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Admiral by Sean Danker
Series: Evagardian #1
Published by Ace on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
“I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side.”
He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship’s records confirm he is their superior officer.
Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship’s systems are failing one by one—and they are not alone.
Another book I wouldn’t have picked and really loved which came from Ace Roc stars. I seriously need to consider more space opera / science fiction because I enjoy it so much.
The world building is scattered into various dire circumstances. The politics and rest of the world are a shelf in the background which the characters reference occasionally. The layer of military and societal consequences dust their choices.
The four characters are interesting and well done, but the Admiral is awesome. His point of view tells us this survival story and he’s smart, funny and self-deprecating at times. The MacGyver style of making things happen is a big win for me.
We never learn his name; he’s only The Admiral. Luckily, this is the first in a series because I want more. The next book is planned to be released May 2017.
Giggle worthy quote:
“I dropped into the pilot’s seat and powered up the heavy crawler, then opened the viewfinder to see the deck. I released the brake and shoved the throttle forward, accelerating after the nearest xeno and heartlessly running it down. This wasn’t very sporting, but my back was against the wall. My karma was already shot.
Besides, it wasn’t like these things were endangered. They were everywhere.”
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