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Day One (Sol War 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Forsberg
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Book Description

September 15, 2241

Near Mars, a traitorous admiral opens fire on a fleet he’d once led, and a Navy he’d once loved.

In Earth orbit, a drone pilot stands over the poisoned bodies of his co-workers, crying out in triumph as nine hijacked drones slam into their unsuspecting targets.

Thirty-six thousand kilometers below, citizens in the mega-city of Atlanta, Georgia, look to the sky as a massive ship plummets from orbit, the dying remains of the largest deep-space warship ever built… now the largest bomb ever conceived.

Sol War 1 has begun.

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Day One is the first book in a riveting, multi-book military science fiction series that chronicles the Outer Colony’s war of independence against Earth.

From the history of the Outer Colonies to the riots on Ganymede and a secretive plot for war, Day One presents an in-depth account of mankind’s path leading to Sol War 1, as well as an unforgettable look at the events of the war’s horrific opening day from those who experienced it: from fleet admirals and intelligence agents to technicians, refinery workers, and those who would not live to see the end of Day One.

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About the Author

John Jay Forsberg lives on the backwater of the Flat River in Lowell, Michigan with his wife, Morgan Jarema. Day One is his first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615695035
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bailey's Cove; 1 edition (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099UYMXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My earliest attempts at "being a writer" occurred in the fourth grade. One of my first projects was a short story about UFOs, having just seen "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". The second was a story about terrorists taking over a nuclear missile silo. I can't tell you where the inspiration for that one came from (it was about the time of the Three Mile Island accident, so perhaps I had nuclear disasters on my mind). Whatever the case, it must have been disturbing for my parents to read my account of terrorists blowing away silo guards with machine guns.

At eighteen and in love with "The Hunt For Red October", I began my own techno-thriller. Hundreds of pages into it, lost and flailing, I sent a letter to Tom Clancy, asking for advice. A few weeks later (still living at home), a letter arrived. It read:

"Tried to call you, but you were out.

For a guy the first time out of the box, you pretty much have to be able to present a finished book, or enough that the publisher can make an informed judgment on what and how good the book will be.


Twenty years later I finally got to work, writing a few short stories and a couple (what I consider) test novels that taught me a great deal about the craft.

Clancy's framed letter sits just six inches from this computer monitor as I write this.

In late 2010, I started work on Day One. In February of 2012, I finished the first draft.


It took two decades but I got to work, and wrote the book.

Thanks, Tom.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is an interesting take on science fiction writing. The author has clearly invested a huge amount of effort in creating a realistic back-story and history leading up to the time the story begins, unfortunately all that back story is included in the book, making it often feel too factual and dry. The action, when it comes, is fast paced and gripping and I think book 2 has every chance of being a more satisfying read. For what I paid for this book I have no complaints and I hope the author continues to tell this story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, realistic science fiction 29 Oct. 2012
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A good first novel Day One takes an original approach to telling its story by being split into two parts, the first half being a historical retrospective informing us about the stories universe before getting into the narrative proper. As a fan of well-thought out sci-fi I loved it, finding the progression of history from the modern day to start of the story worryingly plausible.

Without giving away any spoilers the story, both the historical aspects and the more tradition telling, is well written and well paced, with even the retrospective section keeping my interest throughout. The author also makes good use of the sci-fi setting while keeping the science and technology relatable and plausible without spending too much time going into excessive details. In the second half of the book, the novel proper, the characters are believable and the action scenes gripping. Overall it's a good length, although I would have welcomed more, and I am looking forward to book 2!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Stuff 6 May 2013
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Mr Forsberg has not served up a space opera of the type which is all too common - Horatio Hornblower in Space etc. But gives a gripping almost documentary feel to his narrative much in the same vein as Cornelius Ryan and his WWII Books.

Set in the 23rd century it recounts the "outer Colonies" struggle for independence from an Earth Hag ridden by Corporations, not unlike our own 21st Century beloved banks and corporations in their short term greed. The Space combat is believable with no silly boondoggles or hollywood physics.

At 77 pence it's a must for any Science Fiction fan - am awaiting the second with baited breath.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable sci-fi 29 Aug. 2013
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if you like your detailed militaristic sci fi then this is the book for you. looking forward to the second one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating future history 23 Jun. 2013
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A clever idea and well told. Really gives an insight into how a series of more minor events and miscalculations can lead to a major tragedy. Good use of technology too, without it dominating over the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic sci-fi 18 Jun. 2013
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No hi-tech lasers, no force fields, no faster than light travel, just plain old space travel that's not to dissimilar to the limitations space agencies face today. This book has definitely got a realistic feel to it.
There is also an abridged history of events leading up to the story. As the type of person who questions the why's and wherefore's of everything, I thought this was an excellent addition.

Overall a very good read and worthy of five stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dry to start but gets better! 16 Jun. 2013
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The author's decision to start out by very thoroughly laying the background history to the outbreak of the interplanetary war is a bold one, and certainly plays an important part in understanding the events that subsequently transpire. It does, however, make for a somewhat drawn out and dry first third of the book which almost made me quit. I am glad I did not because from there on in events move quickly and the action sequences are well conceived and written. I look forward to the next book which will hopefully pick up where this one leaves off but without another history lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sol is a supernova 2 Mar. 2014
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Toiling through the science fiction on Kindle is a bit like travelling in space. Lots and lots of nothing and then the occasional bright star. This book is a supernova.

Thinking man’s science-fiction with no knuckle-scraper extolling the virtues of killin’ aliens and the Americans saving the world with nothing but an M16 and a bayonet. The future history is immaculately researched and cleverly drawn. John Jay Forsberg is an American, but he acknowledges that the rest of the world is out there and contributing.

Excellent, ten stars and cannot wait for book two. Buying the print version for the acronyms and the drawings and because it deserves a place on my bookshelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Interesting use of technology and a good political backdrop. Overall very easy read, looking forward to the next one in the series.
Published 1 month ago by S Burnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Took a while to get going, very historical/account based rather than a "story" however very interesting and easy reading. Ready to read the next one.
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Skelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Overture to the war in space
Day One is something of an overture to what I expect will be a much wider, grander series of space war stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Whitehatter
1.0 out of 5 stars not often i don't finish a book
I read,
I read a lot,

Its extremely rare for me not to finish a book, even if its only mediocre, however, i just couldn't bring myself to read this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eddie M
5.0 out of 5 stars The cream of self-published SF
Self-published novels are bound to be a bit hit and miss. The hope is that the cream rises to the top. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
this book was a bit of a punt for holiday. actually really enjoyed it and look forward to exploring more book with this author
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong book
just got this book crazy as it seems although right cover it was actually the wrong book inside so sent back for full refund
Published 13 months ago by miandha
4.0 out of 5 stars a real cracker once it gets going
as others say, the backdrop to the history is a bit dry.
(it does seem akin to the pre war history of world war 1, in how a simple shot caused the war but so much more went on... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Males scribble,
My first encounter with the ingenious imagination of John Forsberg,loved his writing style and clicked with it immediately. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jane Rhodes-Kitson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out book
Enjoyed the storyline but the technical stuff was a little too much me, could not keep up with it all. Will certainly try to get through book two. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BRYAN COLE
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