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Novus Rising [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Hoppe
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Mankind often wondered if he was alone in the universe, but by the middle of the thirty-fifth century most people no longer cared. With space being conquered at a vast rate without contact and the rate of technological progress being limited only by imagination or corporate greed, humanity is content to ignore the age old question.

This uncaring dismissal is destroyed when the lunar colony is suddenly attacked. Trapped inside the once protective dome, ex-soldier Matthew Beckett is joined by his best friend and a team of highly trained men, with the sole purpose to escape. But what they uncover is far larger than they ever dared to consider, and escaping soon becomes irrelevant.

Running low on ammo, constantly on edge, and facing death at every corner, the ragtag group must bravely push onwards. To make matters worse, Matt is haunted by visions of his past, visions that begin to threaten his future as suppressed memories of war surface.

Sci-fi action, Novus Rising is a mix of suspense and action that will keep you on the edge of your seat and force you to read until the end.

Word count - 122,000
Page count - 592


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APG7CPU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #453,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read Start to Finish 17 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Norvus rising was a book which is not similar to anything I have read before. From the general synopsis I had gathered I was expecting a sci-fi but nothing quite as deep, horrific, gripping and addictive as it was.

The book is fast paced and truly is one which you will struggle to put down as you journey through battles, wars and high levels of violence and into the imagination of Mathew Hoppe. Hoppe's clever writing style helps the reader to gain attachment with the characters and at times it feels that you to are in the story. The characters have all been created to have specific strengths and weaknesses. Matt is one of the first you will meet and has the army experience, he believes its nothing to boast about and still suffering in the dark about his last army experience. Tom on the other hand is new to Army life and full of energy and raring to go, at times he lacks maturity which Matt and Daniels have but Tom is easier to relate to and in the end provides valuable support for the team.

At times you want to read on to see what happens to characters but as the book progresses what happens to the characters is rarely positive.

If you enjoy Sci-fi, expertly constructed characters, a bit of gore and a few messages about our own society I cannot recommend this book enough.

This is a good purchase and can provide many hours of enjoyment
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Sci-Fi novel 13 Jan. 2013
By Jim
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A nice Sci-Fi novel with a few original ideas.
Unfortunaly for me I found the book was starting to read like a computer game, split into several "levels" and tended to plod in places.

Then there's another secret organisation popping up every few chapters...gets quite repetitititive.

It might have been better if the author cut the book down by 20% and tried to write it for an existing universe rather than create a new one.
There were many similarities with Games Workshops Warhammer 40,000. Marines in Power Armour, Shadowdy Inquisition style organisations etc.
Maybe it would have been better to write it for that Universe and submit to GW for publishing?

A good first effort though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Effort 3 May 2013
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Great literature it's not; action its is; imagine yourself in a game, a video game, except it's all around you and coming for you - this is essentially a book for teens who want to take a break from the screen but still want to get their gaming fix. As a first book it has a lot of material and probably could do with some editing to loose 50 or so pages (and maybe 4 or 5 characters!) and the addition of a little more character back story but then who am I to say I've never managed to get past writing "Chapter One on top of a page!

I've been reading SF for over 40 years and while it's not my taste I didn't abandon reading it like have with books from some very big name authors, so give it a go I'm just waiting to see how the sequel polishes up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars potential abounds 22 Mar. 2013
By Gabe - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent storyline with some pretty cool ideas. This is not a literrary classic - its full of action, explosions, gore, and death. Unfortunately Mr. Hoppe did not proofread his work nor did his editor. There are numerous glaring errors and points that did not make any sense (people returning from grevious injuries, scenes half developed then skipped, etc) . Also Mr hoppe's lack of military education and experiance is only overshadowed by his ignorance of space and physics in general. (I'm a 10 year vet working on an astrophysics degree). Unfortunately I have to say the book is crap. I'm not trying to be mean. Just too many inconsistancies with the scenes/layouts; no real character development; lack of military understanding and his ignorance of space/moon physics made this book boring and irritating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, I tried. 1 Feb. 2013
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I apologize. But ... no matter how I approached it I just couldn't get through this book. I managed to read almost 20%, and even skipped to the last few chapters (which I something I never do). The end appeared to be the beginning -- lots of killing, lots of explosions, lots of blood and gore. Little character endearment or any aspect where I could feel akin to the characters. Also, he needs a better proofreader. Not only for the spelling and grammar, but for the consistency.

I know how easy it is to get caught up in the story you have jumping around in your brain. However, when it comes to putting it on paper, the author must take his ideas out of the equation and don a critcal mantle when reviewing the manuscript. The reader cannot see what the author sees unless he/she puts it in writing. Without accurate description of what is mental, the physical, quite simply, fails to materialize.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little to recommend itself 24 Jan. 2013
By John A. M. Darnell - Published on Amazon.com
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I am always interested in any book that chronicles first-contact timelines as they make for some interesting possibilities, but Mr. Hoppe's NOVUS RISING was a book I wished I had never picked up. First, the good points: the plotline has potential (which is why the book gets two stars instead of one). I found myself engaged sometimes despite myself. Next, his wordsmithing, though not stellar, also has potential. He's on the right track though he could still use a good deal more polish. But sportsfans, that's about it for this book. The character development was minimal, the storyline was "blow 'em up" and not much else, and his editing was utterly atrocious. In fact, he claims in the forward to his book that he actually had a copy editor, and if that is the case, then he should fire that copy editor and demand a refund.

For example, there is a scene where two characters are trapped in an airlock unable to get out. The very next page one of those persons is found with the second group, approaching the airlock.

For example, the "Lieutenant" goes off on his own to turn on some equipment. When he gets to the room he is attacked and the scene ends in a cliff hanger. The very next page, that same Lieutenant is advising his soldiers on the next step in the adventure. I actually had to thumb back and double-check this as I was so surprised at the Lieutenant's appearance. Mr. Hoppe's story is rife with similar goofs that a careful proofreading would have caught.

For example, a character suffers a severe wound that may be infected with...well that would be a spoiler. So one of the other characters pours a special liquid on her wound, causing extreme pain. She flails around for a while, and then gets up off the floor as though she had never been injured even though before her "treatment" she had to be carried from place to place after the wound was received.

Then of course, there's the physics of the story. Most of the book that I read occurs on the Moon. At one point, two characters turn off the artificial gravity and immediately begin floating upward. One-sixth gravity is weak gravity to be sure, but it's still one-sixth gravity, and nothing just starts floating upward. In another scene our intrepid adventurers decide to jump out of a shuttle because the shuttle is either going to crash on the Moon or find its way to the heart of the sun, I was never able to pin that one down. So they jump from about a mile up. That's still high enough, even on the Moon, to pulverize a block of concrete, not to mention a human skeleton. And, of course, there's the orbital velocity that the adventurers still retain.

So what do the characters do? They spread out their arms and legs to slow themselves down. Sigh. There is no friction where there is no atmosphere. Mr. Hoppe might try to explain the effect by all the "grit" they were passing through, supposedly launched into space when the city domes exploded, but grit that bad and for that long would have destroyed the suits the characters were wearing.

There were a large number of typos in the text, but alas I can forgive them if the story is otherwise well crafted. This one was not; in fact it was so bad that I finally said after reading one-quarter of the book, "enough!" and turned to something else for my reading pleasure.

I try hard to be forgiving when reading Indie authors because I know they are fledgling writers who are just learning their craft, but when a story is so hard to accept as NOVUS RISING, well, all I can say is, "Mr. Hoppe, you're not ready for even Indie publication. Go back and work some more on your writing skills. You might even want to take a class..."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well written 22 Jan. 2013
By Georgena Powers - Published on Amazon.com
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In a few years when the author gets more experince iwill check him out again but for now thewritingis on par with my 14year oldgrandson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mix. 22 Jan. 2013
By John Doe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can say is that I enjoyed the book, and that anyone else into this type of sci-fi should as well.
On the surface it's a regular sci-fi action book with plenty of action and gore to keep the reader entertained, but under that it is both a decent storyline that kept me asking questions, while refusing to answer some of them until much later in the story, yet still dropping enough hints so the reader can figure it out on their own, but under the story itself is a good moral question that seems to almost mock the rest of the book and all the characters within it without damaging the impact of who they are or what they did in a way that few authors can achive.
It was the perfect mix of brainless action and thoughtful story that kept me reading for hours on end.
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