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The Synchronicity War Part 1

The Synchronicity War Part 1 [Kindle Edition]

Dietmar Wehr
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This four part series is now available on Amazon. Be aware that Part 1 has a cliffhanger ending.

After almost a century of peaceful exploration and colonization of space, the United Earth Space Force stumbles across a shockingly xenophobic alien race that has more and better armed ships and refuses all attempts at contact. As the outgunned Space Force is driven back in battle after battle in what appears to be a war of extermination, one officer experiences precognitive visions that help him blunt the enemy onslaught but he can't control or predict when they occur.
With the Senior Brass convinced that he's a tactical genius, he's given more and more responsibility and is terrified by the belief that Humanity's Fate will be determined by a battle with himself in overall command. This is Volume 1 of a military SF series about desperate space battles and the men, women and Artificial Intelligences, who fight and die in them. The paperback version is now also available.
The tactical situation was not good. SFE144 was heading away from the main body of the Task Force as were Jessica Cabrera’s 051, Raphael Dejanus’ 077, and Hiram LaRoche’s 153. Mbutu’s 098 and Bettencourt’s 102 squadrons were still close enough to the tanker squadron that they could be considered part of the main body of ships. Shiloh could tell that when ships from those two squadrons started actively scanning, a cluster of red triangles appeared at the Task Force’s 8 o’clock position at a surprisingly close range! Shiloh counted the red triangles. Twenty-eight! The hair on the back of his neck stood up. How did 28 enemy ships get this close this quickly? Something wasn’t right. He tried to find out where the Command Ship was in the cluster of green hexagons that represented friendly ships. The Command Ship’s hexagon should have been a brighter green. Shiloh couldn’t find it and suddenly realized that the reason he couldn’t find it was because it wasn’t there! He also realized that some of his squadron’s COs were trying to talk to him.

“144 ships standby! I’m going to try to reestablish communications with the Task Force Leader!” Turning to the Comm Tech, he said. “See if you can raise the Valley Forge again!” While he was waiting for the results of that effort, Chenko rushed onto the Bridge. Shiloh saw her, nodded and pointed to the Helm Station saying.

“XO, take the Con. Lt. Verlander, the XO will be conning the ship from your station! Remain on the Bridge in case I need you! I’ll retain squadron command!” Turning back to the Comm Tech, he said. “Any word from Task Force Leader?” The answer surprised him.

“Sir! I have Yellowjacket’s CO on the line.” Shiloh nodded to him and heard the com channel switch over to a static filled line.

“Shiloh! Valley Forge has been shot to pieces! We were close enough to see it visually on our screens! Who’s in command of the Task Force now?” Shiloh thought fast.

“It’s Mbutu! Does he know about Yakamura?”

“Don’t know! Hanson! Contact Mbutu’s frigate. Notify him that Yakamura’s gone and he’s in command now! Victor, you still there?” Shiloh nodded even though Frank Rolen couldn’t see him.

“Yes, Frank. I’m still here. My squadron is still shaking down to Battle Stations! What’s your squadron’s status?”

“Not good. Dragonfly’s lost all power! Firefly’s not maneuvering anymore either and we can’t raise her! My ship’s suffered a glancing hit! We’re losing fuel and atmosphere but we’re still underway! I want to jump my ships outta here but I also don’t want to jump the gun if Yaka…Mbutu has other plans! Jesus, Victor, where did these bastards come from?”

“I don’t know, Frank, but you can’t afford to wait for Mbutu to give you permission to jump. If your tankers are taken out, NONE of us will get back home!

About the Author

Dietmar Arthur Wehr is a 59 year old Financial Manager who is finally pursuing his dream of writing SF for a living. His website's motto is "Long Live Space Opera!" His interests include history, science, free energy, New Age spiritualism, steampunk cosplay among others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Dietmar Arthur Wehr; 4 edition (28 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I can't put my finger on it but this is not a good read. The conversations seem stilted and forced, they don't flow naturally. The storey is OK but padded out with multiple explainations for the same action, it's as if the author doesn't give the reader credit to understand what is going on and needs the plot point or technical detail or strategy etc... to be repeated (or padded out) again and again and again. If the main character explains his reasoning, you don't need his commanding officer to explain it and then his XO to explain it. nor do we need to be told the various advantages or limits to assorted new weapons every few chapters. Also the military dialogue seems rather lacking in understanding, eg: for an officer to receive new orders and re-assignment to an unfamiliar (secret) posting would surely be accompanied with detailed instructions on how to get there. not for the character to say I don't know here that is but I'm sure I can find it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started Well 17 Jan 2014
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The best bit of this whole book was the opening chapter when the first alien ships attacked our erstwhile hero. It reminded me very much of old school WW2 submarine warfare where the opponents used stealth and tactics to win. Well thought out and taut.

I really thought I was onto a winner here.

Unfortunately the book rapidly tailed off after a promising opening into a wandering mess. Not all bad as the space warfare was competently written, albeit without any real excitement or suspense being generated. Characterisation all the way through is one dimensional and I really couldn't care less what happened to the various protagonists. Interaction and conversations are generally stilted and lack reality.

Then there is the pseudo religious gobbledygook that is hidden away into this. The author states (in the voice of the main lead character) that he is not particularly religious - then goes onto immediately talk about believing in a 'higher being.' This combined with the visions - which I'll not say too much about in case you want to buy this - all lends itself to being not quite right.

The main thing that lost my interest is that Wehr introduced AI piloted fighters early on who are so clearly better than a human at everything it removes any need to have people in this book at all. And because you spot that almost immediately you lose interest in the humans instantly because they have no real point. They can't fly as well, can't navigate as well or even plot or strategise as well.

My gut feeling is that Wehr is trying to do an Asimov with his 'Robots' here, with the eventual outcome some books down the line of the AI 'people' ending up becoming benign human guides and protectors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start 31 July 2014
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Book one of the synchronicity war begins with the emergence of an alien race in previously human only space. We're given nothing to go on as regards the aliens themselves but no doubt we'll get to that in the later books. The hero Shiloh is an interesting character perhaps a little to good to be true but the visions he has add a bit of mystery to the man.
Once the story gets going it romps along at a fair old pace and the authors description of the space battles is very good I particularly like the introduction of the AI characters and look forward to seeing how that storyline progresses, the story ends on a cliffhanger which is always good and I thoroughly look forward to the next instalment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good opening book 18 Sep 2013
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A good start to what may become a long running space opera. Book one is a little bit heavy on technical explanations about message drones, their use and limitations but little about the rest of this new universe's technology and social make up. Those readers who are into the military detail of the story will also be disapointed as there are some strange gaps in what you would expect in any combat situation, like retrieving alien technology after a battle, here there is only one short reference to it, and it is all explained away as similar to their own so its not persued also in this genre weponry, its function and use is explained,where here is all very sketchy. Their is also no alien perspective , from their side, they are not mentioned at all, just invaders like the barbarian hoards. Book one is basically a shoot em up and introduction to some promising ideas of how this war is going to develop.
Hopefully in book two the characters can be fleshed out and developed as at the moment there is very little known about the them or the supporting casts backgrounds, and nearly every one that interacts with him during his service just disapears or is killed off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts on this book 23 July 2014
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I would like to of had more description. on detailed how they fly in stead of raiders formation like we're things are not quiet so technical a little more like the Plaines are flying over in a zigzag the first plan is swooping.g to the left all of a sudden the deciding to follow . but still really enjoyed this book as I'm new to reading .

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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read and the next book already purchased 14 July 2014
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I like the crisp writing style and storyline.
Deitmar follows the true line of science fiction by having the laws of physics as the guiding line.
The obvious suspension of disbelief is required, but the middle line is held.
Characters aren't larger than life and don't overshadow the story.
Keep it up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read don't like the fact it ends half way through!
Good book to read with a few different strands to the story. Does seem a little short however would suggest part 2 should be with part 1
Published 8 days ago by trystan bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great saga
Published 16 days ago by screw
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's opinion
I really enjoyed the book, I have been a sci fi fan since a small child and find that I seem to enjoy the ones that have good character definition as well as a good story line. Read more
Published 19 days ago by hotrachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Stick with it seems a bit far fetched at first but all makes sense as the book gives on
Published 20 days ago by justin isaac
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid stuff
Very enjoyable romp that kept me more than happy. Characters need work; but let's see where we go with this.
Published 23 days ago by M. G. Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera, I love it
A cleverly written story, real life physics (within reason) and a sound sense of excitement. What else do you want?
Published 25 days ago by John Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great read, on finishing this book I immediately ordered the next in the series.
Published 27 days ago by P Duffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
one of the best new sci-fi author's in a long time.a must read for sci-fi buffs more please Dietmar. good work
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. For me an ideal book
Excellent. For me an ideal book. Well written (irrelevant love interest kept well in the background) and a good plot lie. Like the way the various scenarios are developed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by keith
3.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera
There's nothing wrong with space opera, but this lacks something. Whether it's the poor characterisations, the repetitive writing style, or the story itself, it didn't quite click. Read more
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