Friday, April 10, 2015

The Silver Ships (Silver Ships #1) by S.H. Jucha

The Silver ShipsAn explorer-tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once in a lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict.

Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

What enfolds is a story of the descendants of two Earth colony ships, with very different histories, meeting 700 years after their founding and uniting to defend humanity from the silver ships.

REVIEW: ****

I received this ebook directly from the author in ARC format in order to provide a review. I must say I was really impressed with this first novel. I had no idea what the book was about as I had not even seen a synopsis for it. It caught me right away and dragged me in. I finished it in one day.

The writing was tight, the characters were easy to understand and relate to and the story line was believable. I only regret I will have to wait months for the next book in the series.

The main character is a young tug pilot that rescues an alien ship which turns out to be human, not alien after all. I liked the premise of this, it's not one I've seen often in sci fi books. Two sets of human colonists meeting up for the first time and how they relate to each other. There are aliens in this story, but they are not primary yet. It's a character driven does not go into exhaustive descriptions of ships, weapons and battles. A lot of sci fi seems to over describe those things and it overwhelms the story itself I think. This book did not do that. The characters were the story.

It was a great book that I would recommend to anyone who likes a science fiction/space adventure stories.