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Orion Connection: The Legends Trilogy (The Orion Series Book 1) by [DeGiorgio, S]
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About the Author

S DeGiorgio is a husband/wife team that primarily co-authors fiction stories, but they also enjoy dabbling in nonfiction essays. See their website, www.pursuitofmeaning.com. Shaley DeGiorgio grew up on Oahu, Hawaii where her creative talents as an artist were recognized at an early age. She is committed to preserving Hawaii's rich heritage and cultural diversity, and also is an advocate of education and literacy. Sebastian DeGiorgio, a U.S. Army veteran, grew up in Troy, New York, in a large blue-collar Italian family. He wrote his first play at the age of ten, acted it out with help from his siblings, and has pursued opportunities to write ever since. He also is an environmentalist and fitness enthusiast. The couple graduated from Oregon State University in 2004, where they studied creative writing and visual communications. They currently reside in Hawaii.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2389 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: S DeGiorgio; 1 edition (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JGHD492
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I learnt about this book through Twitter and it piqued my interest. I always like books that have a factual base and Orion Connection, although set in 2050 was steeped in a reality you could feel. And that's what made this book a 5 star standout for me. All the characters came alive with absolute passion and feeling. Amongst their imperfections and inner demons, their loves and their fatal obsessions, one thread strung them all together, the drive to survive at whatever the cost. Orion Connection is a space drama working on many levels. There's romance, betrayal, intrigue and high octane action throughout. But there is an interesting subtext of "We've used up all our resources on Earth so let's go and plunder another planet's". Not to give anything away - this story should be savoured and enjoyed without being marred by spoilers - however the motives of those who reveal themselves are not entirely without justification. Invasion and occupation are the words of war, and they deliver brutal realities to all of those experiencing them. Orion Connection exemplifies this from all angles. When I bought this book I expected a science fiction novel about a group of astronauts travelling to Mars and facing various hurdles along the way. What I actually received was an observation on humanity, our many foibles laid bare and the lengths people go to for what they believe in. If you want a book to captivate you, with its intricate details of future technologies (which I personally loved), with its examination of relationships and of course, its thrilling action sequences, you should buy Orion Connection right now, as this book delivers all in spades.
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I forced myself to scan through it just to find the parts that would hold my interest... Something that could keep me going but failed repeatedly. I jumped right to the end which was equally not impressive. Even though futuristic, I believe it could have offered a bit more thrill factor.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel that takes us back to the "Golden Age" of science fiction 15 Aug. 2016
By Mike Billington author of Corpus Delectable - Published on Amazon.com
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"Orion Connection" is a great science fiction novel; one that harkens back to the late 40s and early 50s when Asimov, Clarke, Anderson, and their ilk were writing classic stories with big themes featuring iron-jawed heroes, alien princesses, and villains worthy of the name.
The husband-and-wife team who wrote this book may not have gotten the science absolutely right - I'm not a rocket scientist so I don't know if they did or did not - but as both an author and a reader I can say that they were absolutely spot on when it came to getting the characters right.
And, let's be honest here, isn't that really all that matters when you're writing a novel? I mean, if you're writing a treatise on astrophysics or a technical manual on the care and maintenance of faster-than-light engines then characters don't really matter much. However, if you're writing fiction - science or otherwise - it's the characters that make or break the book. Readers have to feel an emotional connection with them, even the villains. When they do feel that connection, readers are drawn into the narrative.
The DeGiorgios have done that in "Orion Connection." They've given us heroic characters, aliens, treacherous spies, lovers, friends, and comrades in arms. They've put their characters through the wringer; forcing them to deal with life-threatening situations, betrayals, romance, and loss.
And they've done it well in the course of a fast-paced narrative that has sufficient detail to put the reader "in the moment" without lapsing into so much technobabble that your eyes glaze over.
The authors, in addition to giving readers some really interesting characters, have done an impressive job of world building. Their descriptions of a depleted Earth - stripped nearly bare of resources by greedy corporations and a population that can't see past the next weekend - is well done. Their descriptions of life aboard Orion and of Mars itself are also well done. The plot is straightforward with a couple of really nice twists to keep it interesting.
All in all, a very nice read complete with topical subject matter: 5 stars.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly decent story until the ridiculous ending. 11 Oct. 2014
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Ok, I'll admit that I was intrigued by the story and with a few exceptions, felt this was fairly entertaining. But the last fourth was just about the biggest collection of technically incompetent writing that I've ever read. Now I'm not a scientist or physicist and I am able to let a lot of technical blunders go for the sake of a decent story but this was just beyond my tolerance. When the missiles exploded some distance from the Oasis, exactly what force was it that rocked the ship? Wind? Ok, lets say that it was wind..., in outer space..., a vacuum, how was it that this "wind" managed to arrive at the ship before the actual shrapnel from the missiles? Perhaps because in a vacuum wind can travel so much faster than in, well, air. Ok, ok, forget all that. In the year 2050, when man has developed the technology for anti-gravity and terraforming planets, how is it that missiles fired at another (human) space ship cannot seem to hit it? Perhaps with all our technology we have forgotten how to program missiles with radar, magnetic tracking or anything to be able to hit one of only two big metal things for millions of miles around? Oh, and if one were to fire missiles at two oncoming missiles in an attempt to blow them up, how do you do that? Let's see, they are traveling toward each other at a zillion MPH and you VISUALLY know when to hit the detonate button such that you vaporize them just as they are passing each other. That is skill! Loved the strafing runs that the Chinese make on the Orion, like some kind of WWII dog fight. They came all that way, spent all that time and money to destroy the American ship and failed despite the Americans fighting with only a skeleton crew of untrained fighters. Wow, I bet the Chinese wished they had planned that one better!
So they need to detach the drop line to the planet but in order to do this they need to use a wrench almost as big as a woman to remove monster size bolts and on and on. I can think of a half dozen reason why such a line would need to be cut in an emergency so why would you design a system that would take a half hour and cannot be done by a woman (I didn't write this so don't call me sexist)? I could go on but I will leave you with one last example of how horrible this writing is. They used Mars' gravitational pull to slingshot them back to Earth, cutting weeks off their return trip. And how were they planning originally to return? NOT use Mars' gravitational field as a slingshot and ADD weeks to their return trip? Ok, now is the time to call me sexist because I generally avoid sci-fi written by women. There, I said it. But honestly, in my experience, I've read few books by women who had the technical understanding to pull off most stories in this genre. That's not to say that I haven't read a lot of crap from male authors (a certain Cussler name comes to mind). What I don't understand is why these authors, male or female, cannot give the book to a friend who has some small understanding of things mechanical or just moderately technical, for feedback (and hopefully, serious editing) before exposing it to the public. All you people who loved it. I am happy for you because clearly there is a sequel in the works with Jovi being miraculously brought back to life by the Martians.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Worlds, the Past and the Future, Collide in Outer Space 6 Feb. 2015
By Deborah A. Bowman, author - Published on Amazon.com
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The year is roughly 2040. The earth is dying from the lack of enough natural resources to sustain the overly populated planet. NASA is looking for Mars to be the saviour colony.

The Chinese are hot on the heels of the launch of the U.S. spaceship Orion, wanting to claim Mars for themselves. Killing vital personnel and attempting to assassinate other crucial Orion crewmembers is how the Chinese plan to get their spacecraft to Mars first. A trusted friend and engineer onboard is also sabotaging the Orion from within. But who is it in this tight-knit group that has worked together and trained together for years? Commander Lawson, on his last trip into space before retirement, has some tough problems to deal with from the moment he finds out his dearest friend and pilot for the Orion has been murdered the morning before the scheduled launch.

Enough spoilers...suffice it to say, this action-packed beginning can in no way prepare you for the incredible revelations to follow...the artifacts and fossils of an ancient alien race that once called earth home is to be studied. Those studies leave the reader and the crew of the Orion whirling in Outer space when worlds collide.

DeGiorgia is a good storyteller, whose realism in the research of spacecraft and future innovations carries the plot in a steady stream of predictability until about a little over halfway through the book...then the anticipated, no-surprises action is left in Martian dust on a planet so unlike earth. Definitely worth the read, so hang in there through the well-written, yet predictable, first half to find the explosive, unexpected ending.

Set up well to proceed with a sequel/trilogy. I would have tacked on another star if there hadn't been such an abrupt change in pace.

I highly recommend this book, and I suspect the 5th star will be forthcoming on the next book(s) in the series. S. DeGiorgia is a voice of the future, both in genre and in literary achievement. I look forward to more of his work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly good, not particularly bad. 1 Aug. 2014
By Michael Poore - Published on Amazon.com
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Basic scifi pulp, nothing new, an old story told once again. Some parts of the story require a bit of a stretch for the reader. For example the Egyptologist speaking ancient Egyptian with ease on subjects involving modern tech. Better to just use the magic computer / AI translator. But the story is reasonably well told (again) and the book is a decent read. I might even read the sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Story to really inspire you to think about whats out there! 17 April 2014
By Paara - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked all the characters in the book. They were so real and relatable. The story line progressed well and was always action packed! I was always on the edge of my seat... waiting to learn what was to become of Captain Reynolds and his crew! This book would be great as a movie, it already has so much attention to details it helps the reader see everything clearly as if watching a movie.
At work I have some down time, where I did most of my reading. I was always disappointed when I was interrupted, because it was always at a point where something big was going to happen! Reading this made my day go by faster and it really made me think more about the scale of the universe.
I really feel like this book has something for everyone and universal appeal.
There is mystery, action, politics, science, history, romance, adventure... seriously... what else are you looking for in a book? Read this! NOW!
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