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Aetna Adrift (The Pax Imperium Prequel) by [Wecks, Erik]
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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490947949
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Jack is the lad in many ways. He's smart, popular and has carved out a comfy little niche on a backwater moon with a low profile smuggling racket that keeps him comfortable and helps more than it harms. He also has an opportunistic lovelife and a hot, young, casual girlfriend who comes by the moon every few weeks.

All this falls apart spectacularly when he is noticed by a ruthlessly ambitious member of Unity, the oppressively prescriptive regime that rules this particular section of the galaxy. He turns up to run things with his mob and Jack is "recruited" against his will. He finds himself blackmailed into aiding those he swiftly comes to realise mean very bad news for him, Aetna and all that he holds dear.

At this point, I was hoping that Jack, given that the narrative is all from his point of view, would become really smart and become the kind of resourceful character I'd love to root for. I don't want to indulge in spoilers but the brains behind the subsequent activities are in the heads of characters who are not what they first seem. Unfortunately they are only very sketchily described as Jack is swept along in a whirlwind of events beyond his control.

Instead of learning more about these interesting characters, we read an awful lot about Jack re-evaluating his relationship with his hitherto casual girlfriend, Anna, who fills the role of the stereotype heroine in that she is comely and falls into the hands of the enemy but has no other distinguishing features. This is laughable considering the author clearly wishes to make a point about mysogyny. I'd have been far more interested in learning more about the Submarine Captain Rick, or the surgeon Musgrave or the totally overlooked Robert. It's not a bad read though and you may warm to story more than I did.
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Aetna Adrift stands out for me for the patient world-building the author employs to slowly reveal the enormous infrastructure supporting this small moon on the edge of a corporate society, a society that has grown so big it has attained galactic proportions. I suspect the author enjoyed exaggerating some of the worst qualities of corporate life.

Initially immersed in Jack Halloway's interesting career choices, I gradually realised he was more interested in pursuing his side ventures than advancement in the Unity. He's a cocky character, emotionally immature, and despite a rogue likeable side to him, he didn't initially endear himself to me. Then Jack's world turns upside down.

I loved the way the side characters' back stories developed as Jack gets ensnared in unfolding events beyond his control. Sometimes I could feel Jack's jaw drop as he grasps how little he knew about his own domain. He thought he was the big man on Aetna and he is so lucky that he possessed something his new allies needed. The deeper I got into the book, the more I understood that this is an epic backdrop in the making. There are plenty of surprises, characters muddling through as best they can, and personal discovery. The love interest is well developed although I wanted to smack Jack for acknowledging his feelings and yet still finding it hard to break old habits. He made some very un-heroic choices along the way, but eventually his more endearing qualities won me over. Yes, definitely a roguish charm.

I have to highlight the quality of the science-fiction in this book.
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It's wonderful when you recieve gifts from friends and when you also win stuff. I am so addicted to books, even more so than watching a good film on television, reading thoughts and ideas that people and friends have created.

A lot of these wonderful and sensational books you get so addicted to, you just fall into other worlds so much it just makes it feel as tho this is happening to you yourself. But quite often if the book is that good, and you find yourself so engrossed into the story, you can actually see and hear all the action; so it's usually better than just watching a film, just by letting the imagination run wild.

'Stand on the X"

Pilotless taxis that can hover, wow I'm so in my element.

Couples that had spend their whole relationship in their heads, but have never actually met in RL

Could you actually go on holiday by not even leaving your home? Your human form has the ability to change into another animal?

You have to leave your old life behind completely, you will be born again, you will hold a new identity - new name, speak differently, be somebody else but not the old you., could you manage all that?

You might suddenly get to meet someone that's exactly like you in every single way possible, and that's when you suddenly wake up to yourself. Realise you can't carry on living your life like that, you've got to grow up, you've got to make that one biggest decision of your life if your ever gonna be happy or not.

I would like to say a big thanks to you Erik for offering this to us at BL giving me this opportunity to read your work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9228faf8) out of 5 stars Fast action, great characters 17 July 2013
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
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Pay attention to Erik Wecks, people! This guy can spin a yarn like nobody's business. Once this story gets moving, it does. not. stop. And the characters! You can really tell that the author knows every tiny detail about them. While the story focuses on the protagonist, Jack Halloway, the thoughts and emotions of all of the characters really come across clear as bell. They behave like actual human beings, not super heroes. But don't think they just sit around talking to each other the whole story. It's loaded with intrigue, escape, rescue, redemption and a little bit of sexiness too!

NOTE: I originally read this story in two parts, but I'd recommend you pick up the complete book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92a8a12c) out of 5 stars A great scoundrel story... 9 Sept. 2013
By J. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After I finished Aetna Adrift: The Complete Story, I emailed the author and told him that this was professional-level science fiction writing. I've read a lot of indie scifi stories, and most of it just isn't at the same level as the books I buy from the shelves at the bookstore. Bad editing, poor plotting, horrible dialogue... these are the stumbling blocks that often prevent me from finishing a book. I had zero issues finishing this one, and it's a solid story. Good character development, believable technology, no plot holes (that I could find), and just an all-around great story. I absolutely enjoyed it and love being able to write a 5-star review. After only a few dozen pages into the book I realized that Wecks really does have the science fiction writing chops... and he pulled this one off with style. (And apparently some of the characters from this book will make it into the next -- that's enough for me to sign on for the next series.)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9249b1ec) out of 5 stars Interesting Concept, but a Little Disappointing 25 Mar. 2014
By Michelle Mumaw Gage - Published on Amazon.com
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There was an interesting premise behind this book but it felt like things never really got fully developed. The characters were rather flat, the plot rather thin, and the descriptions of the setting not particularly vivid. A lot of potential which wasn't met. The ending also felt rushed and not very complete. I understand from the author's note that these characters will appear in another series but I felt like they should have had a more satisfying conclusion to this part of their story here, regardless of any future appearances they might make.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9249b384) out of 5 stars Excellent characterisation and world-building 29 Oct. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Aetna Adrift stands out for me for the patient world-building the author employs to slowly reveal the enormous infrastructure supporting this small moon on the edge of a corporate society, a society that has grown so big it has attained galactic proportions. I suspect the author enjoyed exaggerating some of the worst qualities of corporate life.

Initially immersed in Jack Halloway's interesting career choices, I gradually realised he was more interested in pursuing his side ventures than advancement in the Unity. He's a cocky character, emotionally immature, and despite a rogue likeable side to him, he didn't initially endear himself to me. Then Jack's world turns upside down.

I loved the way the side characters' back stories developed as Jack gets ensnared in unfolding events beyond his control. Sometimes I could feel Jack's jaw drop as he grasps how little he knew about his own domain. He thought he was the big man on Aetna and he is so lucky that he possessed something his new allies needed. The deeper I got into the book, the more I understood that this is an epic backdrop in the making. There are plenty of surprises, characters muddling through as best they can, and personal discovery. The love interest is well developed although I wanted to smack Jack for acknowledging his feelings and yet still finding it hard to break old habits. He made some very un-heroic choices along the way, but eventually his more endearing qualities won me over. Yes, definitely a roguish charm.

I have to highlight the quality of the science-fiction in this book. There are some wonderfully well thought out details covering fishing, submarines, moving cities, coping with the hostile environment, an orbiting space station (although I sometimes got lost as to whether I was on the station up above, or on the moving city areas down below), escape pods, space ships, communications gear, medical nanites, information technology.

Overall, an excellent and amusing read that makes a great introduction to the Pax Imperium novels.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925a16b4) out of 5 stars Lovin' the Pax! 6 May 2014
By David Bruns - Published on Amazon.com
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When you sell your book on Amazon, there is a feature on your book page called “Customers Who Viewed this Item Also Viewed.” I like to browse this list to see what other authors are up to. A few weeks ago, one title caught my eye, Aetna Adrift (A Pax Imperium Novel) by Erik Wecks.

So, using my magic Kindle, I bought it. If you enjoy space opera/adventure, you’ll like Aetna Adrift. As advertised, it’s a “high octane thriller” for sure, but it’s more than that.

Meet Jack Randall, smuggler, playboy, master of the low profile, king of just gettin’ by. Jack is the station master on Unity Standard Orbiter 1358, the guy in charge of all the shipments in and out of Aetna, a backwater moon used as a refueling station for freighters transiting the system. He does his job, runs a little black market action on the side, and trolls the local bar for women in his ample spare time.

Jack has just turned down a promotion (again) so he can stay in place running the Audit division (and the black market) on the orbiter. His trouble starts—as trouble usually does—with a woman. When he takes Anna home more than once, Jack starts to have strange emotions…<gasp> feelings! Meanwhile, as Jack is going through his sexual/emotional awakening with Anna, new management moves into town. I’ve heard of hostile takeovers, but Unity Administrator Timothy Randall takes “hostile” to a whole new level.

And, just like that, Jack is suddenly the one being played. He could run, but there are those pesky feelings about Anna to deal with…

Wecks does a couple of things really well in Aetna. For starters, he has done some fabulous world, er, universe-building, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of novels on both sides of the conflict. Especially appreciated were the neato, sci-fi details, like fishing with submarines on a planet covered with ice, life aboard a Unity orbiter and futuristic medical technology.

The world of Pax Imperium is a world of dystopian gray, literally and morally. Every character is a little bit dirty, and most of them are downright twisted, even our hero, Jack. When the bad guys capture the lovely Anna, you wonder—really wonder—if Jack will man up and go after her. And lest you think Jack and Anna will live happily ever after, think again, that’s not how life works in the Pax.

Well-plotted, great characters, fast action and some spectacular sci-fi details. I’ll be back for more of the Pax!
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