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Skyjacked - Book 1 of the Corvus Ranger series Paperback – 14 Apr 2016
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About the Author
Shirley Golden left school with dire qualifications and spent ten years working in factories, where making up stories in her head saved her from terminal boredom. She returned to education in her late twenties, gained a degree in psychology, and worked in research for a few years before deciding to dedicate herself to writing fiction full time. Many of her stories have found homes in the pages or websites of various magazines and anthologies, and have also found their way on to competition long and short lists. She won the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition in 2013. She loves flash-fiction and is one of the editors for the FlashFlood Journal, created by Calum Kerr, to celebrate National Flash-Fiction Day. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, who has every faith she will achieve her writerly dreams. She is door person and arbitrator to two wannabe tigers, and can sometimes be found on Twitter when she should be writing. She likes to bake jumbo chocolate and pecan cookies and goes for long bike rides to burn off the calories.
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It is a genuine page-turner, the action never ceasing and leading beautifully to the surprise at the end. Shirley Golden is a highly accomplished author and has brought Corvus Ranger to life in such style it is astonishing that Skyjacked is her debut novel. I look forward to the next book of his adventures with keen anticipation.
Skyjacked, the debut novel by Shirley Golden, is a wonderful, intelligent and down-right enthralling sci-fi epic that, as a big sci-fi fan, hooked me from the get go!
Corvus Ranger, a Han Solo type pilot, finds himself on a quick run to a space prison for some extra cash. Upon a arrival, he is 'skyjacked' by escaping prisoners who are not what they seem. The way Golden merges these characters together into a ship and not lose sight of what their arc's are, is a testament to her writing ability. Every character was different, all of them have a key role to play and all of them are extremely likeable.
The plot has some great moments and the casual use of sci-fi jargon and futuristic technology is not only a wonderful feature of the book, it also shows Golden's confidence in her idea. She isn't just building a world, she is building a universe. I did get a little confused with the space aliens, they seemed a little too similar to each other which I would have liked a little more differentiation.
This book is a real gem and I cannot wait for the series to continue. It's too easy to compare anything 'spacey' to Star Wars and this is it's own story, with it's own lore and worlds. And I hope Golden can continue to expand upon it as this is a contender for one of my best reads this year!
A MUST READ FOR SCI-FI FANS!!
Firstly, I really enjoyed the early promise of meeting other lifeforms and experiencing the wonder of a new, mysterious planet, which totally delivered. The story is written in a way that will not lose or bore a non-sci-fi reader, which shows the talent of this author. It can be extremely difficult to write complex ideas, simply. Shirley Golden has mastered this to a 'T'.
The main character, Corvus, grows on you. His cockiness will resonate with the reader as we all know someone who, in order to cope with the madness of life, adapts a carefree attitude. Initially, he doesn't seem to take anything seriously, apart from his mission to keep a promise and get back to his son on earth, but that changes.
Throughout this book, I loved the humour and found myself giggling often. I could perfectly picture certain situations and characters playing out the scenes in my mind ~ great imaginative writing.
All of the characters had great depth, which brought them to life. You can't help but get drawn in by their stories. I really liked how Jan's character developed. I didn't expect that.
Lupi 9. Hmm, the scent of frangipani. I could definitely spend some time there. :o)
The ending was a surprise, which I really enjoyed. Not predictable in any way. It wasn't my intention to read this book in a day, but the story pulled me in and I didn't want to leave. My fingers just kept on turning the pages! Gravity at it's best. Fabulous!
Author Beware: If I don't get book two soon, I'm going to go off like an 'aFP' Zelta 4, possibly 5! :o) More please, and very soon.
P.S I wonder what my fur babies would make of a Datox? I want one.
Another good reason to read this book is for its humour, which is never forced or farcical, but most deftly gives the story the necessary touches of lightness and warmth to make you care and need to go on reading. The non-human or partially human characters that end up on Corvus’s ship, as part of its motley crew, are utterly sympathetic, and allow another perspective as to what it means to be human.
Shirley Golden takes you on a charming, exciting, and memorable journey, not just through space and strange worlds, but into the hearts, longings, and fears of the characters she has created. Corvus’s pride and joy, the spaceship Soliton, is described in such depth that I feel I’ve been on it. The ending was brilliantly handled, and sets the stage for the next in this series featuring Corvus Ranger.
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