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Recovery of a Colony Ship (Colony Ship Eschaton Book 1) by [Thornton, John]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
Book 1 of 10 in Colony Ship Eschaton (10 Book Series)
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About the Author

Hi everyone, I am John Thornton, and I have a diverse background. I have worked as an EMT and as an RN for 10 years in various ICUs, cardiac, surgical, and medical. I saw lots of people die, and I also listened to some really amazing people share their life stories with me. I also graduated from two seminaries and work as a pastor. I enjoy reading very much. I read all kinds of literature, from romance novel to historical fiction to science fiction (I love dystopias and stories about things in a post apocalypse) to theology texts, to-how to books. Did I miss any genres? And as you may be about to discover, I also like to write. I have a wide range of interests, as you will see from my short stories, novels, and collections of my messages from a radio show I did for 10 years. I have four grown up daughters, a delightful wife, and two wonderful dogs, and two ancient cats. I live in the Northern Plains of the USA, so I experience the cold and bitter during the winter, and hot and dry during the summers. I also live with a chronic associate, a painful form of degenerative arthritis. I have lots of mechanical parts inside my body, and in some ways I truly am a cyborg. Which leads me to share with you my current project..... Please check out my science fiction adventure series! "Recovery of a Colony Ship" and "Exploring the Colony Ship" and a third book which is about to be published. All these books take place on the mysterious and not quite functional Colony Ship Eschaton, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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  • Language: English
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Interesting sci-fi adventure that combines suspense, meeting alien strangers whilst embarking on an exploration mission to seek and recover a colony ship, of which upon initial impression seems deserted only to find another world exists, where various alien races live, and one that they hope can help and use to transport the remaining survivors from the own planet to come and live in.

The plethora of sci-fi tech, will satisfy most fans of the genre, and although the characters themselves were a little under developed, the plot itself was by far more superior and had all the elements for a thrilling and action-packed read as the reader follows the adventure of the two main characters.

Overall a decent read and despite marred by a few minor editing errors, of which I'm perfectly fine with, you'll quickly forget about them and instead realise and appreciate the author effort to deliver such a wonderful, descriptive and enticing story, and one that you'll enjoy reading too.
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Sort of reminds me of Colony Ship, Earthfall and also bits of Orson Scott-Card - future earth depleted/dying, people on colony ship who've lost sight of their roots. Best described as showing promise!
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This book was a good starting point for the series. Though sadly it does not always engage you, and I think more character development would help.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but needs more polish and refining 3 Oct. 2013
By Thomas Tinney - Published on Amazon.com
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The story is set in a somber and tenuous future where mankind is just barely surviving. Our salvation is tied to our past and centers around the success of the two main characters, Michael and Jamie.

The cover had me hoping this novel harkened back to earlier SciFi works and it did remind me of John Varley's "Gaean Trilogy" with a little of "Lifeship " by Gordon Dickson. The setup for the plot arcs was well executed and the characters were likeable and well placed.

The novel is rough and needs quite a bit of polish. The author jokes that the grammar and punctuation errors are free, but they are numerous and very distracting. No book is perfect, but the author should have put it through the editing grinder for one more thorough scrubbing.

The authors drove the "Big Reveals" in a style that seemed forced and turned me off when he attempted to tell the me that I should be amazed at what the characters are seeing or doing. He has the characters in the right place and the right environment, but there is a lack of description, depth and immersion that left me with a narrow field of view.

The author set the stage for elaborate interactions and various worlds within, but the storyline's progression and character "trials" hinged on some plot mechanisms that were thin and could have been better thought out. There were lost opportunities to highlight and play on the cultural differences (Language, social order, etc) and integrate them smoothly into the story.

The novel is relatively short in length and covers a wide arc of scenes. After laying such a great piece of groundwork, I read to the end hoping the story would continue to rise to a climactic conclusion, but I think this one needs a little more time with the chef.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough, but ENGAGING 5 Sept. 2013
By Katie Loves to Read - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a free offering from Amazon. I chose it because the description sounded very unique. Imagine being an explorer on a dying world who knows exactly when your world will finally die. Then you find out that there is a chance to save your people. New technology will take you to another world, a colony ship far out into the galaxy. The ship has been traveling away from Earth for more than 100 years. Little information is known, except that the ship may be alive. Would you go?

Two intrepid adventurers do. Recovery of a Colony Ship is the story of Michael and Jaimie, two explorers who try to save the last thousand people of a dying Earth. They step into the unknown and find excitement, fear, terror, and, a new world.

I enjoyed the story, but the writing was really rough. A good editor could have made this book so much better. There were many grammatical errors, numerous spelling mistakes, and the dialogue was so awkward a fourth grader might have written it. None of the bad writing hides the fact that the author had a great idea or that with help this could be an excellent beginning to unique series. I hope he gets a better editor. I will continue reading his books, but the teacher in me struggles to keep her red pen in the desk.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Excellent Story 11 Mar. 2014
By The Gecko - Published on Amazon.com
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I just recently discovered the Colony Ship Eschaton series recently and have enjoyed it immensely. It was fun trying to visualize and then guess what animals the characters were describing.

I have to be honest and say that there were some things that I found annoying, like constantly saying "Habitat One: Coastal Plains" et al...we got it, there are eight habitats; the author could have shortened the Habitats to just their names after the first book. I didn't like how 'superior' and 'condescending' many of the Domer characters were towards the people on the ship; including Jamie and Michael. While I understand that there are people like that in the real world, in the literary would, we want our 'good guys' to be good.

But my personal issues aside, I highly recommend going ahead and downloading all the books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi charm 6 May 2014
By Christi Dionis - Published on Amazon.com
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Recovery of a Colony Ship is a thoughtful and thoroughly charming Sci-fi romp. In it you will find clever world building, rich histories, and some intriguing obstacles. When told that the apocalypse and complete systems failure of their dome will happen in no more that 120 days, Michael and Jamie set off on a mission for the survival of their people. What they find when the get to where they're going keeps them guessing as well as the readers. If you're looking for a good ole fashion space adventure, kick the dust off and strap in to Recover a Colony Ship. This one's for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected 16 May 2014
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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Expected book written for teenager, based upon cover art. But really an pre-adult or adult book. Talks about the end of earth, people living in domes, controlled birth and suicide deaths when people can no longer cope. Then they travel to new habitats in space heading for planets and a possibility of a new future. The adventure is about the dying domes, finding a solution, developing a way to get away and finding out if solution is workable before the dome fails. Well written, good storyline, moves along quite quick with just enough technical detail .
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