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Unbound Brothers [Kindle Edition]

Rob Rowntree
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Starship pilot Alan Abrams crippled his younger brother Jimmy in a childhood scuffle, and spent his entire life trying to make up for it. But when humanity turns away from the stars, his career evaporates and he can no longer afford his brother's care.

Then Alan gets a mysterious offer to join an interstellar expedition searching for a long-lost starship. The paycheck will support his brother forever. The downside? An untrustworthy, fractious team. An evasive, domineering backer. And a murder attempt before Alan even
takes the offer.

Alan finds himself piloting a ship attacked by a hostile universe outside, and inside filled with sabotage, deceit, and murder.

For centuries, humanity sought intelligent life among the stars. Alan's expedition finds it. Unfortunately.

An engrossing science fiction novel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2746 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Fat Skull Books (5 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IA4V8YA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #592,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rob Rowntree lives and works in Nottinghamshire England. Unbound Brothers is his first novel, and he has several short stories in print, notably 'Silver' in the Transtories anthology, and 'John and Lee, Down by the G'star' in Colinthology; both which are available on Amazon.

He's been known to like an argument and a drink, not necessarily in that order and he doesn't take himself or the world too seriously.

Underground Book Review magazine - "Rob Rowntree's debut novel is a mix of Arthur C. Clark and Michael Crichton. In fact, about a fourth of the way into the book I kept thinking how much it reminded me of Sphere. From fascinating concepts like "blue space" to an interesting take on "wet-ware," the novel explores several fascinating sci-fi themes. Overall, Rowntree's writing is clean and tight, with excellent dialogue and good pacing. The characters are well written and believable, with plenty of tension to go around and keep the reader involved."

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different space opera 20 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Unbound Brothers squarely belongs to the space opera subgenre, but it's unlike any space opera I've read. It's darker than Niven and just as mysterious.

Unbound Brothers tells the tale of Alan Abrams, starship pilot, and his quest for redemption that takes him to a partially explored part of the Milky Way. Once there, he and the rest of the crew of the Joshua Peterson are confronted with what it means to be human as they are tested to the limits of their endurance.

The novel could easily be adapted to the wide screen with Dolby sound and 3D effects. Strong confident writing complements equally strong characterizations. Abrams' poignant backstory rounds out the novel's depth.

Even if you are not a fan of space opera - which I'm generally not (preferring hard SF) - there's plenty of nods to hard SF (could have been more!), and there's a generous touch of horror that adds some shivers to the complicated plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unbound brothers 3 July 2013
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I found it tense and a cliff hanger and would definitely recommend a chilling read. Imaginative and exciting. When is the next?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read 1 July 2013
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I was gripped from the start; there is exactly the right amount of tension and intrigue to keep you turning the pages late into the night. I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Read 27 Nov. 2013
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I've long been an admirer of Rob Rowntree's short fiction and was delighted to get hold of this full length novel.

Unbound Brothers is a complex, but engaging tale set in the future. Alan, the protagonist is a "Blue Space" pilot who is offered a mission to a mysterious destination. There are reasons he does not want to accept and pressing reasons why he should. As the story unfolds we learn more about him and other members of the crew. Events twist and turn, making it hard to predict the outcome and the characters quietly insinuate themselves on your consciousness. It's been a while since I read the book, yet Rowntree's powerful, but delicately drawn descriptions of the sights,sounds and sensations encountered by the protagonist continue to haunt me.

If it was a song I would call it a grower - a great read whose qualities become more and more obvious with time, even long after reading.
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