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Guardian Awakening by C. Osborne Rapley

Author's Description:
Following an unsuccessful and debilitating experiment by the Navy, Tristan Taylor’s now reclusive and desolate life takes a shocking turn with the arrival of an alien warrior whose ship has crash-landed behind his isolated cottage. Discovering that his previously failed brain implant can interface with the alien's computers, Tristan resolves to accompany the enchanting Aesia in her quest to return to her people...little knowing what awaits him. And at what price...?
Size: 495 KB ( ~ 93,867 words)
Genre: Science Fiction
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Romantic, Heterosexual, Science Fiction, Space, First, Slow

Review by Derek Smith   [other reviews by Derek Smith]

Reviewed: 2014-09-29

I have been a fan of sci-fi for more than 50 years and must have read have read hundreds of books in this genre. Most of them have been good, some excellent and a few just about OK.

Mr. Rapley has given us a book that certainly comes into the 'excellent' class. Thank you sir for the time and effort you have put into this book. It is well written (yes there are a few typos but nothing terrible), the plot is extremely well thought out and it has a freshness and dynamism that one rarely sees in sci-fi today.

Even if you are not really keen on sci-fi, there is something here for you. As a love story, an action story or a story of human (and not quite human), interest it is going to entertain you very well. No, I am not going to give away the plot or the ending. Read it yourself and find out. It's worth it.

Neither am I going to spend any more time writing this review; I'm off to hunt down the sequel and start reading.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 8 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9

Review by therev   [other reviews by therev]

Reviewed: 2014-08-09

I didn't know what to expect from this story; I was greatly surprised! It was well thought out and put together, although I found a few punctuation errors which did not detract too much from the continuity and flow.

The precept of the story line is very interesting. It boils down to a very ancient space faring race that eventually "seeded" numerous worlds by adding their DNA to the dominant primitive races on many different planets, in different solar systems. Many of which eventually went to war with each other, nearly wiping themselves out, and eventually rebuilding their "civilizations" and some of them conquering other systems.

It all comes unstuck when a space battle survivor crashes near an earth-man's home and he helps her to recover and return to the stars. Eventually, he is able to stop the warring and bring peace because it seems that the original race must have made it to Earth and somehow integrated with the inhabitants, or were they the original inhabitants, and lost contact with the rest of 'space'?

All told, it kept me interested and intrigued to the end - very good!

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10