by Jasper T Scott
Ethan Ortane is the primary protagonist in this series, at least at the start. He is an emancipated ex-con who is trying to make a living piloting a freighter space craft in a refuge of the galaxy, universe, expanse,…? called Dark Space. Prior to the Empire being overrun by the Sythians and their minions, the Empire spanned many systems in the galaxy using gate technology. A Com-net allowed for faster than light communications by having relays floating in between gates.
So, Ethan has this beautiful co-pilot that he has been giving the cold shower to claiming that he is searching for his lost wife. Alara, co-pilot, gets taken hostage by the thug “Brondi” to extort Ethan into Imperial Navy sabotage. Yeah, I’m done.
I read more but I’m not in the business of spoiling. There are continuity issues in the story line early on and they are not handled very well. The science, though not quite as hand wavy as it could have been, was derelict enough to send up the bull shit referee flag fairly quick. I’m not just talking about the flippant way interstellar travel was handled. The next item on the agenda here is the invention of curse words, thank Battlestar Galactica and the Lords of Kobalt that you changed a letter and avoided a law suit.
I can’t hate on this too much because it is Space Opera. The series itself is written in such a way as to make the most buck. I looked down the list and saw that the author named book 5 Avilon. Really dude?
I give it three out of five for tenacity. Below are the links for the first three novels, sans covers. This review is staying to my normal venues because when I went to Amazon I noticed he has 2000+ reviews for the first one, 1000+ for the second and over 500 for the third. Yeah, not buying that you have that many legitimate reviews. Frame this one.
Dark Space Book 1
Dark Space Book 2 The Invisible War
Dark Space Book 3 Origin