder the mineral wealth of the planet. It introduces a series of characters that appear somewhat separate, but their situations describe the state of play across Paludis.
From there we see how the humans (on Earth and on Paludis) spiral into a competition to see who can displa
Andrea Stoeckel
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The new star will shine in the sky for many, many years, but it will not shine forever. When it becomes dust, only then will the Muskan people be free.”

As a reader who cut her teeth on Asimov, I was amazed at the story in Saving Paludis. This is true sci-fi that reflects our contemporary greed mentality: that humankind can just take what it needs and to heck with the consequences.Earth scientists have discovered a form of kelp on Paludis that can be used to make a sleeping pill. Their goal is t
Payal Sinha
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Saving Paludis is a futuristic novel where people of the Earth are the colonizers and the native aliens are the oppressed. To some extent, the tale reminded me of Middle Age England. The English were the colonizers who invaded different countries and continent only to steal all the natural spoils, while the offenders were transferred and confined to Australia to serve their sentence on an unfriendly and rustic land. In the same manner, the earthen people travel to Muskan only to exploit the natu ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a different read than normally done for me, but it opened up a new genre for me. I received this book for an honest review and thought that I'd give it a try.
This is a futuristic sci-fi tale concerning Earth colonists 2000 years in the future and the battle with the indigenous "aliens" of the planet. The characters were well formed and I could really feel for the aliens that were suppressed and had no choice but to push back as well as the underprivileged earthlings who suffered the co
David Styles
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Technologically advanced colonists/invaders go to a place, subjugate the natives, broadly succeed, but face a rebellion in which side-switchers and mixed loyalties play a part.

It’s true that it’s not a very new premise; it’s been done from Pocahontas to Avatar. But Graham does it well here.

There’s a fair collection of paradoxes at hand in this work; we’re very far in the future and very far away, but culturally speaking very much is exactly as on Earth in the current timeframe; and wormhole-trav
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exciting new SciFi adventure that will keep you on the edge of the “What ifs?” Earth has colonized an alien planet called Paludis and Police Officer Stefan Lattanzis is an ordinary guy. He goes to work and comes home and tries to be a decent and honorable person. When the scientist on Paludis start sharing their advanced technology, people all over immediately try to exploit the technology. Stefan is charged with saving the political balance as well as the entire time-space continuum and must wo ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Star Trek & Star Wars etc
What happened when an alien police officer and a botanist get together to save the world? No, it's not a joke, but a deadly serious reality for Officer Stefan Lattanzi and Martian botanist Clare fighting to stop advanced technology on Musk (as the native inhabitants call it), or Paludis as everyone else does, falling into the wrong hands and being used as a lethal weapon.

Clayton Graham's intense sci-fi drama will keep you on the edge of your seat, as the high stakes ratchet up the tension in Sav
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Saving Paludis by Clayton Graham, it is easy to see why this novel was a finalist for the Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Books Awards. This fast-paced science fiction novel is packed full of intrigued and adventure. Even though it is a lengthy novel, it didn’t feel like it. I kept turning the pages quickly wanting to find out what happens next. The basis of the novel is set 2000 years in the future and deals with a planet (Paludis) that Earth has colonized. What was once peac ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sci-fi battle for survival

Saving Paludis is a sci-fi thriller about the planet of Paludis which is a colony created by earth. The native species to Paludis have been relocated to a small area of the planet. In this reverse alien invasion, earth is trying to take over and force control to the new command on the planet. The battle begins and the natives will fight back. This is a fast paced suspense filled story as the battle escalates and you will keep reading to see what happens and who will be
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Power, control, revenge and greed.
An all out battle for Paludis is taking place in this gripping outer space tale. As you read you are not sure at first who is responsible or why. It is a full length book that takes you on a roller coaster ride with the many plots and sub plots going on. Some of the players just want power others believe the greater the suffering the greater the peace. It weaves you around many different characters and left me really trying to figure it out as it went along. The
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As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham.
He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982.

A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it place

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