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Recovery of a Colony Ship (Colony Ship Eschaton Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Thornton
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Book Description

Michael and Jamie live in Dome 17. The last place safe for humans, or any life, on a dying earth. They are adventurers who have explored other domes, but everywhere else is dead. Will Dome 17 meet the same fate?

The committee has a risky plan to try out unproven technologies: a faster than light scout ship, and teleportation. Both technologies have severe limits. Only two people can be carried aboard those FTL scout ships for a one way journey, Teleportation can only work when a receiving pad is at the target location. So can they make both these technologies work to save the last of humanity?

One hundred years before, the people of earth had built gigantic colony ships with enclosed habitats. They were filled with flora and fauna and people. These ships were launched into space knowing it would take generations to reach other solar systems. Those space pioneers would live out their lives in transition to a new world. But the colony ship program was considered a dismal failure. All of the colony ships were considered lost.

Will Michael and Jamie travel to one of the colony ships? Will it be a derelict? Or will it be a chance for a new home for humanity?

What will they find as they try the recovery of a colony ship?

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About the Author

Hi everyone, I am John Thornton, and I have a diverse background. I have worked as an EMT and as an RN for 10 years in various ICUs, cardiac, surgical, and medical. I saw lots of people die, and I also listened to some really amazing people share their life stories with me. I also graduated from two seminaries and work as a pastor. I enjoy reading very much. I read all kinds of literature, from romance novel to historical fiction to science fiction (I love dystopias and stories about things in a post apocalypse) to theology texts, to-how to books. Did I miss any genres? And as you may be about to discover, I also like to write. I have a wide range of interests, as you will see from my short stories, novels, and collections of my messages from a radio show I did for 10 years. I have four grown up daughters, a delightful wife, and two wonderful dogs, and two ancient cats. I live in the Northern Plains of the USA, so I experience the cold and bitter during the winter, and hot and dry during the summers. I also live with a chronic associate, a painful form of degenerative arthritis. I have lots of mechanical parts inside my body, and in some ways I truly am a cyborg. Which leads me to share with you my current project..... Please check out my science fiction adventure series! "Recovery of a Colony Ship" and "Exploring the Colony Ship" and a third book which is about to be published. All these books take place on the mysterious and not quite functional Colony Ship Eschaton, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482720442
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6BRDT8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Interesting sci-fi adventure that combines suspense, meeting alien strangers whilst embarking on an exploration mission to seek and recover a colony ship, of which upon initial impression seems deserted only to find another world exists, where various alien races live, and one that they hope can help and use to transport the remaining survivors from the own planet to come and live in.

The plethora of sci-fi tech, will satisfy most fans of the genre, and although the characters themselves were a little under developed, the plot itself was by far more superior and had all the elements for a thrilling and action-packed read as the reader follows the adventure of the two main characters.

Overall a decent read and despite marred by a few minor editing errors, of which I'm perfectly fine with, you'll quickly forget about them and instead realise and appreciate the author effort to deliver such a wonderful, descriptive and enticing story, and one that you'll enjoy reading too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vaguely reminiscent of something else? 3 Oct. 2013
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Sort of reminds me of Colony Ship, Earthfall and also bits of Orson Scott-Card - future earth depleted/dying, people on colony ship who've lost sight of their roots. Best described as showing promise!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start. 16 Oct. 2013
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This book was a good starting point for the series. Though sadly it does not always engage you, and I think more character development would help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough, but ENGAGING 5 Sept. 2013
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This was a free offering from Amazon. I chose it because the description sounded very unique. Imagine being an explorer on a dying world who knows exactly when your world will finally die. Then you find out that there is a chance to save your people. New technology will take you to another world, a colony ship far out into the galaxy. The ship has been traveling away from Earth for more than 100 years. Little information is known, except that the ship may be alive. Would you go?

Two intrepid adventurers do. Recovery of a Colony Ship is the story of Michael and Jaimie, two explorers who try to save the last thousand people of a dying Earth. They step into the unknown and find excitement, fear, terror, and, a new world.

I enjoyed the story, but the writing was really rough. A good editor could have made this book so much better. There were many grammatical errors, numerous spelling mistakes, and the dialogue was so awkward a fourth grader might have written it. None of the bad writing hides the fact that the author had a great idea or that with help this could be an excellent beginning to unique series. I hope he gets a better editor. I will continue reading his books, but the teacher in me struggles to keep her red pen in the desk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi charm 6 May 2014
By Christi Dionis - Published on
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Recovery of a Colony Ship is a thoughtful and thoroughly charming Sci-fi romp. In it you will find clever world building, rich histories, and some intriguing obstacles. When told that the apocalypse and complete systems failure of their dome will happen in no more that 120 days, Michael and Jamie set off on a mission for the survival of their people. What they find when the get to where they're going keeps them guessing as well as the readers. If you're looking for a good ole fashion space adventure, kick the dust off and strap in to Recover a Colony Ship. This one's for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected 16 May 2014
By David Paige - Published on
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Expected book written for teenager, based upon cover art. But really an pre-adult or adult book. Talks about the end of earth, people living in domes, controlled birth and suicide deaths when people can no longer cope. Then they travel to new habitats in space heading for planets and a possibility of a new future. The adventure is about the dying domes, finding a solution, developing a way to get away and finding out if solution is workable before the dome fails. Well written, good storyline, moves along quite quick with just enough technical detail .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Plot! 14 Mar. 2013
By Celesta - Published on
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I love Sci Fi with plot-driven stories. This plot was excellent - I just can't stop thinking about it. A unique and interesting premise. I really hope you write another book to continue the story!

This is one of those stories that you think about long after you put the book down. Such a great setting! Can't wait to read the next one!

Overall an excellent story and I can't wait to read your next book!

LOL! Ok, so I really, really can't wait to read the next book, that's why I'm going to go find it and buy it right now :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do you remember 14 Jun. 2013
By george12p - Published on
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Do you remember the juvenile novels of Robert A Heinlein? Do you remember how easy it was to get lost in them? That is what John Thorton's Recovery of a Colony Ship reminds me of. It's just a good fun yarn! Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that he is in the same category as RAH but who knows, RAH wasn't the Grand Master in his early works either. What I'm saying if you want read a book, and have reality suspended for awhile, then this is it
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