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Tethered Worlds: Unwelcome Star by [Faccone, Gregory]
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Book 1 of 2 in Tethered Worlds (2 Book Series)

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About the Author


You might think veteran entertainment software developer (and part-time mystery man) Gregory Faccone has lived a dozen lives. His wide and varied experiences have built a unique writing perspective. Two of the biggest names in video games have collaborated with him, along with top movie studios.

Although he is mysterious, and years of his past are shrouded, you can be entertained by the fruit of his experiences. The universe of Tethered Worlds is so rich, you'll want to read every entry. Let them percolate through your mind and see what fantastic images form!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3431 KB
  • Print Length: 524 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gregory Faccone; 2 edition (24 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD9YDUG
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #912,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral Cybermystic Space Opera Done Right 9 Sept. 2015
By R. Timberlake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My first encounter with Greg Faccone's work and the Tethered Worlds saga was while searching for projects to produce on ACX, Amazon's audiobook creation network that links together narrators and authors. In preparing to read for Unwelcome Star, several very favorable elements jumped out at me:

1) A meticulous attention to world-building and world coherence
2) Natural interaction between characters
3) Easily recognizable character and plot tropes that seldom feel forced or out of place
4) The harmonious juxtaposition of science fiction and fantasy elements
5) The dramatic and credible portrayal of a massive conflict on a pedestrian scale

In short, it was definitely space opera, but space opera that didn't ring any of the warning bells of cartoonish villains, one-dimensional characters, or over-the-top drama. Top it off with a compelling setting and a very well-developed lore, and the result is a book worth much more than the price of admission for fans of the genre.

Faccone doesn't disappoint. Serving up an epic space drama that is equal parts family drama and galactic war, he paints a struggle that is at once staggeringly vast and arrestingly intimate. Immersed in a vibrant and politically complex cosmos where the author has clearly spent no small number of hours and days, he shares a gripping creative vision that is as much Star Trek as it is Star Wars. And these fruitful sojourns into the universe of Tethered Worlds have produced a reflective, action-driven narrative that is both cerebral and viscerally engaging, supported by a deep moral undercurrent that flows steadily and confidently through the narrative without ever lunging toward the pulpit.

The plot revolves around Jordahk Wilkrest and his family and associates, and though Jordahk's coming-of-age arc is central to the story, Faccone does a nice job of dividing up the narrative between prominent characters on both sides of the conflict. As narratively multi-faceted as a Song of Ice and Fire it is not, but it's also nice not to have to worry (well, presumably) about Jordahk getting killed off at the beginning of the third book and the author spending the remaining chapters intensely fixated on an eminently less interesting and sympathetic sheepherder.

Unwelcome Star is Faccone's debut novel, and though in many ways that serves to render his voice all the more compelling, there are also some negatives to consider. If you look for errors you will find them - precious few and far between, but they are there. As mentioned earlier, I feel the book is most easily classified as space opera - meticulously and lushly painted, but space opera all the same. If you find yourself laughing snarkily at some of the more dramatic or character development-y moments in anime or JRPGs, you'll surely find yourself smiling sarcastically at times in Tethered Worlds. This is a very earnest book - something I consider to its credit, but not everyone will feel the same.

A corrupt government sharpens its knives beneath the ideological cloak of progress and liberty. Planetside opportunists eye their world's fraying social fabric hungrily. And a secret society hell-bent on reawakening the mystic powers of old hunts the Wilkrests with relentless patience and precision.

Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic space tale 13 Oct. 2014
By TFLReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love sci-fi, especially really long epic tales that spend time with both character and world-building and take you on an adventure that makes you physically spent at the end. Tethered Worlds was one of those for me as we follow Jordahk through his journey away from his home to the far reaches of space, where he finds that he has powers that very few have, which can be used to help fight a dangerous enemy. This was just an awesome book, with characters, scenes and action being very descriptive and vibrant. I am anxious to continue this journey and hope that there is more to come in this series from author Gregory Faccone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Adventure! 14 Oct. 2014
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I didn't really know what to expect when I first got this, but I was glad I did after I finished it. The author has quite a nice imagination and I felt as though I was in a completely different society.

This book allowed me to day-dream about mysterious powers and made me think about what it would be like to live in this coalition of worlds. I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read more in the future.

I would get this if you are wanting to embark on a splendid adventure in a fleshed-out world that you'll get lost in.

This is a great read and you will be grateful that you discovered such a wonderful tale!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Good story lines 30 Oct. 2016
By Bruce Krell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent book. Good story lines. Each transition between stories leaves you hanging for more.
As an Applied Mathematician/Applied Physicist, I read carefully his usage of various laws of physics
to capture action in the story. I can tell you his integration of the physics into the story line was spot on.
No equations and you will not be bored. Great Read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in Detail 7 May 2016
By M E Riddle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this first episode from cover to cover. Faccone's characters are rich in detail and engaging. He has built a world that I could see as he described it. His word craft creates an exciting environment for the characters and a new world for the story to unfold. It is well written. I have already started the next book, Blue Star Setting.
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