Kevin McDonald Andrews is an Information Technologies professional and life-long Science Fiction fan. The New York Native is the author of both The STAR ALLIANCE CHRONICLES: Crisis on the Rim, and the soon to be released STAR ALLIANCE CHRONICLES: Renegade Force. When not writing Kevin enjoys traveling and listening to his favorite musical acts such as Kansas, Boston and Coldplay.
The Star Alliance Chronicles: Crisis on the Rimby Kevin McDonald Andrews
In a remote sector of space, there are dangerous enemies waiting to strike at the heart of the Galactic Coalition of Worlds. They can attack without warning and show no mercy, and they will destroy all who dare oppose them. Some possess technologies so advanced, they can suddenly appear anywhere in the galaxy and overrun defenseless planets with ruthless efficiency
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In a remote sector of space, there are dangerous enemies waiting to strike at the heart of the Galactic Coalition of Worlds. They can attack without warning and show no mercy, and they will destroy all who dare oppose them. Some possess technologies so advanced, they can suddenly appear anywhere in the galaxy and overrun defenseless planets with ruthless efficiency; others scheme to harness the natural resources of other star systems and enslave their populations.
Despite the Coalition’s best efforts, the political stability of the Quadrant continues to deteriorate, with enemies of the alliance challenging its sovereignty, launching raids of territorial conquest, and engaging in costly, punitive wars. As peace slowly takes hold of the Quadrant, a new, even more powerful menace is discovered by the crew of Base Station DD-109, a sprawling outpost located near the galaxy’s rim, on the very edge of Coalition space. This station is not a typical Coalition Command base. It is not blistering with the latest armaments nor does it boast an array of powerful starships.
DD-109 is a Coalition salvage yard, its only function to decommission and dispose of wrecked, outdated ships and their technologies. Dark, dirty, and literally weeks away from the nearest base station, it is also a place where some Coalition fleet commanders send their most difficult and troublesome personnel cases. It is often said to be a place where both ships and careers go to die.
Nestled between the Borias and the Lehar Star Systems, and with no defensive capabilities, the base has become a tempting target for those who have been studying that sector as they prepare to strike at the Coalition.
Unknown to its personnel, Base Station DD-109 will soon hold the key to the future of humanity and the entire Quadrant. With no hope of assistance, armed with only antiquated and makeshift weapons, an untested crew of officers, engineers, and maintenance workers from DD-109 will confront a lethal invasion force from the rim of the galaxy. Their mission: hold the Lehar-Borias System and deny the enemy access to the base station. If they succeed, they will save the lives of billions of Coalition citizens; if they fail, their enemies will unleash a ruthless intergalactic war of extinction—an apocalypse.
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The Star Alliance Chronicles is a great introductory story, with a tempered pace, giving you the ability to get to know the host of descriptive, dynamic and dimensional characters. This book gives you a wide array of emotions from sorrow, to anger and revenge, to jealously and triumph there are some battles in the story overall a good book great ending. I recommend this book and look forward to the next in the series
The experience of reading “The Star Chronicles – Crisis at the Rim” is a lot of fun sometimes and drudgery at other times. The novel is a space opera, and once the story gets into space and the antimatter torpedoes and disruptor cannons start flying, all is well – in fact, all is better than well. The writing then is moving and tense, active and up close; the dialogue is terse and controlled, and while we share the small battles and the individual fears and dangers and heroics, we never lose sight of how the larger battle they’re a part of is faring. This is where the reader’s most entertainment is to be found and it is a fun ride. The book definitely does interstellar battles well. Unfortunately, not even space operas get to stay in the stars all the time. The book stumbles most when it’s on the ground, and it falls flat trying to handle romance. In those scenes the dialogue is bookish and emotionally disconnected; little of what’s said and how it’s said rings true. Emotionally, everything comes across as a high school crush masquerading as something deeper and more durable. Still, the characters themselves remain very likable and the reader is caught wanting the interactions to be more real, and disappointed that they aren’t. After the introduction (which I felt gave away too much of the plot), the first sections of the novel remain within the mind of the main character, and so everything that’s supposed to be exciting feels passive. This continues in the very next chapter when his parents arrive. Now the reader is stuck listening to the main character talk extensively about key actions that happened some time in the past. It is tough to generate much excitement in the reader at the start of the story when you are two steps removed from the action described. However, what remains even more curious to me is that the single, implacably negative, driving force for the entire story is the father of the main character’s first love, but this character is left off screen forever. He is the hinge plate of the entire plot, the main character’s ultimate foe, and yet we never meet him, never see him, never hear him, never really understand him, and yet there he is supposedly driving every scene, causing every twist, negating every triumph – always in the background. Honestly, I don’t know what to think of this. Once the main character arrived at his assignment, I felt the book finally hit its stride. The writing became much more confident. I appreciated that the minor characters took on some additional complexities and nuance and proved to be far better than the flat, stock types they appeared to be at first blush. All of that helped and the pages finally began to fly by. That brings me to the very end of the story. I have to say it was suddenly odd and strangely condensed. The situation was not credible and everything about the moment felt rushed including the writing. What was the writer’s need for speed here? I know there are other books to follow in the series but surely it would be better to end this one with grace and not a hatchet. So, overall, it was an enjoyable read – mostly. It seems to me that space operas require two key elements – sweeping space adventure with several wild battles and fascinating characters caught up in complex emotional situations. “The Star Chronicles – Crisis at the Rim” delivers the goods on the first but remains a bit wanting on the second
Great story line. It was a fun and easy read. The author was able to vividly paint pictures with his words making you feel as if you're at the movies. There was enough character development, so you can feel and connect with characters. It also teaches you some great life lessons such as it is not the cards you're dealt with, but how you play it. Got my money's worth. If you're only going to read one book this summer, can't go wrong with this one. It was well written. Thank you.