Siege of Praetar: Tales of a Dying Star, Book 1

David Kristoph. CreateSpace, $14.99 trade paper (166p) ISBN 978-1-5031-2808-8
This highly engaging debut takes place on the dying planet of Praetar, where the relentless sands and the dim light of its looming red giant sun force a slow exodus by those with the means. But the Praetarians don’t know that their flights off the planet are doomed to fail. Hyken, one of many pilots who serve the post-human Empire, follows instructions to destroy freighters leaving the surface, assuming they’re transporting weapons or are otherwise a threat. Hidebound Hyken is shocked to learn that his junior officer is letting ships sneak past. Down on the planet, Mira is desperate to save her two young girls from a future of perpetual sickness and starvation. The local gangster, Bruno, threatens to flex his power by denying them access to the next ship. Kristoph skillfully connects three independent perspectives to demonstrate how an individual choice, whether self-serving or for the greater good, can create a ripple of consequences in unexpected ways. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 02/22/2016
Release date: 12/01/2014
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