Right Ascension [NOOK Book]

Overview

Set in the year 3040, Right Ascension explores mankind's place in the Universe, how we ascended to that lofty position, and the horrifying price of that ascension.

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Humanity's struggle to assume a place of dominance within the galaxy is suddenly called into question when a sleek alien vessel arrives unexpectedly at Earth. Admiral Daniel Atgard and the crew of the ...
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Overview

Set in the year 3040, Right Ascension explores mankind's place in the Universe, how we ascended to that lofty position, and the horrifying price of that ascension.

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Humanity's struggle to assume a place of dominance within the galaxy is suddenly called into question when a sleek alien vessel arrives unexpectedly at Earth. Admiral Daniel Atgard and the crew of the Apocalypse embark on a mission to find these enigmatic aliens, but the focus of the mission quickly turns from finding answers to exacting revenge. Meanwhile, a belligerent species of reptilian warriors, seeking to avenge a previous defeat at the hands of the human-controlled United Confederation of Planets, takes this opportunity to plan an all-out assault on Earth. Faced with overwhelming odds and the terrible knowledge of humanity's most horrifying secret, Daniel must choose between honor... and humanity's very survival.
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Editorial Reviews

Alastair Rosie
Overall though, this is a great little book and with a subject like genocide on the agenda I think it’s appropriate to raise the subject now. We humans are great at obliterating what we do not understand; perhaps Derrico’s book provides a little insight into the intricacies of the human mind. ... Well done and sure to do well in the science fiction market.
Nina Osier
David Derrico’s first novel kept me turning its virtual pages, wanting to read longer each evening than time would permit. ... his hero carries the narrative, which features believable alien cultures and a plot that kept me guessing until I bumped up against the book’s cliffhanger conclusion.
Toby Emden
Right Ascension goes beyond the standard realms of the futuristic space epic, subtly tackling the issues of human morality, honor, and loyalty. Derrico has a remarkable talent for characterization, and in presenting his core characters with a series of dilemmas, he adeptly manages to challenge our definitions of right and wrong. Right Ascension is an utterly thought-provoking novel rich with vividly drawn characters, electrifying action sequences, and plenty of food for thought.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011830877
  • Publisher: David Derrico
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Edge of Apocalypse , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 315 KB

Meet the Author

David Derrico was born just north of Miami, Florida, and developed his appreciation for complex moral issues while receiving a degree in philosophy from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He wrote his first novel, Right Ascension, before attending law school at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Right Ascension was first published by Bookbooters Press in 2000, and garnered its inaugural eBook of the Year Award.

Derrico wrote his second novel, Declination, during law school, while he was probably supposed to be studying. Nonetheless, he graduated, passed the California Bar Exam, and worked as an attorney at a large, international law firm in Los Angeles for several years. While practicing law (all that practice actually made him pretty good at it), he managed to write some short stories and start work on his third novel, The Twiller.

Recently, Derrico retired from his “day job” as a big-firm attorney and moved back to South Florida, where he finished that third novel. The Twiller follows the (mis)adventures of an unlikely hero and his unique companion on a comic romp around the galaxy. Derrico maintains a website with reviews, excerpts, current news, a blog, and purchasing information for all of his novels and other works at www.davidderrico.com.
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  • Posted August 20, 2010

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    And then there was the Quantum Refractor...

    I love when I can't put a book down. Right Ascension was one of those kind of books. The plot just keeps going and going without getting hung up on technicalities and also offering some food for thought. My only complaint with this book is that I wanted more. So, I immediately started the sequel, Declination!

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Can one man save the world?

    This first novel by David Derrico is a solid good read. Well-drawn characters and a straightforward style propel the story as we follow Admiral Daniel Atgard across the universe and back as he confronts multiple alien threats to destroy Earth and all its inhabitants. What will he do? Will honor and conscience prevail? Derrico gives us both suspense and moral questions to consider. Definitely an author to watch.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Definitely Well Worth the Read!

    I have to admit, I don't usually pick science fiction to read, but this book got my attention because of the philosophical and ethical dilemmas it conveyed. I'm glad it did not get too technical or it would have lost my interest. This book is definitely written at a high level - there are some difficult vocabulary words used. The author has a great command of the English language and I appreciate his use of good sentence structure and grammar. I look forward to reading the next one.

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