Series: Fractured Space #0.5
Also in this series: Star Splinter
Published by Amazon Digital Services on November 14th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
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Lieutenant Callum Harper knows that his team are as tough as they come: nine highly trained men and women and one battle robot who’s eleven feet of pure, cybernetic muscle. But as they drop through the atmosphere of the uncharted planet Capsun 23, Cal can’t shake the feeling that something is off about this mission. Three data drones have previously touched down but quickly went dark. And now, all communication with a group of civilian researchers has been lost.
Intel suspects scavengers are to blame—or at worst pirates. But Cal’s instincts are telling him otherwise. All that’s known about Capsun 23 is that the gravity is within acceptable limits, the air is breathable, and water is abundant. Three things to encourage life…but what kind of life?
Cal has never been one to back away from a potential fight, but if his instincts are right, a lone team simply won’t cut it. Not by a long shot.
'Harper's Ten' is the prequel to the Fractured Space series.
Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift from the author for reviewing the first book in the Fractured Space Series. He did not request a review.
I really liked the first book I read from Cressey and so when he gave me this book as a gift, I knew I had to read it. You can read my review of that book here.
In this book Cal is on one of his first missions as a new Lieutenant. It’s the first time that he’s really responsible for so many people’s lives. That is, his team of 10 and possibly the research team that landed before them on Capsun 23. Unfortunately, his orders are to secure 2 expensive drones and then move on to the humans. Cal finds himself struggling between following those orders and following his gut which is telling him that something is amiss on the planet.
I gotta admit, I like Cal’s character but I struggled with some of the decisions he made in this one. Of course, this is before he turned into the confident leader he is in the follow-up book. Here’s he still green and makes some decisions that will cost him dearly.
Overall the book was very well written. The pace was just right with action just where it needed to be. One thing I have to say is that although the main character is a man, there are strong female supporting characters.
Having the setting on an alien planet basically throws all that you know about plants and animals out the window. It gave Cressey the opportunity to create his own idea of life for his planet. I really wish that we had encountered more of the planet’s wildlife or perhaps gotten a more descriptive idea of them, View Spoiler »especially since the wildlife ended up being the threat. Would there only be one predator on a whole planet? « Hide Spoiler
I’m looking forward to the second book in the series to get more of the thorough bad ass Cal that I know, but this was a good “back story”, so to speak.
Unfortunately, I can’t give it 5 stars because I am so upset about View Spoiler » how poor Couter died « Hide Spoiler. I really didn’t think at that point that it was a necessary move just to View Spoiler »kill off the last scavenger « Hide Spoiler