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Endeavor's Run (The Hope Prophecy #1)

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Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Travel
180 pages
Published by Tobin Marks
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May 舞
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Wow, that was one hell of a ride!

Endeavor's Run was very confusing at the beginning, what with the different locations and characters, and I just felt like "where is this going?" and "who am I supposed to pay attention to?" However, after a few chapters I finally got a grasp on it and I'm awfully glad I did.

With a blend of science fiction and fantasy, Endeavor's Run managed to captivate my full attention, and I found myself trying to connect the dots and figure out how to fit all the pieces of
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Kyla
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The tantalizing first installment of a promised trilogy, Endeavor's Run blends in nicely balanced fashion hard science fiction and fantasy. Space ships, and aliens, and dragons (oh my!), blended with believable characters you want to root for. Women and men mingle and work as equals, once a rarity in the masculine halls of science fiction. There is a touch of Saturday-matinee flavor, as the "good guys" are brave and smart and resourceful, and the villains thoroughly villainous, but this is a goo ...more
Vernice Aure
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of both Science Fiction and Fantasy, Endeavor's Run satisfied my penchant for SciFi while delivering the creatures and mystique that I love about Fantasy. This is the first book in a trilogy and is a very enjoyable read. Endeavor's Run smoothly mixes detailed sci-fi science with dragons and interesting aliens.

The Starship Endeavor, commissioned specifically for this mission, is tasked with solving the mystery of the disappearance of the Starship Monarch while investigating a millennia-
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Patricia Cifra
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine living a 1000 years from now in a world where an alien race threatens human existence. Then imagine a character who has the power to astrally project thoughts and feelings, and whose destiny involves finding a starship that mysteriously vanished. Combine all of this with optical computers, a maternal artificial intelligence system, dragons and reptilian aliens, and the effect is a mind-boggling story.


The story starts 1000 years after the World War Extinction. A young boy, Alex Porter, i
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Karen
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First let me say one thing…… DRAGONS!!!
Now with that out of the way, I can personally say I really enjoyed Endeavor's Run. I saw some of the comments about it being confusing and was worried. However, I thought the fast pace was enjoyable and I was not lost. I did have to glance at the chapter headings a few times to know where I was, but that is all part of the journey.

Tobin Marks gives great details to bring this futuristic world to life. I love how the different areas are similar but have a
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Iseult Murphy
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
1000 years in the future, Earth has almost been destroyed and humanity now resides on Mars and is seeding distant planets. One of these planets, Aqueous, just happens to have dragons and floating aliens and reptile men. All ships that have been sent to Aqueous have vanished without a trace. After receiving a mysterious message, the Endeavor and her brave crew set out to find the missing ships and discover what happened on that distant planet.

What worked for me were the parts of the book centere
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Shuchi Vyas
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is mind blowing! The plot is absolutely incredible. Marks' way of describing scenes, technical details (though I don't understand such advanced science) and everything else is just amazing. It was like a sneak peek at the future, though it was a bit confusing at first with all the different planets and spaceships and technicalities. But it certainly grows on you. Can't wait for the next books!

I received a free copy in exchange for a review. Highly recommended.
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Dan
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: booktasters
It’s a pretty good book in general. It starts out pretty rough but quickly finds its pace. The characters and world are interesting and engrossing. But the entire book details the main characters learning things that we as the reader already know if perhaps not in that much detail. And as a whole doesn’t really stand up alone on its own as a book rather than part 1 of a series
Mylinda
Endeavor’s Run by Tobin Marks is a combination of fantasy and science fiction. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and had difficulty putting it down. The book is a third person narration which gives you a peek into the thoughts and motives of various characters at certain parts. Getting into the thoughts of the human characters and the fantasy characters flowed quite well.

The only area I initially had trouble with was the timeline. Sections are in the past present and future. One tip is to pay close
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Muhammad Ishaq
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was suspense filled and I couldn't stop reading it due to the brief chapters which gave a sense of achievement and prevented boredom. The end was really good and I was still expecting pages after the last chapter. Good book really ...more
Glarvole
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Free copy for review)

The only rough spots to the book are the location changes. However, you do get used to it after a few goes. Even with this I would highly recommend this book. It is a very interesting story and the "bad guys" in this book are among the more interesting ones I've read about or thought about. This book is an excellent setup for the remainder of the story due to unfold over the next couple of books.

A lot of places seem to be stop and go in the story but those moments are done
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Ania
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Endeavors run is a Blending of science Fiction (spaceships...) And Fantasy ( dragons..) I felt like I was watching a mix of Star wars and eragon !!! And this is what makes this book very unique!!!

I have to say the language ( choice of words descriptions about the planets and surroundings) which the Respectable Author used was very smart !! I could really imagine every scene as if I was a character in the story !!

I personally really liked Alex and the way he could carry on after the death of hi
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Jai
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
At a glance, Endeavor's Run might seem like your run-of-the-mill science fiction story but as you delve deeper into it, you'll find that there's more to it than meets the eye and its intricately written fantasy world will gradually grow on you. I could be a little biased because prophecy-riddled stories are my cup of tea but personal preferences aside, this book certainly delivers a unique formula of sci-fi and fantasy elements fused into a fascinating world of aliens, space ships and AI systems ...more
Maria Rivas-mc
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit of science fiction, a bit of the paranormal
Humans are rapidly destroying the planet and the political rhetoric from leaders leans towards the self-serving and bombastic. On this basis and, regrettably, the premise of this Tobin Marks’ novel is beyond possible; it’s probable and even likely. Tobin Marks’ world has experienced WWX, which makes much of the planet extinct; while his imagination takes us to a world inhabited by dragons and humanoids with paranormal powers. The entry of humans s
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M.J. Falke
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read.

True, Endeavor's Run is a fairly short read at only 180 pages, but it's anything but short when it comes to story. Marks crams so much world building and character growth into those 180 pages that at times it can be hard to keep up.

The story follows Alex Porter, who is a seventh generation son with a destiny that will take him across the stars. I honestly can't say much more without giving the story away, but I found that this book was the perfect blend of science fiction
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A.J Ito
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book gave me a warmth welcome to a hard sci-fi story. This means that I was kind of lost with some terminology (that's my fault for not being used to sci-fi) and that I found myself wanting to know more about basically everything in it.

What I liked the most about this story is that the author is not afraid to introduce characters without rush. He takes the time needed to make you know them and that is awesome. what i did not like was that I felt lost sometimes because of the changing of pe
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Jacilda Refalo
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Richard Willis
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A splendid, fast-pace tale that involves a humanity who learn that they're no longer alone in the universe. From the Normad'r to humanity, from the Thith Empire to the IFC Endeavor, Marks weaves the threads of his tale together quite well, and while the fact that this is the first in a series means that they don't yet form a complete quilt, what he shows here is probably more than enough to lead you to come back for more. There are a few mysteries (which I shall leave unnamed to avoid spoilers), ...more
Ikomon Emmanuella
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
people who are into science-fiction will be thrilled when they read this book.
The author took out time to get his words right and each part of the book was well written.
I enjoyed the storyline and the progression from each scene/planet to the other.
The different species were intriguing and the their abilities quite amazing.
I would be really happy if this can be adopted into a series so I can have the pleasure of viewing it on screen.

I had a few reservations though because the book 1 dwelt m
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Terrytracy Watts
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the dragon and the sci-fi mix. The biggest problems I saw was grammatically errors. When I first started reading it , the opening was a little dry. The book the speed up. The interaction between the characters was interesting the more I read. The series reminds me of a cross between Star Trek and the Aragon series. Sorry about the spelling. This book remind me of when I first started read science fiction.
Nate
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the way the characters were developed and the pacing was good. The characters felt real because the dialogue felt like human speech and not some stuffy mechanic lecturer, despite the subject matter being very scientific. It played like an episode of Star Trek in my head. Because the language was quite adult I would recommend for an 18+ audience.
DaftScholar
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though the premise is not new, Endeavor's Run is so very well done. Sci-Fi here and Fantasy there. This is the first installment but I have to say can't wait to read all of them. Solid plot and solider (that's not a word) writing. I will not say more as it may give away spoilers. Solid work Mr. Marks. Moving to the next one. ...more
Yolisa
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this awesome book.It is well written,you just cannot put it down.It was like I am in another world completely.I love books like this,totally immerse you.You only find yourself after reading and completing the entire book.
Michael
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: booktaster
Endeavors Run The Hope Prophecy: Book One, by Tobin Marks

Where do I start? That puzzles me as I begin to write this review. At first I was confused by the yo-yoing back and forth in time (and space). But some advice from the author helped set me straight.

The story starts our as a rather run-of-the-mill SciFi/Fantasy combination. Earth was virtually depopulated in WWX - as in extinction. But small groups managed to survive at different locales around the globe. One of these, located in what was
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Ava Rogers
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
First things first: I was given a copy of this book with the express purpose of reviewing. However, this has not colored my perceptions in any way. (Though speaking to the author himself may have, I have done my utmost to make this review as honest and truthful as I can.)

So we’re going to start with the positives. Things I enjoyed.

The story itself was good. It had me wanting to read more. I kept reading because I wanted to see what was going to happen.

The prologue was tight. It was a very str
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Britny
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book in all honesty. It was bit confusing in the beginning with the switching between settings and introduction of new characters with almost every switch. This does not go on for very long and it really picks up once everything starts to come together. It was a great read for me mostly because of all the fantasy involved. Upon first mention of a dragon and aliens, I was hooked. It was one of those books that made me feel like I was looking at a really good fan ...more
Matt
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
When I got started on this book I was told that the first few chapters would be confusing, but the solution that I found to this issue is to take my time and read everything! The chapter breaks tell you where you are going so you know what characters will be involved and their growth. The book is very detail oriented and while some might not be able to take it in, it adds so much depth to everything. I am surprised the amount of growth, detail and story that was able to fit into this book of 180 ...more
Zen Ghost Bookworm
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wild ride! This is out of the box reading for me, as I usually stick to horror and mystery, but I was in the mood for some sci-fi when I picked this up. Little did I know this was a mix of sci-fi and fantasy. I'll try to give you some highlights without any spoilers.

Part of the story focuses on the planet Aqueous. We have two civilizations heading to war, one a primitive reptilian tribe and one a human tribe. But the best part of this planet is dragons. You heard right, we have dragons!

Th
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Ali Emin
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book very difficult to review. I had to read it twice, very carefuly, and it was better on the second reading.

I'm trying to do this spoiler free, becasue it's important not to give anything away.

The narrative style can be tricky to follow, but anyone who's read Murakami or China Mieville shouldn't have any difficulty with the choice of the author's narrative voice. It's worth sticking to, as the author weaves an intricate tale that's ambitious and epic in scope. Anyone who's read a
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Kez Booth
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The book overall is very good - I initially found it quite difficult to get into as the beginning was very slow and a bit confusing as each of the characters were introduced. It felt like a rather long build up to the main action of the story. After such a strong prologue that really hooks you to the story, the subsequent early chapters seemed really slowed down the story in a way that felt unnecessary. However after the build up the story does find a good pace and that fact that the chapters ar ...more
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