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Aetna Rising: A Snowball's Chance in Hell, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

Erik Wecks


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26 Oct 2012
Jack Halloway is a playboy, space station manager, and small time smuggler comfortable in the knowledge that he is in control of his little domain. Self-assured, Jack knows that he can handle anything that comes his way. He doesn't find out he is less cunning than he believes until a newly appointed administrative vice president and his team turn his quiet home upside down. For reasons unknown, Jack's backwater moon Aetna has become important to the central administration of the Unity Corporation. Jack must now figure out how to get on his new bosses' good side before they find out about his past and use it against him. Will Jack be able to keep his independence, or will he become a pawn in a deadly and brutal world of politics far beyond his powers of control? Aetna Rising is part one of the two-part Pax Imperium story, A Snowball's Chance in Hell, from best selling author Erik Wecks. The Pax Imperium is a rich and diverse human galactic civilization. Old Earth is still around but only a minor player in matters which have long since left it behind. Created at the end of the last galactic war, the Pax was designed to be an empire which no single kingdom, country, or corporation could dominate. Aetna Rising tells the story of an everyday citizen living in one of the major players in the Pax, Unity Corporation. Unity is both a corporation and a government with its own citizens. It was on the losing side of the last war which ended 300 years prior and defeat has left a sour taste. Unity longs for a chance to kick free of the Pax, and, once again, expand its reach.

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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Oct 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1477620389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477620380
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm

More About the Author

Erik Wecks is a full time writer and blogger living in Vancouver, Washington. I write both non-fiction and fiction, as well as a contribute to the GeekDad.com, LitReactor.com and my own blog at ErikWecks.com. I enjoy writing on a wide range of topics. When not waxing poetic on various aspects of fiscal responsibility, I tend toward the geeky.

In the moments I am not poised over the keyboard, I love to spend time with my family. I am married to an angel, Jaylene, who has taught me more than anyone else about true mercy and compassion. We are the parents of three wonderful girls. As a group we like swimming at the local pool, gardening, reading aloud, playing piano, and beating each other soundly at whatever table top game is handy.

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About the Author

Erik Wecks is a full time writer and blogger living in Vancouver, Washington. He is an author of both non-fiction and fiction, as well as a contributor to the GeekDad blog on Wired.com. He writes on a wide range of topics. When not waxing poetic on various aspects of fiscal responsibility, he tends toward the geeky. When not poised over the keyboard, Erik loves to spend time with his family. He is married to an angel, Jaylene, who has taught him more than anyone else about true mercy and compassion. They are the parents of three wonderful girls. As a group we like swimming at the local pool, gardening, reading aloud, playing piano, and beating each other soundly at whatever table top game is handy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Space smugglers, intergalactic corporations, and panopticons, oh my! 15 Nov 2012
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Aetna Rising, like Wecks's novella Brody: Hope Unconquered, excels in its using of setting to create a compelling story. In this case, Aetna Rising takes places on a frozen snowball of a planet, a remote moon that's a perfect backwater for Jack Halloway, the protoganist, to live an unexamined life of smuggling, wine, and women.

We have a protagonist that's sympathetic yet flawed -- who will be forced to examine his life and reevaluate his decisions when Aetna suddenly becomes a beehive of activity and Jack is forced into a more visible role.

I enjoyed the exploration of Jack's character, the setting of Aetna, of the further unveiling of the Pax Imperium universe. The book also touches on current issues: what does it mean to be monitored and tracked all the time? I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 28 Jun 2013
By Seth888 - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a little slow in the beginning setting up the stage but once it got to the conflict it took off. I have read better sci-fi (sorry Erik) that I class as literature, but for a good well written adventure story to take you out of yourself this book was great. Great. Thanks Erik, for a good absorbing afternoon's read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been 5 stars but... 20 Jun 2013
By Rick K - Published on Amazon.com
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Would have been 5 stars but...it is unfinished! I really enjoyed it despite this fact. It is more a novella than a novel. I would highly suggest that he combine the two parts into one book once complete. The universe Wecks creates is compelling, but his characters make the story. What good is a life or death situation if you don't care who dies? Great characters make great stories, and Wecks shows great promise here. I would definitely recommend this one for scifi fans. I look forward to the conclusion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 27 Jan 2013
By mymrbig - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this was a very enjoyable character-driven sci-fi novel. I was sorry to see it end and am eagerly awaiting the next book. Story definitely focuses more on the characters than the sci-fi, which I appreciate, yet I am still very intrigued by the galaxy the authornhas created.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent World Building! 15 Sep 2013
By Jacque S. Hodge Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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I like it when an author can create a smooth and seamless new world for my immersion. Some writers are not able find that good balance between giving enough supporting details to make the world spin, but not so many as to bog the reader down - but Wecks really does this well. His sci-fi tech is plausible and again he finesses the line, and gives just enough information to make the tech feasible/believable without making the reader start to question the viability of his futuristic imaginings.
Character development is obviously key to making a story flow and I really like how most of Wecks's characters not 2-dimensional but rich and diverse with different motivations and styles. The one exception being the "bad guy" who, at least at this point, is pretty uniformly evil. But I find that "flaw" at least a little forgivable in an antagonist. ;)

I will say this about Wecks's first installment of this tale: I am happy that I didn't start until Aetna Adrift: Part 2 (The Conclusion) was out, because I hate cliff hangers and Aetna Rising definitely leaves you dangling! LOL

So if you haven't started this journey yet, I would recommend skipping straight to the complete story in a single volume: Aetna Adrift.
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