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Convergent Space [Kindle Edition]

John-Paul Cleary
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Earth is a faded galactic power in a violent galaxy.

Blamed for an event 200 years ago that destroyed thousands of worlds and turned the galaxy upside-down, Earth has been shunned by galactic society ever since.

It has always protested its innocence and the search for the truth has become a planetary obsession.

Rone Tintet is a member of Earth’s immense army of spacefaring investigators, dispersed across the galaxy to find out what really happened 200 years ago. So far they have all failed. But Rone discovers an artefact that may finally lead to the truth and resurrect Earth’s fortunes.

Meanwhile in the outer fringes of the galaxy, a powerful new force is emerging from the ashes. Ruthless and unstoppable, this colossal army is approaching with one aim – to cleanse the entire galaxy.

In Convergent Space these two stories - one in the past, one happening right now - intertwine into a dramatic and unexpected finale.


REVIEWS
‘You won't be able to put this book down, I know I couldn't and spent nights reading until I passed out with my kindle in hand. This is by far the best book I have read in a very long time.’
John (Wexford, USA)

'This book really was unputdownable. Perhaps one of the best new sci-fi authors I've been lucky enough to discover on my Kindle.'
A. Butler "tanj666" (Coventry, UK)

'The plot and most of all, the universe it happens in, are lovingly-well imagined and described. I really enjoyed reading this.'
Denny de la Haye "Denny" (London, England)

‘Unique and interesting characters, fascinating alien races and plenty of twists and turns made Convergent Space a thoroughly enjoyable read.’
Warwick Reed (Tasmania, Australia)

'This was the most readable scifi novel that I've read in a while. I just wish his next book was out already!'
Simon W M Scott (Northampton, England)

‘I heartily enjoyed this book. It's space-opera at its best and it has a great twist in the tail…’
M Wolstenholme (Leeds, UK)

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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 922 KB
    • Print Length: 381 pages
    • Publisher: Sutherland; 1 edition (4 Oct. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005SWE452
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    John-Paul Cleary's debut novel Convergent Space was a number 1 bestseller in the Space Opera charts on Amazon UK. The second book in the series - The Shadow Ship - was released in October 2014.
    John-Paul's lives in the small town of Stonehaven in the North East of Scotland and his biggest sci-fi influence is the Culture series by the late Iain M Banks.

    You can contact John-Paul
    via email: jpcleary@rocketmail.com
    On Twitter: @ConvergentSpace
    On the web: convergentspace.blog.co.uk/
    On Facebook: facebook.com/JPsConvergentSpace

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    Customer Reviews

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An Imaginative Space Adventure 19 May 2012
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    This is a well written post-apocolyptic trek around the Galaxy. Highly original and great fun to read. There were a couple of incidents where the science was ever so slightly off but these are easily forgiven and forgotten.

    The storyline was highly original with some really great ideas, some of which could be developed further in a sequel (that I am certainly looking forward to). Wonderfully interesting and colourful characters introduced throughout keep the pace flowing smoothly.

    All in all, a well worthwhile read that leaves you wanting more at the end.

    If you like your sci-fi with a good mix of action and adventure but not too much tech then this is the book for you. It's also amazingly good value for money.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, but only that it's over! 14 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I started reading Convergent Space without realising that it was going to be part of an ongoing series - I was just looking for something 'simple' and 'escapist' that would allow me to while away some of the time I spend commuting around London. I didn't expect to find myself drawn into the story, and I wasn't looking for anything that would leave a lasting impression, I just wanted something that would get me through a couple of hours a day for a while.

    20 pages from the end I found myself genuinely gutted that it was coming to an end and hunting around trying to find out whether the follow-on book had been published or not (it hasn't, but don't let that stop you reading this one - you won't regret going for it now!).

    Convergent Space is easy to approach because it's not littered with deeply technical and overly complicated explanations. It's got good pace, a writing style that flows, and some refreshingly new spins on old plot devices (love the 'Companion' spin on the traditional 'sidekick' idea for example). The picture John-Pauls paints of the ruined worlds, the Herneses, and the nomadic Phlegar, help to build the reader's connection with the story and its protaganists.

    The characters, whilst fun and interesting, don't feel fully developed but that's fine - we've only just met them so wouldn't expect to know everything there is to know about them. You do learn just enough to know that if you invest the time in following along with their stories in the future you won't be disappointed, and will almost certainly find characters that you can empathise with and grow to love (this is especially true of Rone and Viggo).

    Sure, there are a couple of times where you might ask yourself 'really?
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Space Age Archeological Detective Quest 10 May 2012
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    The Galaxy was living in peace and harmony benevolently controlled, protected, and guided by The Guild.

    200 years ago The Aveche threatened the peace and tranquillity of the planets within The Guild. Earth as the founders and most technologically advanced Planet develop a Shield that will encompass all of the Galaxy's and systems within The Guild, and after millions of relay stations are set up it is time to put the Shield in place.

    The Earth fleet sets out with the final part but before it can be put in place a Great (shock) Wave spreads through known space destroying millions of planets and trillions of lives.

    Earth is blamed for the catastrophe and ostracised and a new ruling class is born in the The Renaissance.

    Earth spends the next 200 years sending out Archeosoldiers to track what actually happened in the belief that their technology and the Shield could not have caused the disaster, no one believed them.......

    Convergent Space then, turns out to be a futuristic inter galaxy archaeological detective story, with one person Archeosoldiers sent out in their ships with nothing more than a micro companion, which is connected to them wirelessly from birth, and dies when its human companion dies.

    As large parts of the remaining galaxy are still in turmoil and planetary wars and civil wars are ongoing, the attrition rate of the Archeosoldiers is high. Rone, a female Archeosoldier was badly injured during her quest and had managed to get assigned to a Renaissance station and was living with the leader of that part of space until a badly wounded soldier turns up in her front room.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Seek and You Shall Find. 18 Mar. 2012
    By Jarrak
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    Convergent Space is set in the universe thousands of years into our future and two hundred years after a galaxy wide cataclysm which destroyed thousands of worlds and trillions of people. The Earth is blamed for this disaster even though at the time it was our technology and resources being used to perhaps protect once and for all our part of the galaxy from an invading alien race. Branded with this disgrace and shame for two centuries the Earth has sent out teams of investigators to sift through the rubble and discover the truth about the "Great Wave" to discover exactly what it was and who or what was responsible for it.
    That's the basic premise of the story and it's certainly an interesting idea and one I personally have not come across before in scifi literature and the Earth humans we encounter including the central character of Rone are very believable with traits very common in our culture right now. The addition of alien races expands the scope of the story telling adding conflicting motivations, dreams and desires and that includes the great Nimits and certainly includes the people who are slowly but surely sterilising worlds and slaughtering millions of people. It was very easy to imagine how these people would be written like when they were revealed in all their glory but I was delighted to be proved so wrong, in fact I thought it was the biggest joke in the galaxy but actually when the facts were bared it made a lot of sense and still does.
    Convergent Space is full of good ideas and characters, a little sluggish to begin with but once the main characters and story are outlined it picks up pace and never stops with good characters in interesting situations not to mention a few twists and turns.
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