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A Galaxy Unknown: (A Galaxy Unknown, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas DePrima
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June 6th, 2267 - A life-pod, missed by rescuers following the mysterious explosion of a Space Command vessel a decade earlier, is discovered by a passing freighter in deep space. A young officer, still cocooned in stasis sleep, is found inside. When revived, Ensign Jenetta Carver learns of the lawlessness that now suffuses interstellar space. Pirates and slavers seem able to attack and pillage with impunity. Space Command has committed its full resources to stopping the anarchy, but criminal groups have grown immensely powerful.

Although determined to rejoin SC as soon as possible, Jenetta is captured by pirates before that can happen. At first she fears for her life, but when she's indelibly marked as a pleasure slave, she gets mad; fighting mad. And when they tamper with her DNA to make her appear sexier, she gets even madder; killing mad.

Can a petite blonde, cut off from Space Command, create more mayhem among the criminal elements than a full decade of SC effort? You'd better believe it!


From the back cover:

For all of her young life, Jenetta Carver had dreamed of cruising between the stars in a powerful spaceship, but nothing in her visions of a bright future even remotely resembled the perilous situation she now faced.

Lt. Sabella, her face slightly flushed from physical exertion, returned from her task of readying the ship’s weapons and crossed the bridge to stand by the left arm of Jenetta’s command chair. “What’s the plan, Captain?” she asked. Though an anxious look swathed her face, there was unmistakable resoluteness in her voice.

Jenetta breathed in deeply and then released it before answering in a voice lowered so that it only carried to her XO. “We’re going to have to slash and burn,” she replied.

“Slash and burn?” Gloria questioned, equally sotto voce.

“We don’t yet know what we’re facing, so we can’t prepare anything tactically sophisticated. We certainly won’t be able to arrange for a convenient artificial mountain as cover this time, and it’s a given that whatever Raider ships we’re about to face are considerably better armed than we are. So— surprise will perforce serve as our main weapon. I intend to slash our way in with as much speed as practicable, dump our envelope, and then burn down any enemy ships that we encounter before they can do the same to us.”

“That’s it?” Gloria asked, wide-eyed. “That’s your whole plan? Shoot them before they shoot us?”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1564 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vinnia Publishing (4 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CUQE98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light but fun space opera 22 Jun 2011
By Opsbod
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I've now read seven of the Jenetta Carver books, and to be fair they all have a similar formular of victory against the odds. That said the books are fun, and impossible to put down, always moving at a pace. The hero is someone you want to see triumph, although the fact that luck and fortune always seem to be on her side can become slightly tiring.

As for the writing? Well Thomas DePrima won't win any awards, but the read is fun and the journey light and fast.

I have read all the books, and couldn't put them down and I look forward to the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is perhaps the best of the Jenetta Carver books, in so far as you haven't yet settled in to the formula of victory against the odds. The books are compelling and fun, Jenetta is a good hero, you want her to triumph. There are some interesting SciFi ideas the zeroG devices and faster than light travel, but neither is exactly in an unexplored space either - apologies for the pun. Less comfortably Jenetta exterminates ever increasing numbers of aliens - in this book tens of thousands but the death toll seems to increase by an order of magnitude in each book. Oh well there we go...

The writing? Well there is a bit too much repetition, and each book gives you a few reminders of the last book and explains the technology again, but still if you do read these you would be mad to do so without starting from book one.

I have read all the books, and couldn't put them down, but ultimately feel I have had popcorn rather than a decent meal. Bizarrely I look forward to the next one - a guilty pleasure, very escapist and one I hope I will soon outgrow. You have been warned.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
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I had to write a review for this book after I bought it based on the 100% 5-star rating it currently has. I can only conclude that other reviewers of this book are either teenagers, not very well read or friends of the author.

The story is straightforward and extremely linear: Under-achieving but high potential recruit has formative experience that kick-starts her latent brilliance. Suitably black-hatted foe presents itself for a beating and duly receives one. But wait... has her own side turned against her in the interim? Gasp!

There is only one plot-line here. The narrative starts with and continues with our heroine, only switching away a tiny handful of times (I think I counted six), and even then mostly to directly support the main narrative (Main narrative: "I wonder what they'll do!?" Switch to foe: "we're going to blow the hell out of them." Tension established, switch back to the main narrative: "I hope they're not going not blow the hell out of us.") The plot is utterly predictable, with no unexpected turns or twists.

Quite apart from the uninteresting plot there are a couple of other endemic flaws:
1) the writing is just not very good. People "intone"; they say things "proudly"; whole conversations are contrived, clanged into place for nothing but a reveling in the defeat of a foe or glory of a success. There's a portion that waffles on for what seems like an eternity talking about the kinky (in a bad way) fate that awaits our heroine, for no good purpose (except titillation, possibly) - even as I was wading my way through it I knew that none of this would come to pass. The linear, predictable, never-fail nature of the plot had already become obvious.
2) things happen that just wouldn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 26 Nov 2011
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This is one of those books that you pick up and just can't put down until it's finished. A great swashbuckling read from start to finish. I can't wait to read the next one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read .Good example of Space Opera 1 Oct 2011
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Been a long while since i have sat down and read a scifi novel (and i have read a few) and not put it down to do something else. I hear people complaining of incredulous plots etc. But this is space opera. I suspect those complaining about what could and should have been, are probably upset that a 100+ highly trained Stormtroopers were unable to gun down han solo on the death star who was wearing nothing more than a pair of trousers and a waistcoat ? to me thats what space opera is all about.. he isnt p.k.dick but then i suspect he isnt trying to be. At 3.99 what else can give you this much satisfication , A Big Mac with fries? give it a go.. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasures 31 Aug 2011
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I've been reading SF and Fantasy books for many years. Tried this one out on the offchance and whilst it's not in the realms of the classics like Tolkien or Azimov I couldn't put it down. The storyline isn't complicated and about as obvious as your average Star Trek episode, but I have to say it's like Mills and Boon for SF fans. You just want to know what happens next. I've now read all of the books in quick succession and look forward to the next. In the mean time time I suppose it's back to the likes of Peter F Hamilton . . . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Galaxy Unknown 18 Nov 2011
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An easy read. Yes some of the plots are predictable and it feels sometimes that there are lots of repeats, especially where the technology is repeatedly explained in each book even though they do follow as a series. Having said that I have found myself enjoying the storyline and looking forward to the solutions of the problems confronting the heroine.

I would recommend these books for a light easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good read!
I originally hesitated to try this book - I am so glad I did. If I had gone by some of the reviews on here, I wouldn't have read it and that would have been my loss! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. D. P. Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I didn't think I would like this book but I could not put it down. It's real "boy's own" stuff with a great heroine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ronnie W
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure escapist fantasy!
An addictive series! Just plain old fun reading, swashbuckling adventure with a happy endings. Happily working my way through the whole series.
Published 11 months ago by A alwis
4.0 out of 5 stars good story but needs to be a bit more real
giid story about futerist pirate\terrists and a good character that you love to read about but you could have given her some special training instead of picterimg her as a flop out
Published 12 months ago by emma williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series!
I can not recommend this series more it is most definitely a book to read and since I have already read the next 4 books in the series I can definitely say that the quality does... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun escapism - does what it says on the tin
Bought this book years ago and have gone back and read it again a surprising number of times. Jenetta Carver, the heroine, rollicks around space, winning unlikely battles and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by balanced_booky
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is possibly on of the best Sci Fi stories i have ever read (and i have read a lot) yes there are one or two small leaps of faith in character development but that is easliy... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Razor
5.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned space opera romp with extras included.
I enjoyed this novel very much and have now read the entire series.
This book shows a deep understanding of the genre and how to keep the reader hooked. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
After passing this over a few times (being mildly cautious due to some other reviews) I decided to give it a go. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Martrex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Space Western
Just finished book one and bought book two. As I grew up on Asimov and Heinlein I am fussy about what Sci-Fi I read. This fits nicely into what used to be called 'hard Sci-Fi'.
Published on 25 May 2012 by Garrath Earnshaw
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