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Forty years ago humanity found out we were not alone. The Centauri offered us the galaxy.With one year to go before the gate is ready, Captain Zara Ortega learns of a conspiracy between Mars separatists and the Centauri to split the solar system between them. The crew of the ship Black Rain goes on a daring raid from one of the most well-guarded stations in the system to u ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 21st 2020 by Hokstad Publishing
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Rob
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice outing in Sci-Fi adventure with lots of action. I read this so fast since it doesn't slow too much so it's a good fun read.

The one thing I thought made the story-telling drag for me was when there was too much explanation, but maybe that's the thing with sci-fi and fantasy -- the world-building. I just think it's better when the descriptive building is interwoven with the rest of the story. For example, I think it's not until around page 60 that Zo and her crew are at the doors of th
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L DeLong
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zo, a mercenary, takes a job that may be the most difficult and dangerous task she has ever undertaken. Zo and her crew are hired to retrieve proof of a paradigm altering conspiracy from one of the most fortified space stations in Earth’s orbit.

Zo, and her crew, devise a perfect way to break into the station. Everything goes to plan, until a few ships from Mars start firing on the station while the crew is in the middle of stealing the ‘proof’. In the confusion of the station attack, the crew is
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Vesna S.
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Forty years ago humanity found out we were not alone. The Centauri offered us the galaxy. With one year to go before the gate is ready, Captain Zara Ortega learns of a conspiracy between Mars separatists and the Centauri to split the solar system between them. The crew of the ship Black Rain goes on a daring raid from one of the most well-guarded stations in the system to uncover the truth, but an attack on their ship raises more que
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Ron Baumer
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great start for a new series. The book was full of action and the author does a great job of developing characters that you can root for. I could not put this book down. A highly enjoyable sci-fi book and I cannot wait for the next one! Highly recommend this book.

Thank you to net galley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Frank Kelso
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lively military scott with non-stop action

A entertaining twist on first contact, and not every one welcomes the news. Zo, who operates a "freight" service also conducts "special clandestine" projects for a few$$$. A project with a big payoff goes bad. Zo's team she's why she hired each as they jump form frying pan jnto plasma fire. Great book one to introduce the series.
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Bert-Oliver Boehmer
I have been trying many new (to me) authors this pandemic - this book was another great find! Good characters and fresh ideas. I will certainly read more books written by this author.
Stine Hopsdal
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting and action packed adventure in space! I love any story with an ensemble cast, this not being an exception. This book is just fun and entertaining. To be recommended!
James
Apr 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All through last spring and into early summer, I read books two to eight of James S.A. Corey’s epic space opera series The Expanse, one after the other. Once I reached the end of book eight I knew I had a long wait ahead of me before the series was concluded. Now we have a date: Leviathan Falls will be published on November 16, 2021. I for one cannot wait. Until then, though, I was on the look out for something similar to read. I love edgy science-fiction. By this I mean, I like my futuristic un ...more
Chris Monceaux
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received a free copy of this book from the author. My review has been completed voluntarily and is my honest opinion.***

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Plot Summary
Aliens have finally made contact and seem to be interested in helping humanity join the larger galactic stage. However, many think the aliens have other nefarious ideas and are worried the building of a gate to connect Earth to the wider galaxy will bring nothing but conquest and domination from the stars. Amidst this backdrop, Zo le
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Lisa
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, freebies, sci-fi
What a great start to an action packed Sci-Fi adventure series! The Year Before the End, by Vidar Hokstad, is just the kind of book I love to read. A bit of fiction and a bit of science equals total reading pleasure!

Zara (aka Zo) Ortega captains the Black Rain, a transport ship that usually smuggles weapons to rebel groups on Earth. Zo and her crew are no strangers to questionable jobs and this latest gig is most definitely questionable. They are tasked with breaking into the Vanguard Station,
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Ian Beckett
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this debut novel. I didn't think it would be possible for the author to include everything I look for in a sci-fi story in 200 pages, but I was shown it is possible! In the 200 pages, I got a suspensive action-packed ride that was hard to put down. I think it was the situation that Captain Zara and the crew of the Black Rain found themselves in that really kept the pages turning. I am a big sucker for conspiracy theories, and a story invol ...more
Lori Duff
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. There's lots to like about "The Year Before the End" -- clearly a lot of thought went into it. I get the impression that Hokstad is the kind of guy who watches/reads a lot of sci-fi and then sits around with his buddies dissecting it about how that would or would not be how things would actually shake out in space. These technical details seem to take over the book, which is going to fascinate a lot of people. There is ...more
Julian Harding
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and fast 'military' scifi.

I was lucky to pick this up for free and its pretty good. I've called this 'military' as there is a lot of fight action throughout but it isn't necessarily soldiering action. Think The Expanse meets Guardians and you'er in the right space. Why only four stars? While the story rattles along, it is a generic 'brave mercenary crew versus large conspiracy organisation' story. So good, enjoyable and short enough not to loose interest but just a bit unoriginal. I will mo
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Frasier Armitage
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well thought out, immersive story. There’s a lot of exposition, but also a lot of imagination on show. It’s clear that the author has a strong grasp on the world, and the level of detail demonstrates how well-conceived this universe is. The action is good, and I enjoyed the characters, particularly Zo and Clarice. If you ever wondered what Michael Crichton’s take on a Star Trek style space heist would’ve looked like, then this is the book for you.
Paul
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A real adventure!

This book was great! I really hope I don't have to wait long for the next one. I was sucked in from the start and I LOVE the characters. I'm even happier because I managed to get the ebook for freeeeee!!! But I also bought some paper copies because a know a couple of friends who would love this as well! More Christmas gifts sorted.
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Tawny Molina
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic story. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!
Sue Wallace
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The year before the end by Vidar Hokstad.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the cover it's what drew me to this book. Great story. Good characters. 4*.
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