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Mr Greg Curtis

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12 July 2013
We reached the stars but they didn't want us! It is the twenty fourth century and mankind has finally achieved the dream and travelled to the stars. Unfortunately when he got there, it was to find that the stars were already filled with advanced alien races, and that humanity would have to earn their place in the Interstellar Community through a probationary period. But worse was to follow, as that normal probation of fifty standard years, became over a hundred in mankind's case, for no known reason. And there is no end in sight. In this dark time for mankind, Dr. Daryl Chalmers, a xeno-archaeologist working alone on a dead alien world, is co-opted by a scientific expedition sponsored by the Interstellar Community to take part in one of the greatest xeno-archaeological quests ever attempted. They intend to back track the exodus of the Calderonians from the local sector of the galaxy, ten thousand years earlier. This in the hope that their journey will in turn will lead them to the almost mythical race known only as the ancients. This will be the expedition of a lifetime. But trapped for at least a year on a military ship, surrounded by aliens that detest him, given the task of breaking into ancient cities filled with deadly defences, and likely unable to return home, Daryl knew it would not be easy. And that was before they threw him in the brig, before the attempts on his life, and before he discovered a race of human beings living in the Community. It was also before he accidentally triggered an interstellar war.

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490971572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490971575
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm

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Greg Curtis was born in New Zealand, land of the long white cloud and small flightless birds, in the city of Wellington, renown for its high winds and the almost magical ability of rain and sleet to be lifted off the street and blasted into one's face. After eighteen years of suffering the cold and wet, he was finally blown away in a particularly bad storm to settle far away as a student, for more years then most would ever admit to, and then more latterly, an overqualified and underpaid worker in the health sector, (aren't we all).

He has lived in the city of Rotorua, one of the very few places in the world where people have actually chosen to reside beside active geysers and breath air that reeks of sulphur, for the past fifteen years, working by day for his daily bread, and toiling away by night on his books. When not engaged in his great passions of reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, drinking strong black coffee (some call it tar), and consuming copious amounts of chocolate (dark naturally), he lives a quiet life of contemplation as the high priest to his two cats, worshipping them with regular gifts of food, occasional grooming and by providing them with a warm dry place to sleep. They in turn look down upon him with typical feline disdain, but occasionally deign to bring him gifts of headless vermin, - as a warning.

In a desperate bid to understand the meaning of his life, he has recently started studying philosophy, particularly metaphysics, and finally concluded that God is a cat!

Cheers and be good or don't get caught.

Greg.

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About the Author

Greg Curtis was born in New Zealand, land of the long white cloud and small flightless birds. He grew up in the city of Wellington, renown for its high winds and the almost magical ability of rain and sleet to be lifted off the street and blasted into one's face. After eighteen years of suffering the cold and wet, he was finally blown away in a particularly bad storm to settle far away as a student, for more years then most would ever admit to. Then finally when the universities pronounced him done he became an overqualified and underpaid worker in the health sector, (aren't we all). He has lived in the city of Rotorua, one of the very few places in the world where people have actually chosen to reside beside active geysers and breath air that reeks of sulphur, for the past fifteen years. He works by day for his daily bread by speaking to people about their various diarrhoeal illnesses. While at night he toils away on his books. When not engaged in his great passions of reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, drinking strong black coffee (some call it tar), and consuming copious amounts of chocolate (dark naturally), he lives a quiet life of contemplation as the high priest to his two cats. His duties include worshipping them with regular gifts of food, the occasional grooming and providing them with a warm dry place to sleep. They in turn look down upon him with typical feline disdain, but occasionally deign to bring him gifts of headless vermin, - as a warning. In a desperate bid to understand the meaning of his life, he has recently started studying philosophy, particularly metaphysics, and come to a startling conclusion. God is a cat!

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow 26 Nov 2011
By Sixiron - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating story that slowly builds and builds. Unique and fresh story universe. You think you've figured out whats coming next and and it veers in a new direction that's more interesting than what you were expecting, and it does it again and again. Terrific plot lines and settings. Well written dialog and funny. Loved it.

I took off 1 star for some overly long dialog, while not uninteresting or clever, it was more than what was needed. Stuff a good editor would have cut much shorter.

I'll be looking for more from this author.

Good value, buy this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Read 11 Feb 2012
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One of the most enjoyable low priced Kindle SciFi reads I have found. Well worth the $3. A few misused words that the editor should have caught, but not enough to detract from the story. The book is compete and does not require a sequel, but I would like the author to continue the story of the two main characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! 6 Jan 2013
By d-m-green - Published on Amazon.com
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And All the Stars a Grave is absolutely one of the best space opera books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is well thought out and extremely well written while the ending is like a baseball hit clear out of the ballpark and is so funny that it had me laughing so hard that I nearly fell off the bed. It was that good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clinic on Story Telling 1 Jan 2012
By Antony Chow - Published on Amazon.com
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Greg Curtis is an indie author that I have raved about in the past for his story telling skills. And All The Stars A Grave shifts gears, and is a space opera that is VERY focused on the "opera" element. You have the prerequisite Curtisian societal outcast in Dr. Daryl Chamlers, a human xeno-archaeologist who loves getting down and dirty digging for artifacts of a long deceased alien race. You have an intergalactic Community of space faring aliens that sees humanity as lower than dirt. The ball starts rolling when they come for Daryl and recruit him to assist on an archaeological expedition on a former Calderonian world.

Yet, as they go deeper and deeper into ancient cities filled with deadly traps, it becomes obvious that there is a mystery surrounding the Calderonian flight from their colonies. The author allows the mystery to simmer as the aliens castigate and demean the human every chance they get. Indeed, the protagonist is reviled and does quite a bit of chest beating over his status within this community, and eventually within his native Earth community as well. At times, the author is over indulgent on decrying the character's plight, and I agree with the first reviewer that these antics could be toned down a notch.

Additionally, I feel at times that this over indulgence detracts attention from the brilliance of the plot, and how the author manages to come up with one surprising twist after another. Indeed, And All The Stars A Grave reaffirms my proclamation that Greg Curtis is a master storyteller, and this novel is his best work to date.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly top notch story 21 April 2012
By Scott B. Carle - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Had trouble setting it down. I wasn't to sold on the premise when I first saw it but after reading a few reviews I tried it out and was glad I did.
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