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The Sarrhian Seed (The Xualia Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Roger Elwell
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Book Description

The Alliance for Galactic Freedom is on its knees, squeezed into a small corner of the known galaxy by the ruling dictatorial Zakaris Order. The ZO is about to crush all remaining human resistance, assembling a massive fleet to invade the AGF’s home planet and destroy the hopes of billions already suffering under its harsh repression.

The AGF’s only hope lies in finding a new home, beyond the borders of the galactic republic, and it launches a number of desperate missions, codename 'Pioneer', to discover a suitable planet in the galaxy’s uncharted regions. Time is fast running out and, so far, none of the missions has turned up anything...

Ry Jespen is heir to a dynasty that has been at the centre of galactic politics for a millennium. He is also unaware that he is the product of a 25,000-year genetic experiment that has given him – and many others in the uncharted regions – supernatural powers. Haunted by a childhood accident that left him carrying the burden of responsibility for the death of his twin brother, the last thing he wants is to discover that the AGF’s future depends on him.

Finally, Pioneer Seven stumbles across a possibility – a planet deadly to humans but orbited by a moon that holds the secret to the AGF’s salvation. It also contains knowledge that turns Ry’s life inside out. Can he embrace and use the truth he discovers there and lead the AGF to salvation, or will the revelations overwhelm him and all he holds dear?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Roger Elwell; 2 edition (6 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZRFNCY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #869,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Roger Elwell (1958-date)is a new author in 2011, having published his first book, The Sarrhian Seed, on Amazon's Kindle e-reader in May 2011.

Roger was inspired to start writing in the early 2000's, in his spare time, when not working in a major UK retail bank, and more recently as a business consultant. He writes science fiction adventures, with his inspiration flowing from the works of Peter F Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds and Robert Morgan, as well as the expanded universe of Star Wars.

His only wish is that people will be entertained by the material he writes, should he be fortunate enough that some will select it from the mass of publications available.

His main claim to fame was as the press officer on duty for NatWest Bank when the IRA blew up the NatWest Tower in London (and much around it) in the early 1990's. The first question from the press was quite unexpected: is the Tower insured and for how much?

His other, lesser, claim to fame is that he went to the same school (1 year above) as a rather famous pop star and Manchester United fan who hails from Denton, Manchester...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Space wars 5 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been reading this book against the real-world backdrop of people across North Africa and the Middle East rising up bravely in the face of unscrupulous dictatorships, and there are strange resonances in this space epic as the forces of democracy fight an apparently losing battle against the ZO - the dynastic empire that desires to control everything by any means. If, as I think it is, this is a first novel, it shows an impressive control of plot development, and it's well-written. The title derives from a hidden twist, which I'm not going to spoil here, that adds another dimension the battle for survival.

It's one of those books which accelerates its pace as you get deeper into it. The space battles are particularly well done, with some imaginative tactical thinking. I suspect there may be a sequel on the drawing board. I would have given it five stars if the ZO dictator had been slightly less over the top - but when I look at the news, maybe it comes with the job.

If you like a good old space epic, this one hits the spot. Recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Classic Space Opera 20 Jun. 2011
By Coppo
Format:Kindle Edition
This story took me back to my youth, and that's a long time ago.

It reminds me very much of the classic E.E. "Doc" Smith sci-fi epics, with the depictions of giant ships and massive space battles set against a background of the genetic manipulation of humanity to deliver the enhanced skills needed to defeat the dark forces reigning the galaxy.

It brings the space opera genre up to date, incorporating the knowledge and experience we have gained since the 1930's..

The story is strong enough to stand on it's own, but hints at the possibility of a number of further episodes that would expand the scope and destiny of the characters.

Loved it to bits!

Next episode please!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Consider if you enjoy the Star Wars novels 13 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story is competently written, but lacks the spark of creativity and passion that makes for a good book. The good guys are unremittingly good, the guy with a childhood trauma brings it up in internal monologue every second as he agonises about his magic fate of being the chosen one, and mean while the bad guys are doing everything in their power to follow the over-blown evil villain caricature to the letter, complete with continuous backstabbing, ominous threats, heavy-handed violence, immediate betrayals and always being a little bit too incompetent to actually beat the good guys.

Too much seems derivative for my tastes, especially from Star Wars: Hyperspace described as it appears in those movies; a souped-up freighter with a windowed cockpit and laser turrets mounted top and bottom; ubiquitous droids that even use four character designations (and naturally there's an old one that's developed quirks as a result of not having its regular memory wipes); dog fights between your standard one-man fighters play the predominant role in space combat; an evil xenophobic military dictatorship that hits all the standard tropes, from over the top shows of violence to intimidate unruly star systems to bickering, politicking generals; said empire even uses arrow-head shaped "Stellar Destoyers" (really? not even a little bit of subtlety?), bristling with Turbo Lasers. Oh, and that's not to mention the rebel faction, fleeing the ever-encroaching empire as it struggles to hide long enough to rally.

There's no dramatic tension, there never seems to be any peril and all the good guys are super special awesome genetically enhanced super men with magic reflexes, insane intelligence and latent psychic abilities - no, really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a very good read. 1 May 2012
By Norseyapper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found The Sarrhian Seed to be well written and edited. It tells a good story that is satisfying by itself and does a fine job of introducing the framework for an interesting series.
I'm looking forward to reading more from Roger Elwell, especially the Xualia Series.
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