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Old 08-03-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Through Struggle, the Stars: new science fiction space combat novel

http://www.thehumanreach.net/index.htm

The novel is written by John Lumpkin, who is a former military affairs and national security reporter. The geopolitics is quite believable, and the spaceships are scientifically accurate.

But mostly it is a great yarn with lots of starship battles, interspersed with undercover intelligence operations on dangerous planets.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:19 AM   #2
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Yikes, I hope the novel isn't green text on a black background.

Looks like a lot of effort into it, at least...
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For $3, it's certainly worth a try.
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Or, for those ancient Romans here at MR, "ad astra per aspera"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_aspera_ad_astra

That phrase was used as the intro for an Asimov story (I don't remember which one). It is also on a plaque at the site of the Apollo 1 fire.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:43 PM   #5
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Book review by William McHale
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/78199
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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Looks a very good read. The website is very informative.

Will purchase this shortly.
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and purchased!
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Let us know what you think about it.
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Read the first 70 pages last night and enjoying the story very much.

Reminds me of an RPG game I played in the mid eighties called Traveller 2300AD.

Hopefully there will be more in the series as I firmly believe that, given the richness of this near future, there can be many stories told.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:48 AM   #10
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Yes, it is Traveller flavored. I'm glad you are enjoying it.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:25 AM   #11
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Bought it.
It's in my evergrowing TBR-list.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:33 PM   #12
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Stayed up late to finish this ebook last night as I could not put my reader down.

I really enjoyed the Aussie involvement as well.

Recommended.
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I'm glad you liked it!
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The next logical question would be, is when the sequel is due?
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I heard he is working on it, but it will be a while. Right now he is busy trying to find reviewers to send copies to and otherwise promote the book. Unfortunately his agent retired a few months back so he has to do everything himself.

I did find the crew of the Australian ship to be enjoyable, but I'm sure you found it even more so. It was a nice touch.
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