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Sunday, April 9, 2017

In The Shadow of Death

A backwater system in the Deklan Oligarchy, the Four Suns hides a sinister plot to destabilize the Serrll Combine government. An Envoy is sent to uncover the scheme before the Serrll explodes into factional warfare. Having ‘volunteered’ as a military aide to the Envoy, Second Scout Terrllss-rr uncovers a link between slavery and local government’s plans to cede the Four Suns. That knowledge marks him for death. Fleeing, his survival blister crashes on Anar’on, the fabled world of the Wanderer nomads. Terr is found in the deep desert, lost, without memory, without a past. To restore himself, Terr undergoes training in the Discipline. Facing the god of Death, he receives more than he bargained for.

In The Shadow of Death (SF Political Thriller)
By Stefan Vucak
Independent Publishing Platform
ASIN # B00BRY8186
Price $3.00
288 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

“Fantastic World Building.”

Second Scout Terr is relieved of command of an M-3 ship, and suddenly assigned to an envoy looking into slavery on Elexi.  Unfortunately, there is more going on than slavery, and much of it involves politics. Terr is almost killed, and must face the god of Death.

This was a very interesting piece of work by a master storyteller who has built a universe as fascinating as STAR WARS or STAR TREK.  There are interesting characters, and plenty of action, but my main problem with the story is the long drawn out politics that fuel the story as well as the action. Because of politics, it left me often confused and trying to keep everything straight in my mind, causing the pace to slow for me.  The author is exceedingly good with creating political systems, and this is to his credit. But as a reader that prefers more action, and less politics in a story, it just wasn’t for me. That should not stop readers from buying this book. It is well crafted, and the writing is good. I highly recommend it to science fiction readers who like political intrigue in their reads.

Tom Johnson


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