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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Rinke Publishing; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992769205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992769208
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,736,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hendrik de Jong was born in the Netherlands in the early 70s and moved to London in the late 90s.
Hendrik grew up watching Dr Who, Space 1999 and Battlestar Galactica, and reading Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne and many other great science fiction writers.
As a young child he was amazed by great films as 2001, 2010, Alien, Blade Runner and Star Wars.
He always believed he was born 100 years too early, because he wanted to become the captain of a spaceship and fly between the stars.

But that never stopped him from dreaming, so instead of becoming an astronaut, Hendrik decided to do the next best thing and write science fiction.

Hendrik's debut novel is Ophiuchus Cube (book 1). He is working hard to publish 5 more books in this series.

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About the Author

Hendrik de Jong was born in the Netherlands in the early 70s and moved to London in the late 90s. Hendrik grew up watching Dr Who, Buck Rogers, Space 1999 and Battlestar Galactica, and reading Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne and many other great science fiction writers. As a young child he was amazed by great films as 2001, 2010, Alien, Blade Runner and Star Wars. He always believed he was born 100 years too early, because he wanted to become the captain of a spaceship and fly between the stars. But that never stopped him from dreaming, so instead of becoming an astronaut, Hendrik decided to do the next best thing and write science fiction. Hendrik's debut novel is Ophiuchus Cube (book 1). He is working hard to publish 5 more books in this series.

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Great read. Page turner.

Wow, what a great read this was! I really enjoyed the story. Hendrik created a Sci-Fi book that is packed with action. He takes you on a rollercoaster ride and you go up and up and up to an immensely dramatic climax, but that’s not the end, no: again he builds up to another climax. From start to end I found this book a real page turner.

The characters are well written, he goes into detail where they come from and why they are the way they are today. And even the “goodies” have their flaws. The “baddies”: well let’s just say that at times I wanted to be there and beat a few of them up. Hendrik knows how to play with your emotions. There is love for partners, friends, mothers and earth, but there’s also as much hate.

There’s a lot of information in this book, but it’s brought to you in shape of news broadcasts: a particular one from reporter Ms Goodman was very dramatic (especially for her). There are also internet articles and statements. I loved how he used this technique, instead of page long conversations between characters to convey the information (which I hate).

A lot of action goes on, and because the whole earth is involved, you are taken to many different countries and you meet very lovely people who have to fight the really nasty ones.

There are quite a few heavily emotional scenes in this book. And I must admit I cried a few times. But also I was made to smile, laugh and swear.

This being Sci-Fi, Hendrik did an incredible job in making the fiction of the science believable: he made me look at the sky and look for the Ophiuchus constellation (which I could only find online though), he made me take my calculator out and double check the calculations he made, and I couldn’t find any faults.
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There’s much to like in this science fiction novel with original concepts and engaging characters
We have a near apocalypse with the society breakdown and religious overload that might occur. Two heroes, Rick and Paul, who become unfairly victimized for their observations and announcements, add emotional characterization. Love it when the giant cube lands slowly and just after the newscaster tells of 2 billion deaths, the viewers are treated to the weather report. Haha,of course the forecast is important because of the displaced atmosphere forcing air pressure waves outwards. Nicely done. Like many science fiction series, there's sufficient action and adventure in the Ophiuchus Cube to keep a reader hooked to the end and wanting more. What is there I’d write differently? Perhaps in the way the Chinese authorities are represented by an obnoxious, racist, psychotic, sexual pervert agent when I’d have expected them to be inscrutable and ultra polite. It doesn't get in the way of an entertaining quick read, and you need someone to yell at in books. I particularly love the concept of a continent-sized cubed gently landing on Earth and not communicating to anyone except by actions.
In no way spoiling any enjoyment of the story there are aspects of science that nerdy scientific readers will enjoy querying. For example – no, I’m not saying, find out for yourself! I can promise you that the novel is highly entertaining.
Next time you look up at the stars and notice one blink out, be very afraid.
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When stars blink out! 22 April 2014
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There’s much to like in this science fiction novel with original concepts and engaging characters
We have a near apocalypse with the society breakdown and religious overload that might occur. Two heroes, Rick and Paul, who become unfairly victimized for their observations and announcements, add emotional characterization. Love it when the giant cube lands slowly and just after the newscaster tells of 2 billion deaths, the viewers are treated to the weather report. Haha,of course the forecast is important because of the displaced atmosphere forcing air pressure waves outwards. Nicely done. Like many science fiction series, there's sufficient action and adventure in the Ophiuchus Cube to keep a reader hooked to the end and wanting more. What is there I’d write differently? Perhaps in the way the Chinese authorities are represented by an obnoxious, racist, psychotic, sexual pervert agent when I’d have expected them to be inscrutable and ultra polite. It doesn't get in the way of an entertaining quick read, and you need someone to yell at in books. I particularly love the concept of a continent-sized cubed gently landing on Earth and not communicating to anyone except by actions.
In no way spoiling any enjoyment of the story there are aspects of science that nerdy scientific readers will enjoy querying. For example – no, I’m not saying, find out for yourself! I can promise you that the novel is highly entertaining.
Next time you look up at the stars and notice one blink out, be very afraid.
Great suspenseful read for all sci-fi, action and adventure fans 5 Mar. 2014
By Filip Galetic - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has really created a little gem here. This page turner combines different themes such as religion vs science, government vs people, sexuality, relationships, love, birth, death... all wrapped in the fine cellophane of science fiction, action and adventure. There's stuff here for just about anyone to enjoy. Book 2 couldn't come any sooner!
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