Colonel JJ Tristan, last officer of the Liberators, is trying to keep the embers of the once great military corporation burning, but passion and the dreams of a glorious past don’t pay the bills. Everything changes when Orlanda Nixon, a former unit member, calls for his help. Finally, he has a reason to reform the Liberators, but after eight years will he be able to gather enough of them together to rescue one of their own? JJ has his doubts; just getting their old warship back into space could be a problem. The Liberators never left anyone behind, and JJ isn't about to let that happen now…
blurb for “Liberator” by Nick Bailey and Darren Bullock
This is my first review and I hope I’ve successfully walked that line between giving information and not ruining the story.
Salsa, sour cream and tortilla chips, pyjamas and an action packed Sci-Fi book makes for a great Sunday afternoon. This week that was Liberator by Nick Bailey and Darren Bullock. Although Liberator’s fetching cover has a macho man in armour with a gun on the front it is more than that. Colonel JJ Tristan has a gruff engaging personality that carries his point of view chapters well, but the first few chapters are built round two strong female characters, Orlanda Nixon and Skye Pennington. Orlanda and Skye are well drawn women with very different personalities, but abilities that make them rather special heroines.
Vivid strong descriptions take all five senses on a journey through the worlds. A crystal cup of tea which is shattered by events is a powerful image. Special types of coffee could be tasted. The descriptions of “acrid smoke” and “air that reeks of death and ozone” place the reader right in the story. A memory is cleverly evoked with a sherbet stick; it’s a memory I have from childhood and as a result as a reader I was right there with the character as they reminisced. Music forms the backdrop of more than one scene and it works incredibly well.
A vibrant world takes the reader from place to place with ships like the Iridescent Pearl, the Stromfront and the Arianne, all of which are fully developed and easily imagined from the description.
This book did what I need every good book to do, it grabbed me by the lapels and took me from a journey from the first action packed page to the last. It’s a story and characters that are well developed enough to appeal to those readers that don’t usually read sci-fi. However the ships and the world are technical and robust enough for a dedicated sci-fi fan.
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