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Wreck of the Nebula Dream by Veronica Scott
Series: The Sectors #0.5
on March 16, 2012
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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A reimagining of the Titanic disaster set in the far future among the stars…
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
After loving each of the author’s contributions to the Pets In Space Anthology featuring standalone novellas from the world of this series, I always meant to go back and read the series in order. The blend of futuristic sci-fi space, romance and character development as well as a goodly amount of intrigue and action make this series one there was no doubt I would enjoy.
Wreck of the Nebula Dream is the first of the The Sectors series in release and chronological order, but it is a true standalone. There are a couple later books that revisit characters introduced in this book. This is touted in the blurb as ‘the reimagining of the Titanic Disaster set in the far future among the stars’. Did it live up to the claim? Yes, it did. Like the historical Titanic, this is a luxurious space liner on its maiden voyage out to set a speed record with several of the galaxy’s elite in first class and the average joes in the space version of steerage. The early scenes and set up to the disaster feel like the calm before the storm because the story really takes off once the disaster strikes.
I loved that the central figure is a weary, battle-hardened special forces military man who thinks his days of service and duty are over when he is called on to be a hero during a mega disaster. Nick Jameson is wry, but capable and he sees beyond the glitz and glamour of the pleasure cruise ship and its occupants so when disaster strikes he goes into action quite superbly. He isn’t alone, though. He pulls into his orbit a dedicated, no-nonsense business woman who caught his eye earlier and the attractive woman is all he imagined and more. Then there is the secretive monk-like Red Lady warrior who hitches himself to Nick’s star, the socialite who is more than the hair-brain she seems, and then there are the terrified but intrepid kids and the elderly woman with surprising powers to help. They all work to rescue others, keep alive, fight off space pirates, looters and, did I mention keep very alive? after the Nebula Dream is left adrift and dying in space far from help.
The plot built to some great twists and a riveting climax. The romance was secondary, but there, as they worked together as partners, but I liked that other relationships among their ragtag group were important too. Oh, and the villains on top of the survival situation had me flying through the pages to see how the trusty survivor group was going to make it.
All in all, this was a fab intro to the series and did the job of making me want to come back for more. Though the next books are with different characters and different places in The Sectors, the style of the writing and the futuristic world are plenty to keep me enthused for more. This is a definite recommend for sci-fi romance fans.
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